One obvious benefit of using a direct access barrister is that you need only pay your barrister’s fees and you do not have to pay for the services of a solicitor as well.
Looking a savings where you have the choice of using a solicitor or a barrister you may find that there are savings there too. Barristers have always been seen to provide a cost effective service which in part is due to the lower overheads associated with running a barrister’s practice. So it may be a case of getting a quote from a solicitor and comparing that with a quote from the barrister.
What will be clear is the true cost of a barrister’s services as this is an important ‘mandatory’ feature of the rules concerning Direct Public Access. A barrister cannot hold money on account so there can be no guesswork involved.