Our approach to fees

New Contractual Terms introduced by the Bar Council on 1st February 2013. Clerksroom adopt the new fee regime in the absence of any other agreed terms.

Law Society Guidance on "Instructing a Barrister, New Contractual Terms" - 1st February 2013 onwards.

Our policy is to be open, clear and transparent at all times. We aim to ensure you have a full understanding of the basis for calculation of all fees charged. We firmly believe this and aim to demonstrate our policy in everything we do.

Working to your budget

We aim to have an open and transparent approach to fees but we understand that sometimes, you just need a job done and have a specific budget to work towards. If that’s the case, please do just let us know when making the call or submitting online. If we know the budget in advance and we know what needs to be done, we can find a solution. It’s very rare for us to be unable to accommodate a budget!

Advice & Drafting

We aim to complete and return all paperwork within 14 days (2 weeks) of receipt if no specific deadline is provided. We can work to much faster timescales if requested or we can agree a specific target date for each individual circumstance. We will always advise at the outset if counsel is unable to meet any deadline.

Each barrister has a standard hourly rate for their work. The individual hourly rate can be agreed when instructions are acknowledged if preferred. We welcome early discussion as to the suitability of a specific barrister for a specific case. The right barrister will have the relevant expertise to deal with the case but will not be too junior, or too senior depending on the complexities.

We aim to allocate all cases to the correct level of experience & seniority which we believe will prove most to be the most cost effective solution for our clients.

If, due to urgency, we allocate paperwork to a more senior member of Clerksroom, we will charge the appropriate hourly rate for the work, not for the barrister. We welcome early discussion to ensure the correct fee is applied to the case at the outset.

Conditional Fees

Where a case is offered on the basis of a conditional fee agreement, the case is accepted in the first instance to review the prospects of success. If counsel is prepared to accept the case under a conditional fee agreement, the advice on prospects is returned with the signed CFA agreement and an invoice for the advice which forms part of the CFA agreement and paid if the case is successful. Where a case is declined, it is returned with a note explaining why. There is no review fee where the case is declined.

Fast Track Hearings

Fast Track Trial Costs are fixed under Part 46 of the Civil Procedure Rules. Click here to view the rules. We aim to charge only the fast track fees allowed and in most cases, we do not seek to charge for travel or accommodation costs. Where senior counsel are specifically requested to attend a fast track trial for non-standard cases, travel and accommodation will be agreed where appropriate in advance and confirmed in writing to avoid any confusion.

Road Traffic Claims Process (Low Value Personal Injury Claims between £1,000 and £10,000)

Clerksroom undertake stage 3 oral hearings at all UK courts for a fixed fee of £250 + VAT. Click here to book online. For further information about the process, click here.

Multi-Track Hearings

Multi-Track hearing fees are based on the simple calculation of the preparation undertaken, together with the time involved at court. Each barrister has their own standard hourly rate which is multiplied by the number of hours work anticipated and the fee is proposed on that basis.

Uplifts for complexities can be applied where specific additional expertise is required but this will be outlined in any calculation and discussed in advance.

Infant Approval Advice & Hearings

Our fees are based on the following:

For RTA's on or after 30 April 2010 (MOJ Portal cases):

For all other cases:

Where two or more medical reports are involved, we reserve the right to review any of the above fees.

Small Claims

Our national small claims service every court centre in England & Wales. In order to ensure a commercially sensible service to meet your needs, we have a network of barristers and chambers throughout the UK linked into our “Clerksroom Online” system. Our network currently works with over 250 UK chambers that have access to our web based allocation system. This is a free service offered to solicitors or anyone approved to instruct counsel. Cases are submitted online and then allocated to suitable counsel who agree to accept the fee proposed by you. There is no charge for this service; it is free to all users. For the avoidance of doubt, neither barristers nor chambers pay any commission to Clerksroom; it is a completely free service to everyone involved. Click here to submit a case and propose a fee. You will be sent an immediate acknowledgement with a unique reference number. We then put you in touch with a local barrister prepared to accept the case at the fee stated and will provide contact information for them. We then leave you to deal directly with them and we drop out of the loop. The agreement is strictly between you and the barrister in the normal way and fees are paid directly to whoever is instructed.

Tribunals, Inquiries, Inquests and other non court matters.

Our fees are based on the simple calculation of the preparation undertaken, together with the time involved at the hearing.  Each barrister has their own standard hourly rate which is multiplied by the number of hours work anticipated and the fee is proposed on that basis.

Uplifts for complexities can be applied where specific additional expertise is required but this will be outlined in any calculation and discussed in advance.

Public Funding Certificates

Some of our barristers  will accept matters where public funding is in place for civil or family cases, particularly where the matter relates to family disputes involving children.  As with all our services, please do contact us to discuss your specific requirements.

*subject to success uplift in Conditional Fee Agreement cases where applicable

Updated: 15th March 2016


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