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Questions frequently asked by clients about the Public Access Scheme and barristers

Marcus Croskell is one of a number of public access lawyers operating in Ipswich, Norwich and Chelmsford via EA Law - East Anglian Chambers, and is well placed to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about public access barristers and the public access scheme.

  1. What is the Public Access Scheme?

        The Public Access Scheme allows members of the public to directly instruct a barrister rather than go through a solicitor first.  Historically, lay clients had to always use a solicitor or appropriate third party to be able to access the specialist advice of a barrister.

  1. What are the advantages of the Public Access Scheme?

        The main advantage is that it could potentially save you money whilst giving you access to the Bar, since you would be paying for a barrister only instead of a barrister and solicitor.  However, although Marcus Croskell would be able to deal with most aspects of the case, you could have to assist in some limited areas, generally in filing documents with the court.

  1. Is my case suitable for public access?

        Public access is available in all types of work that barristers do, except for work funded out of legal aid.  It is most suitable for reasonably straightforward cases.  It is likely to be inappropriate in cases involving children.  If you are not sure whether your case would be suitable for public access, do not hesitate to contact Marcus Croskell on 0843 886 2603 or email and seek a FREE initial view.  If he considers it unsuitable and your case would benefit from the involvement of a solicitor, he will tell you so.  Marcus Croskell reserves the right to choose whether or not to take a public access case.

  1. What is the difference between a barrister and a solicitor?

        Barristers specialise in providing expert legal services, advocacy and drafting of documents.  Broadly speaking, solicitors tend to give more general advice and often will instruct a barrister where necessary to provide the specialist advice and advocacy services.  For more information on the differences between barristers and solicitors, see HERE.

  1. How do I go about instructing Marcus Croskell?

        Please contact 0843 886 2603 or email to arrange a FREE initial consultation.  Please use the reference: marcuscroskell.com.

  1. Where can I find out more information about the Public Access Scheme and barristers?

        Please go to the Bar Council website for more information at Public Access: Guidance for Lay Clients .