Specialist Criminal & Regulatory Barristers

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

East Anglia: 01245 280 880

Public Direct Access

Public Access allows members of the public the opportunity to instruct a barrister for specialist legal advice or advocacy services without the need to instruct a solicitor.

If you are considering instructing a barrister on behalf of a professional organisation, please view our Licensed Access page for additional information, as it may be a more appropriate method of instruction.


Areas of Expertise

 We have outstanding experience in business crime, general crime, regulatory law and professional discipline. Our members are experts in their field and regularly undertake work under the Public Access scheme.

Depending on the specifics of the case, Public Access barristers can negotiate on your behalf, advise you on your legal status/rights and represent you in court, tribunal and/or mediation hearings as would be the case in normal circumstances.



  • Access to specialist advice across a diverse range of practice. 
  • A direct line of 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. Public access can be cost effective, as members of the public can save money on solicitor cost.


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.

Our barristers regularly undertake privately funded, direct access and legal aid work. However, under the Direct Access scheme legal aid funding cannot be used.

Unfortunately, not all cases are appropriate for instruction under the Public Access scheme, so we therefore ask, that if you are interested in instructing a member, to complete the short form below.

Upon receipt we will review the specifics of the case and inform you of all the possible options available to you. 

To discuss your options in more detail and for more information regarding the scheme, please contact our clerking team, led by Chambers Director, Mark Bennett.


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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