Firstly – call my direct access clerk, Fiona, at Trinity Chambers (https://www.trinitychambers.co.uk/ or 01642 247 569 / 0191 2321927) to discuss your needs as she can work out what you need from me and ensure that my professional rules and obligations are complied with properly.
Sometimes my clerk may need to check with me before taking on your case but if this happens then they will get back to you quickly once we have spoken about taking your case on.
To get the best out of coming direct to a barrister you need to prepare your paperwork. See my guide to Briefing Counsel.
You should also read the Bar Standard’s Board’s Public Access Guidance (https://www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/regulatory-requirements/bsb-handbook/public-access-guidance-for-lay-clients/) and if you are considering litigating without a solicitors the Guide for Litigants in Person (https://www.judiciary.uk/publications/handbook-litigants-person-civil-221013/).
The most important issue is making sure that I have absolutely everything that may be relevant. This is because if I haven’t seen a document or been told about something then I can’t think about it when advising you – and if it turns out to be important later then this can affect you and your case.