Direct Access

You can now go directly to a barrister without the need to involve a solicitor. Atlantic Chambers are able to offer a large group of direct access barristers specialising in all differing areas of law.

Barristers can advise you about your case and will be available to negotiate on your behalf, attending interviews or hearings where appropriate.  There may be times where you may still need to instruct a solicitor, your barrister will advise you if this is the best course for dealing with your case.

Click here for The Bar Council guidance on instructing a barrister direct.

Members of Atlantic Chambers direct access team:


  • John Benson QC
  • Elizabeth Isaacs QC
  • Nigel Ginniff
  • Gareth Thomas
  • Nicholas Ryan
  • Simon Booth 
  • Celia Lund
  • Ann Beattie
  • Graham Sellers
  • Amanda Howard
  • Andrew Banks
  • Charles Prior
  • Kenneth Delaney
  • Neil Downey
  • Sophie Smith
  • Carl Gorton
  • Arlene Milne
  • Michael Armstrong
  • David Tinkler
  • Martin Mensah
  • Rebecca Ackerley
  • Olivia Cox
  • James Patience
  • Shannon Eastwood
  • Julie Ashley


Fee Policy:

We operate an open and transparent system for fee charging and work flexibly with you to provide the best possible solution.

We encourage any fee requirements to be discussed with the clerking team and they can be contacted on 0151 236 4421 or by email on

Atlantic Chambers work in many areas of law and we use the following when providing a quotation:

  • Fixed Fees: To be agreed in advance of work - Usually used on individual items of advisory work.
  • Hourly Rates:  These rates vary depending on a variety of factors including: seniority of counsel, area of expertise, case complexity, value.
  • Legal Services Commission: Legally funded clients in Family and Criminal work are billed in accordance with the Legal Services Commission regulations for Counsels fees.

Public Access and Licensed access work is accepted with fixed fees and/or hourly rates agreed on a cases by case basis with payment made before work undertake.



Year of call: 1990

Inn: Inner Temple

Area: Public Law
Civil Litigation


Year of call: 2007

Inn: Lincoln's Inn

Area: Family

Liz Isaacs

Year of call: 1998


Area: Family


Year of call: 1989

Inn: Middle Temple

Area: Family


Year of call: 2006

Inn: Inner Temple

Area: Chancery and Commercial


Year of call: 2002

Inn: Middle Temple

Area: Civil Litigation
Proceeds of Crime

James Cullen

Year of call: 2003


Area: Civil Litigation


Year of call: 2017

Inn: Middle Temple

Area: Clinical Negligence
Civil Litigation