Our Approach to Fees We understand litigation can be an expensive process. Funding can be the biggest barrier for an individual’s access to justice. We are always looking for ways to reduce that barrier. Our barristers bring their commitment to a flexible, client focused service to the question of their fees. Whilst we charge reasonable market rates commensurate with the service provided, we are always willing to discuss ways to make payment of our fees more manageable. We aim to find a solution that works for our clients as well as for us. Hourly rates Each of our barristers has an hourly rate which takes account of the market rates in their area of practice and the barrister’s skills and experience. The hourly rate for a particular case and a particular piece of work is agreed in advance. That rate will take account of the complexity of the case, the value of the case and any particular demands the case gives rise to. Rates for direct access work are generally a little higher because of the additional client care requirements involved. Charges for paperwork and conferences are based on hourly rates. Time estimates for a piece of work can be given in advance and where appropriate a maximum fee can be agreed. Brief fees, Refreshers & Hearing fees Fees for a trial consist of a brief fee and refreshers. A brief fee is an agreed fixed fee that covers all the pre-trial preparation and the first day of the trial. A refresher is the fixed agreed fee for a subsequent day of the trial which includes the ongoing preparation before and after court each day as well as any conference. In advance of the trial both the brief fee and refreshers will be agreed, and the date the brief fee becomes due, and when refreshers must be paid. In substantial matters it is possible to agree a brief fee which falls due in instalments leading up to the start of the trial. The fee payable for a hearing will include all the preparation for that hearing and any required pre-trial conference. Expenses The costs of travel for substantial journeys or overnight accommodation may be charged as a separate item or included in the overall brief or a hearing fee. VAT Barristers who are VAT registered will charge VAT on top of their fees, where applicable. The fee quote you receive should make clear whether VAT is to be charged in addition to the fee. Conditional Fee Agreements (CFAs) CFAs are often referred to as “no win, no fee” arrangements. If your case has a good prospect of success a CFA may be an option worth considering. If your solicitor is working for you under a CFA it is likely our barristers will be willing to do so as well. CFAs can assist parties to proceed with litigation when they would not be in a position to pay their own lawyers should they lose. There are at least 5 types of CFAs, but typically, under a CFA your barrister agrees a basic hourly or daily rate and a percentage uplift (up to 100%) on that basic fee. If you and your barrister are ultimately successful, the other side pay your barrister’s basic fee. The success fee will be payable by you. If you and your barrister are not successful, your barrister does not get paid. You may wish to take out an insurance policy to the risk that you may be ordered to pay the other side's legal costs, should the other side win. More sophisticated arrangements can be made where the case is complex, involves substantial quantities of work, or has risk factors that mean a straightforward CFA is not appropriate. How a barrister decides whether to enter into a CFA Each individual barrister must make their own decision whether to enter into a particular CFA. The barrister concerned will consider the merits of a case, including the legal, evidential and practical risks involved, before deciding whether they are willing to act. It will be a matter for the individual barrister whether they are willing to offer their legal services on a CFA basis. Sometimes the merits of the case will be considered informally by two 33 Bedford Row barristers so that we can give a more comprehensive commitment to deal with the case on the basis of CFAs in the event the main barrister is not free to do every piece of work required for the case. Quotations Professional, licensed access and/or lay clients may contact chambers to obtain a quotation for legal services. Quotations will be provided if sufficient information has been provided by the client, and the barrister, or barristers in chambers, are willing to provide the legal services. Quotations will be provided within a reasonable time period, and in clear and readily understandable terms. Timescales for Commonly Provided Legal Services The factors which might influence the timescales for the most commonly provided legal services, include: (1) complexity of the task; (2) availability of all the documentation; (3) availability of additional information from the client (4) amount of papers that needs to be read. (5) time taken to hold a conference with the client (if necessary) (6) the workload in the particular case and the workload of other cases in the barristers’ practice' The above list is indicative only, and is non-exhaustive. Contact us If you want more information about possible fee arrangements, please contact the clerks on 0207 242 6476.