Archive for July, 2010

Radical Changes To The Direct Access Scheme

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

As a result of sweeping new reforms recently approved by the Bar Council, Barristers qualified to practice under the direct access scheme, can now replicate the role traditionally carried out by solicitor during the initial stages of litigation. One illustration of these reforms, now in place, allows all Barristers to correspond in their own name with their counterpart throughout all stages of the litigation process. Previously, Barristers were only permitted to draft correspondence on behalf of their client, but in direct consequence to this inequality, the current reforms have removed this distinction rendering the direct access scheme increasingly more attractive to clients seeking comprehensive professional representation.