Instructing Us

 

Our clerking team is well known for being helpful, friendly and willing to go the extra mile. Our clerks are best placed to advise you as to the barrister most suited to your needs, and can assist with all aspects of case management.

Members of New Square Chambers are barristers trading as sole practitioners, who are regulated by the Bar Standards Board and abide by the Bar Standards Board Code of Conduct.

 

Who can instruct us?

In respect of work in England and Wales, our barristers accept instructions from:

  • Solicitors, other authorised legal practitioners, employed barristers and legal advice centres in England and Wales;
  • European lawyers registered with the Law Society and qualified lawyers from other jurisdictions;
  • Licensed professionals in the United Kingdom, such as surveyors, accountants and insolvency practitioners, under the Licensed Access Scheme. Guidance on the scheme can be found here, and a list of licensees can be found here;
  • Members of the public and individuals from other jurisdictions, under the Public Access Scheme. The Public Access Guidance for Lay Clients published by  the Bar Standards Board can be found here.

Many of our members also accept instructions from a number of offshore and international jurisdictions, and have rights of audience in such jurisdictions.

 

Fees

Our Practice Managers are always willing to provide estimates of fees and a timetable for completing work. Fee estimates can be based on hourly and/or daily rates. We can also, in some circumstances, offer a fixed or capped fee for drafting, written work and/or a hearing. Timescales for completion of work can depend on a number of factors, such as: availability of Counsel and/or the client, complexity of the matter, and the amount of papers involved.

Trials fees typically consist of a brief fee (a fixed amount agreed in advance) which is based on preparation time plus the first day in Court, and a daily refresher rate for the duration of the trial. There may be further fees for written submissions, consequential arguments etc.

Some members of Chambers also accept instructions under Conditional Fee Agreements (“no win no fee” agreements) in certain circumstances. For more information please contact the Practice Managers.

 

Insurance

All of our barristers have professional indemnity insurance provided by the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund (BMIF). BMIF can be contacted by telephone on +44(0)20 7621 0405 or by email at info@barmutual.co.uk. Members of chambers can also opt to purchase additional top-up insurance cover. Details of such additional cover can be supplied upon request.

New Square Chambers has employer’s liability insurance and public liability insurance provided Sterling Insurance Co. who can be contacted at 50 King’s Hill Avenue, West Malling, Kent ME19 4JX. Telephone 0845 271 1300 or by email on info@sterlinginsurancegroup.com.

 

Confidentiality

New Square Chambers adheres to the confidentiality requirements and guidelines set by the Bar Standards Board. This covers the situation which may arise when two (or more) members of Chambers are instructed for different parties in the same case. For more details please see our  Confidentiality Policy.