Please could someone advise me if all public access barristers are capable of entering into litigation in financial divorce proceedings, or do I have to find a barrister who specifically deals with these issues?
Generally speaking barristers cannot conduct litigation. They need permission/authorisation from the bar to do so. There are a few who may do (usually ones who were solicitors before becoming barristers.)
You can search for them on the direct access portal and tick the litigation box. I'm guessing your options will be rather limited though. www.directaccessportal.co.uk/search/1/barrister
A DPA barrister can still draft your documents for you without litigating for you.
Barristers are specialists in particular areas of law. You wouldn't use a criminal barrister in a family case. You would want a barrister who specialises in family law. Some have specialist areas within this category i.e. Children, finances etc.
You can search for a barrister in the area you require using the link I have sent you. Alternatively the barristers chambers clerks are very good at identifying suitable barristers for you. You would need to send them a basic summary of your case, seniority required (number of years practicing), budget and what you want them to do eg: advise, represent, litigate etc.