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Instructing us

Barristers at Monckton Chambers practise across a wide range of areas of law and across a number of industry sectors.

Access to information on barristers specialising in each area and specialist areas of expertise can be found here. The legal services most commonly provided are advocacy and advisory services.

We have a dedicated team of clerks led by Senior Clerk, David Hockney. Profiles of each clerk and their contact details can be found on the Clerking Team page of the website. The clerks have a detailed knowledge of all areas of practice and are suitably placed to advise on appropriate selection of counsel, their availability and fees and charging mechanisms.

All professional, licensed access and lay clients may contact the Clerking Team to obtain a quotation for the provision of our legal services.

  • Fees

    The services provided by our barristers are generally charged on a time basis by reference to an agreed hourly rate, a fixed fee or Brief and Refresher fees for court appearances.

    Brief fees usually cover all of the pre-hearing preparation and the first day of the hearing. The refresher fee is the agreed fixed rate for each subsequent day of a hearing. Fee estimates will take into account a number of factors including (but not limited to), the required preparation, the complexity of the issues, the seniority and expertise of the barrister and any reservation of diary time.

    It is usual practice to agree a date by which the brief is delivered. This means that the fee will be due on a date or series of dates before the hearing, to take into account the preparation the barrister will need to do to be ready for the first day of the hearing. All fees are subject to VAT where applicable.

  • Timescales

    Factors which might influence the timescale of the provision of legal services include the complexity of the matter; the availability of the client, the barrister and any relevant third parties; the volume of documents to review; the need for additional information or documents; court waiting times and the urgency of the matter.

  • Terms of work

    We typically apply the Bar Council’s Standard Contractual Terms for the Supply of Legal Services by Barristers to work accepted in Chambers. Variations to these terms or consideration of alternative terms of work can be discussed with the Clerking Team.

  • Solicitors & other professional UK clients

    The following may instruct barristers either on behalf of clients or on their own account in any matter for all types of work:

    • Solicitors
    • Other authorised litigators
    • Parliamentary agents, patent agents, trademark agents and notaries
    • Registered Foreign Lawyers
    • EU lawyers with practising rights under the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement
    • Swiss lawyers who are Registered European Lawyers in the UK
    • Employed barristers and or employed European Lawyers registered with the Bar Council
    • Legal Advice Centres designated by the Bar Council
  • In-house lawyers

    In-house lawyers can also instruct a barrister to undertake work on behalf of their company or organisation. Instructing the Bar direct can provide a cost-effective way of obtaining specialist advice and advocacy services.

    Again the first point of contact is our Clerking Team. Our clerks are particularly experienced in this area: they understand the environment in which you operate and the commercial pressures you face. Many of Chambers’ clients now instruct directly via the “in-house” route.

  • Non-UK lawyers

    Barristers can receive instructions directly from foreign lawyers based outside the UK.

  • Private individuals & companies

    Barristers can now accept direct instructions from private individuals and companies, without the need to go through a solicitor. There are two ways in which a barrister may be instructed directly.

    (i) Licensed access

    Licensed Access enables organisations and individuals with appropriate experience and expertise to use the specialist advice and advocacy services of barristers without the intervention of a solicitor, as the Bar recognises that there are many areas of work in which clients face unnecessary costs in instructing both solicitors and barristers.

    The scheme operates through a licensing system run by the Access to the Bar Standards Board and applications for a licence to instruct barristers directly can be made to the Bar Council. Once a licence has been granted, a copy should then be provided with each set of instructions sent.

    A number of organisations have been pre-approved by the Bar Standards Board and if you are a member of one of these organisations you will only need to provide confirmation of your membership when sending instructions. For the list of pre-approved organisations, please visit the Bar Standards Board website and scroll down to ‘List of Licensed Access Licensees”.

    As a Licensed Access instructor, you will be required to certify in writing that you have completed a full anti-money laundering check on your client. A pro forma letter will be sent to you for completion to accompany instructions when sent.

    (ii)  Direct access

    “Public Access” is the term for the circumstances in which a barrister may be instructed directly. You should be aware of the key differences between a barrister and a solicitor, as barristers are not permitted to offer some of the services that are provided by solicitors.

    Broadly, barristers are instructed when:

    • Expert legal advice is required
    • Documents need to be drafted and/or
    • Representation at a court or tribunal is required

    For full details of what barristers can and cannot offer, as well as the key differences between barristers and solicitors, please visit the Bar Council website.

    Guidance for lay clients can be found in the Public Access Guidance for Lay Clients handbook, produced by the Bar Standards Board.

    I want to instruct a barrister under the Public Access rules: What do I need to do?

    Contact needs to be established by telephoning the Clerks’ Room and asking to speak to the Senior Clerk. They will be able to tell you what you need to do next. Please note that not all types of work are permitted under the Public Access scheme. Barristers cannot undertake the following types of work under Public Access:

    • Criminal work
    • Family work
    • Immigration work

    A barrister can act in all other areas, but only if he or she has:

    • At least 3 years’ standing and have completed the necessary Public Access training as designated by the Bar Standards Board; or
    • Received a Bar Standards Board waiver for the training because he or she has previously been a solicitor and has had regular contact with clients

    Once a suitable barrister has been identified, written instructions will need to be sent to the Senior Clerk or Deputy Senior Clerk explaining exactly the nature of the work that you wish the barrister to carry out for you. You are also required by law to provide proof of identity, which can take a variety of forms:

    • If you are an individual, you are required to produce your passport or national identity card in person, together with a utility bill.
    • If you represent a company, you will be required to produce a certified copy of a company registration document.

    Copies of all documents will be made and kept on file for 5 years. Upon receipt of your instructions the barrister will decide whether your case is suitable for Public Access. You may be charged for this. If the case is acceptable, the full terms upon which the barrister is prepared to accept the case will be sent to you by the clerk in the form of a client care letter. If your case is not acceptable for Public Access the barrister will tell you so and, if you wish, the clerk will recommend an appropriate solicitor for you to instruct.

  • Complaints

    Both individually and collectively, members of Monckton Chambers and their staff aim to provide a first class service at all times. If you are unsatisfied with any aspect of our services, we would encourage you in the first instance to raise the matter informally with us in the hope that it can be quickly resolved to your satisfaction.

    Full details of our complaints procedure can be found here.

  • Barristers’ Register

    Barristers at Monckton Chambers are self-employed individuals, each of whom is regulated directly by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).  The Barristers’ Register, which may be found here on the BSB’s website, is an online database which displays details of all barristers who are authorised to practise in England and Wales and who hold a current practising certificate.  The Register displays the dates for which a barrister’s practising certificate is valid.  It includes information about barristers’ practising status, the reserved legal activities they are authorised to undertake and whether they have been the subject of any disciplinary findings.

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