Anyone can now go directly to a barrister without having to trouble or instruct a solicitor. The barrister's role remains essentially the same as if they are approached by a commercial solicitor or any other intermediary. The Barristers is permitted to deliver advise you on legal status rights and you prospects and will if asked draft and send documents for you to present to the court. When the matters come to trial they can also represent you in court, tribunals or mediations.
They can negotiate on your behalf attend employment meeting or investigative interviews at hearings.
Because the barrister's role might appear unchanged however there are limits on the types of work they can do.
However, for many cases the public access scheme allows you to go directly to the expert barrister for advice, representation and drafting.
This explained you have to be aware that not all barristers accept public access work.