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John will always agree to a free initial consultation to enable him to understand if your case is suitable to be taken on under Direct Access.

Click HERE to find all the areas of law which John can assist you in.


To prepare a case I may agree a fixed fee, if the matter can be resolved with limited communications through phone or email to move the case on e.g. a debt claim of up to e.g. £50,000. I would usually charge £750 to prepare a simple civil case and then charge to attend court.

As an estimate:  To prepare a simple civil case and then attend a 1/2 day hearing, your fees will be approx. £1,400 

I have fixed fees for employment cases and criminal cases including speeding/drink driving cases. 

If a case will require extensive communications e.g. defamation/libel cases, child access cases, will disputes involving large or multiple assets, or resolving a settlement after divorce on a number of assets, I will then charge an hourly rate of £150 ph.

Short phone calls in/out are charged at £8.50.
Emails sent to me which I have to reply to are charged at £4.50. 

Letters taking more than 6 minutes to prepare will be charged at the hourly rate.
Telephone calls of over 10 minutes will also be charged at the hourly rate (all plus VAT, if applicable).

I would then charge to attend court

A full day hearing – prices start at £1,500
1/2 day hearing – prices start at £650
less than 1/2 day hearing £400

If you act as a litigant in person I will only then attend court for you and you will prepare your own case. Inevitably you will seek to call me or email me before the hearing date for advice and to cover that I charge a nominal amount of £250 to deal with limited ongoing issues.
If you contact me extensively I may have to review the position.

You will be sent a monthly statement of the work done on your case and payments should be made by the due date to enable me to continue to act. 

If over 30 miles travel John will charge additional petrol or other travel costs. If your case is listed for trial and is over 100 miles away John will charge B&B costs to enable him to be on site to meet you early on the trial date and all other ongoing days should your case last mor than 1 day.

If your case is complex and goes on for several days/weeks, John may seek (at an additional cost) to have a litigation assistants also be at Court to assist him. That will always be agreed in advance. 

The above fees do not include any disbursements, e.g. courier/ postage, and if we have to prepare a paper bundle for court, more than 70 pages we will charge for ink consumables as well as time. 

John was called to the Bar in 2000. He is a Direct Access/Public Access Barrister and his registered number with the Bar Council is 40983. As John is a Direct Access Barrister in the North East, this means he can take cases direct from the General Public and also from Businesses as well being able to accept  briefs from Solicitors.

There are clear benefits to members of the General Public or Businesses in instructing John directly under Direct Access, namely: you will save money, as you’ll only be paying for one lawyer (i.e. John Brown – as opposed to a firm of Solicitors + a Barrister) and you will also be able to deal directly with a specialist Barrister throughout your case.

If your case is likely to go to a Court or Tribunal you are bound to be more comfortable about matters if the person who has prepared your case will also be representing you at the hearing – so giving you continuity.

You will be able to discuss the matter directly with John by phone and email. This means that there is increased continuity as your case will be handled by one person. Not by a firm of Solicitors, who will have various people meet or speak with you to understand and progress your case and they will then brief a Barrister just for the court hearings. This mean that on most occasions you would be unlikely to meet your Barrister till perhaps 30 minutes to 1 hour before the morning of your hearing.

It is also the case that if you have a number of preparatory hearings before a final hearing, you may end up meeting 3 or 4 different Barristers but still will not know who may represent you at the final hearing.

Through Direct Access, John can offer about 90% of the legal services you can obtain from a firm of high street Solicitors (obvious exclusions are Conveyancing, any services requiring After the Event insurance  to cover possible costs being awarded against you, and he cannot offer Legal Aid Services – but if you have Legal Aid you can always ask your Solicitor to instruct John).

John may offer some services as No Win No Fee, but that will always depend on the individual situation and the “success fee” would usually be 30%. 

If you require any further information on our barrister services, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Price match for barristers Durham

John can offer legal services cheaper than any High Street Solicitors Firm. If you bring me a quote from a firm of Solicitors, I will guarantee to beat that by at least 20%. 

Price match for barristers Durham

Direct Access work will require payment in advance for all work undertaken.
John can accept card payments from all credit and debit cards (except American Express) or you can make payment by bank transfer.

John is originally from the NE of Scotland. He joined the RAF aged 17 and he spent 12 years in the RAF and then went to university, (being the first one in his family to do so) he qualified as a Barrister in 2000.

John holds a Doctorate (PhD) in International Conflict Resolution and Arbitration.
He has experience of working in the Far East having worked as a Lawyer in Bangkok, Thailand for 3 years. He has a number of contacts in the Far East and this means he can also assist clients with family members in custody in the Far East who may face problems when deported back to the UK, or clients seeking to develop business interests in the Far East.

John cannot offer legal aid services. If you need legal aid you will need to contact a firm of Solicitors with a legal aid contract in the specific area of law. John can recommend firms he has worked with and you can then ask that he be instructed by your solicitors in your legally-aided case.

We are required by law to carry out identification procedures on Direct Access cases and we will require some proof of your identity i.e. a driving licence or a passport and a recent utility bill which is proof of your name, date of birth and current address.

If you are acting on behalf of a company, you will be required to produce a certified copy of the Certificate of Incorporation along with evidence that you are authorised to act on behalf of that company

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