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Public access, direct access to barristers

13 Sep 2011, 15:52 by John Snell

Labels: barrister, civil-law, direct-access, drink-driving, family-law, lawyer, licensing, public-access

Public access, or as it is also sometimes known direct access, to a barrister commenced in 2004. This was allowed in order to give lay clients a wider choice of legal services which it was beleived would be quicker and cheaper for them.

 Public access, direct access is becoming an increasingly large proportion of work that is done by the bar. However, not all barristers can work directly with lay clients. When dealing with a litigant in person there is often special care that is required and therefore more senior barristers tend to do public access or direct access and they are required to undertake a special course prior to undertaking work for lay clients.

From it's inception, direct access, public access has worked well which has led to an extension of the areas of work that barristers can do under this scheme. In particular family work has seen a marked increase in access to the bar. Also, criminal work has proved a popular area for lay clients in certain offences. These include speeding offences, drink driving, traffic light offences, RSPCA cases and other matters of this nature. Another growth area has been licensing of pubs, clubs and restaurants as well as other social venues.

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School appeal news

16 Jun 2009, 16:21 by Ian Jones

Labels: admission, admission-appeal, admission-appeals, admissions, advice, appeal, application, barrister, civil-law, daily-mail, daily-telegraph, education, governing-body, guardian-newspaper, ian-jones, lawyer, primary, school, school-admission, school-admissions, school-appeal, school-appeals, schools, schools-adjudicator, schools-appeals, secondary, secondary-school

Ian Jones is quoted extensively in the newspapers this week as figures are released showing that 1 in 10 primary school children were denied a place at the school preferred by their parents. 

For those who want to follow the media discussion, the story is taken up by the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail, the Independent and the Guardian newspapers.

School appeals are likely to feature further in the news over the next few weeks, with more school appeal statistics due out on Thursday and with a forthcoming High Court ruling on the powers of appeal panels.

 Ian Jones is a barrister specialising in school appeals and education law at New Walk Chambers, Leicester.

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Miss Fitton-Brown Completes direct-access course

28 Oct 2008, 11:01 by John Snell

Labels: civil-law, direct-access, family-law

On the 24th October Miss Fitton-Brown completed a direct-access courst and will soon be able to take instructions direct from clients in certain family law cases and in civil law.

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