Direct Access Qualified - without the need to instruct a solicitor to discuss your case
In 2004 the law changed allowing you to come directly to a barrister without first having to take your case to a solicitor in certain types of cases. This allows you to immediately seek the legal expertise of a specialist advocate often with significant financial saving when compared to having to pay and instruct both solicitors and counsel. Warwick is qualified to accept your instructions directly whether you are an individual or company/commercial client.
Is my case covered?
- Advising – prospects of success, trial tactics
- Preparation – drafting legal documents and skeleton arguments in advance of court hearings
- Advocacy – at any stage of your court case, Magistrates’ Court, Crown Court and Court of Appeal.
- Appeal – advice on whether you have grounds to appeal and prospects of success, this includes a second opinion where a solicitor has been previously instructed.
- Professional Disciplinary tribunals.
- Regulatory hearings/tribunals
How much will it cost?
How do I instruct you?
- Either by telephone, 07976 405060, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Please provide the following information for your free fees estimate:
- Your full name, DOB and address
- Location of where your case is being heard [i.e. Liverpool Crown Court]
- Details of any court hearings which have already taken place [i.e. have you pleaded not guilty? Do you have a date for trial?]
- Whether you have previously been advised by solicitors/counsel
- Whether you currently have solicitors instructed
- Details about the charge[s] and nature of the allegation you face, including the background to the matter and relevant events in chronological order.
- What you want Warwick to do for you? [i.e. represent you for the remainder of the case, advise you on whether you can appeal]
- It is important to note that a complete copy of the case papers will be required before Warwick is able to commence work. You should arrange either to send a copy of your papers or for any solicitors/counsel who have already been involved to send a copy of theirs. The Bar Councils rules relating to Direct Access work do not require a barrister to retain documents so please ensure you do not send original documents.