There has been a change in the law enabling members of the public to get legal advice or representation directly from a barrister.
How it works:
Alternatively, If you are interested in engaging one of our Barristers for other services such as a court hearing, written advice or assistance with mediation please complete the Direct Access Barrister request form and one of our clerks will contact you urgently.
The full details of how the Direct Public Access Scheme works are set out below.
The rules governing Direct Public Access to Barristers have changed. Members of the public may now go directly to a barrister.
The existing Licensed Public Access scheme gives direct access to Barristers to professional clients such as chartered accountants and surveyors.
5 Pump Court presently has 32 barristers qualified for Direct Public Access cases (as set out below).
"Alexander helped me to gain the outcome that I wanted in court regarding Child Contact Arrangements. I could not have done it without him. He helped me to mediate and offered me advice on what decisions were in the best of interest of my child and I. When representing me in court he got the point across very well and the judge accepted our proposals. I left court feeling relieved and felt the outcome was fair and in my favour. Huge success." - Direct Public Access Client
'"Bev literally changed my children’s lives and mine. Bev cut through the mire of false allegations and nonsense being thrown in my direction and convinced the court to concentrate on what really mattered and that was my children were being alienated from me and unless something was done immediately they would grow up essentially without a dad. The result was common sense but far from guaranteed after the first two hearings which I struggled through unrepresented. Without Bev my children wouldn’t be in the happy position of having me as an integral part of their lives. I’m emotional writing this and still can’t thank her enough. Simply outstanding and without question the best decision I have ever made in my life to secure her services." Family Law Client
"I have instructed Sami Rahman on many employment tribunal cases over the years and would not hesitate in recommending him. Sami adopts a practical and balanced approach, putting clients at ease during stressful litigation." - Fiona Haworth (Senior HR Consultant) at Practical HR Ltd
"Michael Collard did an outstanding job today representing me. I am suitably impressed given the limited time he had to prepare" - Ebele Muorah - direct access property client - September 2016"
"Ben was efficient, thorough and committed in his work. Not afraid to deal with a relatively new area of law, he worked hard to ensure full comprehension and understanding. Thanks" - Legal Department at one of the UK's leading Multi-million pound travel PLC's
“Far in excess of our expectations and would be pleased to recommend at any time" - Gerry Hall – Managing Director – International Procurement Services (Overseas) Ltd.
“Beverly is an remarkable person. Not only in her profession, but in character. With ease and not many words of explanation needed, she understood the circumstances and details of my case and began to act swiftly and with the necessary force, always being one step ahead, considering action-reaction and, at the same time, all other possible ways forward. Beverly struck me as an exceptionally hard working, honest, loyal and down-to-earth person, readily giving straight forward advise and truly "jumping-in" whenever needed. With Beverly on one's side, one feels in safe hands. I highly recommend her."
"Mr Nabi went above and beyond his professional requirements to help and accommodate me; truly an outstanding barrister. He makes the process understandable, calmer and the seemingly unachievable, achievable” - Direct Public Access Client
"Dear Mr Phillips, I would like to say a big thank you for representing me and doing such a splendid job. I appreciate the work you carried out helped me to stay on top of the case and kept me and my little boy safe" - Direct Public Access Client
"I have just had the mother on the phone for half an hour saying how wonderful Rebecca is. She was extremely pleased with the way she handled the case and she fought very hard in court and both mum and grandad felt comfortable and happy that Rebecca was on their side. Her words were 'She had a lot of fight in her and we are very impressed'. - Instructing Solicitor
“Also I would like to comment that she was brilliant and it's refreshing to finally find someone who knows the legal situation and I was amazed how quickly she picked it up and whizzed through the calculations! In addition she was a nice character which enabled me to relax somewhat in a very difficult situation.” Direct Access Client
'Beverly was fantastic, full stop. What impressed me is that she had only a day with the complete case file of 8 months and she came in knowing things that I'd already forgotten about. She did exactly what was necessary to finally help me secure a better future for my daughter. She was my barrister for only one of my hearings, but without doubt I would recommend her services, she was brilliant.' Family Law Client
If you are interested in engaging one of our Barristers who is qualified to provide services via the Direct Public Access Scheme please complete the Direct Access Barrister request form. Once the online form is completed, we will receive this by email. It will then be forwarded to appropriate barristers to assess whether they can assist on your particular matter. If you have specifically asked for a particular direct public access barrister to look at your matter then the form will be forwarded to that barrister. We will then aim to contact you within a few days to let you know if we can help.
If you do decide to instruct one of our Barristers under the direct public access scheme they will require copies of two forms of official identification, for example a driving licence and a recent utility bill or formal identification document identifying residence at an address in the UK. If you are acting on behalf of a company, you will be required to produce a certified copy of Certificate of Incorporation, the latest accounts filed at Companies House and evidence that you are authorised to act on behalf of the company.
If you have any questions about any of the above, please contact one our Clerks by telephone on 020 7353 2532 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Direct Public Access scheme extends this and the following barristers within Chambers are qualified to provide this service:
5 Pump Court
T 020 7353 2532
F 020 7353 5321
LDE 497 Chancery Lane
8.30 am until 7.00 pm