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28 May

Traditionally if you had a legal problem you would talk either to a solicitor or a consultant qualified in the area where you a problem. Barristers would often become involved later in the case when advocacy or more specialist advice was required.

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Traditionally if you had a legal problem you would talk either to a solicitor or a consultant qualified in the area where you a problem. Barristers would often become involved later in the case when advocacy or more specialist advice was required.

Now however the rules have changed and businesses and individuals can now instruct a Barrister directly and have access to their knowledge and experience without using any other professionals beforehand.

Many people have been reluctant to follow this path as there is still a perception that Barristers are rather Rumpolesque and likely to be more expensive than more traditional sources of legal advice.

This however is often not the case and more and more people have been finding that by cutting out at least one of the legal professionals dealing with a problem there are significant savings to be made in terms of both time and money.

12 College Place Chambers in Southampton now has over 45 Barristers qualified to provide services direct to individuals and businesses. Over time several clients have commented that they have enjoyed the control this has given them over their legal spend.

Clients can negotiate their own fees from the outset and call on their Barrister as little or as often as is required giving businesses and members of the public total control of the way their cases are handled.

Also as there are many levels of experience available to the client there is a very broad range of costs of available with some one day cases costing as little as £250 plus VAT.

Housing associations, landlords and many tenants have been quick to take advantage of the savings available and we are finding that now clients with issues involving Planning, Assets of Community Value and Village Green applications are prepared to take full advantage from the benefit of having an experienced Barrister to fight their case.