Following a change in the law in 2004, members of the general public and businesses seeking legal advice or representation of any kind can approach a Barrister directly, without the need to first engage the services of a solicitor. Not all barristers are the same. Direct Access Barristers must be specially trained and qualified in accordance with their rules of professional governance.
Parklane Plowden Chambers are delighted to offer our services, in appropriate cases, directly to the public and businesses. All of our barristers are properly qualified, giving you peace of mind and confidence in the abilities of your PLPDirect barrister.
The advantages of instructing a barrister directly
There are a number of advantages to instructing a barrister directly:
- Meet your barrister at an early stage and work together with them throughout the duration of your case. Together you will take the important decisions relating to strategy and tactics that may influence how a case will finally be determined.
- Receive advice directly from a barrister regarding the nature and seriousness of any allegation being made, together with the strength of the evidence in the case. Important decisions, which may have far-reaching consequences, can be taken together including, for instance, how to approach any interview or questioning by a regulatory body.
- Have the added benefit of knowing from the outset who your barrister will be. Your barristers will conduct all correspondence, engage in negotiations and prepare appropriate documents. This early involvement can bring enormous benefits to you, both as to the strategy deployed when reacting to any investigation or prosecution and to the final result.
- With no solicitor involved, you'll only pay for one lot of legal advice instead of two. This represents a significant costs saving for you..
- Using a Direct Access Barristers improves the speed and efficiency of how your case progresses.
Barristers and Solicitors working together
Barristers and solicitors have worked happily together supporting clients for hundreds of years -this hasn’t changed. Offering a Direct Access solution to clients is the judiciary’s way of widening the options available to those seeking legal advice.
In some instances it may be that your case is not suitable for the direct instruction of a barrister, or that it becomes necessary to instruct a solicitor at a particular point. Should the instruction of a solicitor become necessary then we will advise you and together with our clerks you can identify and instruct an appropriately expert firm. We have forged strong links with some incredible solicitors throughout the UK over the years. With our experience and expertise we will point you in the right direction should your case not be suitable for Direct Access and you need the services of a solicitor.