Public Access


Members of Chambers accept instructions on a Public Access basis. The range of work undertaken by Chambers public access barristers includes all the areas identified by each Member of Chambers.

Public Access instructions undertaken by Members of Chambers have included the following areas of work:

  • Personal injury for claimants and defendants
  • Civil claims for assault
  • Employment disputes on behalf of claimants and respondents
  • Employment termination negotiation and agreements
  • Discrimination
  • Contractual & commercial disputes
  • Defamation
  • Debt recovery
  • Company & shareholder disputes
  • Professional negligence
  • Insurance terms and coverage disputes
  • References to Ombudsmen
  • Civil claims appeals
  • Criminal appeals
  • Employment appeals
  • Academic appeals

Public Access permits anyone to go directly to a barrister without having to involve an intermediary such as a solicitor. The barrister’s role remains essentially the same as when they are approached by a solicitor or another intermediary. Members of Chambers can advise the client on their legal status or rights, draft documents for a client and can represent the client in court, tribunals or mediations. Members of Chambers can also negotiate on the client’s behalf and can attend employment or investigative interviews and hearings where appropriate.

Because the barrister’s role is unchanged and there are limits on the types of work that a barrister can do, there are still some cases and situations in which the client will need to instruct a solicitor or another intermediary as well as a barrister. However, for many cases public access allows the client to go directly to the expert barrister for advice, representation and drafting. If you wish to instruct a Member of Chambers directly you will be provided with the information you require to be able to understand what can and cannot be done on your behalf.

For further information, please visit Farrar’s Direct, our dedicated public access website.