The Public Access Bar Association (PABA) was formed to look after the interests of barristers who accept instructions without the involvement of solicitors. So instructions can be taken directly from members of the public, businesses and organisations.
The public access scheme started in 2004 and over 900 barristers have taken the required training.
Membership of PABA currently costs £75. More information can be found on the PABA website http://paba.org.uk.
Benefits include a regular programme of CPD accredited training.