Jennifer Smith (Registered with the Bar Council as Jennifer Birch) qualified for direct access work in November 2019. The service offered allows individuals and businesses to work directly with a Barrister, to easily obtain a fixed fee quote and communicate with our clerking team.
There are clear benefits to you in instructing a barrister directly:
Direct Access Barristers are regulated by the Bar Council and the Bar Standards Board and have strict professional rules by which they abide, giving you the benefit of consumer protection and the backing of a professional conduct regime built up over centuries.
Only barristers who have achieved a specialist direct access qualification are allowed to work directly with clients.
If you’d like more information about how a barrister could work with you directly, you can look at the public direct access page on the Bar Council’s website or the guidance notes prepared by Bar Standards Board, by clicking the links:
- Bar councils website https://www.barcouncil.org.uk/bar-council-services/for-the-public/direct-access-portal.html
- Bar Standards Board https://www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/for-the-public/about-barristers.html
If you would like to speak to someone, please contact Kelly Wingham via email@example.com. The DA clerks will be able to discuss whether your case is suitable for public access and will be able to provide you with information on what specifically is required in order to prepare a meaningful estimate, after which a quote for the work will be provided within 14 days.
Please note the provision of a quote is not an acceptance of instructions. An acceptance of instruction is fixed upon the signing of a public access agreement. Where we provide a fixed price for a piece of work we will seek not to exceed the amount we have quoted without prior client authority.
On the acceptance of instructions counsel will review the case to assess the amount of papers to be reviewed, the complexity of the case, the need for additional information or documents and the approach being taken by the other side. The return date for completed work will then be subject to the upcoming availability of counsel, the client(s), relevant third parties and where appropriate the next suitable date for any court hearings.
Updates will be provided regarding expected time-scales, including changes in circumstances which are outside of our control.
Charges will vary from £150 to £400 (plus VAT) per hour and for most cases we can provide a fixed-fee quote which may reduce the hourly rate and offer better value.