Direct Access Barrister

William McCarthy

Direct Access Barrister

William McCarthy

I have sat as a part time judge in the county court. I am a very client orientated and approachable barrister who has been in practice for over 25 years. Landlord/tenant, property and financial matters relating to divorce are my specialisms. I work via my barrister law-firm, Bridgewater Legal Limited.

Our goal is to provide optimal legal solutions and outcomes on a reasonable fixed fee basis. In 2015 my law firm was one of the first Barrister Law Firms to be established. That law firm enables me to provide you, the client, with a full legal service from beginning to end, including issuing a claim at court, conducting litigation and instructing other experts to assist with your case. In short, unlike many barristers, we are able to provide most of the services of a solicitors' firm but with the added advantage that our costs tend to work out significantly cheaper and you have the benefit of instructing a barrister from beginning to end.

Having sat as a part-time district judge in the county court, I look at all cases from the perspective of the following question: 'how a judge look at it?'. That then informs what is the best and most cost effective route to achieving you goals.

Area of Law


I specialise in motoring offences and we travel the whole of England and Wales in order to represent clients. In particular, we focus on 'totting' cases and have a very high success rate in saving a client's licence from a 'totting up' ban.

Landlord and Tenant

We have a long established expertise in representing residential landlords and tenants in respect of both possession proceedings. Such litigation is usually expensive to 'run' but our goal is to charge reasonable fixed fees in advance, with those fees having been agreed by you at the outset.

What sort of work do I do?

Landlord and Tenant: I act for landlords and tenants in relation to residential tenancies. My firm offers an all-round litigation service whereby we will go on the court record for you where appropriate.

Motoring Offences: We particularly specialise in driving ban cases whereby the motorist is due to tot up to 12 points and is therefore liable to a minimum 6 month disqualification. We regularly persuade the Magistrates to allow the motorist to continue driving.

Family Law: We cover all financial aspects of divorce including reaching financial settlement and/or proceeding to and representing at a final hearing.

Who do I work for?

Our landlord and tenant enquiries often come from professional agents as well as recommendations from other landlords who have been happy with our services.

Our Motoring clients speak very highly of us too:

"Without your help I would never have been able to save my driving licence after getting over 12 points on it. Your team was very helpful and kind and knew how to handle the situation in the court room." VD, Slough

In terms of family, our clients are those who will appreciate our friendly, calm, protective approach, always with an eye on securing early settlement and agreement.

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