3PB Direct

Yes, you may instruct a barrister directly even though you have already instructed a solicitor. If you do so, the barrister will still have to consider whether they should accept your instructions.  

However, the fact that you have retained a solicitor is not in itself a reason for refusing to accept your instructions; nor may the barrister contact your solicitor without your permission. However, there may be cases, e.g. where your case involves existing litigation, where a barrister will refuse to accept your instructions unless you give them permission to contact and liaise with your solicitor and you also give your solicitor the necessary permission to provide information to the barrister. 

For help and advice please contact Phil Alden on 03333 231 586 or email us.

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