Direct Access allows members of the public and businesses to seek expert legal advice from a barrister, without the need to use a solicitor first. The scheme will save you time and money in your legal matters, as well as make the process easier.
Our barristers are experts in their areas and therefore ideally placed to advise you through your legal proceedings. They are approachable and always willing to take the time to help you understand the details of your case.
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If you chose to instruct a 7BR barrister directly, the process is as follows:
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 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 ones 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.
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.
In some cases, barristers may incur expenses in the course of providing their services. Most commonly, these are travel expenses and hotel costs. However, these are only incurred if necessary and most often agreed in advance.