Instructing Us


We aim to make the process of instructing us straight-forward. Our helpful and friendly approach ensures that you receive the standard of service you require. We understand the need to be flexible and to work together as a team to provide practical solutions. Our Practice Managers are able to put their years of experience to good effect in helping you find the barrister best suited to your needs. If you would like to instruct one of our barristers, then please contact the Practice Managers.


Work in England and Wales

We accept instructions from:

  • Solicitors, other authorised litigators, employed barristers and legal advice centres in England & Wales
  • European lawyers registered with the Law Society and qualified lawyers from other jurisdictions
  • Licensed professionals in the UK under the Licensed Access scheme
  • Members of the public and individuals from other jurisdictions under the Public Access scheme


Licenced Access

Under the Licensed Access scheme (formerly ‘Direct Professional Access’) barristers at New Square Chambers accept instructions from professional individuals and organisations licensed by the Bar Council. Guidance on the scheme and a list of licensees can be found on the Bar Council website.


Public Access

If you are interested in instructing one of our barristers via direct access, please get in touch by completing our Public Access Enquiry Form and sending it by email to clerks@newsquarechambers.co.uk. One of our Practice Managers will respond to your enquiry.

 

If one of our barristers agrees to accept your instruction via direct access, ID documentation will be required and Anti-Money laundering checks will be carried out.

 

We will require:

  • Photographic ID (Driving License or Passport)
  • A recent utility bill at current address (no older than 3 months)

 

If you are acting on behalf of a company, you will also be required to produce a certified copy of Certificate of Incorporation, evidence that you are authorised to act on behalf of the company and a copy of the latest accounts filed at Companies House.

 

Further guidance is available from the Bar Council website

 

Fees

Providing Counsel accepts your instruction on a direct access basis, our Practice Managers are happy to discuss fees which are based on Counsel’s hourly/daily rate.

 

We will provide a fixed fee, which will need to be paid in advance of Counsel commencing work. A fixed fee means we will charge you a set amount of money for the work required. We will need to agree a fee in advance for each piece of work going forward.

 

When we charge fixed fees, they can vary depending on the work required. Your fees are likely to be higher if you need a more experienced barrister and/or if your case is particularly complex.

 

An example of a fixed fee would be:

Preparing for and attending a winding up petition hearing - £125 + VAT


Work in other Jurisdictions

Barristers at New Square Chambers accept instructions from a wide variety of other jurisdictions. A large number of barristers in Chambers have knowledge and experience of foreign jurisdictions with links to English law, and some appear regularly in such jurisdictions. Please contact our Practice Managers for further information and for assistance.

 

Fees & Funding

Our Practice Managers are always willing to provide estimates of fees and a timetable for completing work. Fee estimates can be based on hourly/daily rates. We can also in some circumstances offer a fixed or capped fee for drafting and or a hearing.

 

Trials will be estimated of a brief fee based on preparation time and a daily refresher rate.

 

Some Barristers in chambers also accept instructions under conditional fee agreements (“no win no fee” agreements) in certain circumstances. For more information please contact the Practice Managers.

 

Timescales for completion of work can depend on a number of factors, examples being: availability of Counsel and or client; complexity of the matter; and amount of papers involved.

 

 


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