My solicitor would like to brief a barrister for the First Mention coming up for a propety settlement. I do not have the proposed funds required. I've written to tell solicitor this and have asked can we proceed without a barrister. Yet to hear back. I was of the impression that a barrister would be more than useful at the final hearing. Appreciate any help as to the necessity of briefing a barrister at this stage. I understand the expertise of a barrister.