Client Information

Basis of Fees:
All publicly funded fees are calculated at the rates prescribed by the relevant governing bodies. Where cases are privately funded, fees must be agreed prior to counsel commencing work. If you are unsure or would like any clarification on any aspect of fees, including any specific rates, then please contact the clerks, who will be happy to assist.

Court Hearings
The basis for private fees to be charged will be agreed in advance of the hearing. Fees for court work take into account the following factors:

  • estimated time required for preparation
  • estimated time to be spent in Court
  • case complexity
  • issues at stake
  • seniority of the barrister
  • whether an abnormal workload was placed on the barrister through late instruction / urgency of the work etc.

Direct Access
Chambers abides by the Bar’s Code of Conduct in respect of acceptance of instructions from solicitors and other professional clients. If Chambers is contacted directly by a member of the public, the client will be referred to Chamber website regarding Direct Access: www.onepumpcourt.co.uk/direct-access/

Direct Professional Access is operated by numerous members of chambers, who have all undertaken the relevant Bar Council Course. Chambers will ensure that the Bar Council’s guidance in this respect is followed.

Paperwork
Normally fees for paperwork are not agreed in advance, however, if an estimate is required, the clerks (in liaison with the barrister concerned if necessary) will provide an approximate fee. The following factors are taken into account when providing such estimates and when compiling the fee-note:

  • total time taken to complete the work
  • complexity of the matter
  • issues at stake
  • seniority of the barrister
  • the urgency of the work and the need to reschedule other matters

All work
All time spent is recorded on the Lex system to ensure that the fees charged can be substantiated by the barrister for specific work activities. If requested, the clerks will be able to explain further how the eventual fee was calculated.