Historically only solicitors could instruct a barrister.  It is now possible for anyone to instruct a barrister without using an intermediary (such as a solicitor).  This is known as “Direct Access”.

The role of the barrister essentially remains the same.  They can, for example,

  • Advise you about your legal position and the options available to you
  • Draft documents for you
  • Negotiate on your behalf
  • Represent you at a mediation
  • Appear for you at court or a tribunal.

There are limits on what barristers can do for you under the direct access scheme.  This means that it is not suitable for every problem.  Where that is the case, we are happy to suggest alternative potential sources of help.

Barristers have to be specially trained to conduct direct access work.   Barristers at Magdalen Chambers who are able to do so are listed below.  Click on a photograph to see their CV, or contact one of our clerks to discuss your individual requirements confidentially and without obligation.

You can access our website dedicated to Direct Access to learn more: www.magdalendirect.co.uk.

Licensed Access

This is a different scheme – you can read more about Licensed Access here.

Barristers