Direct Access Barrister
Newcastle, Durham, Teesside, Sunderland, Northumberland & North East areas
All Direct Access Services are provided by Dr. John Brown and they will be on a fixed fee basis (giving you certainty on costs) and 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.
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 (or 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 costs for preparation of a case, starts at £750 (currently no VAT), which includes a full 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 disbursements, 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: To prepare a 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.
John will always offer you a fixed fee service and 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 firm of high street Solicitors (obvious exclusions are Conveyancing and he cannot offer Legal Aid Services – but if you have Legal Aid you can always ask your Solicitor to instruct John).
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%.
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, (being the first one in his family to do so) and he qualified as a Barrister in 2000.
John holds a 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.
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 legally-aided cases.
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 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