All work undertaken by barristers from 7 Bedford Row and which is paid by or through an Authorised Person (as such term is defined by Section 18(1)(a) of the Legal Services Act 2007) shall be subject to and in accordance with the most appropriate contract being either:

  1. Basis B of The General Terms and Conditions for the Supply of Legal Services by Barristers to Solicitors in Commercial Matters Version 2.1, dated 23rd June 2014 as agreed between the Commercial Bar Association and the City of London Law Society – (the COMBAR contract) To view the COMBAR contract in full, please click here.
  2. PIBA STANDARD TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR CFAs FROM 1ST APRIL 2013 (incorporated into the Short Form CFA) (the PIBA 8 Contract).
  3. THE (NEW) STANDARD CONTRACTUAL TERMS FOR THE SUPPLY OF LEGAL SERVICES BY BARRISTERS TO AUTHORISED PERSONS 2012 – ANNEXE T TO THE BAR CODE OF CONDUCT (the New Standard Contractual Terms) To view The Bar Standards code of conduct, please click here.

7BR has professional indemnity insurance cover for all legal services we provide to the public.

Pricing Models

The way our barristers charge for their work varies, but the most commonly used pricing models are fixed fee and hourly rate.  A fixed fee is agreed in advance for a particular piece of work. It is calculated by reference to, amongst other factors, the amount of work likely to be involved but once it is agreed, the fee will not vary according to the amount of time it takes the barrister to complete the work unless the scope of the work changes significantly and you consent to the change. If you engage a barrister at their hourly rate, they will charge for the number of hours which it takes them to complete the work which they have been instructed to perform. All fees will also be subject to applicable VAT.

The hourly rates and fixed fees vary depending on a number of factors, but the most significant are the barrister’s expertise and standing within the profession and the complexity of the work involved in any particular case.

Our clerks are always happy to provide a bespoke quotation on a case-by-case basis.

Timescales

Our barristers are experienced in dealing with urgent matters and meeting strict deadlines. Timescales for a case can vary depending on a number of factors including barristers’ availability, the type and complexity of the case, instruction of expert witnesses, the need for additional documents and court waiting times.

Additional costs

In some cases barristers may incur expenses in the course of providing their services. Most commonly, these are travel expenses and hotel costs. However, this are only incurred if necessary and most often agreed in advance.

 

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