Public access

Colin Yeo

I can be instructed for legal work directly by members of the public without using a solicitor under the public access scheme. This can save on your legal costs. It also gives you direct access to your barrister. The public access scheme is only suitable for some people, though: those who can take control of their own case but with the guidance of a barrister to help them.

Under the public access scheme your case is yours, under your full control. You can buy in as much or as little help as you choose.

As a barrister, I specialise in appeals and applications for judicial review. I do not generally assist members of the public with initial applications to the Home Office or an Entry Clearance Officer.

About public access

There are some restrictions on what I can and cannot do under the public access scheme. I would strongly recommend taking a look at the guide provided by the Bar Council if you are seriously contemplating engaging my services as a member of the public.

  • What I can do
  • What I can't do

  • Meet with you to discuss your case

    Draft letters and legal documents for you

    Advise you on anything to do with your case

    Attend court for you

  • Conduct litigation

    Act as your address for receiving legal documents

    Serve or post documents for you

    Lodge your claim at court

Under the public access scheme, your case remains yours and you retain formal conduct of the case. You are named on court papers as your own representative with my name included as your barrister. Your address is used for correspondence.

Advantages of public access to a barrister
Using my services and skills without a solicitor to assist with your case will keep your legal costs down because you will employ one lawyer not two and because I work to fixed fees agreed with you in advance. You will have direct access to the lawyer who will be appearing on your behalf at court. You can manage your case yourself, using me where necessary but keeping an eye on correspondence yourself and closely monitoring the progress of your case.

Suitable cases
If you want to run your own case or perhaps only need some specific legal tasks undertaking like a piece of legal advice, a letter or a court appearance, public access is for you. That way, you control your case more closely and you can keep the costs of the case down. If you would prefer that someone else manage and runs your case on your behalf then you may prefer to use a solicitor. Litigation is a stressful affair and some people would prefer not to be receiving potentially upsetting legal correspondence directly.

Unsuitable cases
Some cases are not suitable for public access. For example, any case where an injunction will be needed will not be suitable, or where you the client are not going to be able to manage the litigation side of a case, for example, because you will be out of the country. Barristers like me tend to be busy with court appearances (which is probably why you want to use a barrister, after all: because we have the practical experience of appearing before judges) and we may well be unavailable for the times we are in court on other cases. This can make long running or particularly complex cases unsuitable for the public access scheme. If your case is not suitable for public access then I will tell you. If I think there is a risk that the case may become unsuitable for public access at a later stage, I will warn you as soon at the earliest possible stage. I can help you find a good solicitor if that proves necessary.

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