The licensed access scheme enables members of professions which hold a general licence from the Bar Standards Board, including chartered surveyors, town planners, accountants, architects and engineers, to instruct a barrister to advise or act on behalf of their clients (or in relation to their own affairs) without the involvement of a solicitor.
In addition, many organisations and individuals are specifically licensed by the BSB to instruct barristers, usually for particular types of cases.
Our practice clerks are happy to confirm the availability of particular barristers or help you select the best barrister for your particular case and give an indication of likely fees.
You can find more information about our practice groups by clicking on one of the links on the right hand panel.
If your organisation includes an in-house lawyer they can instruct counsel direct without the need to rely on licensed access.
The licensed access scheme extends to representation at arbitrations, mediations, tribunals, public inquiries and cases before magistrates. The scheme does not cover the actual conduct of litigation in the Higher or County Courts; in those circumstances, either a solicitor must be retained, or the client must instruct the barrister direct.