Direct Access Agreement

Can I hire a lawyer directly if I have already hired lawyers? If you would like to speak to someone, please call our direct access agents, Denise Fallon and Glenn Bennett, on 020 7427 5200. Da officials can discuss whether your case is suitable for the public and give you information about what is concretely needed to establish a meaningful quote, according to which a job offer will be made within 14 days. Only a small part of the barristers provide direct access, the public works of access and New Walk Chambers are specialized in public access. For those who do, the lawyer must be convinced that the case is suitable for public access, for direct access. If the lawyer believes that it is not in your interest or in the interest of justice to act through public access, he or she will deny direct access to your instructions and refer you to a lawyer. Each case depends on its particular facts: the lawyer will consider the nature of the work he or you are supposed to do and your own ability to handle the parts of your case that would otherwise have been handled by a lawyer. For more general information about the direct public access system, see the BSB Public Access Guidance for Lay Clients. Working directly with a lawyer in court is usually appropriate if you are able to do the administrative side of things yourself. In a family law case, direct access is a good way to focus your financial resources on a trial that you would otherwise have yourself, and give you a better chance of achieving the desired outcome.

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