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Hotline for members of the public: +44 (0)20 7611 9373

If you are a member of the public, i.e. not a solicitor, barrister or other professional, and wish to instruct one of our members, we will follow a dedicated process when you contact us.

Please call our dedicated member of the public hotline on +44 (0)20 7611 9373 or contact us through the form below.

The role of barristers

The UK legal profession is split into barristers and solicitors. Barristers are known for appearing in court (although there are many other services that they can provide). Barristers are specialist advocates and are mainly engaged by other lawyers. One of the benefits of using barristers is that they are independent and they provide their services personally. They work in offices, known as chambers, in order to share staff and facilities.

How barristers are instructed

Barristers cannot generally be instructed by members of the public without a solicitor. Usually you would go to a solicitor about your case, then the solicitors would instruct a barrister when it is appropriate. This can be when you go to court or if they need specialist advice on a certain area of law.

Some barristers can accept instructions directly, and this process is known as public access. Public access barristers have completed a specialist training course in order to handle your instructions.

Our process for members of the public

When a member of the public contacts us, our Legal Support Service will discuss your situation and take your contact details. These will then be passed to our Practice Desk staff, who can look at your case and see whether there are any public access barristers available.

Generally the conclusion will be that you will need to get in touch with a solicitor.

Please call our dedicated member of the public hotline on +44 (0)20 7611 9373 or contact us through the form below.

You can find out more about working with barristers by reading our client information leaflet available here: Matrix Client Information Leaflet

    Please give an outline of your case. At this stage we only need brief details.

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    Unfortunately you cannot instruct a barrister directly under legal aid. You need to hire a solicitor who has a legal aid contract in your area of law. If you would like a list of solicitors who work in that area of law, please let us know by ticking the box and we can send you this information.

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