How to instruct us
Initial contact concerning instructions to a barrister in these Chambers should be made via a member of our clerking team. Our clerks will be able to provide you with an initial fee quotation for the work. Once papers have been received, they will confirm or amend the quotation given. Work will only be undertaken by Counsel if both you and we are satisfied that a fee agreement has been entered into.
We can accept written instructions in hard copy form, or by fax or email. If it is necessary for you to provide instructions orally, we would request you provide subsequent written confirmation of these instructions as soon as reasonably possible.
Our clerking team will also discuss billing arrangements with you. We are able to provide monthly or other periodic billing if you require this.
We encourage all our clients to have an open dialogue with our clerks; should any issues arise in the course of a case, we would hope these could be resolved by discussion and we would encourage clients to contact either Gary Oliver, our Senior Clerk, or Julia Hornor, our Chambers Director at any time if they have any concerns.
However, should a client ever consider that he/ she has a complaint about the way work has been carried out, or about their treatment by a member of staff or by a barrister, we have a formal complaints procedure. We would very much hope that any concerns would be identified and resolved at an early stage without recourse to any formal steps.
Who can instruct a member of Chambers?
The following people may instruct barristers either on behalf of clients or on their own account, in any matter, for all types of work:
- Other authorised litigators
- Parliamentary agents, patent agents, trademark agents and Notaries
- European lawyers registered with the Law Society
- Employed barristers and/or European lawyers registered with the Bar Council
- Legal Advice Centres designated by the Bar Council
Licensed conveyancers may instruct barristers in matters in which they are providing conveyancing services.
Foreign lawyers may instruct barristers either on behalf of clients or on their own account for advice only.
We welcome instructions from the many professions and bodies entitled to instruct the Bar under the ‘licensed access’ arrangements. More information on Licensed Access (formerly known as Bardirect and Direct Professional Access), including lists of qualifying professional bodies and organisations can be found on the Bar Standards Board website. Further information on instructing a barrister can be found on the Bar Council website.
Please note that we are currently unable to accept instructions directly from members of the public under the Public Access Scheme.
Enquiries about potential instructions
If you would like to discuss a potential instruction with one of our clerking team, please call them on 020 7583 1770 or send an email enquiry.