The public access scheme allows members of the public to instruct a barrister directly. In the past it was necessary for clients to use a solicitor or other third party in order to instruct a barrister.
One advantage of the public access scheme is that it can potentially save you money, since you would be paying for a barrister only instead of a barrister and a solicitor. The commercial barristers at Cerulean Chambers are all authorized by the BSB to carry out aspects litigation from issuing a claim to appearing in the Supreme Court.
Who may use the Public Access Scheme
Public access is available for all types of work that barristers can do, except for work that is funded by legal aid.
In considering whether your case is suitable for public access, the barrister is likely to take into account the nature and complexity of the case. In making a decision the barrister will be guided by the requirements set out in the BSB Handbook. If they decide that your case is not suitable for public access, the rules require them to decline your instructions. If you wish, they may recommend a suitable solicitor for you to instruct.
It is also open to a barrister to accept instructions to read the papers and advise whether or not they are able to perform the work, which you wish them to do. If your instructions are accepted for these limited purposes, it is important that you are both clear as to whether a charge is to be made. If preliminary work is to be carried out and a charge made for that work, you will be sent a client care letter.
We, at Cerulean Chambers, have unparalleled experience in providing our services as commercial barristers direct to our corporate and individual clients.
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