Direct Access

The Bar is a referral profession; the majority of barristers are self-employed and in the past were nearly always instructed by a solicitor or professional client on behalf of a lay client. Since 2004, barristers have been able to take on, what is now at 3PB, substantial levels of work from companies, businesses and members of the public who can instruct us directly, without having to use a solicitor or other third party to instruct on their behalf, via Public Access.

Not all barristers can accept instructions in this way, but at 3PB we have over 120 barristers, who practice across virtually all specialisations, and who are licensed to accept your instructions directly. Typically barristers specialise in providing expert legal opinions and advice, drafting legal documents, attending court as your advocate, and representing you at a mediation or arbitration.

There are clear benefits to you of in instructing a barrister directly under Public Access namely: you will save money, as you’ll only be paying for one lawyer (a barrister as opposed to a barrister and a solicitor, and you will deal directly with that specialist barrister throughout your case. You will be able to discuss the matter with them by phone, email, secure (split screen) video link, Skype or by any other agreed method you may choose. This means that there is increased continuity as your case is being handled by one individual, not a firm, and as 3PB agree fixed fees in advance of work being undertaken, there is transparency and you can keep control of your legal costs.

Barristers are experts in the law and provide a high level of skill when advocacy is required to present your case to a Court or Tribunal. Most barristers do not conduct litigation, but 3PB now uniquely offer the 3Legal Direct Access Service which provides all that anyone needing to instruct a lawyer requires; specifically:

  • Legal advice, representation,and assistance; and
  • Proper complete paralegal support and administration of the case from beginning to end via PX Partners.

The first step will be to contact us by phone, email or click here  to complete our online enquiry form. We will immediately start helping you to find the right barrister.

One of clerks will contact you by telephone or by email to run through your enquiry form or speak to you about your case and advise you of your best options. If public access is right for your circumstances, you will be asked to send the barrister more detailed information about your case so that they can review your instructions and provide a fee estimate for the work required.

3PB offers a free introductory conversation between with one of the barristers and you, which we find gets prospective clients to relate to the barrister whom they are considering instructing.