Terms of Business
In accordance with our obligations under the Provision of Services Regulations 2009 we provide the following information. Additionally, from 31 January 2013 the Standard Contractual terms for the Supply of Legal Services by Barristers to Authorised Persons 2012 came into force.
Our barristers are self-employed and are each regulated by the Bar Standards Board by way of the Bar Handbook which provides the rules, regulations and duties imposed on all barristers. Additionally, all our barristers are members of the Bar Council of England and Wales who provide assistance and support to barristers and chambers. They each have professional indemnity insurance with a minimum cover of £500,000 but many of our barristers have a higher level of cover.
We have adopted the standard contractual terms for the service we provide which can be found here. These terms may be varied by specific arrangement and members are free to agree any terms or amend the standard terms in the event our clients wish to deviate from them. If this is applicable to you then please contact us and we will be happy to discuss a separate agreement with you. Please note that it is a breach of the Bar Handbook for a barrister to refuse to accept instructions in accordance with the standard terms.
Where a barrister has been instructed on a CFA (conditional fee agreement) or a DBA (damages based agreement) then the services provided will be governed by this agreement and not the standard terms.
Where a barrister provides services under a public funding certificate then the standard contractual terms also do not apply as the relevant statutory provisions will take precedence.
Similarly, where a barrister has been instructed under the Public Access rules or Licensed Access rules then the contract agreed between the barrister and the client under these rules will apply and not the standard contractual terms.
In the unfortunate event that you wish to complain about a barrister or member of staff you can do so by completing a copy of our complaints form and returning it to us. More information on the process of handling complaints and a copy of our complaints form can be found on our complaints page.