Direct Access

Advocates (often referred to as Counsel) offer a special and independent service that is separate and distinct from that provided by solicitors; as such, only solicitors and certain others with direct access rights can instruct Counsel directly.  Generally speaking, Advocates can accept instructions directly from an individual or organisation in four main categories - legal professionals, other professionals, public authorities and a wide range of other individuals and bodies.  Individuals and organisations with Direct Access rights can instruct Counsel for a variety of purposes but if the instruction relates to a litigation in the Scottish Courts, instructions must come via a practicing Scottish solicitor.

If you do not fall under any of the categories outlined here then you will need to instruct a solicitor to act on your behalf.  If you are in any doubt as to your right to instruct please contact our clerking team who will be happy to advise.

Further information about direct access rights can be found by visiting the Faculty of Advocates website.