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Direct Access Barrister Services:
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ShenSmith Barristers provides swift, efficient and cost-effective access to barristers throughout England and Wales.
Introduction to ShenSmith Barristers by barrister Sunil Rupasinha & Co-Founder Jonathan Maskew
About ShenSmith Barristers
ShenSmith Barristers provides marketing, administration and clerking services to public access barristers throughout England and Wales and can access the services of over 3,500 accredited barristers to provide you with expert, cost-effective legal advice and representation over a wide spectrum of law. ( see practice areas )
Whether you are a business or member of the public seeking advice and/or representation directly from a barrister under the Bar’s ‘public access’ scheme, or, you are a solicitor representing a lay client we can help you.
You are not limited by your geographical location and you may instruct a barrister for advice and/or representation from any location and need not always meet your barrister face to face. Meetings can be arranged via secure video-conference using the latest technology by clicking here.
Full details of the Public Access Scheme can be found on the Bar Council’s Public Access page
Communicating the benefits of direct access to those who are most likely to use the services of barristers, such as SMEs, is vital, which is why it is so encouraging to see innovation at the Bar in pursuing that aim. When research shows that SMEs are more likely to go online to find legal services, initiatives such as this show the Bar is on the right path. The Bar has a rich history of being able to adapt to the market and embrace new ways of working. That clearly remains the case today. Yet this isn’t just about how chambers and barristers market direct access. It is about making it easier for clients to access high quality legal services. The public, businesses and other organisations are the main beneficiaries of direct access.
– Stephen Crowne, Chief Executive of the Bar Council
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Dirk acted for me on a complicated trust of land case and successfully won the case for me due to his in depth knowledge and professional capability. He is also extremely personable and totally dedicated to his work
My company recently had the privilege of being represented by Dirk van Heck in a county court action. He showed a great ability to cut through the issues and focus exclusively on the facts. Calm and eloquent, he quickly exposed the inconsistencies and smoke screens put up by the defence and resoundingly won us the day. I would have no hesitation in recommending Dirk as an excellent commercial barrister and advocate.”
We were extremely grateful to for their informative advice concerning a delicate employment issue and also for their most useful help and guidance as to how we should progress matters further. They came extremely well prepared and the meeting was conducted in a relaxed and structured atmosphere. Their professionalism was beyond doubt and there would be no hesitation in recommending their services.
Thank you to your company for putting me in contact with a direct access barrister, who I felt went far beyond a service for a fixed fee. He more than stood his ground on a case which should have probably not gone my way. Through his arguments I am now sitting at home enjoying a glass of wine knowing I shall still have a house tomorrow. Once again many thanks.
Sunil made appearing in court to face the prospect of a ‘totting’ disqualification as bearable an experience as something so potentially traumatic could be. From first to last he was realistic about the chances of success, worked through the process with me clearly and thoughtfully, so I always knew what I had to do to prepare my mitigation bundle, and, performed brilliantly in court so that, against the odds, I kept my driving licence and got away with a light fine! Highly recommended, clearly a 5 star road traffic defence barrister.
Please express my heartfelt thanks to Richard. He achieved an excellent result for me. I would not hesitate to recommend his services. Absolutely brilliant
I have known and instructed Mr Rupasinha for many years. He is a very able and experienced criminal advocate. He has always made a very good impression with my clients especially after they have seen him perform in court. He is an outstanding cross-examiner (I have witnessed this for myself), is as sharp as a tack, and, is very good indeed at taking technical points. In fact, if I were a member of the public, who found myself being prosecuted for a road traffic matter, I would ask Mr Rupasinha to represent me.
I have had the pleasure of working with Sunil on a number of occasions and have found him to be extremely knowledgeable and efficient. I would highly recommend using Sunil as he is professional and is easy to get along with.
I was found to have been speeding at over double the speed limit (over 60mph in a 30mph zone). Avoiding a driving disqualification was essential from an employment perspective. Following representation by Mr Rupasinha I was made to feel at ease from the outset and thereafter felt very confident throughout my case with his manner of working. He was able to constructively put my case across in court with, what I would say was, great effect. I was helped and guided throughout the process by him and strongly believe that without his representation the result I obtained in court would not have been at all possible (a disqualification was avoided). I therefore highly recommend Mr Rupasinha’s services to anyone who requires excellent representation and the best possible chance of a positive result.
‘’Kent Traffic Law – You Get What Pay For”
I was caught by an officer on mobile patrol speeding in excess of 100mph. I am a quantity surveyor and run my own business which requires me to travel widely and at short notice to different sites throughout London and the South East. Loss of my license would have meant I would have been unable to meet my contractual commitments with consequent loss of profit and reputation. It was vital for me to retain my license so I engaged the services of Sunil Rupasinha whom I knew to be a barrister specialising in representing motorists.
Sunil suggested we meet for a conference to discuss the detail of my case and to prepare my mitigation well in advance of the court hearing date. When we met I found him to be efficient and capable. He went through my case very carefully indeed leaving no stone unturned. Some of the questions he asked me seemed to be irrelevant. However, when he summarised how he felt the case should be presented this brought everything into focus for me and I understood the relevance of his enquiries. I felt reassured that I had an expert handling my case who would obtain the best result possible for me.
Several weeks later we met at court. Sunil was extremely professional. He found a room for us to have a further private consultation to check on any updates since we had met and to remind me of the procedure in court. He put my case to the magistrates succinctly and persuasively explaining to them how a ban would cripple my business. I was very pleasantly surprised to avoid a ban altogether. Although I was given 6 points, the fine and costs were clearly kept to a minimum.
I have no hesitation in recommending Sunil’s services to anyone facing road traffic prosecution. You will be engaging a consummate professional who knows how to get you the best possible result.’’