What are the advantages?

You can save money by managing your own case whilst still having the benefit of specialist advice.  

A barrister will often work on the basis of a fixed fee, helping you to maintain closer control over your spending on legal costs.

Providing your instructions direct can help to improve communication between you and your barrister.

You can use your financial resources more effectively, spending a greater proportion on advice and preparation rather than burdensome administration. 

You can use the services of outside agencies who provide litigation support at lower cost than traditional solicitors.

You can always contact a barrister to discuss whether Direct Access is suitable for you.  Many barristers offer a free initial consultation for the purpose of considering the suitability of a case.