The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel offers an irreverent depiction of Direct Access

Direct Access:

The Bar Council explains Direct Access:  "Anyone can now go directly to a barrister without having to involve anyone else (e.g. a solicitor)."

Barristers can prepare application forms for you and represent you at hearings. Barristers may negotiate on your behalf, and attend consultations with local residents, the police and other licensing authorities.

Substantial savings can be made by instructing a barrister under the direct access scheme. If you wish to arrange a free consultation with Gerald Gouriet QC please speak to​​:

This is a Photograph of James Kemp. Principle Direct Access Clerk to Gerald Gouriet QC at Francis Taylor Building

James Kemp

020 7247 1846

this is Harry Killick - another clerk to Gerald Gouriet QC

Harrison Killick

020 7247 1845


Billy Brett

020 7427 1861

Because the barrister’s role is unchanged and there are certain limits on the types of work that a barrister can do, there are still some situations in which you will need to instruct a solicitor or another intermediary as well as a barrister. However, for many cases the public access scheme allows you to go directly to the expert barrister for advice, and drafting of documents.

This is a legal document, about to be signed by a direct access client.

The service of documents can be daunting for the non-legally qualified layman. Service of documentation on the authorities can be effected on your behalf by an experienced licensing consultant at a fraction of the cost of using a solicitor ... Licensing Consultancy Service

Direct (public) access has many advantages over and above reduced legal costs. Being able to telephone, email or come in and talk to your barrister directly is often more efficient than having to pass every communication via a solicitor, with each response similarly channelled through a 3rd party.

For more information about public access, see the Guide published by the Bar Standards Board: "Public Access: Guidance for the Lay Client"

Direct access clients

Paddy Power Ltd

Star Cars


Delta Taxis


Novamatic UK

Gaming Machines

Rossendale Taxi Association


Residents and residents' associations
in London, York & Newcastle

Objections to alcohol-led premises in residential areas

York Private Hire Association

Objection to Uber Renewal

York Hackney Carriage Drivers Association

Objection to Uber Renewal

Wakefield District Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Association