Most people tend to seek legal advice at first from a solicitor. They will work directly with you to help you resolve your legal problems. They will meet you, work out what the case is, sort out the paperwork, and communicate with others involved in your case. If the case needs to go to court, or if more specialist advice is needed, a solicitor will often instruct a barrister to offer expert advice about a specific area of the law, or to go to court and represent you.
But you can also go straight to certain barristers for help provided that they are specially registered by us to work directly for members of the public. These barristers are known as “Public Access” or “Direct Access” barristers.