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Direct access shouldn’t divide the professions

A suggestion by The Times that direct access could halve the costs of divorce is inaccurate and untrue, says Emily Boardman

16 July 2013

I strongly believe there is a time and place for direct access. In an article The Times has suggested that direct access could halve the cost of divorce, which is untrue. It also suggested that solicitors make money out of getting very junior people to handle divorce work. We know this is not the case.

Direct access not particularly new and not many chambers are offering it yet, but I recently tried very hard to find a barrister to represent grandparents (not my clients) in a very complex High Court case on a direct access basis, and was unable to. They were not eligible for legal aid and had never instructed solicitors but desperately needed representation in court. The case was to last five days and the cheapest quote I got for direct access representation for them was £15k + VAT. I should say, it was not a divorce or financial case and it was at short notice, but I expect a lot of direct access requests will be short notice.

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