Direct Public Access

Members of the public and companies may instruct barristers directly and therefore reduce legal fees by obtaining specialist legal advice and representation directly without the involvement of a solicitor. The Bar Standards Board's current guidance on instructing a barrister can be found here.

Barristers at 9 Bedford Row who accept direct public access are registered with the Bar Council to conduct this work. Some of our members are also licensed to litigate.

Members of Chambers, in conjunction with CrowdJustice, may be able to offer an alternative funding option in appropriate cases.

Senior Clerk, Paul Outen (, 0207 478 2802) or First Junior Clerk Russell Good (, 020 7 489 2887) will offer free advice initially as to whether direct access is appropriate for your circumstances.

Our barristers have a professional duty to consider the needs of a client. Should it become necessary to instruct a solicitor, Chambers will advise upon a suitably qualified solicitor.

Terms of Service

  • Barristers will charge either a fixed fee for a piece of work or an hourly rate depending on the nature of the work.
  • Upon acceptance of the work the barrister and the client will enter into a contract, setting out precisely what work will be done, the fees for the work, the time it will take and any notable deadlines.
  • Barristers fees will be charged according to their level of experience, the complexity of the case and the length of time involved in dealing with it. The time at which fees become payable will be agreed on a case by case basis.
  • Where the fee relates to a hearing, the barrister is normally entitled to the fee, whether or not the hearing goes ahead, though you may be able to agree a different basis for payment of the fee in such a case.
  • Fees for paperwork and conferences will, where possible, be fixed in advance of the work. Where it is not possible, an estimate will be given. We may also be able to agree that there should be a “ceiling” on the fee charged for a particular piece of work.
  • Where fees are agreed in advance of the work being done, the barrister will require the fee to be paid before carrying out the work.
  • Where a fee is not fixed in advance and the work involves the production of paperwork (for example the drafting of a contract), the barrister will require you to pay for the work before it is released. If, when finding out more about the case, the barrister considers the work that is proposed will take longer than the time agreed, the barrister will contact you the client to arrange and amend the contract.