Before July 2004 if you wished to get legal advice from a barrister you first had to instruct a firm of solicitors, who would take your evidence re-write it and then produce their own version of events and send it to the barrister. The barrister would then make up the affidavits to plead your case in court.
Instructions to council and between solicitors are private documents, which you as a client are not obliged to see.
If your solicitor is dishonest and deliberately concocts a story with the sole intention of deceiving you in order to prolong the legal issues at your expense, then this could be detrimental to your life. You will not be able to prove that they have committed a Fraud against you because you will not have the evidence to prove it. This is exactly what happened in my case. Fortunately I did have the evidence to prove Fraud because I took my former solicitors to court and they were legally obliged to disclose all the documents.
The law changed in July 2004 and DIRECT ACCESS has potentially saved the public from dishonest solicitors if they have to be represented in court.
Instructing barristers to act on your behalf is still very expensive, but at least you are now in control and you do not have to pay solicitors just for an introduction.