Public Access

Chambers of Stuart Stevens

What is ‘Direct Access’ or ‘Public Access’?

Traditionally obtaining the benefit of a Barrister’s advice or representation was only available by going through the offices of a solicitor first. This meant the additional complexity and cost of engaging two lawyers rather than one.

This requirement has now been relaxed so that, in the right circumstances, instructing a solicitor may be unnecessary. The obvious advantage of this is that you can access immediate legal advice from an expert practitioner whilst at the same time saving money by the removal of additional costs. 

Frequently Asked Questions

If you aren’t convinced that choosing a Direct Access Barrister to solve your legal problem is the right choice for you, here is a list of frequently asked questions that we are often asked.


CALL 020 7242 6060 for information in respect of the following frequently asked questions:


Which barrister is right for my case?

Is my case suitable for Direct Access?

What will I get for my money?

What work is a barrister prohibited from doing under Direct Access?

What are the advantages of instructing a barrister over that of a solicitor?

Who can instruct a barrister under the Direct Access scheme?