Great George Street Chambers (Chambers of Glen Hodgetts)
Direct Access Immigration Barristers-at-Law
Immigration Advice Immigration Lawyer asylum lawyer
DX 130670, Clifton 4
Public Access Scheme / Direct Access - Immigration Advice Direct to the Public
Glen Hodgetts - Head of Chambers
What is the public access scheme in detail ?
Regulated by the Bar Standards Board
You can read more detailed information about the public access scheme by clicking on the link below:-
The above link transfers you to a new page on the Bar Standard's Board website entitled, "Public Access Guidance for Lay Clients" where you will be able to access a detailed and clear explanation of what the public access scheme is and how it operates. It will tell you what public access barristers can and cannot do.
Following changes to the Bar Code of Conduct, all our barristers are now accredited with the Bar Council, as a 'Public Access Barristers', which means that we are able to provide legal services direct to a private paying lay client without the need to also instruct a solicitor. A member of the public can thus get direct and affordable access to a specialist direct access immigration and asylum barristers, without having to also pay a solicitor, thus potentially saving considerable cost and potentially, a quicker streamlined service.
Any member of the public may now contact us directly to ascertain whether the case is suitable for direct 'public access' by simply calling our clerk on 07966495468 (between 12 noon and 2pm daily) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that your case may not be suitable for public access if it is particularly complex.
Public Access Immigration Barristers are also sometimes referred to as "Direct Access" Immigration Barristers.
Direct Access Immigration Barrister
Summary of key aspects of using the Public Access Scheme to instruct Glen Hodgetts
1. After contacting me with details of your situation and case I will provide a fees quotation within 48 hours.
2. If you are interested in instructing me via public access and agree to the quotation, you will then be given further information about the public access scheme and I will discuss with you on the telephone the pros and cons of instructing a barrister through it. In order to be eligible for the scheme, I will need to make sure that it is in your best interests to instruct me via public access and that you are able to undertake the administrative tasks that a solicitor would normally undertake. If you are eligible for legal aid then I will not be able to take your case on via public access unless you explicitly consent to this. If your case is particularly complex, with difficult procedural issues, it may not be appropriate to instruct me via public access and I will advise you that this is the case at this point and advise you to see a specialist immigration solicitor.
3. I am currently not accredited to conduct litigation. This essentially means that I cannot serve documents on a court or tribunal that start legal proceedings or are related to the litigation. I am also not able to receive receive on your behalf documents from a court or tribunal relating to your litigation. In effect, you have to act "as your own solicitor" and make sure you keep safe all necessary documents relating to the litigation and keep yourself aware of any necessary deadlines. Under public access, barristers who are accredited for public access but do not have accreditation to conduct litigation will be instructed by a lay client who will act as a "litigant in person."
5. Once you have read your client care letter and are happy to proceed via public access, you sign, date and return the letter to me to confirm your acceptance of the agreement and to confirm that you understand what public access entails.
6. On the letter's return, and when any fees agreed in the letter have been paid in accordance with the fees structures set out in it, I will be able to begin the work that the agreement requires me to do.
7. From the initial quotation of fees, you can expect the process of finalisation of the client care letter to take another 2-3 days. I will let you know if there are special circumstances which mean that I cannot get the letter to you in this time.
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