It is a breach of the Code of Conduct for a barrister to refuse to accept instructions to be undertaken in accordance with our published standard terms of business (i.e. the terms to be found at Annexe T or our other standard terms below).
Personal injury/clinical negligence
Where a standard CFA trade agreement exists between APIL (the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) and PIBA (Personal Injury Bar Association) in personal injury cases, then the latest agreement will generally govern the relationship between barrister and solicitor.
Non-personal injury CFAs
We will use the Chancery Bar Association CFA agreement from time to time (in non-personal injury/clinical negligence proceedings).
Where services are provided under a public funding certificate or other statutory arrangement then the standard contractual terms will not apply. The relevant statutory provisions will govern the relationship between barristers and their instructing solicitors.
All barristers in Chambers have professional indemnity insurance to a minimum level of £500,000, although many barristers have additional indemnity insurance in excess of the minimum. Insurance cover is provided by Bar Mutual which can be contacted via www.barmutual.co.uk. Some barristers have further top-up insurance provided either via BMIF or through in the open market.
Where the client is not eligible for legal aid a fee can be agreed on an hourly rate or as a fixed fee. Factors that affect the level of fee include the level of expertise and experience of the barrister, the length of time involved in dealing with the case and the complexity of the case.
Our barristers also accept instructions under conditional fee agreements (“no win, no fee” agreements) in certain circumstances. For information, please contact the clerks on 01792 652988 / firstname.lastname@example.org.