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Using a barrister for first hearing

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12 Apr 15 #459607 by santarem
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My solicitor has suggested using a barrister for the first child contact hearing and said I could use them in a direct access way to cut costs. I was a bit surprised as its the first one and thought she would represent me. My case is complicated by DV and child protection concerns.Is this usual? I only have two weeks to the hearing so will this be enough time for any barrister to take on the case?


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12 Apr 15 #459640 by Fiona
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Yes, there is still time for a barrister to take on a case. Barristers specialise in the advocacy and the law, usually in one specific area, so it isn''t uncommon to use one if a case is complicated. Some solicitors also do advocacy and are experienced in representing their clients in court themselves.

When DV and child protection are issues instructing a barrister with specialist knowledge and experience in those matters can be useful early on during proceedings when the court may determine whether or not to hold a fact finding hearing.

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12 Apr 15 #459652 by santarem
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Thanks so much. That''s reassuring.

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