Can I go direct to a barrister for family court?

When family court is involved, there is a good chance you are a parent or representing a child. Or, perhaps you are trying to sort through the financial minefield of a separation, or obtain an injunction of some sort?

All of which are highly sensitive and emotional issues.

This can make finding the right legal help even more important.

For many people in this situation, that means working with a direct access barrister. Someone trained and experienced in providing family law advocacy services.

Advantages of a family law public access barrister

Using a public access barrister puts you directly in front of the person who will represent you in any legal proceedings. You will be able to establish a relationship of trust and communication with them, knowing that they will be the ones speaking on your behalf.

Issues such as domestic violence, custody of children and financial settlements can be discussed openly with the person who will pick out the transient facts and present them in court on your behalf.

This is also someone who specialises in this particular sector of the law. Family barristers approach their work from a position of in-depth knowledge and understanding, as opposed to a more general appreciation of the law.

They spend the bulk of their time in court, so they are familiar with the mechanisms and subtleties of presenting legal arguments in that setting.

Flexibility and customer care in discussing family law

Many family barristers are self-employed, rather than working within a legal practice. This provides a more versatile approach to both consultation arrangements and costs.

You could even instruct and work with a family barrister anywhere in the UK. Many offer opportunities for private video conferencing too so you don’t always need to appear at meetings in person.

Lastly, keep in mind that solicitors – in specialist or complex cases – would turn to a barrister for assistance.

If your legal proceedings are of a particularly desperate or upsetting nature, approaching a public access barrister means that you are going direct to someone that solicitors trust and consult with.

Use our website to find the right match and to obtain insights into the costs involved with direct access family barristers.

When do you need family barristers?

Unfortunately, personal relationships can sometimes end acrimoniously and it may be necessary to seek legal support in order to resolve the issue. When a marriage or civil partnership breaks down, for example, specialist divorce barristers may be needed. As well as helping to dissolve the union, divorce barristers can help to ensure that matrimonial or joint property is split fairly.

Whilst any type of divorce can be complicated and upsetting, the issue may be more complex if there are children involved. In such cases, the parties may wish to use family barristers so that issues of custody can be resolved. In addition to this, parties may wish to access legal advice so that they are able to access an appropriate amount of child maintenance from their ex-partner.

Getting legal help during a divorce

Although the law aims to ensure that parties can end a marriage or civil partnership fairly, this can be a difficult process. Whilst the law can seem complicated, people are also dealing with a traumatic period in their lives and may feel somewhat vulnerable.

Due to this, it’s vital that people have access to the appropriate legal help. Whilst it may be tempting to concede your legal rights in order to resolve the matter more quickly, you could regret this in the long-term.

By working with direct access barristers, you can ensure that your divorce or family matter is dealt with appropriately and resolved permanently. Although many people worry about the cost of seeking legal advice, using public access barristers can help to ensure that you’re able to access the help you need on a cost-effective basis.

Low cost legal representation from family barristers

Traditionally, people normally consult a solicitor before instructing a barrister to represent them as well. Whilst this can work, it can also be unnecessarily costly. Rather than using two legal professionals, you can access the help you need from public access barristers directly. This enables you to get professional legal help without paying more than you need to.

With barristers able to provide a quote prior to carrying out any work, it’s easy to find out just how much legal advice, assistance and representation is likely to cost. To learn more, why not contact a direct access barrister today?

How a barrister could help with your will dispute

Seeking out family barristers directly could prove to be highly beneficial if you find yourself involved in a will dispute. Not only is a barrister uniquely positioned to be able to provide you with advice on legal matters, but they can also help when it comes to strategy.


It may be the case that you’re already working with a solicitor on your will dispute, but a barrister could be able to add an additional layer of expertise, especially when it comes to negotiation strategy, or if you have a court hearing coming up. Many barristers are specialists in contentious probate, and deal with similar types of issues every day, in a huge range of situations. That means a barrister is best positioned to objectively look at a will dispute and can spot any potential weaknesses in an argument.


Whilst a solicitor may be involved in the conduct of your case day to day with tasks such as writing letters, procedural dealings, gathering any evidence and preparing documents, a barrister will be able to take a step away from the case. Due to the fact barristers are usually self-employed and independent, they will be able to provide both objective and wholly practical advice which could prove to be crucial. They will advise on the strength of your case, whether you’re bringing a case or defending, and can also map out a strategy to follow in order to secure the best possible outcome.

Case assessment

After all the evidence has been gathered and some initial negotiations are underway, a barrister can once again prove to be indispensable. Their objectivity can be used to make a realistic assessment of any claim and whether or not it would be successful if the case were to proceed to court. It’s worth remembering that barristers are more than just experts in the area of law they specialise in, they are also highly trained when it comes to court procedure. They can assess all the practical matters which could either strengthen or weaken either a claim or a defence in a will dispute.

If you think your will dispute could benefit from the unique perspective of a barrister, then we have over a thousand highly skilled and fully accredited direct access barristers just waiting to help. Enter your contact details and a brief outline of your case to receive a completely free, no-obligation quote today.