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How to Instruct Barristers

How Barristers Work

Licenced Access

The Bar has traditionally retained its identity as a ‘referral’ institution both in Hong Kong and the UK. This means that client access to a barrister usually requires a solicitor or the Director of Legal Aid or the Government.

There are however some exceptions to this general rule and barristers may accept instructions directly from recognised institutions. They can also act, without the involvement of a solicitor, as third party neutrals in alternative dispute resolution procedures, for example, as mediators, adjudicators, arbitrators and umpires.

For more information, please consult Articles 50 and Annexure 19A, 19B, 19C, 19D and 20 of the Bar’s Code of Conduct and the section of this website concerning Arbitrators/Mediators.

Confidentiality and Independence

Des Voeux Chambers is not a firm, nor are its members partners or employees. Chambers is made up of separate, self-contained offices of about 100 individual barristers.

Each member is self-employed and each works independently. Barristers within the same Chambers can be retained by opposing sides in the same dispute, regardless of how sensitive or contentious the matters are, as a “Chinese wall” will be in place.

Members (along with their staff) ensure that they adhere to the professional duties owed to their clients, will treat communication as confidential and privileged, and avoid conflicts of interest.

How to Instruct a Barrister

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