Public Access barristers do what barristers always do: provide specialist legal advice, draft legal documents including documents needed during litigation, and provide specialist representation and advocacy before Courts and other Tribunals. You can be advised and guided through the legal process by the barrister rather than by a solicitor and the barrister. You can also seek advice about setting up a business, drafting employment and other contracts, with the aim of avoiding or reducing disputes in the future.


What are the benefits of instructing a Tanfield barrister directly?

  • You only pay one legal advisor rather than two and, since you are paying one with lower overheads, this will usually be more economical than retaining the solicitor alone and will certainly cost less than instructing both.
  • You get direct access to specialist legal advisors and advocates, at a time of your choice – not just when a problem gets to Court.
  • You will know in advance the basis upon which we charge for work.
  • Your barrister will be able to inform you if you do need a solicitor, or the help and advice of another specialist, and may be able to recommend one.

Which areas of the law are suitable for Public Access instructions?

The following are examples of work which is suitable for Public Access:

  • Advisory work in all areas of law affecting individuals and businesses including legal documents, contracts, etc;
  • Litigation support in all areas where legal proceedings are being made by or against individuals or businesses. For example advice about the merits of a claim or defence, procedural advice or representation at Court hearings;
  • Second Opinions; and
  • Advice and Representation before Courts and Tribunals

Are there any areas where I cannot instruct a barrister directly?

If you are unsure of whether your legal issue is covered by Public Access, contact our Public Access Administrator here.

How do I instruct a barrister at Tanfield Chambers?

If you are considering instructing a barrister at Tanfield Chambers, please complete the following form. If the matter is very urgent please telephone our Direct Access Administrator 020 7421 5300.

If you are a direct access client and want to know more about how your barrister will use your data you can find the lay client privacy notice here.


Tanfield Chambers is proud of its reputation for providing excellent client service. However we recognise that there may be times when our service falls short of expectations, despite our very best efforts. We encourage ongoing communication with our clients so that any issues can be identified and resolved as early as possible. We maintain a formal complaints procedure to assist with the appropriate handling of any complaints. A copy of our complaints procedure is available here. Should you wish to bring a formal complaint to our attention, please contact the Chief Executive, Eamonn Kelly, in the first instance. A copy of our complaints procedure can be viewed by clicking here.