COMPANIES | CHARITIES | LOCAL AUTHORITIES | GOVERNMENT | INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS As well as assisting charities with regulation and governance, members are also able to assist with a wide range of contentious and non-contentious services. These include: Advising on Trustee and Officer Duties Brand Protection Stakeholder empowerment Drafting and advising upon Contracts Representation in negotiations Advising upon Employment Law and representing Charities at internal hearings and the Employment Tribunal Mediating disputes between Trustees and Stakeholders Compliance healthcheck Insolvency Advice Engagement Members are able to assist in the following ways: Advice Providing oral advice at a conference in Chambers Providing oral advice at your place of work Providing written advice known as "opinions" Representation Representing your charity at Court Representing your charity at the Employment Tribunal Representing your charity in negotiatons Representing your charity in dealings with the Charities Commission Drafting Drafting court documents Drafting contracts and agreements Mediation Mediating disputes between stakeholders within your charity or between your charity and a third party Working Practices Barristers are individual self employed professionals. Normally they are instructed by solicitors on behalf of companies but under the Bar Standard Board's Direct Access Scheme it is now possible to instruct accredited Barristers directly saving the additional expense of having to engage solicitors. Barristers can assist with both contentious (ie Court disputes) and non contentious (ie advice and drafting) work. If you engage a barrister you are engaging the services of that individual, however Chambers is able to assist you in engaging the services of several barristers where the breadth or complexity of the work requires it. Although each barrister is engaged seperately they will be able to work closely together to to assist in meeting your company's objectives. Traditionally barristers are engaged for a fixed "brief fee" or on an hourly rate dependent on the nature of the work. Dependent upon your needs you may also be interested in entering into a "retainer" with a barrister whereby for a fixed monthly fee the barrister undertakes upto a certain number of hours work for your company per month. If you require the needs of the barrister on a full time basis you may wish to have the barrister seconded to your company on a self employed basis. For more information please speak to our Civil and Commercial Clerk Michael Wright on 020 7242 6476 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may wish to look at the profiles of barristers who undertake Direct Access work here, who undertake Commercial Law here, or read about the different legal areas within which members of chambers have expertise here.