Public Access

Overview

Thanks to the Public Access Scheme, members of the public needing legal advice can now instruct a barrister directly.  If you are a business owner or director, you might need to respond to a claim from an employee (say for discrimination, unfair or wrongful dismissal or an industrial relations issue), or you might have a commercial dispute.  If you are an employee, you may want to bring a claim against your employer.

 

OBTAIN PUBLIC ACCESS TO A BARRISTER

 

By instructing a barrister directly you can be confident of receiving the very best specialist legal advice at a lower cost.

Old Square Chambers has a team of expert public access barristers in employment, discrimination and commercial disputes. By expert we mean people who specialise in these areas and are up-to-speed on every aspect of case law and the latest legal developments. They can give you a speedy and honest overview of your case plus sensible and pragmatic advice. As well as being professional, you’ll also find us personal and approachable.

If you need legal advice in any of these areas please call one of our clerks and they will listen to your case (our clerking team is trained to ask the right questions and your information is handled with sensitivity and in complete confidence), suggest the best barrister for you and talk you through the next steps.  If you prefer, you can complete the form below or alternatively e mail us on publicaccess@oldsquare.co.uk and we’ll get back to you.

Either way we’d welcome an opportunity to advise you.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT PUBLIC ACCESS

 

  • Will I still need a solicitor?  Unlikely but occasionally a case may benefit from a solicitor’s advice in which case we’ll tell you that at the start.  We work with some of the UK’s best employment lawyers in the UK so, if necessary, we can introduce you to a solicitor right for your case.
  • How much will it cost? We can only advise how much it will cost once we know your case details (this is no different to advice from a traditional solicitors).  Costs vary according to the complexity of your case, whether you need a senior or junior barrister and the value of your case.  Once we do know, we will agree fees with you in advance and in writing so you can be sure of financial certainty.  What we do know is the public access option is likely to cost less than the traditional route of instructing a solicitor who then instructs a barrister.
  • Which barrister is right for my case ? After listening to your case, our clerks will be able to match your need to the barrister with the most relevant experience. With 20 public access barristers to choose from, we can find the right person. Factors influencing the choice will be area of expertise, how complicated your case is, the value of your case, and your budget. Have a look at the profiles of our barristers undertaking public access work here.


Employers might also find the following websites useful:


Choosing the public access route means you can join the increasing number of people and companies who prefer to work with barrister directly.  Here are some examples.

  • Employment Handbook and Contracts - One of England’s largest greetings card manufacturers asked one of our employment barristers to update and redraft their employment handbook and employment contracts.  We provided the new drafts and were also able to provide their HR department with ongoing advice and guidance on implementing the changes.
  • Retained Barrister - Public access employment barristers are well placed to provide support directly to HR professionals.   A number of our barristers are instructed directly by the HR departments of both large and small companies.  One of our employment barristers provides guidance and support to the in-house HR team in of one of world’s largest rating agencies.  He is available on an ongoing basis to help and advise them on the full range of employment law problems that arise in the workplace, from operating fair internal disciplinary procedures, to advising on policies and procedures, to supporting redundancy consultation processes.
  • Brussels and Rome Regulations - One of our barristers was instructed at short notice to defend a commercial client in an international contractual dispute.  He was able to produce a skeleton argument within 24 hours.   He identified that the French Courts should have exclusive jurisdiction under Article 22 of the Brussels 1 Regulation and the claim was struck out for want of jurisdiction.

 

Thanks to the Public Access Scheme, members of the public needing legal advice can now instruct a barrister directly.  If you are a business owner or director, you might need to respond to a claim from an employee (say for discrimination, unfair or wrongful dismissal or an industrial relations issue), or you might have a commercial dispute.  If you are an employee, you may want to bring a claim against your employer.

 

OBTAIN PUBLIC ACCESS TO A BARRISTER

 

By instructing a barrister directly you can be confident of receiving the very best specialist legal advice at a lower cost.

Old Square Chambers has a team of expert public access barristers in employment, discrimination and commercial disputes. By expert we mean people who specialise in these areas and are up-to-speed on every aspect of case law and the latest legal developments. They can give you a speedy and honest overview of your case plus sensible and pragmatic advice. As well as being professional, you’ll also find us personal and approachable.

If you need legal advice in any of these areas please call one of our clerks and they will listen to your case (our clerking team is trained to ask the right questions and your information is handled with sensitivity and in complete confidence), suggest the best barrister for you and talk you through the next steps.  If you prefer, you can complete the form below or alternatively e mail us on publicaccess@oldsquare.co.uk and we’ll get back to you.

Either way we’d welcome an opportunity to advise you.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT PUBLIC ACCESS

 

  • Will I still need a solicitor?  Unlikely but occasionally a case may benefit from a solicitor’s advice in which case we’ll tell you that at the start.  We work with some of the UK’s best employment lawyers in the UK so, if necessary, we can introduce you to a solicitor right for your case.
  • How much will it cost? We can only advise how much it will cost once we know your case details (this is no different to advice from a traditional solicitors).  Costs vary according to the complexity of your case, whether you need a senior or junior barrister and the value of your case.  Once we do know, we will agree fees with you in advance and in writing so you can be sure of financial certainty.  What we do know is the public access option is likely to cost less than the traditional route of instructing a solicitor who then instructs a barrister.
  • Which barrister is right for my case ? After listening to your case, our clerks will be able to match your need to the barrister with the most relevant experience. With 20 public access barristers to choose from, we can find the right person. Factors influencing the choice will be area of expertise, how complicated your case is, the value of your case, and your budget. Have a look at the profiles of our barristers undertaking public access work here.


Employers might also find the following websites useful:


Choosing the public access route means you can join the increasing number of people and companies who prefer to work with barrister directly.  Here are some examples.

  • Employment Handbook and Contracts - One of England’s largest greetings card manufacturers asked one of our employment barristers to update and redraft their employment handbook and employment contracts.  We provided the new drafts and were also able to provide their HR department with ongoing advice and guidance on implementing the changes.
  • Retained Barrister - Public access employment barristers are well placed to provide support directly to HR professionals.   A number of our barristers are instructed directly by the HR departments of both large and small companies.  One of our employment barristers provides guidance and support to the in-house HR team in of one of world’s largest rating agencies.  He is available on an ongoing basis to help and advise them on the full range of employment law problems that arise in the workplace, from operating fair internal disciplinary procedures, to advising on policies and procedures, to supporting redundancy consultation processes.
  • Brussels and Rome Regulations - One of our barristers was instructed at short notice to defend a commercial client in an international contractual dispute.  He was able to produce a skeleton argument within 24 hours.   He identified that the French Courts should have exclusive jurisdiction under Article 22 of the Brussels 1 Regulation and the claim was struck out for want of jurisdiction.

 

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