Law Update: No direct access

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The Independent Online
The Bar Council has voted against allowing lay clients direct access to barristers. According to Robert Seabrook QC, the council's chairman, retaining its system of referral 'ensures that the barrister can devote much more time to the actual practice of advocacy, rather than administrative and routine tasks.' The barrister remains objective and independent and can, he says, provide more cost-effective services.