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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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Direct Access, Public Access Extension into family and crime

14 Jan 2011, 12:21 by John Snell

Labels: careless-driving, direct-access, drink-driving, employment, lawyers, licensing, personal-injury, public-access, reckless-driving, speeding-offences

The extension of direct access or public access, as it is also known, into the areas of family and crime has meant that there has been a significant increase in work for barristers in these fields. In criminal work this has been particularly noticeable with road traffic offences such as drink driving, speeding offences, careless driving and reckless driving seeing the main growth. There has also been a substantial increase in people looking for licensing lawyers and employment lawyers through direct access, public access. However, probably the greatest area of growth in the direct access, public access barristers scheme is with clients searching for a personal injury lawyer to conduct their case.

 Anyone wishing to instruct a barrister in a direct access, public access case can find more information on our direct access page.

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Trading Standards Prosecutions

27 Mar 2009, 15:01 by John Snell

Labels: barrister, licensing, prosecution, trading-standards

Trading Standards cases are increasingly being brought before the courts - many concerning either way offences and some involving imprisonment. John Snell specialises in advices on liability, court venue, and in court appearances.

 Written by John Snell, Barrister at New Walk Chambers, specialising in Criminal Law.

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