Companies

Companies are able to instruct barristers under the Bar’s Public Access scheme without first instructing a solicitor. Public Access barristers do what barristers always do: provide specialist legal advice, draft legal documents including documents needed during litigation, and provide specialist representation and advocacy before Courts and other Tribunals. You can be advised and guided through the legal process by the barrister rather than by a solicitor and the barrister. You can also seek advice about setting up a business, drafting employment and other contracts, with the aim of avoiding or reducing disputes in the future.

Barristers in chambers are regulated by the Bar Standards Board, and you can search the Barristers’ Register on the Bar Standards Board’s website.

Fees

Fee arrangements for barristers at Tanfield vary depending on the area of practice, the seniority of the barrister, the complexity and value of your case. We will provide you with a quote as soon as possible and always aim to set out quotes clearly. However, please contact us if you need any guidance or help to understand your quote.

Tanfield is committed to complete transparency in relation to fees – which can be arranged on a fixed basis, an hourly rate, by conditional fee agreement or by public funding. We are also happy to accept direct professional access work. We are equally committed to providing value for money: by using our size to achieve a more efficient and cost-effective administration, we aim to offer customers outstanding advice and representation at a realistic price. Unless agreed otherwise in writing, all members of Chambers accept instructions on the Bar Council’s Standard Terms.

Timescales

Timescales for our services may vary depending on factors such as barristers’ availability, the complexity and value of your case, the need for additional documents and the approach of the other side. As a guide, written advice on your case will be available within two to four weeks where possible. For court hearings, we would ideally need two weeks’ notice of the date of the hearing, however, we appreciate you may also need representation at short notice. If so, please contact the clerks and our barristers will aim to represent you at the hearing where possible.

FAQ’s

If you are a member of the public, the Bar Standards Board’s Public Access Guidance for Lay Clients is available here. This will help you to understand how the Public Access scheme works, and explains how you can use it to instruct barristers directly.

What are the benefits of your company instructing a Tanfield barrister directly?

  • Your company only pays one legal advisor rather than two and, since you are paying one with lower overheads, this will usually be more economical than retaining the solicitor alone and will certainly cost less than instructing both.
  • Your company gets direct access to specialist legal advisors and advocates, at a time of your choice – not just when a problem gets to Court.
  • Your company will know in advance the basis upon which we charge for work.
  • Your barrister will be able to inform you if you do need a solicitor, or the help and advice of another specialist, and may be able to recommend one.

Which areas of the law are suitable for Public Access instructions?

  • Advisory work in all areas of law affecting your business, including legal documents, contracts, etc;
  • Litigation support in all areas where legal proceedings are being made by or against your business. For example, advice about the merits of a claim or defence, procedural advice or representation at Court hearings;
  • Second Opinions; and
  • Advice and Representation before Courts and Tribunals

How do I instruct a barrister at Tanfield Chambers? If you are considering instructing a barrister at Tanfield Chambers, please complete the following form. If the matter is very urgent please telephone our Direct Access Administrator on 020 7421 5300.

Complaints

Tanfield Chambers is proud of its reputation for providing excellent client service. However we recognise that there may be times when our service falls short of expectations, despite our very best efforts. We encourage ongoing communication with our clients so that any issues can be identified and resolved as early as possible. We maintain a formal complaints procedure to assist with the appropriate handling of any complaints. A copy of our complaints procedure is available here. Should you wish to bring a formal complaint to our attention, please contact the Chief Executive, Eamonn Kelly, in the first instance. A copy of our complaints procedure can be viewed by clicking here.

As detailed within our procedure, you may have the right to complain to the Legal Ombudsman. Clients can complain to the LeO is they are unhappy with the final response to their complaint, or if their complaint has not been dealt with in eight weeks; and Clients who have a right to complain to the LeO are individuals and, broadly speaking, small businesses and charities.

The full list of who has a right to complain to the LeO is available on their website and here. You must complain to the Legal Ombudsman either within six years of your barrister’s actions/failure to act, or no later than three years after you should reasonably have known there were grounds to complain.

You must also complain to the Legal Ombudsman within six months of receiving your barrister’s final response to your complaint.

More information about the Legal Ombudsman is available on their website: http://www.legalombudsman.org.uk

You can also search the decision data on the LeO’s website which you can access here.

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