We have a large team of direct access barristers who are trained and experienced in  Public Direct Access relating to both children and financial cases. In the right case, direct access to a barrister – without first instructing a solicitor – can be quicker and better value for clients.


What is Direct Access?

Direct access enables you to work directly with a barrister rather than going to a solicitor first, and having the solicitor liaise with the barrister on your behalf. A family law barrister working directly with you will be able to give you advice, represent you in court and negotiate on your behalf, and assist you with drafting documents and correspondence. You remain technically a litigant in person and are responsible for the day-to-day progress of your legal case.

You might instruct a barrister directly to

  • Give you written advice about your case, after reading the documents
  • Give you advice in conference – that is, face-to-face, on the phone or by Skype, after reading the documents; or
  • Represent you either in court at a hearing, or at a settlement conference or a mediation.

Working directly with a barrister at court tends to be appropriate where you are able to handle the administrative side of things yourself. In a family law case, direct access is a good way of concentrating your financial resources on a court hearing that you might otherwise be conducting yourself, giving you a better chance of getting the outcome you want.

Direct Access Barristers are regulated by the Bar Council and the Bar Standards Board and have strict professional rules by which they abide, giving you the benefit of consumer protection and the backing of a professional conduct regime built up over centuries. Only barristers who have achieved a specialist direct access qualification are allowed to work directly with clients. You can find a list of 4PB’s direct access qualified barristers below. If you’d like more information about how a barrister could work with you directly, you can look at the public direct access page of the Bar Council’s website.

On this page you’ll find answers to some frequently asked questions about using a direct access barrister, and how the process works here at 4PB. If you’d prefer to speak to someone, please call our direct access clerk, Denise, on 020 7427 5200.

Specialist Direct Access Barristers