Direct Public Access

The Bar is increasingly opening itself to instructions on a Direct Public Access (DPA) basis. This is very relevant to the area of Immigration and Public Law where access to a specialist Lawyer with specific experience in the practice area from the outset of an application is imperative.


Benefits of instructing Counsel from an early stage include the following:


(i) Bespoke services in the prepation of an application and/or legal submissions;

(ii) Expert Legal submissions from the outset;

(iii) Expert Legal advice from the outset;

(iv) Honest advice on merits;

(v) Many public-law challenges depend upon the evidence served by an applicant with an application, the use of expert Counsel for such an application could increase chances of success in Judicial Review; and

(vi) Instruction of expert Counsel with rights of audience before the Higher Courts.


Additional benefits of instructing Rajiv include his specific expertise in Human Rights Law, Asylum Law, EEA Law, PBS applications and Judicial Review generally.


Rajiv is fluent in Punjabi (as a second language) and has working knowledge of Hindi and Urdu. This means that lay clients from the Indian sub-Continent can feel comfortable about their ability to communicate with Rajiv.


Rajiv is available for the following types of instructions:


(a) Applications for Leave to Remain;

(b) Drafting grounds of Appeal (at all levels);

(c) Drafting grounds for Judicial Review (or renewal etc);

(d) Representation at hearings (appeal, Judicial Review etc); and

(e) Consultation/advice on merits.


To instruct Rajiv please use the contact me page.

I am located at:


Rajiv Sharma

36 Civil
36 Bedford Row



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If you have any queries or wish to make an appointment, please contact my clerks:


0207 421 8000


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