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What fee arrangements do you offer?

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, but we are always willing to discuss how our fees are structured in order to find a solution that works for clients. Fees may be reviewed periodically throughout the case as agreed to help manage potential fee changes. Typically barristers’ chambers will offer one or more of the following fee models to their clients:

  • Fixed fee arrangements. This is when a barrister considers how much work they will have to do in total and how much this will cost. The client is then given an overall amount that has to be paid for the work to be done
  • Hourly rate arrangements. This is when a barrister will have a set rate they charge for each hour of work they do. They will then keep track of how many hours of work they have done, and this will be the final cost. An estimate of the number of hours it will take can sometimes be given
  • Conditional fee arrangement (CFA). This is when how much to be paid will depend on whether the barrister wins the client’s case. For example, the agreement may be that if a client does not win, they do not have to pay the barrister, or they may have to pay a smaller fixed amount and only need to pay the rest if the outcome is a win; in recognition of the risk that a barrister will have taken on your behalf, a success fee may be added to the normal legal fees. It will usually be necessary for you to take out insurance to cover the opposing parties’ legal costs if the action is unsuccessful.
  • Damages based agreement (DBA). Under a (DBA) we agree that we will not charge you if we do not recover damages for you, but if we do recover damages for you, in recognition of the risk that the barrister has taken on your behalf, the amount that you pay to us will be determined by reference to a percentage of the amount recovered by you from the claim.  The costs recovered from the losing side would be set off against the DBA fee, reducing the amount payable by you to any shortfall between the costs recovered and the DBA fee.
  • Some other pricing model

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.

If your, or your client’s, case is complex and high value, we can offer structured fee arrangements that may reflect one or more of the above types of arrangements.

We believe that there are occasions when our barristers should 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.

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