In the 2010 Legal 500 our Chambers was described as follows:
We are delighted that we are now able to offer our services, in appropriate cases, directly to the public.
This has a number of advantages to the client. Firstly, the client will meet his barrister at an early stage and work together with him to take the important decisions relating to strategy and tactics that may influence how a case will finally be determined. Secondly, the client will receive advice directly from the barrister regarding the nature and seriousness of any allegation being made together with the strength of the evidence in the case. Important decisions, which may have far-reaching consequences, can be taken together including, for instance, how to approach any interview or questioning by a regulatory body.
The client has the added benefit of knowing from the outset who his barrister will be and that the barrister will conduct all correspondence, engage in negotiations and prepare appropriate documents. This early involvement of counsel can bring enormous benefits to the client, both as to the strategy deployed when reacting to any investigation or prosecution and to the final result.
Furthermore, because there is only one barrister involved instead of a solicitor and a barrister there is a consequent and significant cost saving for the client.
It may be that your case is not suitable for the direct instruction of a barrister, or that it becomes necessary to instruct a solicitor at a particular point. Should the instruction of a solicitor become necessary then we will advise you and together with our clerks you can identify and instruct an appropriately expert firm.
The terms of instruction of a barrister will be clearly set out in a letter of appointment. For further details of how the scheme works click here.
For further information about direct instructions please contact clerks John Grimmer or Paul Rodgers or by phone on 020 7440 8888. They will be able to discuss the facts of your case with you and explain what fees may be charged and when.
Please note this scheme is not available for legal aid cases.