The Secret Barrister wrote a typically excellent blogpost about that change in the law. The Secret Barrister called it ‘the innocence tax’.
You can read what the Bar Council says about public access barristers here. Their list of public access barristers can be found in what they magnificently call the ‘Direct Access Portal‘ – but not all public access barristers are listed there. That’s because barristers already have to pay the Bar Council several hundred pounds a year just to remain in practice, and many baulk at paying the extra (voluntary) £100 that gets them listed in the Direct Access Portal.
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