DIRECT ACCESS BARRISTERS CHAMBERS LONDON

Our members at Mercantile Barristers are Public Access Trained and are happy to be consulted by and we accept instructions directly from professionals and discerning private clients at any time (for direct access barristers). To book an appointment with one of our Barristers in London please call us and speak to our clerks who will find a best barrister for you.

Direct Access Barristers Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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WORKING WITH A BARRISTER BEFORE 2004

Historically, barristers in England & Wales could only accept instructions from solicitors and could not be consulted directly by members of the public. Barristers were considered to be too expert and too specialist to deal directly with lay clients.

 


View list of Direct Access Barristers call 020 3034 0077 or send email to clerks to book an appointment


 

It was left to a solicitor to first determine whether the legal problem that has arisen required the involvement of the expert barrister. If so, it was only the solicitor that could instruct the expert barrister on behalf of the lay client. Using a medical analogy, it is akin to having to see your GP before being referred to the Specialist Consultant.

 

NO ISSUES WITH DIRECT ACCESS BARRISTERS METHOD

In this traditional mode of operation the lay client continues to pay for his solicitor while also paying for his expert barrister. While this has always been the case, it is unnecessary in certain modern circumstances and inevitably commercial pressures and modernity has brought a change. Professionals such as company directors, agents, architects, surveyors, construction engineers and other specialist consultants may not require hand-holding by a solicitor in order to consult the expert barrister about their case.

WORKING WITH A BARRISTER TODAY (Direct Access Barristers)

A change in the law in 2004 allowed barristers, who have undertaken additional training, to advise clients at first instance without the need for a solicitor. So at Mercantile Barristers our members have gained additional qualifications and are able to undertake both solicitor and barrister work.

 

ONE STOP SHOP

Your solicitor and your barrister are combined so you don’t have to go from one solicitor’s office on the High Street to barristers’ chambers at the Inns of Court.

2 FOR 1 VALUE

You only pay one legal advisor rather than two. The barrister usually has lower overheads, so this will usually be more economical than retaining the solicitor alone and will cost less than instructing both.

SAVE TIME

You get the earliest possible direct access to the specialist – not just when a problem gets to Court. This could save you the headache, heartache and expense of avoidable litigation.

CERTAINTY

You will normally know in advance the basis upon which the work will be charged, as well as your advisors view on likely prospects of success.

MAKE AN ENQUIRY FOR DIRECT ACCESS BARRISTER

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CONTACT A CLERK

The first step to instructing a barrister on your behalf is to provide us with some background information to your case. Our clerks are massively experienced and can help point you in the right direction.

direct access barristers in london020 3034 0077

 

 

Email to book direct access barristersclerks@mercantilebarristers.com

 

 

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Coronavirus Update

With the constantly evolving news of the spread of COVID- 19 (“Coronavirus”), the health of staff and clients at Mercantile Barristers is paramount. We are monitoring all developments and following the Government’s guidance to ensure that we can limit any possible impact of the virus.

We are able to cater to clients’ needs by offering advice in teleconference, and Skype conference should the Government’s guidance necessitate isolated working for an unknown period of time.

To all current and prospective clients who require advice and support regarding the continued provision of our services, please do not hesitate to get in touch on 0203 034 0077 or clerks@mercantilebarristers.com.

Should you also require legal advice and support on the impact of the pandemic on yourself, your employment or your business then please get in touch with us.

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