Funding Your Case
We accept Public Access instructions on a privately funded basis only, and our policy is to take payment in advance of counsel undertaking any work. We accept funds by bank transfer or by credit/debit card. The cost of instructing a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers will depend on the complexity of your case, the seniority of counsel, the amount of work involved, and the urgency of the work. The quotes will either be on an hourly rate or fixed fee (brief fee/ refresher) basis, subject to what is most appropriate for the case and cost effective. On completion of the below form, our practice managers will be in touch to advise further, however some estimated costs in particular practice areas can be found here.
PLEASE NOTE: Unfortunately we are not permitted to accept Public Access Scheme cases on a Legal Aid basis, nor are we able to assist you in determining whether or not you are eligible for Legal Aid.
If you think you may be eligible for Legal Aid then you may wish to visit the website of the Ministry of Justice which offers a Legal Aid Eligibility Calculator; this can be accessed by clicking here. However, a solicitor will provide you with the best advice on whether or not you are eligible for Legal Aid, and we will be pleased to offer suggestions on suitable advisors.
Even if you are eligible for Legal Aid, you can still choose to instruct a barrister privately, using your own funds, under the Public Access Scheme if you prefer. Our practice managers will explain the implications of instructing a barrister privately, and the likely costs you will incur.
We are always happy to accept Legal Aid cases on instructions from a solicitor. Indeed, on many occasions we have provided initial advice under the Public Access Scheme, but for reasons of complexity or otherwise a need arose for a solicitor to be instructed; we have undertaken further work on such cases funded by Legal Aid after those solicitors assisted clients in making a successful application.
If you are interested in instructing one of our Public Access Scheme qualified barristers, please fill in a short online form available via the "Tell Us About Your Case" button which appears below, and this will help us assess how best we can help. The form will be reviewed by our practice managers in the first instance, who may need to contact you asking for some further information. We will aim to respond to your enquiry within 2 working days.
You can also meet our Public Access Scheme qualified barristers using the filter below, which also allows you to search by practice area depending on the type of law with which you need assistance.
Please call us if you want more information on the Public Access Scheme, or click here for a guidance note prepared by the Bar Standards Board which regulates barristers.