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Until recently members of the public were unable to engage a Barrister without first instructing a Solicitor. Traditionally a Solicitor would do most of the paperwork whilst a Barrister would subsequently be engaged to provide specialist legal advice and representation in court.

However, in an attempt to make it easier, quicker and cheaper for members of the public to get legal advice, those rules have now been changed. In many cases involving relationship disputes and children Barristers can now accept instructions direct from members of the public.

Direct Public Access offers clients many potential benefits, not least the opportunity to make significant cost savings and to receive direct access to legal advice from a specialist Family Barrister. At Cardinal Chambers we have Barristers with the expertise to advise and guide you through every step of the process - be it advice in relation to a divorce, separation, contact with your children, or a dispute over finances.

However, not all cases currently qualify for such an approach. Clear rules apply and if you require a Solicitor to act on your behalf we will tell you. We can even recommend one if you so wish.

If you would like more information about what is involved the Bar Council has produced guidance for members of the public who wish to instruct a Barrister direct.

To find out if your case might qualify for Direct Public Access and would like to meet one of our team we will be pleased to offer you a  FREE 30 minute consultation with the Barrister of your choice. The purpose of such a meeting is not to provide you with legal advice but to discuss whether your case may be eligible, and the options available to you.

To arrange a meeting please telephone or email our Practice Manager or complete our online enquiry form.


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