Public Access

Public Access

In the past members of the public were required to engage the services of a solicitor before instructing a barrister. The Public Access Rules provide that members of the public are now able to instruct barristers directly. One of the benefits of the Public Access Scheme is that access to justice is now more cost effective. This is because you will not need to pay to instruct a solicitor in order to have access to the services that a barrister can provide for you. Further, under the Public Access Scheme, you will carry out much of the routine work yourself, rather than paying a solicitor to do this for you.

Members of the Public Access Team

Simon Laws Q.C.
Paul Dunkels Q.C.
Andrew Eaton Hart
Corinne Searle*
Adrian Chaplin
Hugh Cornford
Lara Spencer
Theresa McCormack
Helen Bray
Barry White
Bathsheba Cassel
Emma Smith
Joss Ticehurst
Louise Asprey
Felicity Payne
Laura Searle
Emmi Wilson

 

 

*Head of Family Team
Please see our Barristers Page for full profiles.
Please contact our Managing Clerk, with no obligation, for any Public Access related enquiry, bernard.hayward@walnuthouse.co.uk

 

Why come to us direct?

  • EXPERTS IN RESPECTIVE FIELDS
  • LOCAL KNOWLEDGE
  • APPROACHABLE AND ACCESSIBLE
  • COST EFFECTIVE
  • FAST & RELIABLE
  • HIGH QUALITY SERVICE

 

In the past members of the public were required to engage the services of a solicitor before instructing a barrister. The Public Access Rules provide that members of the public are now able to instruct barristers directly. One of the benefits of the Public Access Scheme is that access to justice is now more cost effective. This is because you will not need to pay to instruct a solicitor in order to have access to the services that a barrister can provide for you. Further, under the Public Access Scheme, you will carry out much of the routine work yourself, rather than paying a solicitor to do this for you.

For further general information on asking a barrister to advise and/or represent you directly please click here and call or email us to speak with someone that will be able to assist you further.

Licensed Access

Licensed access provides the opportunity for a wide diversity of organisations and individuals to be licensed to instruct a barrister directly whether in the commercial, profit, non-profit or voluntary sector and irrespective of size or of the type of work. Examples of those that may take the advantages of the Licensed Access Scheme include: Chartered Surveyors, Chartered Accountants and Town Planners. The full list of bodies from whom such instructions may be accepted are shown on the Bar Standards Board website at Annexe F1 – Licensed Access and Recognition.

Members of Walnut House accept instructions under the Licensed Access Scheme to provide advisory, tribunal and court work, subject to the Licensed Access Rules.

All members of Chambers accept instructions under these Rules, subject always to the suitability of the work to the barrister’s practice and areas of expertise. Barristers accepting instructions under the Licensed Access Rules do so under the Licensed Access Terms of Work.

If you wish to enquire about instructing members of Walnut House direct, you can speak in the first instance to the Senior Clerk, Bernard Hayward. He can advise you on the most appropriate barrister for your case and give you an initial idea of fees.

Further information about Licensed Access can be found on the Bar Standards Board’s website and on the Bar Council’s website.