Specialist Criminal & Regulatory Barristers

London: 020 7520 6000 | chambers@18rlc.co.uk

East Anglia: 01245 280 880

Licensed Access

Licensed Access (formerly known as BarDIRECT) allows organisations and members of selected professional bodies, direct access to specialist legal advice and advocacy services from barristers, without the need to secure the services of a solicitor first.

The aim of the scheme is to improve client access to the Bar:

“Licensed access recognises that Solicitors are not alone in having the skills and knowledge to benefit from the legal services offered by the Bar”

Consequently, there is no restriction on the type of organisation or individual within a professional capacity that can apply to be licenced.

Irrespective of whether your organisation is large, small, profit making or not-for-profit, you can make an application to become licenced. The success of the application is dependent on whether the organisation or professional is equipped to provide direct instructions to barristers, allowing for the best possible case to be put forward on their behalf, based on the information provided

The following roles are automatically deemed suitable for licensed access:

  • Accountants and taxation advisers; 
  • Insurers and valuers;
  • Surveyors, architects and town planners;
  • Actuaries;
  • Chartered secretaries and administrators;
  • Engineers; and
  • Insolvency practitioners.


Those not automatically deemed eligible for licensed access can make an application to the Bar Council.


Red Lion Chambers provide license holders with:

  • Access to specialist advice across a diverse range of practice.
  • An immediate referral to a barrister of the license holder’s choice.
  • Instant communication to the barrister providing your advice/services, either in person, video conference, phone or email.
  • Competitive and cost-effective legal services of the highest professional standards.

For More Information or To Instruct Us

Identifying the right barrister and ensuring their early involvement is essential to maximising the prospects of a positive outcome. With our expert understanding of the criminal justice system, we help guide our clients through the legal process.  

To apply for a new license or amend an existing one, please view the Licensed Access handbook, or contact Joanne Dixon, Manager, Qualification Regulations on 020 7611 1444.

To speak to us directly and for more information about our transparent fees’ structure, please contact our clerking team, led by Chambers Director, Mark Bennett.

For specific case enquiries, or to hear more about our services, please contact our clerking team.

If you are a professional client and would like to discuss in-house training and seminar opportunities, please contact Jennifer Ukaegbu.


Chambers UK - Crime

”The clerks are very dependable," and “always anxious to help.”


Chambers UK - Fraud

"Red Lion Chambers both prosecutes and defends serious fraud cases, securing involvement in some of the causes célèbres of the day such as the BAE Systems corruption affair and the pharmaceuticals cartel investigation."

Chambers UK - Crime

"Red Lion Chambers offers clients a great deal of experience and a high level of professionalism. Observers note that it has proved skilful in maintaining the standards of its members over the years and it is widely expected to thrive in this period of uncertainty at the Criminal Bar."

Chambers UK - Fraud

"Substantial number of talented criminal fraud practitioners."

Chambers UK - Crime

"When instructing barristers from Red Lion Chambers, you always know that you will get a safe pair of hands. The large group of capable barristers specialises in the full range of criminal and related regulatory work."

Chambers UK - Crime

"Likeable, knowledgeable, responsive and proactive clerks."

Chambers UK - Crime

"Because Red Lion Chambers has that strength and depth, if you cannot obtain your barrister of choice, there is always someone of equal stature and ability to then take on the case."

Chambers UK - Fraud

"Red Lion Chambers is viewed as "one of the prestige sets" and is a popular choice for fraud work."

Chambers UK - Fraud

"The clerks are very helpful and always do their very best to accommodate us at short notice. They work closely with the members, so they are very good at knowing who you will like and who you will want."

Chambers UK - Fraud

Home to some of the most cogent, eloquent and outstandingly prepared advocates."

Legal 500 - Crime

"Around 80 members dedicated exclusively to the full range of crime work."

Chambers UK - Fraud

"You can't go wrong at Red Lion Chambers if you are facing a serious, high-value fraud matter. Its team is well versed in all aspects of white-collar crime, and excels when defending lengthy and labyrinthine fraud trials. It also proves equally strong on the prosecution side ..."


020 7520 6000

18 Red Lion Court



DX: 478 London / Chancery Lane

East Anglia

01245 280 880

Thornwood House

102 New London Rd


DX: 139165 Chelmsford 11


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