Public Access Scheme

Public access (also known as direct access) is the scheme which allows companies, organisations and members of the public to instruct barristers directly without having to go to a solicitor first.

Barristers must be registered on the scheme to accept such instructions and there are a number of special rules which apply, all of which are explained in guidance published by the Bar Standards Board. The members shown below are registered on the scheme.

Instructing one of 3 Hare Court's public access barristers directly could save considerable time and money in the right case. It is not just individuals who can use the scheme and Chambers welcomes inquiries from companies and other organisations who find themselves involved in litigation (actual or intended) or just in need of specialist advice.

The clerking team can be contacted to provide estimated fees, and will quote on either an hourly rate or fixed fee (brief fee/ refresher) basis, subject to what is most appropriate for the case and cost effective for the client. Fees will be calculated by reference to the amount of time reasonably required to supply the services and a reasonable hourly rate, taking into account all the circumstances of the case. The clerking team will be able to provide you with information on what specifically is required in order to prepare a meaningful estimate, and will provide one within 14 days.

Hourly rates will vary according to the seniority and experience of counsel, the complexity and urgency of the case. Where we provide a fixed price for a piece of work we will seek not to exceed the amount we have quoted without prior client authority.

The current rate of VAT will be added to all fees (unless zero rated).

Below are estimated rates:


Public Access - Personal Injury Claims

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Public Access - Employment Tribunal Claims

Our barristers are able to advise both employees and employers on unfair and wrongful dismissal claims.

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Public Access - Immigration Appeals

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Public Access - Winding Up Petitions

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