The (New) Standard Contractual Terms for the Supply of Legal Services by Barristers to Authorised Persons 2012


29th January 2013

With effect from 31st ­January 2013 the Terms of Work on which Barristers offer their Services to Solicitors and the Withdrawal of Credit Scheme 1988 are to be abolished by the Bar’s regulator and from that date all members of New Square Chambers will supply legal services only on a contractual basis. This will mark a significant change to the relationship between members and those instructing them.

The model for the new arrangements between barristers and their professional clients is the Standard Contractual Terms for the Supply of Legal Services by Barristers to Authorised Persons 2012 (‘the Bar Standard Contractual Terms’). Unless otherwise agreed in writing, those standard terms will apply to all instructions and briefs accepted from solicitors and other authorised persons after 30th January 2013, both for new matters and for matters in which Counsel has been previously instructed. 

We ask that you carefully read the new standard terms, particularly, those relating to their application (clause 2); the instructions to the barrister (clause 3); the receipt and acceptance of instructions and briefs (clause 4); electronic communication (clause 6); the provision of the legal services (clause 8); liability (clause 10); fees (clause 11); and billing, payment and interest (clause 12 – in particular clause 12.4).

Please do not hesitate to contact our clerks if any of the standard terms may cause difficulty. We will welcome such enquiries and endeavour to assist where possible.

Please click here for a copy of the Bar Standard Contractual Terms.


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