DIRECT ACCESS

Dan Jones is qualified under the Bar Standards Board’s Public Access (also known as Direct Access) rules to accept instructions directly from clients, whether individuals or representatives of companies and public bodies, across all of his areas of practice.

He is able to provide advice and representation throughout any proceedings as well as assisting with the drafting of court documents and statements, and the instruction of any experts.  Dan does not conduct litigation (e.g. the filling and serving of documents) and so the day to day management of a case would remain with the client, unless the client wishes to instruct a separate litigator (Dan can advise and help identify such a service should it be required).

If you wish to enquire about instructing Dan directly, please contact us. An assessment of the nature of the case and its suitability for direct access can then be made.  The information provided may be sufficient for Dan to agree to take on your case and for an initial estimate of the fees likely to be incurred. A client care letter will then be issued, setting out the scope of work, the fees payable, and any other conditions subject to which the work will be carried out.  In some cases, it may be necessary for Dan to hold a preliminary meeting with you before accepting the work and before a client care letter can be prepared.

Please note that Dan cannot undertake any publicly funded ("legal aid") work under the Direct Access scheme. If you think that you may be eligible for public funding, you can check by completing the Legal Aid Eligibility Calculator. If you are eligible for legal aid but would prefer to instruct Dan directly, you can do so on a privately funded basis.

Dan provides legal services either on an hourly rate basis or by agreeing a fixed fee. His fees will vary depending upon the nature and complexity of your case.  As a general guide Dan’s hourly rate ranges £300 to £450 (plus VAT) per hour, and we are happy to provide you with a quotation, including for a fixed fee if appropriate.  

The detailed rules governing the work a barrister may do under the Public Access Scheme may be found by using the search facility at the Bar Standard Board and Bar Council’s websites.

Any Public Access client wishing to complain about the service they have received should in the first instance contact Dan directly.  If any dispute cannot be resolved then further guidance can be found on the Legal Ombudsman website

 

 

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