Wills & Probate

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A Will is a written document that specifies where and to whom you wish your property and possessions (otherwise referred to as your ‘Estate’) to be distributed in the event of your death.

Although Wills have a reputation of being complex, this need not be the case. Some Wills, however, require specialist legal knowledge and advice for your specific wishes to be reflected and carried out. A skilfully drafted Will can be a solid foundation in the overall management and administration of your family wealth.

It is not unusual that professionals and executives instructing our wills and probate barristers on other matters do not have a written plan of how they wish their assets to be distributed when they die. It may be that you have not given sufficient attention to what could be done during your lifetime to ensure the most efficient transfer of wealth.

This carries the significant risk of leaving your Estate, finances and assets at the mercy of UK intestacy law, which you and your family may have no control over. It is therefore vital to take timely advice and plan ahead in order to safeguard the wealth that you have worked hard to accumulate.

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


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.

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.


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.


A change in the law in 2004 allowed barristers, who have undertaken additional training, to advise clients without the need for a solicitor and listed below are some of the reasons why it is advantageous to instruct a direct access barrister.



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