College Chambers undertakes work funded by various means – private paying, legal aid, conditional fee agreement, trade union or insurance-backed; and where appropriate via public (direct) access.

We recognise the need to be competitive and we strive to offer premium legal services at competitive prices. Our clerks will discuss fee structures with you which will meet your budget; and we aim to remain open, transparent and flexible. Fees are calculated on an individual case basis, taking into account hourly rates, seniority and experience of the barrister, complexity, and the length of time involved in preparation and attending court.

Where possible a fixed price for litigation, advisory work and/or drafting can be agreed in advance, providing certainty and assisting the client to budget.


Conditional fee agreements

Members undertake work under conditional fee agreements (CFAs) in appropriate cases. Not all cases are appropriate for CFAs; and the barrister concerned may decline to enter into a CFA after considering the merits of the claim.

Chambers has a flexible policy on CFAs. Our standard CFA, which is based on the latest APIL/PIBA model, or commercial equivalent can be found below. Modified terms can be agreed for the purposes of work being undertaken under a CFA when the solicitors are acting under a CCFA with a union.


Terms of business

As of 31st January 2013, due to changes in the Bar Code of Conduct and the introduction of the Standard Conditions of Contract for the Supply of Legal Services by Barristers to Authorised Persons 2012, all members of Chambers are willing to accept instructions on Chambers’ Standard Contractual Terms (available here); the Bar Council Standard Contractual Terms (available here); or COMBAR basis A (available here). Unless any preference is expressed at the time of booking, the booking will be accepted subject to Chambers Standard Contractual Terms.

Members of Chambers are willing to consider alternative terms on a case-by-case basis. For further information, please contact the Clerks.


Payment

Unless otherwise agreed in advance, our fee notes are to be paid promptly and in all cases within 30 days.


VAT

Chambers charges VAT (currently 20%) on all fees (unless exemptions apply).