A barrister is a specialist advocate with deep expertise in the law, legal strategy and dispute resolution.
Barristers are most commonly briefed by a solicitor on behalf of a client.
However, a barrister can be briefed ‘directly’ (ie directly by the client, not by the client’s solicitor) in certain circumstances.
Criminal Matters: A barrister can be briefed directly in a criminal proceeding in the Magistrates' Courts.
Commercial/Civil Matters: A barrister can be briefed directly in civil matters:
A barrister can be arranged to discuss your matter (in some circumstances without cost for up to one hour).
A barrister is bound by professional conduct rules. In accepting direct briefs, a barrister is bound by the Legal Profession Uniform Conduct (Barristers) Rules 2015 and in particular, rules 11, 13, 16, 21, 22 and 101(k). A copy of those rules can be found here.
Circumstances may require a client to retain an instructing solicitor, including at short notice.