As I understand the process one contacts the various chambers and simply asks for a barrister who is willing to work on a "direct brief". There is still a need to interview the person. So finding out who is available might allow a more informed negotiation. Each state appears to have distinct associatons which instruct the nature of the relationship with a solicitor, or, a client. Asking the barristers around the court has not been effective for my identifying any direct brief barristers in Sydney. I have seen once in several years a barrister without a solicitor. Although I am reliably informed by barristers that they exist. Good luck. I, and others would be interested in your search and how the experience evolves.
What is done for you, let it be done, what you must do, be sure you do it, as the wise person does today that what the fool will do in three days - Buddha
ILG,the point i want to make is my lawyer was an accredited specialist / barrister who charged $275 p/h he no longer is practising, he is now a registrar in the family court - can you see my point, good lawyer's are where you find them so seek and you shall find!
Good results are not proportional to what one charges for their service.