Instructing a Barrister – Licensed Access
Professional organisations or individuals can instruct barristers, either on behalf of clients or on their own account, if they are deemed or adjudged suitable to do so because of their professional expertise.
Most qualified accountants, actuaries, insolvency practitioners, town and country planners, surveyors and engineers are automatically deemed suitable. Other professionals can apply to the Bar Standards Board (the independent regulator of the Bar) to be licensed to instruct barristers directly in their areas of expertise, either generally or for particular work.
Our sister company Matrix Legal Services is Authorised by the Bar Standards Board as a Licensed Access client and is able to instruct barristers direct to provide advice or representation, or both, in proceedings in the Crown Court and High Court.
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.
General information about licensed access, together with Guidance on how to instruct a barrister under that system and the full list of licensees, is available from the Bar Standards Board website.