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 “Public 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 public 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 public 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.

Licensed Access

Licensed access is a different scheme.  It enables members of prescribed professional bodies below OR those who have been given a special licence by the Bar Standards Board to instruct barrister on behalf of their clients. If you think licensed access might be of help to you or one of your clients, contact one of the clerks to discuss your options.

Part I – Accountants and taxation advisers

1. The Association of Authorised Public Accountants
2. Association of Taxation Technicians
3. The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
4. The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
5. Institute of Chartered Accountants
6. The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland
7. Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland
8. The Chartered Institute of Taxation
9. The Institute of Financial Accountants
10. The Institute of Indirect Taxation

Part II – Insolvency practitioners

1. Insolvency Practitioners Association

Part III – Architects surveyors and town planners

2. The Architects Registration Council of the UK
3. The Architects and Surveyors Institute
4. Association of Consultant Architects
5. The Royal Institute of British Architects
6. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
7. The Royal Town Planning Institute

Part IV – Engineers

1. The Institution of Chemical Engineers
2. The Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors
3. The Institution of Civil Engineers
4. The Institution of Engineering and Technology
5. Institution of Mechanical Engineers
6. The Institution of Structural Engineers

Part V – Valuers

1. The Incorporated Society of valuers & Auctioneers

Part VI – Actuaries

2. The Faculty of Actuaries
3. Institute of Actuaries

Part VII – Chartered secretaries and administrators

1. The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and  Administrators

Part VIII – Insurers

1.The Association of Average adjusters
2.3. The Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters
2.4. The Chartered Insurance Institute