OUR TERMS OF BUSINESS
Our barristers accept instructions based on the New Standard Contractual Terms for the Supply of Legal Services by Barristers to Authorised Persons, a full copy of which can be downloaded using the button below.
Further, in CFA matters our members follow, either the Conditional Fee Agreement based on the APIL/ PIBA 9 Terms and Conditions which can be downloaded here, or the Bar Council CFA Terms which can be found here. In the absence of any CFA agreement, the Standard Contractual Terms will apply. In matters where there is Legal Aid funding in place the terms on which instructions are accepted can be found here.
In some cases it is also possible for members of the public to instruct barristers at Doughty Street directly through the Public Access scheme, without having to consult a solicitor first. Please click here to read a more complete description of the scheme, and to see whether your case may be suitable.
Chambers has the facility to accept payment for fees quickly and securely through all major payment cards. Please contact Andreas Michaelides or Beverly Samuel from our Finance Team on 020 7404 1313.
The practice management team can be contacted to provide estimated fees, and will quote on either an hourly rate or fixed fee (brief fee/ refresher) basis, subject to what is most appropriate for the case and cost effective for the client. Fees will be calculated by reference to the amount of time reasonably required to supply the services and a reasonable hourly rate, taking into account all the circumstances of the case. The practice management team will be able to provide you with information on what specifically is required in order to prepare a meaningful estimate, and will provide one within 14 days.
Hourly rates may vary according to the seniority and experience of counsel, the complexity and urgency of the case. Where we provide a fixed price for a piece of work we will seek not to exceed the amount we have quoted without prior client authority.
Our fees are flexible and competitive, while reflecting our high standard of advice and service. The current rate of VAT will be added to all fees (unless exemptions apply). We will always advise on suitable counsel and provide a more accurate and flexible assessment of the fees for your case.
On the acceptance of instructions counsel will review the case to assess the amount of papers to be reviewed, the complexity of the case, the need for additional information or documents and the approach being taken by the other side.
The return date for completed work will then be subject to the upcoming availability of counsel, the client(s), relevant third parties and where appropriate the next suitable date for any court hearings.
The practice management team will keep clients updated regarding expected timescales, including changes in circumstances which are outside of Chambers control.