Direct Access

Since July 2004 it has been possible for barristers to be instructed direct by businesses and members of the public. The public access scheme applies not just to litigation but to non-contentious matters as well. Importantly in the area of property law this includes advices and drafting.

This scheme is in addition to and separate from the licensed access scheme which is available to members of authorised organisations such as surveyors or accountants.

Christopher has undertaken the “public access” training and is able to accept instructions under both the public access scheme and the licensed access scheme. Each case will require to be looked at individually to determine whether it is appropriate to act under the scheme.

The Bar Council has prepared information to help under the two schemes under which barristers can be instructed directly which can be found at the following links.

Information prepared by the Bar Council with regard to the public access scheme can be found at:

A guide relating to the licenced access scheme is to be found at:

If you have any queries regarding the operation of either the public access scheme or the licensed access scheme then please use the form on the contact page or contact Christopher’s clerks at