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Legal services for: Organisations



How we can help

We provide a comprehensive range of legal services to organisations, including licenced access clients. Our focus is on the resolution and determination of disputes across our main practice areas.  We can also help with non-contentious advisory and drafting services as well as alternative dispute resolution in situations where the optimum route to a solution is not through a court.

Our barristers bring a grasp of practical commercial realities to any dispute, and are committed to a creative search for cost effective solutions which work for you. We can also provide training tailored to your needs, in-house or at Hardwicke – for more information visit our Seminars & Training page.

Licensed Access Q & A

  • How to instruct a barrister direct

    The Direct Access Scheme has made it easier for organisations and individuals to instruct barristers directly. Unless you are a solicitor, there are two alternative routes to us: Public Access and Licensed Access.

    Organisations with expertise in certain fields (e.g. accountants, actuaries, engineers, architects, insolvency practitioners) can apply to the Bar Standards Board for a license to instruct barristers directly, without having to go through a solicitor. Members of certain professional bodies are automatically licensed to instruct barristers (e.g. the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Institute of Chartered Accountants).

    To instruct a barrister through Licensed Access, you need to send us a copy of your Licence issued by the Bar Standards Board.

  • How can I obtain a licence to instruct barristers direct?

    To obtain a licence to instruct a barrister directly, you have to complete the Bar Standards Board’s licensed access application form and return it with a fee of £200. The Bar Council provides detailed guidance on the Licensed Access Scheme and how a licence can be obtained.

  • Are there any restrictions on the type of work under the scheme?

    All barristers can undertake licensed access work, without requiring specific training. There are however some restrictions under the scheme regarding the kinds of work barristers will be able do. The type of work the licence authorises the holder to instruct a barrister on depends on their organisation’s expertise, skills and knowledge.

  • How do I choose the right barristers?

    Independent legal directories, such as The Legal 500 and Chambers UK are helpful reference guides when choosing a barrister. Many of our barristers are ranked highly in these directories and can also be found on the websites of industry associations such as The Commercial Bar Association or the Technology and Construction Bar Association.

    We also recommend that you visit our barristers’ profiles to find out more about their experience and background.

    Our Practice Management Team will then help you to make the right choice. They will consider your case and, if you have not yet made up your mind, recommend the right barrister for you. Whilst they are not qualified lawyers, many of our practice managers have law degrees and an extensive knowledge and understanding of the legal system.

  • Do I have to sign a service contract?

    Once a barrister has agreed to take on your matter, you will be sent a "client care letter". This letter will be your contract with the individual barrister for the work to be done (it is not a contract with Hardwicke). If another barrister needs to get involved, we will issue a separate agreement for you with that barrister.  Until a barrister has agreed to take your case, neither the Barrister nor Hardwicke can accept any responsibility for advising you on any other aspect of your case or matter.

  • What if I am not happy with the service?

    If for any reason you are not happy with our services, please visit our Feedback page to let us know what you think. There is also a detailed Complaints Procedure.