Ibraheem Dulmeer, a park home barrister and mediator at Normanton Chambers, explains how he can help you with your legal issues…

Historically, the Bar was a referral profession, meaning that it could only accept instructions from a professional client such as a solicitor. The system was similar to the way a consultant doctor sees a patient on a GP’s referral. However, a barrister can now accept instructions from clients directly under the direct access scheme.

It strikes me that many do not realise that they can go directly to a barrister if they have a legal problem. The direct access enables a member of public to work directly with a barrister rather than going to a solicitor first.

I have advised thousands involved in the park homes world, including park home owners, site owners, and local authority officers and the one thing they all want is cost effective legal advice.

You might instruct a barrister directly to (non exhaustive):

● Discuss your options in a Conference (or meeting)
● Draft letters for you
● Give you written advice about your case
● Give you an opinion about your case
● Draft court or tribunal paperwork for you
● Representation in tribunal/court
● Advice on buying or selling your park home

When you have a legal problem, you may want to obtain initial advice on how to deal with the matter. In such a situation you don’t need a solicitor, you can go directly to a barrister.

The main difference between instructing a barrister and a solicitor is that generally a solicitor will enter into a retainer to litigate a case, whilst a barrister under direct access undertakes bespoke work that is governed by the client care letter.

The advice sought on a direct access basis will be more cost effective. This is because there would be an additional charge to process the papers by solicitors before the matter is eventually passed onto a barrister for an Opinion. Using a direct access barrister means that you do not need to have the solicitor liaise with the barrister on your behalf.

Some have described it as cutting out the middle man i.e. the solicitor.




Ibraheem Dulmeer is a barrister and mediator at Normanton Chambers, 218 Strand, London, WC2R 1AT.  Ibraheem accepts instructions directly from the public, as a public access barrister. This means you may obtain a quote by contacting by telephone on:
07939 259 924 and by email on: info@ibraheemdulmeer.com

You can also contact him using his website: www.parkhomeslaw.com 

The information provided in this article serves as a useful guidance. Please note that this is not intended to be comprehensive. Please note that not all matters are suitable under the direct access scheme.

Read the full story in the July 2021 issue of Park Home & Holiday Caravan