How to find a barrister: new Direct Access portal opens

There are over 15,000 barristers practising law in England and Wales.

Barristers provide specialist advice and representation in legal disputes, including representing their clients in court cases.

Often, if you have instructed a solicitor or another type of lawyer, they will find and appoint a suitable barrister for you.

However, nowadays you can also approach many barristers directly to get help without needing to go through another lawyer first. This is known a 'Public Access', or 'Direct Access'.

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Changes to personal injury advertising

Ever heard the old saying that there's no such thing as a free lunch?

A recent change in the law means that this is now the same in the world of personal injury claims.  

Often when we're offered something for free there's a catch that comes with it, or something that we have to do first.

You might have heard adverts in the past promising people a free iPad or cash for signing up with a company to take forward a personal injury claim if you suffered an accident that wasn't your fault.

CILEx Regulation

What's in a name?

It's important to know who your lawyer is regulated by so that you can check they are genuine.

You also know that if anything goes wrong there are protections in place that regulation provides.

On 23 March 2015 there was an official change of name by one of the regulators that contributes to this website: ILEX Professional Standards (IPS) changed its name to CILEx Regulation.

Protecting ideas

Ever fancied yourself as an inventor?

Maybe you see solutions to problems that other people haven't thought about. Or there are inventions that you think would change people's lives for the better.

British Science Week runs from 13th to 22nd March and celebrates the worlds of science, technology and engineering. It's a great time to find out more about inventions and the ways that new ideas in those fields changed the world we live in today.

How you are protected if you use a Licensed Conveyancer

Safety nets are a good thing.

Just ask any circus acrobat, or a dare-devil walking a tightrope. 

However safety nets can also crop up in every day life through laws and regulations that aim to keep us protected if something goes wrong.

In the legal world one of the ways that people can be protected when they use a legal service are through compensation funds managed by legal regulators.

What to do if you're not sure if the person you're dealing with is a barrister

As the regulator of barristers in England and Wales, it is the job of the Bar Standards Board to handle complaints against members of the Bar and take disciplinary action if appropriate. However, sometimes they learn of people who are deliberately pretending to be barristers when they are not – an act which is a serious criminal offence.

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Legal histories

747 years in the making

A year is a pretty long time. When it gets to the end of the year it can be hard to recall what things looked like 12 months ago.

Imagine though looking back over 747 years. That would be a lot of history by anyone's standards.

747 years ago King Henry III was on the throne, and a furious civil war in England was coming to an end.

It was also the year that some of the oldest laws still in force today in England were passed, as part of the Statute of Marlborough.