What is Direct Access?

Direct access (or Public Access) enables members of the public to instruct a barrister directly, rather than being referred by a solicitor first and having the solicitor liaise with the barrister on your behalf.

The barrister’s role remains the same, meaning that they are qualified to:

Most barristers who offer Direct Access do not offer to conduct litigation. That means that the responsibility for the day to day management of your case will remain with you.

Our dedicated team of family law barristers are readily available to assist with your legal queries and cases. You can see our Direct Access team below.

Due to COVID-19 many hearings in the Family Court are now being held remotely by telephone or video. Resolution’s Litigants in Person Committee, which includes Coram’s Matthew Shaw, has provided a guide to preparing for, joining and participating in remote hearings. If you are instructing a Direct Access family barrister you will find this guidance useful.

Further guidance on the direct access scheme can be found on the Bar Standards Board website.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us on 020 7092 3700

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Gill Honeyman

Call 2011
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Sima Kothari

Call 1992
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Alison Easton

Call 1994
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Sarah Branson

Call 2001
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Helen Harper

Call 2002
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Sophie Hill

Call 2003
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Hala Mustafa

Call 2004
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Anna Walsh

Call 2013
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Rosina Aman

Call 2005
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Richard Yorke

Call 2006
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Ramanjit Kang

Call 2007
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Sarah Tyler

Call 2009
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Matthew Shaw

Call 2011
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Rachel Cooper

Call 2017

Direct Access Initial Enquiry / Conflict Check Form