Public Access

Public Access is a direct route to getting legal advice from a barrister, without having to engage a solicitor – saving you the cost of solicitors’ fees in your legal process.

Octagon Legal’s barristers are qualified under the Public Access scheme, meaning that we can be available to you whenever you need us, whether for matters of Family Law, Civil Law, Employment Law or the Court of Protection. The advice we can give you and services we can provide are the same as if a solicitor were to approach us for you – but you only have to pay for the services of one legal professional, instead of two.

As well as saving on solicitors’ fees, we can help you save money by conducting an initial case assessment. This will give you a clear indication of the strengths and weaknesses of the case, as well as an idea of any possible awards, before you begin potentially costly litigation.

The main difference in working with us directly is that you will need to carry out some of the administrative tasks relating to your case that the solicitor would usually conduct. These are often relatively straightforward, such as scanning and sending documentation. Our team will be able to guide you through this process.

We can advise on your legal status and rights, draft documents for you and assist you with all communications with other parties or the courts, as well as representing you in tribunals or in Court. We can also negotiate on your behalf and attend hearings where appropriate.

It is important to note that the law still requires solicitors for certain specific activities, such as signing contracts on your behalf or making a representation to receive legal aid. However, should it be necessary to instruct a solicitor, we can give you advice on the best one for you.

Whatever your legal problem, we can help. We are on your side.