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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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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.
I have been instructing Sunil Rupasinha to represent my clients for many years and continue to do so. Most recently I instructed him to represent one of my clients who had driven his car head on into an oncoming vehicle and then left the scene. He was subsequently arrested. The passengers in the other vehicle had to be cut free by the fire brigade. When my client was arrested and provided a breath specimen he was between 3-4 times over the breath alcohol limit. My client had always intended to plead ‘Guilty’ but I feared that he would be imprisoned based on the gravity of his conduct and the sentencing guidelines (which suggested an immediate custodial sentence should normally be imposed). Mr Rupasinha first saw my client in conference at my office where he soon gained his trust and confidence. The advice as to how best to present the plea in mitigation was clear and realistic. At court, Mr Rupasinha had to challenge a number of factual inaccuracies (the CPS had exaggerated the case against my client) before mitigating (which he did expertly in my view). My client was extremely relieved and grateful to Mr Rupasinha for helping him to avoid the imposition of an immediate custodial sentence. I have no hesitation in recommending the services of Mr Rupasinha to any solicitor or member of the public who needs expert representation in court.
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.
‘’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 so much for your help, wish I had found you sooner
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 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…