Terms of Business
- Chambers will at all times abide by the Bar Code of Conduct when dealing with clients, both lay and professional.
- All barristers and staff will adhere at all times to Chambers’ equality policy when dealing with clients, both lay and professional, colleagues, suppliers and others.
- All work carried out for clients will be on the basis of the written instructions received.
- Barristers are willing to consider a variety of contractual arrangements. The ‘Standard Conditions of Contract for the Supply of Legal Services by Barristers to Authorised Persons 2012’ will apply to all instructions received after the 30th of January 2013, for new work and cases in which barristers have previously appeared, unless alternative terms of work are specifically agreed in writing (you can read more about these terms on the Bar Council’s website http://www.barcouncilethics.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/22.05.18-approved-contractual-terms-for-GDPR-pdf2.pdf). We also accept work on the basis of the ComBar agreement and several other standard contractual terms that are common for barristers.
- Members of St John’s Buildings accept cases on the following payment terms:
- Hourly rates – rates vary depending on seniority of counsel and area of expertise. Please contact Chambers to discuss rates with a clerk.
- Fixed fee – fees can be fixed where counsel are being asked to carry out a specific instruction or job.
- CFA – we accept CFAs in all areas of privately funded work. The appropriateness of a CFA agreement will depend on the case and be agreed on a case by case basis. This will include variants on the standard CFA model (DBA, CFA light, mixed CFA etc)
- Legal Aid
- Block contract arrangement – we are accustomed to agreeing block contract terms with volume providers of work to Chambers.
- Public Access contractual agreement.
We are happy to provide a cost estimate for any case on request.
6. Chambers expects all professional clients to advise them immediately of any change of circumstances or amendment to the instructions already given.
7. Where a named barrister is unable to carry out the work it will, with your agreement, be reallocated to another barrister within Chambers of equal or greater standing and experience.