Until recently you needed to instruct a solicitor to access Nigel Power QC’s service as a specialist criminal barrister. Those days have gone. Nigel has successfully completed the Bar Council’s training programme and is licensed to accept instructions directly from members of the public. You can now come to him directly, cutting out unnecessary duplication and cost. If you have a criminal law problem of any kind, he will be able to provide advice and assistance and already has experience of acting in criminal cases on a directly instructed basis, both in an advisory capacity and in court.

This has a number of advantages to you:

  1. You will meet Nigel at a very early stage and we can work together to take the important decisions relating to strategy and tactics that may influence how your case will finally be determined.


  1. You will receive advice directly from him regarding the strength of the evidence in your case. 


  1. Important decisions, which may have far-reaching consequences, can be taken together and at an early stage.


  1. You will have the added benefit of knowing from the outset that Nigel Power QC will be your barrister and that he will engage in negotiations and prepare appropriate documents for you.


  1. Your fees will be considerably less than if you instruct a solicitor as well, and will be transparent and always agreed in advance.


The early involvement of an experienced QC can bring enormous benefits to you, both as to the strategy deployed when reacting to any investigation or prosecution and to the final result. For a recent example of a successful outcome see here).

It may be that your case is not suitable for direct instruction, or that it becomes necessary to instruct a solicitor at a particular point or for a particular task. Should the instruction of a solicitor become necessary then I will advise you and together with our clerks we will be able to identify and instruct an appropriately expert firm. 

The terms of instruction and fees will be clearly set out in a letter of appointment. 

For further information about instructing Nigel directly please email him directly or call 0151 242 0707 and ask to speak to John Killgallon, Nigel’s Practice Director on 0151 242 0700. You will be able to discuss the facts of your case and find out what fees may be charged and when.

Details of the Bar Council’s guidance on how the scheme works can be found here.

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