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Public Access

Public Access


The law allows members of the public to access barristers’ services directly rather than through a solicitor. At Civitas Law we welcome the general public to approach our specialist barristers for advice and representation. Our Public Access barristers will have completed the relevant training and will be ideally matched you your needs. This can potentially save you money since you may only need to pay for a barrister instead of a barrister and a solicitor.

Accessible and approachable

You can speak directly from the outset to the barrister who could present your case in court so you will be given a much clearer view of your prospects. Furthermore, our barristers are approachable, friendly and will immediately put you at ease.  

Areas of expertise

Our chambers’ members accept work through public access in the following areas of expertise:

Your role

Dependent upon the particular work involved, you may need to do some of the administrative tasks in order to help the case along. For example, you must be able to gather together the papers and the evidence in support of your case that the barrister will need in order to do the work that you ask them to do. You may also for example need to handle the correspondence in the case and file documents at court. The barrister can however advise you upon what steps need to be taken and can draft the documents for use in the proceedings.

What you can do

The first step is to contact our Clerks who can help you through the process. You can telephone or contact the clerks by email. It does help if you can fill out your details and set out the help which you would like. If there is an ongoing case in a court and tribunal, it is useful for us to know its details including any hearings or time-limits. The earlier you can contact us, the better for all concerned. Do mention any particular barrister whom you would like to consider your case. Remember please to include your contact details.

What we shall do

Our clerks handle your initial enquiry and will be in touch with you as appropriate before passing the information on to a barrister to consider. The barrister may well need to have a meeting with you when he or she will have to discuss the work which you need to have done as well as to carry out basic checks such as your identification, for which you will need to provide evidence. An agreement will be reached over how the matter is to proceed.


A barrister usually charges according to their level of experience, the complexity of the case and the length of time involved in dealing with it. It is important that the cost to you and the stage at which the fee is payable is agreed at the outset and that the terms of the agreement between you and the barrister are clear. Fees can be agreed on an hourly rate or a fixed fee. But have no fear: No fees will be incurred by you until the basis has been clearly agreed with you.

Members of Civitas Law

The following barristers can accept instructions directly from the public:

Rachel Anthony
Mair Coombes Davies
Anthony Vines
Matthew Paul
Cathrine Grubb
Kate Parker
Owain Rhys James
William Rees


For further information, kindly contact the clerks either by telephone or email.


For further information please contact our clerks, who will be able to help you with any questions.
+44 (0)845 0713 007

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