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Fees

We recognise that it is important for clients to have as much information as possible about the likely costs of engaging a barrister before they decide to use that barrister. While, it will not always be possible to provide certainty about the costs involved, we are committed to the maximum degree of openness with clients (whether they are other lawyers, person with licensed access rights or members of the public) at the earliest possible stage.

In almost all cases, these discussions are dealt with on the barrister’s behalf by the clerks. The clerks’ details can be found here and clients are welcome to contact them to obtain a quote for any individual barrister(s).  The clerks are available on 020 7400 9600 and at admin@elyplace.com.

The cost of engaging a barrister will vary greatly depending upon a range of factors, some of which reflect the work they are to do and some of which reflect the barrister’s level of experience and the nature of the work that barrister usually does (which is also available on their website profiles).

A more senior (experienced) barrister will generally be more expensive than a more junior (less experienced) barrister. A barrister with a particular expertise in an area is likely to be more expensive that a barrister of similar seniority without that degree of expertise.  In certain areas of law barristers tend to charge higher fees than in others.

The work that you wish the barrister to do will generally fall into one area of law. It may be relatively straightforward or it may be complex. It may require a large or modest volume of documents to be read. It may raise difficult legal issues or the applicable law may be well-known. The value of the legal rights involved, whether in terms of money or otherwise (and hence the importance of the work) will vary. There may be urgency requiring the work to be done more quickly than would be usual.

All of these factors will contribute to the range of barristers who would be able to do the work and the amounts each would charge for doing so.

The clerks are aware of the types of work done by the barristers and of their general approaches to charging. They will be able to discuss with you what may be possible given the nature of your work and your financial limits.

There are a number of ways in which fees can be agreed.

The most common is that the barrister agrees to carry out the work on an hourly rate. The hourly rate varies depending upon the factors set out and can range from £75 plus VAT to £750 plus VAT per hour. We recognise that this arrangement leaves the client with no limit on the cost of the work and to address this it is possible to agree either a “cap” (i.e. maximum) number of hours that will be charged or a fixed fee for the work (i.e. regardless of how many hours are actually spent).

However, before either of these alternatives is agreed it is usual for the barrister to ask to see the documents so that they can assess the work involved and provide a realistic figure for either the “cap” or the fixed fee.

Before there is any binding commitment to pay the barrister any fees there will be written confirmation of the work to be done and the basis on which the fees will be calculated. Where the work is being done under Public Access (see below) there will be a specific client care letter.

Because of the rise of “cost budgeting” barristers are increasingly being asked to estimate fees for work which will only take place in 12-18 months. While we will do our best to provide reliable estimates, it is important to recognise that given the uncertainty over how a dispute will develop, these are estimates, not quotations. The barrister is not committing to doing that work at the fee estimated – they are simply estimating how much they think they would charge for that work based upon what they know at present.

In some cases, fixed fee agreements are in place for work undertaken as part of an existing framework agreement. As these have been negotiated as part of the framework agreement they are not negotiable a second time.

Some barristers are prepared to accept work under Conditional Fee Agreements or Damages Based Agreements. These agreements will depend upon a detailed evaluation of the merits of the underlying disputes and will have to be the subject of discussion directly with the barrister concerned. Such agreements are then drafted on an individual basis. While the clerks may be able to give general guidance about such matters, the terms of any CFA or DBA must be dealt with by the barrister concerned.

Time:

The barristers and clerks at Ely Place Chambers are committed to providing the best service possible, whether for professional, licenced access or lay clients. This includes providing clients with reliable timescales for the return of work and communicating swiftly and clearly if for whatever reason a timescale that has been agreed is unlikely to be met.

The time that it will take to perform any work will depend upon a range of factors which will include:

The relevant barrister’s availability when the work is accepted. An estimate can be made of the time taken to complete pre-existing commitments but sometimes these estimates prove wrong. Sometimes this means work is done sooner than expected, but sometimes is means the opposite.

The complexity of the work. Work that requires more reading and research is likely to take longer to complete. Again, an estimate of the time the work is likely to take will always be given but this may prove to be unduly optimistic or pessimistic.

Sometimes delay is caused by ill-health or other urgent calls on the barrister’s time.

Where the timescale estimated and agreed is unlikely to be met, the clerks should contact you before the time has expired to let you know and to explain the reasons.

Where the work depends upon the input of others (egs an opponent or an expert or witness) the barrister will obviously not be able to control their actions and so any time estimate will be subject to their being co-operative.

Complaints:

We aim to provide the best service possible to all clients. Should you wish to make a complaint about a barrister you can find out complaints procedure here:

https://elyplace.com/complaints-procedure/

This includes a link to the Legal Ombudsman:

https://www.legalombudsman.org.uk/raising-standards/data-and-decisions/#ombudsman-decision-data

Public Access:

The majority of barristers in chambers accept instructions under the Public Access Scheme. Guidance for lay clients wishing to instruct a barrister can be found on the following link:

https://www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/uploads/assets/20f0db2a-a40c-4af9-95b1b9557ad748e9/Public-Access-Guidance-for-Lay-Clients.pdf

If you decide to instruct a member of chambers on this basis you will receive a client care letter which sets out the work to be done and how much it will cost. This will be done for each piece of work required throughout your case.  As set out above, the quote can be on an hourly rate or based upon that rate but with a cap or at a fixed fee. Given that disputes are unpredictable it is always difficult to quote for a matter from start to finish. We will try if necessary but we are unlikely to commit to any given fixed fee for a piece of work which cannot be reliably predicted.

The work that barristers undertake on public access matters normally needs to be paid in advance and will require proof  of identification. The precise details will be set out in the client care letter.

If you are concerned about the quote you receive or any other aspect of the client care letter you are welcome to contact the clerks on 020 7400 9600 or admin@elyplace.com

  Public Access – Employment Tribunal 
Our barristers can advise both employees and employers on all claims which fall to be decided in the employment tribunal, including ordinary unfair dismissal and wrongful dismissal claims, whistle blowing claims, discrimination claims and breach of contract claims and claims under the Working Time regulations. Our barristers can also represent both employees and employers at the Employment Tribunal.  Our barristers can also advise and represent on the enforcement of restrictive covenants in the High Court as well as employment-related claims in the County Court, including breach of contract and service provision discrimination.

 Timescales

Timescales for your case may vary depending on factors such as barristers’ availability, the complexity of your case, the need for additional documents and the other side’s approach. However, as a guide more straightforward cases tend to have a hearing date four to six months of a claim being made.

 Fees

We may charge fixed fees, which means that we will charge you a set amount of money for the work. Below we provide estimates based on the ranges of fixed fees for barristers in Ely Place Chambers. All fees include VAT (where applicable).

If we charge fixed fees, these may vary depending on your needs – for example, your fees may be towards the higher end of the range if you need a more experienced barrister and/or you have a more complex case. If you have a particularly complex case, your fees may also be higher than the estimates below. If there are any additional costs, we will let you know as far in advance as possible.

 Stage of case Ranges of fixed fees (estimates)
Written advice on your claim £600 – £6000
Preparation of case, including meetings with you and assistance with drafting of  any tribunal documents £600 – £9000
Preliminary hearing £300 – £6000

Hourly rates (including VAT):

Stage of case Ranges of hourly rates (estimates)
Written advice on your claim £90 – £420, approximately 5-16 hours
Preparation of case, including meetings with you and assistance with drafting of any tribunal documents £90 – £420, approximately 5-16 hours
Preliminary hearing (based on the hearing being one day or less) £90 – £420, approximately 10 hours
First day’s tribunal appearance £90 – £420, approximately 10 hours
Tribunal appearances per day, after the first day £90 – £420, approximately 10 hours per day
Remedy hearing (to decide compensation) £90 – £420, approximately 10 hours

 

Public Access – Inheritance Act Advice
The Inheritance Act 1975 protects spouses (including former spouses), cohabitants, children and other dependants when a person dies without leaving sufficient money for the dependent’s continued wellbeing. Our barristers can provide you with written advice on whether you can make a claim under the Act. Our barristers can also provide you with written advice when a person dies and you are a beneficiary of the estate, but someone else makes a claim under the Act.

 

Timescales

Timescales for your written advice may vary depending on factors such as barristers’ availability, the value and complexity of the deceased person’s estate, your financial needs and those of any beneficiary of the estate. However, claims under the Act must be made within six months of the grant of probate, so as a guide your written advice will be available within two to four weeks where possible.

Fees

We may charge fixed fees, which means that we will charge you a set amount of money for the written advice. Below we provide estimates based on the ranges of fixed fees for barristers in Ely Place Chambers, where the deceased person’s estate is worth less than £300,000. All fees include VAT (where applicable).

If we charge fixed fees, these may be towards the higher end of the range if you need a more experienced barrister and/or the deceased person’s estate is more complex. If the deceased person’s estate is particularly complex, your fees may also be higher than the estimate below.

If there are any additional costs, we will let you know as far in advance as possible.

Written advice Range of fixed fees (estimate)
Written advice on making or defending a claim £1200 – £6000
 Contact Us

All information is correct as of X, but fees are estimates only. For a quotation, please contact the clerks on 020 7400 9600 or admin@elyplace.com. Please also contact the clerks if the deceased person’s estate is worth more than £300,000.

Hourly rates (including VAT)

Written advice Range of hourly rates (estimate)
Written advice on making or defending a claim  £90 – £900 for approximately 5-10 hrs

 

Public Access – Winding-Up Petitions
If you are owed £750 or more by a company and are able to prove that the company cannot pay you, you may be able to apply to a court to close or ‘wind-up’ the company. Our barristers can advise you on the process of issuing a winding-up petition and represent you at the court hearing. If you are company which has had a winding-up petition issued against you, our barristers can also advise you on the process of defending it and represent you at the court hearing.

Timescales

Timescales may vary depending on factors such as barristers’ availability, the need for additional documents and court waiting times. However, as a guide the courts tend to have a hearing date eight to ten weeks after a winding-up petition is issued.

Fees

We may charge fixed fees, which means that we will charge you a set amount of money for the work. Below we provide estimates based on the ranges of fixed fees for barristers in Ely Place Chambers. All fees include VAT (where applicable).

If we charge fixed fees, these may be towards the higher end of the range if you need a more experienced barrister and/or the matter is more complex. If the matter is particularly complex, your fees may also be higher than the estimates below.  If there are any additional costs, we will let you know as far in advance as possible.

If you are issuing a winding-up petition, you should also note that even if the company is wound up, you might not get all or any of the money you are owed.

Hourly rates (including VAT)

 
Stage of case Ranges of fixed fees (estimates)
Advice on issuing or defending winding-up petition £120 – £1200
Assistance with completion of forms and all necessary steps to take £120 – £1200
Preparation for and attendance at court hearing £120 – £600
 Contact Us

All information is correct as of January 2020, but fees are estimates only. For a quotation, please contact the clerks on 020 7400 9600 or admin@elyplace.com

Hourly rates (including vat):

Stage of case Ranges of hourly rates (estimates)
Advice on issuing or defending winding-up petition £90 – £240, approximately 5-10 hours
Assistance with completion of forms and all necessary steps to take £90 – £240, approximately 5-10 hours
Preparation for and attendance at court hearing  £90 – £240, approximately 5-10 hours