Licensed access

Lay clients (individuals and public and corporate bodies) who are authorised as licensed access clients by the Access to the Bar Committee may instruct barristers direct. Members of certain professional bodies are deemed to be authorised.

If you wish to enquire about instructing us direct, please speak in the first instance to our Senior Clerk. He may request you to download and complete the enquiry form in order that he may best assess the nature of the case and determine the most appropriate choice of barrister.

The information provided may be sufficient for a barrister to agree to take on your case and for an initial estimate of the fees likely to be incurred. A client care letter will then be issued, setting out the scope of work, the fees payable, and any other conditions subject to which the work will be carried out.

In some cases, it may be necessary for the barrister to hold a preliminary meeting with you before accepting the work and before a client care letter can be prepared.

Barristers accepting instructions under the Licensed Access Rules do so subject to the Licensed Access Terms of Work. Further information about Licensed Access can be found by using the search facility on the Bar Standards Board’s website.

Our clerks will be pleased to assist with any enquiries.