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Direct Access

Anyone can now go directly to a barrister without having to involve anyone else (e.g. a solicitor). The barrister’s role remains essentially the same as when they are approached by a solicitor or another intermediary. Barristers can advise you on your legal status or rights.  Barristers can draft and send documents for you and can represent you in court, tribunals or mediations.  Barristers can also negotiate on your behalf and can attend employment or investigative interviews and hearings where appropriate.

Because the barrister’s role is unchanged and there are limits on the types of work that a barrister can do, there are still some cases and situations in which you will need to instruct a solicitor or another intermediary as well as a barrister. However, for many cases the public access scheme allows you to go directly to the expert barrister for advice, representation and drafting.

Not all cases are suitable for public access instruction and nor do all members of Nexus Chambers accept instructions on this basis.  Each case must be assessed individually for suitability.  

Staff at Nexus Chambers have many years of experience and will try to help direct your direct access enquiry to the direct access team, but members of staff cannot give you legal advice.

Barristers at Nexus Chambers cannot provide you with any legal services, such as advice, until you have entered into an agreement regarding what work is to be done, by when and at at what agreed cost.

In the first instance a request should be sent by email to explaining the nature of the case.


We are only able to accept public access instruction on a privately funded basis.

Nexus Chambers and its staff do not have the ability to either advise you on eligibility for legal aid or apply for legal aid on your behalf.  If you believe you may be eligible for legal aid, or it is your wish to explore obtaining legal aid, you will need to progress your case via a solicitor.  Alternatively, for non criminal legal aid matters, you should visit the website of the Ministry of Justice which offers a Legal Aid Eligibility Calculator.

For further information on fee rates and charging please visit out terms of business page.

For further information and guidance in respect of direct access to Barristers, please have a look at the Public Access Guidance for Lay Clients on the Bar Standards Board's website.


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