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Re: Legal Representative

Good Afternoon to All

I would be very appreciative to all the budding legal professionals here on 'The Student Room' for some advice.

I will be taking legal action against a company/organisation and need to find a legal representative. Rather than wasting time, I would like to appoint a Barrister directly rather than a solicitor; it will more than likely prove to be cheaper given the case.

For the sake of brevity I will just list a few phrases rather than go into great detail:

- Financial related
- Regulations
- Terminal illness
- Disability
- Lack of Duty of Care
- Harassment, Intimidation
- Tampering/Concealment/Incompetence

Given all the above information I would be very grateful as to your thoughts as to the best Barrister, (area of specialism), I should be researching? If you do have any recommendations as to a suitable Barrister, they would be welcomed.

Many thanks
The members on this forum are predominantly students who will not have sufficient knowledge of or contacts within the legal industry to answer your question. I am a practising barrister but cannot ascertain from your post what type of claim you are looking to bring. I would be a little wary of assuming that direct access is the cheapest or best route to obtaining effective legal representation here. Even barristers who are accredited to undertake litigation (which is an additional element on top of being direct access qualified) do not have the same systems in place as solicitors when it comes to running and managing your case day to day. I would therefore reconsider whether or not a direct access barrister is your best option here, and I say that as a barrister who is direct access qualified. I do get requests on occasion for someone to instruct me on a direct access basis to effectively run litigation, and my response to those requests is to reject them and refer them to a solicitor (normally one that I know), because that is simply not a service that I can effectively provide, no matter how much you'd be paying me.

If you do want to continue to look into the direct access route, the best option would be to contact individual Chambers and ask the clerks to recommend any barristers that they have who are direct access qualified and practise in the area relevant to your claim. But as I say, if I were you I would be making enquiries of solicitors as well.
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Original post by Crazy Jamie
The members on this forum are predominantly students who will not have sufficient knowledge of or contacts within the legal industry to answer your question. I am a practising barrister but cannot ascertain from your post what type of claim you are looking to bring. I would be a little wary of assuming that direct access is the cheapest or best route to obtaining effective legal representation here. Even barristers who are accredited to undertake litigation (which is an additional element on top of being direct access qualified) do not have the same systems in place as solicitors when it comes to running and managing your case day to day. I would therefore reconsider whether or not a direct access barrister is your best option here, and I say that as a barrister who is direct access qualified. I do get requests on occasion for someone to instruct me on a direct access basis to effectively run litigation, and my response to those requests is to reject them and refer them to a solicitor (normally one that I know), because that is simply not a service that I can effectively provide, no matter how much you'd be paying me.

If you do want to continue to look into the direct access route, the best option would be to contact individual Chambers and ask the clerks to recommend any barristers that they have who are direct access qualified and practise in the area relevant to your claim. But as I say, if I were you I would be making enquiries of solicitors as well.

Good Morning Crazy Jamie

Thank you for taking time to assist me, I'm truly grateful to you for your guidance, thoughts and insight.

I believe I have a better understanding now on how to proceed: I will seek a solicitor's advice as to the strength of my case first of all and take matters from there.

Kind regards

Phoenix

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