If you are still unsure if one of our barristers can help you or if you can instruct a barrister directly please contact a member of our Practice Management Team on email@example.com or on +44 (0) 7353 6381.
Many cases can be resolved without the need to go to court. We can discuss all of your available options including simple correspondence, round table meetings and alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation, arbitration, adjudication and early neutral evaluation. These methods bring those in the dispute together to reach a compromise or a solution without going straight to court.
Potential clients should note that the following factors might influence the timescales and delivery of the legal services to be provided by a barrister:
Useful sources of advice include:
Advice UK: A network of advice centres across the country.
Advocate: Free advice and representation on legal matters (applications-based). If your case is going to court or a tribunal, you might get a volunteer barrister to represent you for free through Advocate. You can check if Advocate might help you on its website. If you think Advocate can help, contact your nearest Citizens Advice. You have to be referred to the unit by an adviser. You can also ask a law centre or your MP to refer you.
Citizens Advice: Free, independent and impartial advice on a range of issues and rights. Advice Line: 03444 111 444 (England); 03444 77 20 20 (Wales).
Free Representation Unit: Provides representation in employment hearings.
Law Centres Network: Search for local law centres in England.
Law Works: Connects people in need of legal advice with lawyers who are able to help for free. You can search for a free legal advice clinic on the LawWorks website.
Legal Aid: To check whether you might be eligible to receive legal aid financial assistance for civil (non-criminal) legal advice and assistance
Support Through Court: Provides advice, information and support for litigants in person (those representing themselves in court). Telephone: 020 7073 4760.
Samaritans: Helpline support for anyone who wants to talk to someone about the problems they are facing in their life. Helpline: 116 123.
The Money Advice Service: Free, confidential advice about managing finances and dealing with debts. Advice line: 0800 138 7777
Yes, we do. In straightforward cases you can ask one of our barristers to advise you and represent you without having to go through a solicitor or other authorised litigator first.
There are some things that a barrister cannot do on your behalf and which you will have to do if you do not have a solicitor. This may include filing documents with the court and paying court fees.
Please see our Direct Access section for more information.
The Bar Standards Board has produced guidance for lay clients on the public access scheme which you can access here.
Most of our barristers are ‘members’ of Chambers. Members pay a levy to practise out of Chambers with a central staff team who provide administrative, IT and marketing support and manage their diaries.
A door tenant is also a barrister but one who is also affiliated to, and practises out of, another chambers. A professional associate is usually either a qualified lawyer (a barrister called to the Bar, or other legal adviser, advocate or consultant, but qualified in a non-UK jurisdiction). They may also be a legal academic.
Both our door tenants and professional associates are associate members of Outer Temple Chambers.
The legal profession in England is divided into two parts: barristers and solicitors. In general, solicitors do transactional work while barristers appear in Court and tribunals and do advisory work of a complex nature.
A barrister is an expert advocate who represents clients and argues their cases, in person, in the courts, tribunals or before an arbitrator or other neutral/panel of neutrals. Barristers also provide specialist legal advice.
Barristers specialise in one or more areas of law and offer a high degree of knowledge, skill and expertise in their fields of practice.
Our barristers are independent sole practitioners and are self-employed. They do not share profits, and are not in partnership with other barristers in chambers or with solicitors or other legal professionals.
Barristers are assisted by a practice management team, sometimes known as clerks. These act like an agents and are the first point of contact for most clients; they book cases in for barristers and they will advise on which barrister is most suitable for your case. They also agree fees with you.
Our barristers act for a wide range of clients: multi-national firms and companies, government bodies, other institutions and individuals, both in the UK and in foreign jurisdictions. Barristers in England & Wales are regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).
Our barristers accept instructions from:
Chambers’ practice management team (traditionally known as ‘clerks’) receive and manage instructions. They are always happy to answer questions about potential instructions or about any of our practitioners. Professional, licensed access or lay clients may contact the practice management team to obtain a quotation for legal services and discuss suitability and availability. We aim to provide such a quotation promptly, and certainly within the 14 day period indicated by the BSB.
If you have a legal or ADR matter (by ADR we refer to the potential appointment of an arbitrator, adjudicator or mediator) and are seeking to instruct a barrister, please do contact us on + 44 (0)20 7 353 6381 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in joining our barrister or professional support team please visit our Join Our Team page.
If you have a fee enquiry involving complex fee arrangements please ask for Paul Carver or Judy Gant.
For general fee enquiries and for fees relating to your case please ask for Pamela Chatterway or Justine Nabacwa.
If you instructed us directly you can pay your legal fees quickly and easily by credit card. We accept all major payment cards including Visa Debit and Credit; Mastercard Debit and Credit; Maestro Card.
You can also pay your fees directly from your bank account, by using a BACS transfer facility.
You normally have 30 days to pay any invoice. VAT will be added to all fees (unless exemptions apply).
There are various ways to fund your legal requirements depending on the particular matter, financial situation and means.
Privately funding an action – this is the normal basis upon which solicitors are instructed to handle a claim. Legal fees will usually be charged in accordance with the time spent in connection with the matter, at a set hourly rate. VAT will also be charged if appropriate. For private casework Outer Temple Chambers has adopted the Bar Council’s Standard Contractual Terms for the Supply of Legal Services by Barristers to Authorised Persons 2012 (updated for the GDPR in 2018). We also accept instructions under the Combar / CLLS Agreement for the Supply of Legal Services (COMBAR 3 Barrister’s Terms). Payment of fees is required within 30 days of the first fee note/invoice.
‘Before the event’ insurance – this is a type of legal expenses insurance. Often cover is provided as part of contents, building or car insurance. You should contact your insurance provider to see what cover you may have.
‘After the event’ insurance (ATE insurance) – this is a type of legal expenses insurance that provides cover for the legal costs incurred in the pursuit or defence of litigation and arbitration. The policy is purchased after a legal dispute has arisen. ATE insurance can be purchased for nearly all areas of litigation. It can be taken out in conjunction with a conditional fee agreement to insure against the possibility of a claimant being ordered to pay a defendant’s costs if he or she loses. In some limited circumstances it may also cover a claimant’s own legal costs of bringing the claim. Different insurers offer different varieties of cover and different ways of paying premiums.
Third party litigation funding – there are specialist companies which invest in litigation in return for a substantial share (usually up to 50%) of the damages. The cases in which they invest are of a certain size, where the prospects of success are high and where the opponent’s ability to pay is good. The third party funders will require an element of control of the case. The funding will generally cover all or part of your costs, any ATE premium and any costs you are required to pay your opponent.
Legal Aid – If you can’t afford legal advice or support in court, you might be able to get legal aid towards some or all of your costs for a serious problem if you’re on a low income and your case is serious. There are 2 types of legal aid, for criminal and civil cases. Crimes are harmful acts such as violence or theft. Civil cases are often private disputes between people – for example, because of relationship breakdown or purchase of a defective product. Civil cases also include disputes about government or local services such as benefits or social care.
You can find out about legal aid on GOV.UK and find a legal aid solicitor on the Law Society website. You should also contact your nearest Citizens Advice..
Exceptional case funding – if you can’t get legal aid, there’s a small chance you might get help through ‘exceptional case funding’. You can find out how to apply for exceptional case funding without using a legal professional on the Public Law Project website. You can ask your nearest Citizens Advice if they can help you apply.
Pro-Bono – Advocate is a charity that helps to find pro bono (free) legal assistance from volunteer barristers at all levels of experience. You can apply to them directly through a form on their website, attaching all the relevant documents.
Email: email@example.com or use the contact form here
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7092 3960 to leave a voicemail (emailing is usually quicker).
Write: Advocate DX, 50-52 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1HL
The Free Representation Unit (FRU) provides representation for people who are not eligible for legal aid and cannot afford lawyers. If you have an employment or social security issue and have a hearing date at a tribunal in London and the South East (or Nottingham) you can ask your legal adviser to refer you to FRU. Their work is done by volunteers, mostly law students and legal professionals in the early stages of their career. All FRU’s representatives are trained and supervised by their legal officers.
Conditional Fee Arrangements and Damages Based Agreements – You can talk to our Practice Directors or Managers about the options that might be suitable for your particular matter.
Legal advice and representation can be expensive. The cost will depend on a range of factors, including the nature of your case and how experienced a barrister you need. Every client and every case is different.
Our practice management team provide fee quotations and budgets for each instruction. We will ordinarily consider fees on a case-by-case basis. Different factors need to be taken into account when deciding on the appropriate fee structure for a case, including risk, complexity, geographical location (of the client and the court where the matter may be litigated) and the seniority of the appropriate barrister required for your case. Our charges are commensurate with the service provided, and we are always willing to discuss how our fees are structured in order to find a solution that works for clients. Typically we offer one or more of the following fee models to our clients:
Certain pricing models are only available in certain circumstances. A mixture of funding types can sometimes be beneficial.
Outer Temple Chambers’ most commonly used pricing model is a fee based on hourly rates. Each barrister has an hourly rate which takes account of the market and the individual barrister’s skills and experience. The hourly rate for a particular case or a specific piece of work will normally be agreed in advance and will reflect factors such as complexity, the value of the case and urgency. The hourly rate covers matters such as reading documents, preparing written documents (eg advices, court documents or witness statements), researching law and discussion of the case with clients.
Although charges for paperwork and advice are often based on hourly rates, we are always willing to consider alternative or flexible fee structures depending upon the circumstances of each case, including fixed and capped fees where appropriate, phased or task-based fees, and advice on litigation funder arrangements.
Sometimes we will agree with a client a fixed fee model where we estimate in advance the likely hours of work needed to deliver the required service (such estimate will be made solely on the information provided by the client) so as to provide a fixed fee. Fixed fees can provide more certainty in knowing in advance how much the cost of the work will be and are popular with some clients. We may agree the fees for a particular piece of work in advance of that work being done. Where fees are agreed in advance of the work being done, we may ask you to agree to pay the fee before carrying out the work.
Where it is not appropriate to agree the fee in advance, an estimate will provided to you. We may also place a ceiling on the fee to be charged for certain work so as to provide you with some certainty. If, when finding out more about the case, we consider the work that is proposed will take longer than the time agreed, we will contact you to arrange and amend the contract.
Fees for a court or tribunal hearing will usually consist of a ‘brief’ fee and, in more substantial cases, ‘refreshers’. Dependent on the location and nature of the case, additional expenses may be chargeable for travel and overnight accommodation and subsistence, when required.
A brief fee is an agreed fixed fee that covers all pre-hearing direct preparation for the case (eg reviewing papers, preparing cross-examinations, researching legal issues, preparing a closing speech) and the first day of hearing.
A refresher is the fixed agreed fee for any subsequent day of the hearing after the first day.
Sometimes a reservation fee may be levied for each day of tribunal/court work that a barrister is booked for, which is payable if the case settles or withdraws before a brief fee is incurred. This reflects the fact that a barrister is committing to your case and is not accepting other bookings for the dates in issue. The reservation fee would normally be deducted from a brief fee if a case goes ahead. There may certain instances – such as where a case is adjourned at short notice before starting and/or to a date months ahead – that a ‘re-reading’ fee will be applied, to reflect the fact the barrister has to re-read all the papers before a hearing resumes.
In appropriate cases we are able to consider certain types of conditional fee agreements and damages based agreements. Barristers effectively share the risk of legal action with clients. We will use conditional fee agreements (no win, no fee) for some types of cases or as part of a multiple funding arrangement. For some fee agreements we offer clear success criteria.
VAT at the relevant rate (currently 20%) is payable, if applicable, on top of all fees quoted. Most of our barristers are registered for VAT and VAT numbers are shown in the top right hand corner of each fee note / invoice. Any expenses incurred by barristers in relation to the legal matter will be added as agreed at the outset.
For our fees based on hourly rates, the rates vary primarily according to how senior a barrister is, how urgent the case is and how complicated the matter is.
We will always tell you what the first stage of your case will cost or is likely to cost before any work is done on your behalf. Wherever possible we will give you an exact price, known as a fixed fee. If we do quote you a fixed fee we will never go higher than that amount unless we have contacted you first and you have agreed to the extra expense.
You can expect to be charged a fixed fee to have your barrister represent you in court.
If we do not give you an exact price your barrister will put in writing all of the hours that he / she has worked. These hours will be on the invoice or fee note that is sent to you.
Outer Temple Chambers has offices in London and Dubai but provide our services around the world. We are also happy to visit your office/premises and have representation around the world. Please see our Global Reach page to find out more. If we do not have a representative close by we are able to arrange video conferences and communicate via email/ telephone to resolve your case remotely. We have handled many remote cases successfully.
If you would like to visit one of our offices please see our location pages for maps, directions and opening times.
The practice management team will be your first point of contact. We will tell you which practice director and/or practice manager will be responsible for your case and they will be your point of contact for any queries. You can telephone or email our barristers and practice management team at any time. We will let you know within one working day that we have received your instructions in your case. We will keep you informed of any updates or any unforeseen developments as soon as possible and we will discuss what that means and what options there are.
We aim to ensure that you feel confident and reassured every step of the way.
We want to know if you were pleased with the service you received so please do give us feedback. We will always pass on your comments to your barrister. Please complete our Client Feedback Survey on our Testimonials page.
We are sorry you are not happy with the service you received. Please visit our Complaints page for information on what to do next.
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