How to instruct us and contract terms

How to instruct us

Instructing members of Chambers is arranged via the clerks. The clerking team, led by senior clerk Lizzy Stewart, are happy to assist in answering any questions in relation to instructions or potential instructions. The clerks’ room can be contacted by telephone (+44 20 7822 2000) or email (clerks@4newsquare.com).

Members of Chambers accept instructions from any of the following:-

  • Solicitors
  • Other authorised litigators
  • Parliamentary agents, patent attorneys, trademark attorneys and notaries
  • European lawyers registered with the Law Society
  • Employed barristers and/or employed European Lawyers registered with the Bar Council
  • Legal Advice Centres designated by the Bar Council
  • Licensed conveyancers (in matters in which they are providing conveyancing services)
  • Foreign lawyers

Members of Chambers welcome instructions from many professions and bodies who are entitled to instruct barristers under the “Licensed Access” arrangements. More information about this, including the lists of qualifying professional bodies and organisations can be found on the Bar Standards Board website.

Further information on instructing a barrister generally can be found on the Bar Council website.

Members of Chambers who have been approved by the Bar Standards Board to accept work under the Public Access Scheme can be instructed without the need to retain a solicitor. Information about who has been approved by the Bar Council can be obtained from the clerks. The terms on which barristers are able to accept instructions under the Public Access Scheme can be found on the Bar Standards Board website here.

The work in Chambers is not limited to the Courts of England and Wales and domestic tribunals. Many members of 4 New Square are experienced in working with lawyers and clients in different jurisdictions.

Contract Terms

Contract terms are usually discussed and agreed on a case by case basis. Members of Chambers will also accept instructions under the Standard Contractual Terms for the Supply of Legal Services by Barristers to Authorised Persons 2012 published by the Bar Council, a copy of which can be found here, as required by the Bar Code of Conduct. Contracts governing the services of members of chambers will be subject to English law and the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of England and Wales (unless otherwise agreed in writing).

Timescales

Timescales for work to be completed can be agreed in advance.  These will vary depending upon the circumstances which include the barrister’s other commitments, both professional and personal, the volume of material to be considered and the need to obtain further instructions or information.

Pricing

Most advisory and drafting work is charged on an hourly basis, but estimates or quotations can be agreed in advance and if applicable fixed or capped fees can be agreed. The setting of hourly rates is not necessarily straightforward and a number of factors may determine the rate: for example, seniority, area of work, the complexity and value of the case. If you would like an estimate or quotation for work please contact the Clerks’ Room on +44 (0) 20 7822 2000 general@4newsquare.com

For advocacy work, members of chambers usually charge a brief fee for preparation and the first day of a hearing and a refresher (a fixed fee for each subsequent day of the hearing, including ongoing preparation).  Sometimes fees are fixed in advance or are payable at an agreed hourly rate.

On occasions members of chambers agree to enter conditional fee agreements under which they receive enhanced fees if litigation is successful but either no fee or only a proportion of their fees if it is not.