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How to get a barrister referral?

Postby caffiene » Wed Apr 13, 2016 9:24 pm

I need some very specific advice that has to come from a specialist barrister. I have found an affordable junior barrister who has precisely the expertise I need to answer my questions with confidence but he is not available for direct access.

I spoke to a solicitor who agreed a counsels opinion would be appropriate but said he would need £1500 to do the work required for a referral. I would like to know what exactly does it involve to send a bundle of documents to a barrister setting our a summary of the probllem and the required advice?

I suspect there may be professional protocols to follow which consume an amount of time but I would have thought a couple of hours would be enough to read over the papers and draft a letter?

I have prepared the bundle and highlighted the important parts and have a 2 page synopsis of the history and issues with a summary of the advice required with just a few specific (but hard) questions.

I would like to know from those of you with experience of doing this what are the minimum steps that need to be taken as in a breakdown of the process/ work that must be done to get the question in front of the specialist?

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Re: How to get a barrister referral?

Postby atticus » Thu Apr 14, 2016 5:50 am

Are you sure the £1500 did not include payment towards the barrister's fee?
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Re: How to get a barrister referral?

Postby caffiene » Thu Apr 14, 2016 11:37 am

It did not include the barrister fee. I had a feeling that he did not want to take on my request unless it was worthwhile for him. I suspose asking a professional solicitor merely to act as a go between is not what they may wish to do.

I would like to know, what is the most cost effective way to get advice from the particular barrister I want to use? What are the tasks required of the solicitor and how can I do as much as possible to prepare the papers to minimise the cost. What should I expect to pay for a go between service if I can find it?
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Re: How to get a barrister referral?

Postby atticus » Thu Apr 14, 2016 12:06 pm

Will this barrister accept instructions on a direct public access basis?
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Re: How to get a barrister referral?

Postby caffiene » Thu Apr 14, 2016 12:17 pm

No. The clerk said I must get a referral. The barrister is co-author of a book specialising in the area of my question, so he could give a definitive answer. I have not been able to identify a direct access barrister who has the same expertise (although I am sure they are out there somewhere). I would rather pay a bit more for the referral and be sure my question is answered than risk seeing a general barrister who may not give a certain opinion or may need time to do research.
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Re: How to get a barrister referral?

Postby atticus » Thu Apr 14, 2016 3:10 pm

Then it appears that you must find a solicitor who will agree to do this for you and with whom you can agree terms.
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