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Direct Access Barristers are regulated by the Bar Standards Board
Anyone can now go directly to a barrister for advice without using or involving a solicitor.
Thus,members of the public may instruct a barrister directly through the 'public access scheme'.
For further general information about the direct/public access, please click the link on the links below.
Please also read the guidance notes prepared by reading this page: Bar Standards Board
You can also send a message to M. Bullen via the Bar Council's Direct Access Porthole at:
However, If you would like to speak to someone, please call or email us. In this way, we will be able to discuss whether your case is suitable for public access and we will be able to provide you with further information on what specifically is required in order to give you a firm fixed fee quotation and/or an hourly rate for the legal work. This quotation will include VAT where applicable.
We have a price transparency policy:
Thus, the provision of a quote is not an acceptance of instructions. An acceptance of instruction is fixed upon the signing of a public access agreement also known as the Client Care Letter.
All fees will be agreed in advance, so there are no hidden costs. We operate a fixed fee service and/or an hourly rate service so you know exactly what work you are paying for. Where we provide a fixed price for a piece of work, we will not exceed that quoted amount without prior client authority.
However, All fees for representation at court or written/verbal advice may vary depending on your needs and the complexity of your case. If you have a particularly complex case, your fees may also be higher than a less complex case.
When quoting fees, it will only be to undertake that particular piece of work. There are likely to be many different pieces of work involved in any one case such as representation at hearings, advising in conference and/or in writing. We will always quote separately for each piece of work.
If you have a hearing/trial, counsel will review the case to assess the amount of papers to be reviewed, the complexity of the case and the need for additional information or documents. In this instance, you can be quoted on a fixed fee basis. However, should the matter require a number of conferences/further work that was not known at the initial conference, you may be charged at an hourly rate for those conferences/additional work. All fees will be discussed and agreed in advance. Thus, no hidden charges.
Fee structure: In Children matters: Ranges of fixed fees [estimates]
Preliminary Conference from one hour to four hours: £270 - £1000
- Written advice on your case and depending upon the complexity of the matter: :£500 - £5,000
- Preparation of case, including meetings with you and assistance with drafting of any Court documents. The fixed fee would be calculated at the hourly rate of the appointed Counsel multiplied by the number of hours work required. The applicable range of hourly rates are from £270 per hour.
- First Dispute Resolution Appointment [first court hearing where the court will identify and attempt to resolve the issues in the case, sometimes with the assistance of a Cafcass officer] which includes a drafted Position Statement: £750 - £2000
- Dispute Resolution Appointment [second court hearing once the evidence has been filed and / or a report has been received from Cafcass and / or Social Services] £1,200 - £3000
- 1 Day Final Hearing [if no agreement has been reached and the court is asked to decide the issues]. Depending on the complexity of the case and if any witnesses are to attend. From £1,700 - Upwards.
- Part Heard day(s) of a Final Hearing [per day, following day one] £850 - £5,000
The above Costs/Fees will always depend on the complexity of the matter.
Although we will work directly with you either by giving you advice, representing you in court and/or negotiating on your behalf, you remain technically a litigant in person and are responsible for the day-to-day progress of your legal case.
We not only put you at the heart of everything we do. We also never forget that it is your case. Thus, we take time to understand your needs and work with you to make your legal experience as stress-free as possible.
Direct access (also known as Public Access) allows us to undertake the following work:
- represent you in court or in tribunal or other disciplinary hearings
- provide you with expert legal advice
- assist you to draft correspondence
- help to draft statements from litigants and witnesses
- negotiate settlement terms and execute them (e.g. settlement agreements)
- advise you on suitable experts and draft instructions to expert witnesses
- offer you advice on the next steps to be taken in proceedings
- draft formal documents – such as wills
London and Surrounding Counties including:
Basingstoke, Swindon, Guildford. Winchester, Southampton, Bournemouth, Pool, Salisbury, Bristol, Bath, Somerset, Exeter, Yeovil, Weymouth, Devon and Cornwall and South Wales.