What is a barrister?
In England and Wales, there are traditionally two types of lawyer: barristers and solicitors. Barristers are usually specialist legal advisers who advocate on behalf of clients in court, while solicitors usually manage cases and conduct litigation. The traditional route to instructing a barrister is by first going through a solicitor. However, the direct access scheme allows you to instruct a qualified barrister directly, without the need to involve a solicitor.
Who is listed on the Direct Access Portal?
To take on direct access work, barristers must hold a full practising certificate, have satisfactorily undertaken public access training, and registered themselves as such with the Bar Standards Board (the body which regulates barristers). The Direct Access Portal is the most comprehensive directory available of barristers who meet those qualifications.