Barristers Fees

Barristers Fees

The information you provided accurately describes the role and functions of barristers in the legal system, particularly in the context of direct access arrangements. Here’s a summary: 

Roles of Barristers

Barristers are legal professionals who specialize in providing expert advice, drafting legal documents, and representing clients in various legal proceedings, including court appearances, tribunals, or mediations.

They can also handle negotiations and attend meetings on behalf of their clients.

Advantages of Using Barristers 

Barristers are often seen as specialists in the law, providing focused expertise in specific legal matters. They can contribute to resolving legal issues more quickly, efficiently, and potentially at a lower cost than engaging a solicitor for every aspect of the case.

When to use a Solicitor in addition to a Barrister

In some cases, and situations, it may still be necessary to involve a solicitor along with a barrister. The decision depends on the complexity of the case and specific legal requirements.

Agreeing on Fees

Clients need to agree on fees with barristers in advance of them taking on any work. Barristers’ charges can vary based on factors such as their seniority, the complexity of the case, and the estimated amount of work involved.

Fee Structure

Barristers may propose either a fixed fee for specific work or a flexible fee based on their hourly rate. The total cost depends on the number of hours the barrister works on the client’s behalf.

Fee Agreement Process

Clients can agree on fees either directly with the barrister or with the clerk in the barrister’s chambers. The clerk is responsible for handling administrative matters and direct access fee inquiries.

It’s crucial for clients to have a clear understanding of the fee structure, the scope of work, and the terms of engagement before proceeding with a barrister, especially under a direct access arrangement.