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I always find it odd with barristers chambers offering this kind of thing. On the face of it just using a barrister for certain particular advice might seem quite attractive to some (especially foreign clients) who are unclear what a barrister can, and is actually able to practically do with their 'advice' in our system.
For example, questions which arise when the advice is provided to a client usually revolve around what shall we do now, do we send a letter of claim or some other correspondence, which witnesses are you going to proof etc etc. Its my experience that a barrister will usually have to say at that point that a solicitor should be instructed as he has neither the resources nor the insurance cover to carry out their instructions. Its also been my personal experience that unfortunately at that point things have either moved on to make Counsel's advice mostly redundant, or alternatively, the client then provides updated and more detailed instructions (which can cast doubt on the content of the earlier limited instructions provided to counsel and upon which their advice is based).
Of course if the barrister doesn't let on that the position has changed then that presents quite separate professional issues.
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