Why Instruct a Barrister?

Barristers are usually graduates who have undertaken The Bar Course and a period of pupillage in chambers or with other legal providers. Barristers are governed by The Bar Council which ensures that a high standard of professionalism is met.

The specialist Barrister you instruct is likely to have represented clients in court/tribunal and is also likely to have given advice to client in that area. Barristers are therefore likely to have experience not only in the area of law required but also of the tribunal or court, in which your case will appear.

The Direct Access Barristers listed here, have undertaken a course of training with the Bar Council in order to be able to provide legal services without having a Solicitor instruct them first.

Some Barristers may have taken the litigation exam allowing them to draft pleadings or to send emails on your behalf.

The Type of Work a Barrister can do for you

  • A Written Advice/Opinion – A good idea at the outset of any case is to obtain a Barrister’s opinion. This can be written or oral advice on the prospects of success and may highlight challenges or future steps in your case.
  • Advocacy – Barrister’s represent in a whole host of courts and tribunals from the magistrate court to the immigration and asylum tribunal.
  • Drafting – Qualified Barristers may draft your claim form or defence or may simply draft an email of complaint.
  • Mediation/ ADR Qualified Barristers may mediate or arbitrate


You would be surprised to find out how inexpensive a Barrister can be. Barristers are self- employed and therefore do not have the billing targets most Solicitors have. They usually do not have the level of overheads Solicitors have.

Many cases can be run without having to pay a Solicitor and a Barrister.

Barristers should provide their legal fees to you in advance of the work undertaken. Any work undertaken with Barristers on barristerpages.co.uk should be arranged directly with your chosen Barrister