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Instructing a Barrister

Maitland is committed to providing our clients with the highest quality of service. We welcome feedback on the quality of our legal services and our administration in order to monitor our quality standards and make improvements where necessary.

Our offices at 7 Stone Buildings include facilities for client conferences (including a room with an induction loop), video and Skype conferencing, a mediation suite, training rooms, web access and access for clients with a disability. We will consider all requests for reasonable adjustments to be made to our facilities in order to assist any person with a disability wishing to use our services.

Barristers at Maitland practice as self-employed, referral professionals. They can be instructed by one of two main routes.

1. Professional Client Access

The following may instruct barristers either on behalf of clients or on their own account:

  • Solicitors
  • Other authorised litigators
  • Parliamentary agents, patent agents, trademark agents and notaries
  • European lawyers registered with the Law Society
  • Employed barristers and/or European lawyers registered with the Bar Council
  • Legal Advice Centres designated by the Bar Council
  • Licensed conveyancers (with regard to the provision of conveyancing services)
  • Foreign lawyers

2. Licensed Access

Licensed access is a licensing system whereby organisations or individuals who are suitable to instruct barristers because they have expertise in particular areas of the law can apply to the Bar Council to be licensed to instruct barristers directly in those areas. The licence can cover advice or representation or both and permit licensees to instruct barristers either on their own affairs or on behalf of their clients.

We accept instructions from members of other professions and public bodies for advisory, tribunal and arbitration work, subject to various conditions and restrictions, under the Bar Standard Board's Licensed Access system. All of our barristers accept instructions under this system, subject always to the suitability of the work to the barrister's practice and areas of expertise.

General information about Licensed Access (including rules, regulations, terms of work and lists of licensees) is available on the Bar Council's website, where you can also obtain further details on how to apply if you believe your organisation would benefit from a licence.

Guidance on how to instruct a barrister through this scheme is available in Licensed Access Guidance - Handbook for Clients.

You can also download the Licensed Access Terms of Work.

Should you wish to make an enquiry about a licensed access case, please contact our Clerks.

Testimonials

The Clerks' knowledge of instructing law firms and their clients is used in such a way so as to ensure solicitors are always married up with the right members of chambers.'

Legal 500 (Clerking) 2015