Public Access

About Public Access

Public Access
Since 2004, under the Public Access scheme, anyone can instruct a barrister directly, without the involvement of a solicitor or other intermediary. Many members of Temple Garden Chambers are qualified to provide their services under this scheme.

Our Public Access clients choose to use the scheme as it provides quick and easy access to specialist advice and representation, reduced cost and improved value for money, and more control over their case.

Barristers at Temple Garden Chambers can provide you with independent legal advice in writing, by telephone, or at a face-to-face meeting. They can draft documents such as letters, documents required for court, instructions to experts, witness statements, contracts, other commercial agreements, and settlement agreements. Members of TGC are regularly instructed directly on contractual matters, costs cases, employment law, health and safety, personal injury, inquests and cases involving public international law.

They can carry out advocacy before any court or tribunal in England and Wales, and before international courts and tribunals. They can also represent you at meetings, during negotiation, mediation and arbitration: anywhere you need someone to look after your interests and present your case.

Barristers are regulated by a strict code of conduct. They are held to the highest ethical and professional standards by the Bar Council and the Bar Standards Board. You will always be advised if at any stage your case would be best handled by a solicitor, and we can recommend suitable firms.

The Bar Standards Board “Public Access Guidance for Lay Clients” provides full guidance.

To enquire about instructing a barrister please fill in our contact form. This will help the clerks allocate the case to the most appropriate barrister.

Licensed Access
Under the Licensed Access scheme organisations with the relevant experience and expertise (such as various Ombudsmen) and members of certain professional bodies (such as the Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Institute of Civil Engineers and the Incorporated Society of Auctioneers and Valuers) are able to instruct a barrister directly for specialist advice and advocacy without the need for a solicitor to act.

Many of our barristers deal with professional discipline matters as well as professional negligence claims and claims for unpaid professional fees.

To instruct a barrister by way of Licensed Access it is necessary for the barrister to be sent a copy of the Licence issued by the Bar Standards Board.

A full list of licensed organisations and licensed professional bodies together with the rules and regulations can be found on the Bar Standards Boards website.

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Coronavirus Update

TGC continues proactively to safeguard against the risks posed by the spread of Coronavirus. We have a Covid-19 Committee who continue to monitor the situation and follow advice issued by the Government and Public Health England. We will be updating this page as and when new information becomes available. As of 6 July 2020, our London premises, 1 Harcourt Buildings, will be operating with a reduced clerking team in attendance. The remaining staff members and barristers will continue working remotely. We wish to reassure everyone that our contingency plans enable us to continue to provide our services.

Telephoning us

When calling our switchboard number, it will be diverted to a member of the clerking team who will be able to assist in the usual way. All direct dials in Chambers are diverted to be answered remotely.

Emailing us & Sending Instructions

Please send all instructions via email directly to We would be grateful if this could be sent in an orderly fashion to enable working from a screen manageable. We are able to receive hard copy instructions via DX or Post, if necessary. However, we have a preference for electronic documents wherever possible.

Please continue to communicate with barristers directly via phone or email.

Conferences, Joint Settlement Meetings & Mediations

Conferences, meetings and mediations will take place remotely, either by telephone or video until further notice. Group Telephone calls and video calls can be easily arranged. If an in-person meeting is felt necessary please see our Covid-19 Information page for full criteria.

Court Hearings

We are following the Government’s advice closely, which is changing daily. In keeping with that advice, we will continue to service hearings remotely, where possible and as instructed by the hosting Court. In-Person hearings will be accommodated by members of TGC. We will continue to monitor this situation.

Making a payment

If you do not already pay us by BACS, going forward please make arrangements to do so. Please contact the clerks who can supply you with the relevant BACS details.

If you wish to discuss our policy and procedure relating to coronavirus, please do not hesitate to contact our senior clerk Dean Norton on 07535 753098 or

To learn more visit our Covid-19 Information page.