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Public Access

Oriel Chambers has 10 qualified Public Access Barristers with expertise in civil, family, commercial, employment & criminal law.

  • Please complete our “Public Access Enquiry Form” to help us start the process to assist you, once we receive your completed form a member of the team will contact you. The form will help us understand details of your case and allow us to make sure you have the right Barrister for your needs.
  • If you cannot fill in the online form, please briefly outline your case and send via an email to or telephone the clerks on 0151 236 7191

A helpful guide to The Public Access Scheme and how it works can be found here Bar Standards Board

Barristers in the Public Access Group

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do I know that the barristers in oriel Chambers are fully qualified?

There are rules in place to make sure that all barristers providing legal services direct to the public are fully qualified. The Bar Standards Board, as the independent regulator of barristers, sets those rules. All of the public access barristers at Oriel Chambers have been strained by a regulated trainer and are fully accredited. The barristers are also fully insured in the unlikely event that something went wrong.

Q: what is the difference between a barrister and a solicitor ?

Barristers and solicitors are all lawyers, but they are different types of lawyers.
Barristers are self employed and solicitors work are not. Barristers group together for economy and marketing under one roof which is called a ‘chambers’. solicitors are primarily litigators and they conduct the out of court side of the case – this can mean meeting the client, working out what the case is about, sorting out the paperwork, communicating with the other sides’ lawyers and the court.
Barristers spend most of their time in court.

Q. Do I need a solicitor?

Not all cases are appropriate for going straight to a public access barrister. If your case involves collecting evidence from various people or obtaining lots of reports from experts, or if your case has large volumes of paperwork or court bundles to prepare then you may need a solicitor to do this work. A solicitor can take care of the administrative side of your case whereas a barrister will advise you and present your case in court. We can let you know whether a solicitor is needed and help you decide the best way to proceed.

Q. What do I do if I want to complain about the service I have received or a Barrister?

You should directly contact your barrister if you want to make a complaint.
We will provide you with a copy of our complaints procedure when we accept your instructions. The complaints procedure contains the information you require to make a complaint and also information about what to do if you are unhappy about the way your barrister handles that complaint. We will take your complaint seriously and do all we can to resolve matters.

Q. What are the costs of instructing a public access barrister at Oriel Chambers?

The price will depend on the seniority of the barrister you’re working with and what work needs to be done. At oriel chambers we have barristers in many specialist areas and different levels of experience. The fee you pay depends on the level of barrister appropriate for your particular needs and resources.
We like to be as open and upfront about our prices as possible but each case is unique and in each case the work required will be different. What we can promise you is that we will work with you to find the right Barrister at the right cost for you and we will always let you know our fees in advance.
Fees must be agreed in advance and paid before the barrister will undertake the work.

Q. What do I do to get the things moving?

Give us a call on 01512367191 and have a chat with paul, our dedicated clerk, who will be able to help you decide whether a public access barrister is the right approach for you. Alternatively you can fill in our online form here…… and somebody will be in touch very shortly.