How it works

How it works

Why use a barrister?

Many people aren't aware that they can go direct to an expert barrister, or that it's often cheaper, and quicker, than going via a solicitor.

  • Fewer overheads mean lower costs for you

    You only pay a barrister for their time and expertise, rather than the costs of running a solicitor's office.

  • Honest, expert advice

    All our barristers are experts in their chosen areas of law. You will always receive honest, professional advice.

  • Fixed fees, no surprises

    You can set a budget for our barristers to work towards. That way, you don't have to worry about any hidden costs.

  • Extensive barrister network

    Choose the best barrister for your case from our huge network of barristers covering all areas of law.

If you've got a question, our FAQs might help.

But if you still need assistance, we're happy to talk!

All information submitted to the Clerksroom Direct portal is confidential and highly secure. You will receive an automated email response to your enquiry asking you to verify your email address. Once confirmed, you will have a secure link to the portal and only you and your chosen barrister will have access to the information provided. Your details will never be disclosed to a third party without your prior agreement, nor will you receive unsolicited communications from Clerksroom Direct. Clerksroom Direct holds a valid secure site certificate.

Barristers can:

  • provide expert legal opinion and advice
  • draft legal documents
  • attend court as your advocate
  • represent you at a mediation or arbitration

Barristers are experts in the law and provide a high level of skill when advocacy is required to present your case to a court or tribunal.

Most barristers do not conduct litigation but, if required, we are able to provide some who are now approved to do so by the Bar Standards Board. We can advise who is best-placed to help you once we have reviewed your enquiry.


Barristers are remarkably cost effective due to their low overheads. Our barristers mainly work from home which helps to reduce costs further. Many people who have instructed barristers directly comment favourably regarding the cost of doing so. There is no duplication of work, therefore costs are not duplicated. Barristers' fees are often up to 30% cheaper than solicitors' fees.

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Fixed fees

Most barristers will be happy to provide a fixed fee quote or work to a budget set by you. Please don’t be afraid to ask if a piece of work can be completed for a set price. We welcome the challenge.


Barristers are legal experts who normally specialise in limited areas of law. Using an expert means you have the right answer quickly.

Communication and Control

When you instruct a barrister through Clerksroom Direct, you engage directly with your chosen barrister. You are free to correspond directly with the barrister and you will be able to discuss the matter over the telephone, by email, video-conference or any other agreed method. When you instruct a barrister through Clerksroom Direct, you are sent a Client Care Letter which details the Terms and conditions that apply to the instruction. The Client Care Letter is a contractual agreement between you and the barrister you instruct, not you and Clerksroom Direct.


Dealing directly with a barrister tends to be much quicker than going through a solicitor as the only parties involved are you and your barrister. A normal turnaround time for legal advice is seven days but it can be far quicker if needed.

The rules governing the instruction of barristers changed in 2004 to allow members of the public to instruct directly. Most barristers do not want to deal with clients directly, preferring the traditional route of working with solicitors. This has meant that little advertising has been undertaken to market the service directly to private or business clients. This has resulted in limited media publicity.  We continue to work with approximately 20,000 solicitors in England and Wales, but we also welcome the opportunities provided by the Public Access Rules.

Legal aid can help pay for legal advice, family mediation or representation in court or at a tribunal. You’ll be asked general questions about your legal problem and your financial situation.

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Yes. There are now companies who provide finance for barrister's fees. One example is Legal Cost Finance. Visit their website and make an enquiry. 

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CrowdJustice funding

One option to pay for the costs associated with your case is to use CrowdJustice, a unique funding platform for legal action. CrowdJustice enables you to raise funds for legal fees and costs from friends, family and other supporters online. You can fundraise publicly online from a community of yours, or fundraise privately enabling you to collect donations from your friends and family, with invitation-only access to your campaign page.

Crowdfunded monies raised can be used to pay for just some or all of your legal fees, other costs associated with your matter (i.e.: court fees and expert reports) and to help you cover some of the risk of paying the other side’s legal costs if you lose. It's possible to raise funds at any stage, from just getting some initial advice, to paying for the costs of an appeal.

CrowdJustice has been used to raise millions of pounds to support various kinds of legal action including judicial reviews, inquests, environmental, planning, employment and immigration matters, criminal defence and much more. Funds raised on CrowdJustice are transferred directly to our client account on your behalf, means that you can assure everyone that their donation will be transferred directly to your lawyers’ client account, rather than to you personally.

This also means you don't need to handle the administration of payments, or deal with the compliance issues involved in holding funds. It also Click here to find out more or email, stating that you have seen this on the Clerksroom Direct website.

How it works

  • Need advice or representation from a barrister?
  • Tell us about your case online or over the phone
  • We find a selection of the best barristers for your case
  • Choose which barrister you want to work with
  • Work with your chosen barrister 
  • Give feedback on your Clerksroom Direct experience