Why instruct a barrister?
Barristers and solicitors
Since the mid-sixteenth century, the legal profession in England
and Wales has been divided into two branches: barristers and
solicitors. Both are lawyers but the training and regulatory
structures differ significantly.
For centuries, barristers held a monopoly on the right to appear
in higher courts. Though that monopoly no longer exists, the Bar
remains a yardstick for high quality advocacy and independent legal
advice. Barristers are highly trained courtroom advocates, dealing
with the vast majority of serious and high profile court cases.
Barristers' relationships with solicitors
The Bar of England and Wales is also the legal referral
profession, to which solicitors turn for legal advice in
particularly complex or serious cases. Members of the public
requiring legal advice or representation, including those accused
of criminal offences in the Crown Court, have a right to choose who
should represent them in court and they will commonly choose to be
represented by a barrister with all the court room experience and
expertise that they bring.
How a barrister can assist
The Bar of England and Wales is a unique profession of
specialist advocates and advisers. The Bar's experience means
that it is very well placed to provide solutions to any legal
problem, and is very good value for money.
Instructing a barrister at an early stage can help resolve
a problem quickly and efficiently -often without going anywhere
near the door of a court. But if the dispute continues
barristers have the advocacy skills to represent their client's
best interests, whether in court or a tribunal, or at an
arbitration or mediation. Recent rule changes to the way in
which barristers work mean that the Bar is more accessible