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Instruct me direct

Expert advice, with no solicitor’s fees

You can now obtain a legal services quotation direct – ie, without having to go through a solicitor – from an individual barrister, or a barristers’ chambers, or a Bar Standards Board entity. This access is available to you whether you are a professional client, or a licensed access client or a lay client.

Direct access to a barrister saves you both time and money, while ensuring that you gain from the best available sources of legal advice.

The Bar Standards Board has produced advice for clients intending to obtain legal services direct from a barrister. The Public Access Guidance for Lay Clients document is available here.

I can advise on disputes in a wide range of areas of commercial and property law including:

  • contract litigation including sale of goods, building work, professional services
  • professional negligence – solicitors, accountants, surveyors and others
  • disputed insurance claims
  • banking disputes
  • landlord and tenant
  • property and neighbour disputes
  • partnerships and companies
  • intellectual property – copyright and trademarks
  • inheritance, wills and probate
  • procedural issues in litigation

I can also help you with drafting commercial contracts and standard terms for your business – best handled by direct contact with your own barrister.

I can also help you resolve your dispute by acting as a mediator or arbitrator, as long as both parties to the dispute agree. As a mediator, my role would be to help facilitate a commercial settlement. As an arbitrator, I would provide a formal decision without the publicity and cost of going to court.

How to hire me direct …

Hiring me is simple and straightforward, particularly if you would like an initial fixed price one hour consultation 

  • send me the relevant papers and I will review them
  • if for any reason I’m unable to act for you I will let you know immediately and return the papers – no charge
  • if you need to act through a solicitor, I can help with a recommendation and you can instruct me to act through this solicitor; or, of course, you can appoint your own solicitor
  • if I am able to act for you direct, I will offer you a one hour initial consultation in my Chambers at a time to suit you – for a fixed fee of £300 including VAT

I can also act as a mediator or as an arbitrator for small matters. My fee for this work is based on the value of the claim, the time taken to carry out the work and the volume of relevant paperwork.

For mediation work in respect of small claims

  • for claims up to £15,000 (excluding costs), with no more than one folder of papers, and no more than one half-day (three hours) of mediation, the fee is £400 (£200 per party) plus VAT; overruns will be charged at £30 per hour
  • for claims up to £25,000 (excluding costs), with no more than one folder of papers, and no more than one half-day (three hours) of mediation, the fee is £600 (£300 per party) plus VAT; overruns will be charged at £50 per hour.

For arbitration work in respect of small claims

  • for claims up to £10,000 (excluding costs), with no more than one folder of papers, and no more than a one-hour hearing and a short written decision, the fee is £400 (£200 per party) plus VAT
  • for claims up to £20,000 (excluding costs), with no more than one folder of papers, and no more than a one-hour hearing and a short written decision, the fee is £600 (£300 per party) plus VAT.

Most cases can be settled if they are well-presented and the other party to the dispute can readily understand your point of view. For this reason, it is always preferable to obtain legal advice on your dispute as soon as possible. If you are already involved in litigation – as a litigant in person – please ask for my advice as early as you can, which may help to keep costs as low as possible.

In particular, if you think you might want to instruct me to act for you at a hearing – such as an application or a trial – it’s important to give me plenty of notice. Early instructions mean I can help ensure the case is properly prepared for the hearing. If it’s too close to the date of the hearing, it might be too late for to ensure it is ready for the hearing and so that may be a reason for me to decline to act.

Find out more about hiring a barrister direct on the Bar Council’s website.


 

Get in touch

You can get in touch with me through my clerks at:

18sjs logo

in Manchester

18 St John St Chambers
0161 278 1800
chancery@18sjs.com

or

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in London

4-5 Gray’s Inn Square
020 7404  5252
clerks@4-5.co.uk

You can find more information about public access on the Bar Council’s website.