New Park Court has an extensive team of barristers qualified and experienced to accept instructions directly from members of the public and businesses under the Bar Council Public Access scheme.

The scheme allows members of the public and businesses, in appropriate cases, to consult a barrister without first instructing a solicitor, avoiding duplication of work and costs. The scheme applies to all of Chambers’ practice areas – crime, civil (including commercial, chancery and construction) and family. Barristers can advise in writing or in conference, draft legal documents and appear in court on their client’s behalf, without the involvement of a solicitor.

If you would like to instruct a barrister directly, please contact one of the clerks in the appropriate practice area. They will discuss the case with you, suggest which barrister in Chambers would be suitable to handle your case, advise you about fees and timescales and ask you to submit some papers for Counsel to consider. Once Counsel has agreed to take your case, the clerk will contact you again to confirm fees and the next steps in the process.

We always require payment in advance in direct access cases. In accordance with the Money Laundering regulations, we will ask you to provide proof of identity before any work is done.

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For more information please contact Janet Jackson on 0113 2035503 or email for help.

Alistair MacDonald QC
Call: 1983 Silk: 2000

Alistair Macdonald QC prosecutes and defends in the most serious crime cases including murder and serious drugs offences including industrial scale...

Simon Jackson QC
Call: 1982 Silk: 2003

Simon Jackson QC is regularly instructed in serious criminal cases, principally homicide, regulatory cases, (including corporate manslaughter),...

Dafydd Enoch QC
Call: 1985 Silk: 2008

Dafydd is instructed in the Prosecution and defence of heavyweight crime of all types; professional disciplinary/regulatory. He regularly appears...

Andrew Bowen QC
Call: 1997 Silk: 2012 (Scotland)

Andy Bowen QC read law at Oxford and London Universities and practices both in England and in Scotland where he took silk in 2012. He became a Fellow...

Jason Pitter QC
Call: 1994 Silk: 2014

Jason was called to the Bar in 1994 and commenced pupillage in Chambers in 1995 and became a member in 1996 practicing initially in general crime,...

Direct Access

Ian Brook
Call: 1983

As an Ag. Puisne Judge in Trinidad, Ian tried 11 capital murder cases. Of 34 years call, he now defends and prosecutes general crime, specialising in...

Nicholas Mason
Call: 1984

Alec Burns
Call: 1988

Alec practices exclusively in crime, and is based in Newcastle. Alec prosecutes and defends in the all types of criminal cases. Most of his work tends...

Ashley Tucker
Call: 1990

Ashley Tucker is a civil practitioner in the chancery field with a particular practice in Wills, Probate and Property but still retains his interest...

Vincent Ward
Call: 1998

Vincent was called to the bar in 1998 and has a Masters degree in mental health law. In his well-established criminal practice he accepts instructions...

Steven White
Call: 1998

Steven has a commercial and chancery practice with additional niche areas of expertise in civil fraud and employment disputes especially in relation...

Direct Access

Jeremy Barton
Call: 2004

Jeremy joined chambers in 2015 having previously spent 10 years practising in London at 2 King’s Bench Walk. He specialises in criminal work,...

Direct Access

Adam Birkby
Call: 2006

Adam Birkby is a highly respected specialist in criminal, regulatory and disciplinary law. Whether being led by the pre-eminent silks on circuit,...

Eleanor Fry
Call: 2007

A tenacious advocate, Eleanor Fry deals with a broad range of complex and sensitive matters in the criminal and family jurisdictions, often with...

James Gelsthorpe
Call: 2009

James has been practising at the Bar since 2011. He prosecutes and defends in serious cases in the Crown Court, both on his own and as junior counsel...

Direct Access

Jessica Slaughter
Call: 2009

Jessica is a specialist criminal barrister. She prosecutes as a level 3 CPS panel advocate and defends in complex criminal cases. Having prior...

Mohammed Rafiq
Call: 1980

Mohammed left the bar in 1988 to pursue a career as a solicitor. He developed his own successful practice having offices in Leeds, Bradford and...

Janet Jackson
Senior Practice Manager, Civil, Family & Regulatory
0113 2035503

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