Direct Access and the Right to Litigate

Any individual or corporate body can now go directly to a barrister for legal assistance and representation without having to involve a solicitor or other intermediary. Until 2014, however, barristers were not permitted to "conduct litigation", meaning that there were certain tasks, such as filing documents at court, serving them on other parties and going on the court record as acting for a party, which barristers were not permitted to carry out on their clients' behalf.

Now, barristers may be authorised to conduct litigation, meaning that we can act as a true one-stop shop for legal services. I have that authorisation, meaning that I can provide all the administrative, case management, correspondence and client care services of a solicitor, as well as the advice, drafting and advocacy services traditionally supplied by barristers.