What is the advantage of coming directly to a barrister?
Public Access is an efficient and cost-effective way of obtaining legal advice/representation. By instructing me directly it enables you to obtain first-hand advice from a barrister which could result in a quicker resolution thus reducing your overall legal spend. My work is charged either on a fixed fee basis or an hourly rate. You will be provided with a letter of engagement containing a note of the fees to be charged and only when agreed will our fees become payable. It is Chambers’ policy that fees are paid prior to the barrister carrying out any specified piece of work.
What are the advantages of instructing a barrister direct?
Cost and efficiency. When both solicitors and barristers are involved this can increase the costs.Many problems can be dealt with a barrister direct and early advice generally produces a quicker resolution. We can advise you on the most cost-effective way to handle your problem
Do I enter into a contract with the barrister?
Yes. Once fees have been agreed you will receive a contract signed by Counsel which will be in the form of a Client Care Letter. You will be required to sign to confirm agreement to the terms. It is important that you read this contract carefully.
When do I have to pay the barrister?
For every item of work or attendance at a hearing, the fees are paid in advance in line with the client care letter.