Instructing Members of Chambers

All barristers at New Temple Chambers are highly skilled legal experts in their respective areas of practice. Chambers accepts instructions from professional clients such as solicitors as well as direct public access instructions. This allows companies, partnerships, sole traders and professionals to instruct members of chambers directly without having to instruct a solicitor in the first instance, if the matter is suitable to be instructed under the Public Access Scheme.

The three main ways of instructing Barristers at New Temple Chambers are:

  • Public Access Scheme
  • Licensed Access
  • Professional Client Access

Public Access Scheme

Members of the public, commercial and non-commercial organisations are able to instruct barristers directly if the matter is suitable to be instructed under the Public Access Scheme.

This includes disputes involving:

  • Construction and engineering
  • Construction adjudication
  • Commercial litigation
  • Arbitration
  • Commercial law
  • Corporate Insolvency
  • Property law
  • Planning Law
  • Professional Negligence

Licensed Access

Authorised licensed access clients are those persons and organisations and/or their members and/or their or their members’ employees (as the case may be) who have from time to time been approved as such by the Bar Standards Board. Organisations or individuals can apply to the Bar Standards Board to be granted a license so that they can instruct barristers because they have expertise in a particular area of the law.

Professional Client Access

The following people may instruct barristers either on behalf of clients or on their own account.

  • any person authorised by another approved regulator (not the Bar Standards Board) or licensing authority;
  • an employed barrister or registered European lawyer;
  • any practising barrister or registered European lawyer acting on his own behalf;
  • a foreign lawyer;
  • a Scottish or Northern Irish Solicitor; or
  • the representative of any body (such as a Legal Advice Centre or Pro Bono or Free Representation Unit) which arranges for the supply of legal services to the public without a fee, and which has been and remains designated by the Bar Standards Board (subject to such conditions as may be imposed by the Bar Council or Bar Standards Board in relation to insurance or any other matter whatsoever) as suitable for the instruction of barristers, and which instructs a barrister to supply legal services without a fee.