A number of barristers at Littleton are permitted to accept Public Access work.
This page aims to set out a summary of how Public Access works, give examples of how it works in practice at Littleton and also how to make further enquiries about instructing a Littleton barrister on a Public Access basis.
What is Public Access?
Public Access permits barristers to accept instructions directly from a lay client, such as a member of the public, company or corporation, provided the barrister has attended an approved training course, notified the Bar Council of their intention to undertake such work and have insurance cover.
Barristers are not obliged to accept public access work and are permitted to negotiate and agree terms for the provision and scope of work to be supplied to the lay client.
Those terms will be recorded in a written Retainer Letter agreed between the barrister and lay client.
Examples of Public Access work undertaken by Littleton
Whilst every Public Access trained barrister at Littleton can chose work that they engage in on that basis, it has often been the case that instructing a barrister on a Public Access basis may be particularly cost-effective and proportionate when the lay client is part of a multi-party dispute where fellow claimants or defendants are already represented by a solicitor. For example:
-in a High Court restrictive covenant/breach of fiduciary scenario
-multi-party Employment Tribunal claim
-in a dispute between directors, partners or shareholders.
Public Access barristers at Littleton cover all its main areas of practice: employment, commercial, disciplinary and regulatory, sport, partnership, common and public and mediation and arbitration.
What do you need to do to enquire about Public Access representation?
All barristers at Littleton are serviced by clerks. Please contact the clerks room on 0207 797 8600 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further information about Public Access representation.
Before providing their services, barristers’ clerks may require public access clients to provide ID documentation and Anti-Money Laundering Checks may also need to be carried out.
It is very important for lay clients to consider whether they may be eligible for legal expenses funding before instructing a barrister on a public access basis, such as through an insurance policy, a trade union or even public funding (often referred to as "legal aid”).
Barristers may also suggest that a lay client is best served by receiving advice from a solicitor alone or in conjunction with the barrister.