New Bailey Chambers accepts instructions directly from members of the public, businesses and other organisations under a scheme known as Direct Access or Public Access. The scheme allows barristers to be directly instructed, without the need to also instruct a Solicitor.

One of the main advantages to instructing a barrister under Direct Access is that it could potentially save you money since you would only be instructing a barrister and not a solicitor and a barrister. However, although the barrister would be able to deal with many aspects of your case, you may have to conduct some of the administration of your case yourself, including filing documents with the court.

Typically barristers specialise in providing expert legal opinions and advice, drafting legal documents and attending court and tribunals as your advocate.

New Bailey Chambers can offer Direct Access barristers in a number of specialisms including;

Criminal Law

Family Law

Immigration Law

Civil debt claims

Landlord & Tenant

You can contact our clerks to discuss the costs of instructing a barrister on your case. We adopt an open and transparent approach to fee estimates. No work is conducted unless the barrister is instructed to do so and payment is received in advance of the work being carried out.

Fees on most of our direct access cases are agreed at fixed rates for each specific item of work, however on some cases we may charge at an hourly rate. The costs for a barrister can vary depending on the seniority, level of experience or the barrister’s specialist knowledge. Costs can also vary depending on the complexity of the case, the volume of paperwork, the value or sensitivity of the case, the potential reputational impact on the client and the length of any hearing. We may also charge for barrister disbursements such as travel and hotel expenses or photocopying.

We will also provide indicative fees for future work and the circumstances in which they may vary depending on the way your cases progresses.

Our clerks can also offer guidance on additional costs you may have to pay such as court fees, expert fees or other disbursements.

VAT will be chargeable on any of the above where applicable.

Fee quotations can be provided on request.

Please contact Chambers’ clerks on 0151 236 9402 or email to enquire about your case.

Below is a link to the Bar Standards Board Guidance for Lay Clients on the Direct Access scheme which sets out in detail how the scheme works.