We are anxious that our clients understand the rationale behind the fees we charge and are satisfied with the value of the work we do. Our fees are usually based on the agreed hourly rate and the time spent. In some circumstances we are prepared to agree fixed or capped fees. Individual barristers will also consider working on a conditional fee agreement or undertaking work that is supported by litigation funders.
In relation to a hearing, we usually agree a brief fee to cover the pre-hearing preparation and then charge a daily rate for each day of the hearing. Each barrister is VAT registered and VAT will be charged where appropriate.
In relation to Direct Public Access, the fees will usually be based on a fixed fee for identified work and will be payable in advance of commencing the work.
We appreciate that all clients, whether professional, licensed access and / or lay clients need to budget for the likely cost of a particular item of work or of long running litigation. Once sufficient information is available, our clerks can be contacted for a quotation. The quotation will be provided as promptly as possible, and in clear and readily understandable terms. We use costs budgeting functionality within our fee system to ensure that costs can be monitored against any agreed case budget.
Please see under “Our Expertise” for a description of the areas of work in which barristers at 4 Pump Court most commonly provide legal services.
When instructed by a solicitor, barristers at 4 Pump Court carry out services on 4 Pump Court terms, unless otherwise agreed in writing.
Barristers at 4 Pump Court welcome instructions from accountants, surveyors and the many other professions and bodies entitled to instruct the Bar under the Bar Council’s Licensed Access Scheme.
Some of the barristers at 4 Pump Court accept instructions direct from a company, an association or an individual under the public access scheme. None of our barristers are authorised to conduct litigation which means that there are some things that a barrister cannot do on your behalf.
We recognise the absolute importance of client confidentiality and both our barristers and staff understand that they have a duty to keep the affairs of each client confidential. We have a protocol to safeguard confidentiality within chambers, especially where members of chambers represent conflicting interests.
The time scale within which a barrister will be able to provide work required will vary depending on such factors as availability, the complexity of the case, the volume of documentation and the need for additional documents or information. The barrister will supply the services by or on such dates as may be agreed with the solicitor or client or where no specific date has been agreed within a reasonable time having regard to the urgency and nature of the services.
For help and advice talk to a member of our clerking team. They can advise on the best options for your matter.
Call: +44 (0) 20 7842 5555