Meera Yagnik


[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Barristers who are registered under the Public Access rules may accept instructions from lay clients directly, rather than being instructed by a solicitor, accountant, foreign lawyer or another professional advisor in appropriate circumstances.
Please feel free to contact us through the contact form and we will discuss whether Public Access is appropriate or for a referral to a solicitor or other advisor if necessary.  For more information on Public Access, visit the Bar Standards Board website here.

Public Access Guidance for Lay Clients PDF.

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If you wish to instruct, the process is as follows:

  • Please complete the enquiry form below, including as much detail as possible.
  • A member of the clerking team will contact you. If the information provided is sufficient for a barrister to agree to take on your case, an initial indication of the fee will be provided. If not, the clerk will contact you to obtain the relevant paperwork from you before providing an initial estimate of the fees subject to counsel availability and expertise.
  • If your case is suitable for the instruction of counsel directly, a client care letter will be issued to you. This is a contract between yourself and the instructed barrister, which outlines the barrister’s role and limitations under the scheme, the scope of the instructions, the fees payable and any other conditions subject to which the work will be carried out.
  • You will be asked to provide proof of identity and proof of address to comply with money laundering regulations. Copies will be taken and held on file.
  • You must return a signed copy of the client care letter
  • Once all of the documentation is in place, your papers and instructions have been received and the relevant fee paid (where payment in advance is required), the instructions have been accepted and the barrister can proceed with your case.