What services are offered under Direct Access?
The vast majority of barristers who offer Direct Access do not offer to conduct litigation. That means that the responsibility for the day to day management of your case will remain with you. Your barrister will be able to help you to whatever extent you need help with things such as:-
- Advising you on the law
- Advising you on matters of evidence and procedure
- Compiling letters for you to send to the other side
- Helping you make applications to the court
- Representing you in meetings, negotiations and at court.
If a barrister has approval to conduct litigation they are able to conduct the entirety of your case, including entering into correspondence and making applications to court on your behalf if required. In their listing on DAP a barrister will indicate if they are able to conduct litigation in that way.