North East Barristers Chambers: Your Trusted Legal Advisors
FEE GUIDANCE – OCTOBER 2023 (UPDATE)
I OFFER FIXED FEES FOR ATTENDING CRIMINAL COURTS, CIVIL COURTS, TRIBUNALS AND MEDIATION/ARBITRATION.
IF I QUOTE A PRICE FOR A TRIAL AND IT THEN GOES OFF FOR SENTENCE TO ANOTHER DATE THEN A FURTHER FEE WILL HAVE TO BE AGREED.
MY FEES FOR ATTENDING COURT DO NOT INCLUDE:
i) TRAVEL COSTS TO / FROM COURT i.e. MILEAGE OR TRAIN TICKET, NOR,
ii) ANY PARKING COSTS, NOR,
iii) ACCOMODATION, WHICH WILL BE REQUIRED IF YOU HAVE A 10am CASE (WHERE WE HAVE TO BE AT COURT FOR 9am) AND THE COURT IS OVER 100 MILES AWAY FROM ME (AS I CANNOT BE LEAVING AT 4am or 5am TO TRAVEL TO COURT TO GET INTO TOWN ABOUT 8am, TO THEN MEET YOU AT COURT FOR 9am) AND BE AT MY BEST FOR A TRIAL.
IT MAY ALSO BE THE CASE THAT NO TRAINS CAN EVEN GET ME TO THE LOCAL TRAIN STATION NEAREST TO THE COURT BY THE LATEST TIME OF 8.30am.
IF THE CASE IS LISTED FOR MORE THAN 1 DAY I WOULD ALSO NEED ACCOMODATION AND MEALS FOR EACH OF THE ADDITIONAL DAYS.
IF YOU INSTRUCT ME TO ATTEND TRIAL ON A CIVIL CASE, TRIBUNAL OR MEDIATION AND YOU HAVE PREPARED THE CASE YOURSELF YOU SHALL ACCEPT THAT I WILL ONLY BE ABLE TO PUT FORWARD THE CASE YOU HAVE CLAIMED OR ARE DEFENDING.
I INCLUDE IN MY FEE A 20 MINUTE PHONE CONSULTATION TO TAKE INITIAL INSTRUCTIONS FROM YOU AND I WILL SEE YOU AT COURT (APPROX 1 HOUR) BEFORE THE HEARING. IF YOU WANT A CONFERENCE WITH ME BEFORE THE TRIAL THEN ADDITIONAL FEES WILL BE CHARGED.
My current fees are based on me attending court for less than half a day, or attending court for 1/2 day e.g. 10am -1pm or 2pm to 4.30pm, or attending court for a full day.
My fees will depend on the number of pages I have to read, how many witnesses you have and also how complex the case is.
I charge slightly less if the hearing is listed by video or telephone.
THE ONLY OTHER FIXED FEES I OFFER CLIENTS, ARE FOR SPECIFIC PIECES OF WORK – e.g. TO PREPARE A DIVORCE APPLICATION, DRAFT PARTICULARS OF CLAIM, DRAFT A DEFENCE, DRAFT A CONSENT ORDER OR DRAFT A LETTER BEFORE ACTION (“LBA”) AND THEN DISCUSS ANY REPLY TO THE LBA WITH YOU.
If you want me to take on your case from start to finish and for me to act on the record, then I will charge my work at an hourly rate (currently £250ph) and if that is the case then I have further indicative fees which you will be directed to.
If I take a case on to attend Court I will book out time in my diary in accordance with the Court order. I will require a deposit to put a court attendance in my diary and I must be paid the balance at least 48 hours before the hearing. If I am not paid in full by the hearing date I am not obliged to attend. The deposit will only be refundable under specific terms.