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- Legal Enquiries
- - What factors affect the timescales for delivery of legal advice or representation?
- - Who can instruct a barrister?
- - What independent advice can I get about seeking legal assistance?
- - How could I fund my legal case?
- - Barristers, door tenants, associates - what do these mean?
- - Do you do public access work?
- - I need a barrister, what should I do?
- - How much does legal advice and representation cost?
- - What fee arrangements do you offer?
- - What terms of business do you use?
- - Are barristers insured?
- - Are barristers regulated?
- - I don't want to go to Court, I just want to get it sorted
- - I cannot afford a barrister, what are my options?
- - Who should I contact if I have any queries about my case?
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- - How do I pay my fees?
- - How long do I have to pay my fees?
- - I have a fee query, who should I contact?
- - Is VAT added to my bill?
- General Enquiries
- - Are your offices fully accessible?
- - Can you summarise your pupillage arrangements?
- - Do you have any job vacancies?
- - Do you offer mini-pupillage?
- - Do you provide work experience?
- - How can I give you feedback on your service?
- - What are your opening hours?
- - What if I am not happy with the service I received?
- - Why should I use Outer Temple Chambers?
Are barristers regulated?
Barristers are self-employed independent practitioners called to the Bar of England and Wales and regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB). They share premises and administration but not profits and are self-employed practitioners.
Their professional details are recorded in the online Barristers’ Register maintained by the Bar Standards Board. The Register includes information about their practising status, practising address, the reserved legal activities they are authorised to undertake and whether they have been the subject of any disciplinary findings. Particulars of other professional bodies or similar institutions with which members of chambers are registered can be provided by the practice management team if required.
All barristers in independent practice in England and Wales must take primary layer professional indemnity insurance with the insurer Bar Mutual (BMIF). Bar Mutual is not a commercial insurance company. The minimum limit of cover is £500,000 but a significant number of barristers also have additional professional indemnity insurance in light of the value of the work undertaken. Bar Mutual provides cover for claims brought anywhere in the world (subject to the terms of the cover).