The Bar Standards Board (BSB). These new rules are designed to improve the information available to the public before they engage the services of a barrister. They relate to information about the areas of law in which barristers practise, the legal services provided by barristers, what those services cost, and a client’s right to redress.
I charge fixed fees which are agreed with the solicitor or client before work commences. No additional fees will be charged without prior agreement. I keep a record of all work done so that items such as telephone calls, consultations , emails, drafting, advice may be recovered as costs if the client is successful and the matter is not in the small claims court.
Clients may prefer to agree to an hourly rate. The scope of work is identified in my care letter with the proviso that I will not go above a certain threshold which is an amount agreed beforehand with consulting the client.
There are many factors that influence the fee I charge such as reading case papers and preparation, attendance in court and/or conference, complexity and urgency.
Your fixed fees may vary depending on your needs – for example, your fees may be towards the higher end of the range if you have a more complex case. It is also a factor whether your case is in the High Court or the County Court.
If you have a particularly complex case, your fees may also be higher than the estimates below. There may also be additional costs for travel and/or hotel should this be required.
All fees exclude VAT. .
Written advice will be available within 14 days unless otherwise agreed. Timescales for a case may vary depending on factors such as the type and complexity of the case, the other side’s approach, court waiting times and my availability.
The following is a guide on what to expect when discussing Fees:
|County Court||Amount||Estimated Hrs|
|Half a day (irrespective of the time allocated)||£750||3|
|Trial Refresher days||£1,500||6|
|High Court||Amount||Estimated Hrs|
|Half a day (irrespective of the time allocated)||£1,350||3|
|Trial Refresher days||£2,700||6|
These are calculated at:
High Court : £450 p,h.
County Court : £250 p.h
The above information is for guidance and in the interests of Transparency.
My fees listed above are a guideline to give you an idea of what you might spend. I am happy to discuss and agree fees.
More information on Transparency and the Code of conduct can be found here on the BSB’s website