Accessible and professional
Why instruct an advocate?
Advocates are trained in the skills of professional advocacy. They also provide independent objective legal advice. Each advocate is an independent professional.
Different ways of instructing an advocate
Advocates are members of an independent referral bar. This means that, as a general rule, Advocates do not provide their services directly to the public, but are available to be instructed by solicitors and other designated professionals and bodies.
Advocates may also accept instructions (except in relation to court proceedings) directly from a variety of professionals, public authorities and other individuals and bodies
Fair Instruction of Advocates
The Faculty of Advocates recognises that advocates should be instructed based on their skills, experience and ability.
Most Advocates belong to a stable which is served by an Advocates' Clerk and Deputy Clerks
Free Legal Services Unit
As part of its commitment to promote access to justice, the Faculty facilitates the provision of advice and representation by Advocates free of charge in deserving cases for which no form of funding is available.