In a world seemingly governed by ‘Red Tape’ and health and safety the running and management of estates, shoot syndicates, and hunts are no exceptions.  Although assistance is provided by membership of agencies such as BACS and CLA it is often necessary to seek specialist legal advice to ensure compliance with Health and Safety as well as occasionally as a consequence of matters going wrong.

At Field Sports Barristers we understand that obtaining legal advice can be a daunting and costly process. We also understand that people not only want value for money but to have confidence in their lawyer. By going directly to a barrister you can miss out the middle man (the solicitor) and go straight to an expert in a specific field. This is done by instructing a public access barrister directly without the need for instructing a solicitor.

Field Sports Barristers was set up by brothers James and Tom Bourne-Arton who are both barristers who specialise in different fields, and are based in Leeds and London respectively. Both enjoy a range of countryside pursuits. They pride themselves on providing clear, cogent advice on the areas in which they specialise in. They believe strongly in personal service and will respond to your e-mail promptly. If they can be of assistance they will contact you for an initial consultation. The first discussion is always free. After that, it is your choice whether you want to proceed. They like to save their clients’ money, so will quote a capped, fixed price wherever possible. Where fees aren’t fixed they will be tailored to your specific requirements and will be transparent so you will always know how much money you will have to spend.

Together James and Tom cover different specialism and can therefore assist in most legal aspects that can arise from field sports. These include:

  • Health & Safety
  • Personal Injury
  • Gun Licence Issues
  • Employment Issues
  • Criminal Cases


What is Public Access?

Public Access or Direct Access (as it used to be called) barristers have to undertake and pass specialist training so that they can undertake work directly for the client without the client having to involve anyone else (e.g. a solicitor). Barristers can provide advice, draft legal documents, and represent clients in court, tribunals or mediations.  

There remain some limits on the types of work that a barrister can do, and in some cases you may have to instruct a solicitor or another intermediary as well as a barrister. The most common is that barristers are unable to perform litigation. This includes sending and receiving correspondence relating to your claim – which includes accepting service of court documents. There are also some limits on accepting instructions from clients who would be better served by the use of a solicitor. However, for most the public access scheme allows you to go directly to the expert barrister for advice, representation and drafting. We will help you with whether your case is suitable for public access instructions.