Bar Direct Access Portal


The Direct Access Portal is the Bar Council’s latest development in attracting Direct Access

Alistair MacDonald, QC, chairman of the Bar, described the latest online offering as having “revolutionised” the direct access model. He said: “It used to be that the only way you could benefit from the services of a barrister was through a solicitor. Now, in many instances, you can keep costs down by going directly to a barrister.”


The Law Society, which represents the 150,000 solicitors in England and Wales, was brief in its response to the Bar’s attack. A spokesman said simply: “Solicitors provide vital support to clients in contentious matters. While clients can instruct barristers directly and have been able to do for some time, solicitors provide a wider range of services, which is why many clients choose to instruct a solicitor first.”

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