Commercial barristers traditionally were ‘briefed’ by solicitors to represent clients in the courts – and also to advise solicitors ‘behind the scenes’ on what they should do to develop their client’s case.
Time has moved on, however, and commercial barristers can and do now carry out all the legal functions necessary to pursue or defend a case in court. On the other hand, very few solicitors are allowed to present cases or represent their clients in the higher courts. Commercial barristers can, therefore, provide the more comprehensive service.
So it is worth considering whether you need to instruct two highly qualified professionals rather than one to do the job in every case.
Who is cheaper – a commercial solicitor or a commercial barrister?
Cost should never be the determining factor in something as important as litigation. The priority should always be obtaining the best legal advice and representation.
Fortunately, in this case, commercial barristers, who are freelance lawyers with lower overheads than commercial solicitors, can provide the more cost-effective service. When you pay your commercial barrister you are paying for their time and expertise – not the cost of running a solicitor’s office. You will receive the highest quality expert legal advice and representation from specialists in their field at what may be a considerably lower cost than if you are instructing both a commercial barrister and solicitor.
Receiving specialist legal advice and representation is not low-priced but, on the whole, using a ‘Direct Public Access’ commercial barrister is usually more affordable than using a solicitor’s firm as well.
So whether you are a private or corporate client it is worth considering whether youshould go straight to a commercial barrister to provide you with the advice and representation you need – in and out of court.
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