Instructing a Hampshire Family Law public access barrister is simple.

First steps

a) Browse our website and look at the Barrister biographies to find a barrister who specialises in the appropriate area of family law for your case.

b) Make notes to clarify in your own mind the problems surrounding your case and the work you wish the barrister to undertake for you.

c) Choose your barrister and contact Stephen Arnold on 01962 868884. Stephen is a senior member of our administrative team and he will ensure your enquiry is given high priority.

Please let him know which barrister you are interested in instructing and give him a brief description of your case. Stephen will advise you if your case may be suitable for public access and, if so, will set up a free 30 minute no obligation chat with a barrister to further discuss your case.

Preliminary meeting

• During this meeting, the barrister will talk to you about the nature of your case, and the sort of assistance you are seeking. Through this process, the barrister and you will decide whether it is in your best interests to progress instruction further. You will discuss the suitability of your case for direct access and whether the barrister will be the right one for you.

• If the barrister feels that your case is suitable for the scheme and their representation, they will give you a verbal summary of your needs. The administrative team will provide you with an initial quote for the work you wish to be performed. You will then be able to decide whether you would like to instruct this barrister.

Formal Instruction

• To formalise the relationship, you must instruct the barrister in writing. In your instruction, you should include all available information about your case.
• We will provide you with the standard letter of instruction, which you should complete and return to the barrister.
• In response, the barrister will send you a client care letter. The client care letter records the terms of agreement between you and the barrister. The document outlines the description of work to be undertaken, basis on which you will be charged for work and any other terms. Read it carefully and talk to your barrister if you are unclear or have concerns about the contents of the letter.
• Once you have agreed to the client care letter, the barrister will officially represent you. He/she will tell you what to do next.

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