WILLS, PROBATE & INHERITANCE
CONTRACTS & DEBT RECOVERY
In the second part of our series on criminal proceedings, we examine the...
In July 2004 the Public Access Scheme came into force, which allowed members of the public as well as organisations to instruct a Barrister directly on most legal matters. In the past, it would have been necessary to instruct a Solicitor who would then appoint a Barrister on your behalf. The question you can now ask yourself is “Should I contact a Solicitor or Barrister?”
This allows you to benefit from the savings in time and costs that can come from going direct rather than through an intermediary. Now anyone – individuals, companies, firms etc can instruct a Barrister directly.
(from the Bar Council, which introduced the Direct Access Scheme).