Direct Access

Direct Access

Individual members of a variety of professional and other bodies, and certain organisations, may instruct counsel directly, without the need to instruct a solicitor.

Members of Axiom Advocates may 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.

The list includes solicitors and other lawyers practising outside Scotland, members of any professional body recognised for this purpose by the Faculty of Advocates and any such body itself, public authorities, recognised voluntary organisations and charities, public limited companies, trade unions and other bodies recognised for these purposes by the Faculty of Advocates.

If you are interested in instructing an advocate directly, or are uncertain whether you are eligible to do so, please contact a member of our clerking team.

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