You can instruct members of chambers by or through English solicitors, in-house lawyers and overseas lawyers. In appropriate cases, we are also able to receive instructions directly from non-lawyers and some members are authorised to accept Direct Access instructions. Find out more about Direct Access.
Our Clerks can assist you in assessing the most appropriate counsel for your case and are happy to provide a fee quote on request. Fees and timescales depend on the nature of the work required and will range from fixed fees for specific pieces of work to an agreed upon hourly rate where flexibility is required. When a fee quote is provided it will specify whether VAT is applicable as well as the relevant timescale for completion of the instruction. For some types of work members of Chambers may be willing to accept work under a conditional fee agreement.
Various factors will influence the timescales in which a barrister can complete a piece of work such as:
- The amount of papers to be reviewed;
- The complexity of the case;
- The need for any additional information or documents;
- The approach taken by the other side;
- Whether any third parties intervene in the case;
- Court waiting times.
The terms on which members of Chambers offer their services, in the absence of express agreement to the contrary, are set out in The Standard Contractual Terms For The Supply Of Legal Services By Barristers To Authorised Persons 2012 (updated for the GDPR in 2018) – Annex T to The Code of Conduct. You can download a full copy here. You can view our other policies and procedures here.
Members of Chambers have professional liability insurance provided by the Bar Mutual Fund Limited. The minimum cover which barristers must have is £500,000. Territorial coverage is world-wide, subject to the terms of cover of the Bar Mutual. The postal address of the Bar Mutual Management Company is 90 Fenchurch Street, London, EC3M 4ST.
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