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Direct Public Access

Direct public access is part of the Bar’s role in widening access to justice and the specialist advocacy and drafting skills of the English Bar. Traditionally, members of the public could only instruct barristers through solicitors. Changes in the regulatory environment now mean that individuals can “go direct”. But Mark does not subscribe to the view that solicitors do not add value. “There’s a reason they are expensive,” Love says. “A good solicitor is an indispensable part of your armoury, and we’ll be the first to tell you so where you really should have one.” But in many cases, with the pressure on public funding choking access to legal advice, lovebarristers serve an increasingly knowledgeable public willing to take on all but the specialist legal skills.

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