HomeFWJ TakeawayResourcesDo I need a barrister for the county court?

The answer to the question “Do I need a barrister for the county court?” is no. You can act in person.

But we would usually recommend you use a barrister as it will

  • maximise your chances of success if you are a claimant; or
  • help you defend a claim if you are a defendant.

At Francis Wilks & Jones we know many good barristers at different levels of qualification. We can assist you finding the right barrister for your case.

Our legal expertise can help

We would recommend using our team Francis Wilks & Jones to help prepare your county court claim ready for trial. For example, well drafted witness statements can make a big difference to your claim (either as a claimant or defendant). This is especially true if your case is in relation to a complex matter or is of a high value.

Our tactical and legal expertise in county court claims can make the difference between winning and losing.

Barrister assistance

Barristers are self-employed advocates who represent individuals or companies at hearings at court. Traditionally, barristers have only been instructed by solicitors and our knowledge of barristers built up over the years means that we can help recommend the right one for your needs.

Depending on the location of the hearing, it might be more suitable for a solicitor at Francis Wilks & Jones to attend the hearing on your behalf and avoid the need to instruct a barrister entirely – thus saving on costs.

Virtual / online court hearings

Many hearings are now being dealt with online by the courts – so attendance by a barrister is relatively straightforward.

There is nothing preventing an individual from representing themselves at either an interim hearing or a final trial in the county court. However, you may wish to bear in mind that your opponent may have instructed legal representatives and you may not feel comfortable in presenting your arguments before a judge in an open court.

If you have solicitors, they will be able to advise you as to whether you need a barrister for a county court hearing.


Francis Wilks & Jones is the county’s leading law firm which has dealt with thousands of county court claims. Whatever your enquiry, we can assist.

Contact us in confidence