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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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I had driven at 103 mph and faced a driving disqualification in court. I was very concerned as a driving disqualification could have meant I would lose my job. I saw Sunil in conference. He advised me what documentation I required for my mitigation to be seen in the best light. At court I pleaded ‘Guilty’ and watched Sunil present my mitigation. He was brilliant. I was not disqualified at all. I thoroughly recommend his services to anyone requiring a specialist road traffic barrister…
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.
I managed to clock up 12 points on my driving licence and was summonsed to court expecting to be given a 6 month driving ban. I contacted Sunil and was reassured straightaway by the feeling that if it was possible to avoid a ban it would be achieved in my case. He explained the legal position and that a ban could only be avoided if we could establish that ‘exceptional hardship’ would result. He was frank from start to finish as to my prospects of success. However, I simply could not accept a ban without a fight because of the consequences that would have ensued for me and my family. We had several long and detailed conversations about what I needed to support my defence, and with his help I was able to put together a ‘mitigation bundle’ of evidence. Before my court date I understood how the process would work and the way he would present my case based on the legal position and my circumstances. On the day of my hearing, I was immensely relieved to have Sunil negotiating the court procedure and representing me. He found a room for a pre-meeting and went through the evidence once more, so we were both fully prepared. In court, Sunil gave a flawless and perfectly pitched performance, making my case more effectively than even I was expecting. I had to give evidence but even that was made relatively straightforward by the way Sunil handled it. Result: I kept my licence, got a minimal fine and a good dressing down. I was suitably contrite and enormously relieved. If you’re facing a driving ban, you really want Sunil’s experience and expertise to give you the best chance of negotiating the process with your life, and license, in tact.
Thank you so much for your help, wish I had found you sooner
“Kristin put together a watertight case which demonstrated on multiple fronts that there was no case to answer”.
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.
‘’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.’’
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.
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 Sunil in a professional capacity for a period in excess of 20 years. Throughout the period that I have known and instructed him, I have found him to be most thorough and competent in all that he has undertaken on my behalf. He is honest, trustworthy and reliable and I would not hesitate to recommend him to either members of the public or fellow members of the legal profession to undertake work on their behalf.