Expert Barristers Instructed by You
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.
The old method of working with a Barrister
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.
ISSUES WITH THIS 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, engineers and other specialist consultants may not require hand-holding by a solicitor in order to consult the expert barrister about their case.
The new method of working with a Barrister
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.