Cost-Effective legal advice and representation
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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Sunil is a very experienced and highly regarded advocate whom I have instructed when working for HMRC in civil cash forfeiture applications. He always brought a very professional and thorough approach to his work. I am now in independent private practice and have continued to instruct Sunil. It is clear that his skills are equally well suited to the defence arena. I recommend him to anyone requiring a top class advocate.
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.
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…
Thank you so much for your help, wish I had found you sooner
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 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.
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.
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
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.
Dear Dirk, I just want to thank you for your assistance in our recent employment tribunal. We were all grateful for your professional yet charming manner throughout the proceedings. You made us feel as though you had a genuine interest in our case and calmly guided us through our first such tribunal, reducing our stress levels by some measure. We felt that you were a ‘safe pair of hands’, and the icing on the cake at the end of it all was that we won! I will not hesitate to recommend colleagues to you for advice and assistance.