Direct Access Services

Newcastle, Durham, Teesside, Sunderland, Northumberland & North East areas

Dr John Brown is a Direct Access Barrister who is authorised by the Bar Standards Board to undertake Litigation. All Direct Access Services are provided by John and where possible they will be on a fixed fee basis (giving you certainty on costs). Johns registration number with the Bar Council is 40983 and his professional insurance with Bar Mutual is 7468/001. 

If fees are to be on an hourly rate John will always beat any competitors hourly rate you have been provided with and he will agree an initial number of hours of work at the hourly rate and will usually need at least a £1000 retainer to commence work for you. Where appropriate John will agree to a free initial phone consultation to enable him to understand if your case is suitable to be taken on under Direct Access.

We have specific pages for our Immigration Services Fees and Driving Cases Fees 

For just appearing at Court – a full day hearing –  prices start at £850, (currently no VAT)
1/2 day hearing – prices start at £450, (currently no VAT)

If over 30 miles travel John will also have to charge petrol costs. If over 100 miles away and a matter is to go into a 2nd day (or more), John may need to charge B&B costs to enable him to be on site for the 2nd day (and any other ongoing days).

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

The cost for the preparation of a simple case, starts at £750 (currently no VAT), which includes a full phone consultation, video, or face to face meeting, drafting of any statements, and corresponding with the other side. It does not include paying for any expert report or any transcripts. It also does not include any court fees which you will have to pay, or ancillary costs e.g. postage, and if John has to prepare a bundle for court which has more than 70 pages he will have to charge you for ink consumables. 

As an estimate: for John to prepare a simple case and then attend a 1/2 day hearing, your fees will be approx £1200

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 this means he can take cases direct from the General Public and from Businesses as well as accepting briefs from Solicitors.

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

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 (who will charge you VAT) + 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 your case and will then brief a Barrister just for the court hearings. This mean that on most occasions you are unlikely to meet your Barrister till perhaps 30 minutes to 1 hour before the morning of your hearing.

It is 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 in most cases you will not know who may represent you at the final hearing.

Through Direct Access, John can offer about 80% of the legal services you can obtain from a High Street firm of Solicitors (obvious exclusions are: No Win No Fee Injury Claims, Property Purchases/Conveyancing, and Legal Services where you require Legal Aid).

John can offer his services cheaper than any High Street Solicitors Firm and as he is not currently VAT registered that means you will save 20% automatically. If you bring in a quote from a firm of Solicitors, John will guarantee to beat the quote by at least 15%. So saving you at least 35%

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 and joined the RAF aged 17 and he spent 12 years in the RAF and then went to university in Aberdeen and then studied for the Bar in London. He is a member of Lincolns Inn.  John was the first one in his family to study at University. He qualified as a Barrister in 2000.

John holds a PhD in International Conflict Resolution and Arbitration from studying in the USA. He has experience of working in the Far East, having worked as a Lawyer in Bangkok, Thailand for 3 years. He still 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.

If you need legal aid John is unable to offer you those services. You will need to contact a firm of Solicitors who hold a legal aid contract in the specific area of law. 

John is required to carry out identification procedures on Direct Access cases and will require some proof of your identity i.e. a driving licence or 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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