About Us
Our Services

We specialise in Fraud and Regulatory Defence.We represent both corporates and individuals for fraud and regulatory matters both in the UK and overseas. We have experience dealing with law enforcement agencies, including the FCA, SFO, CMA, National Crime Agency, HMRC and Trading Standards.  

We are often instructed early in an advisory role for both regulatory and criminal investigations. Our work covers a wide range of conduct, including Bribery and Corruption, Cartel offending, Multi-Jurisdictional and Complex Fraud, Corporate Compliance, Insider Trading, Market Manipulation, and Whistle-Blowing and Deferred Prosecution Agreements.

Pricing and Servicing Information

We work on an hourly rate basis, and we will advise you of the hourly rate (cost per hour) that applies to any piece of work. This will range between £450 and £695 plus VAT per hour. The cost will be confirmed in advance, and consideration would be given to the nature of the case, the legal complexities involved, the paperwork involved, and the experience of the barrister.

Please note we do not work on a fixed fee basis.

We will provide quotations in all cases where we have received sufficient information to do so. These will be presented clearly and in an understandable way. VAT* is added to all fees.

Please contact Colin Brouwer-Ince at cbrouwerince@harrisbains.com or calling him on 07535 761284.

By “sufficient information”, we mean the nature of the case, the legal complexities involved, the paperwork involved. If more information is required to provide a fee quote, we will ask you to provide it. All quotations will be provided within 14 days unless you explicitly request them sooner.

If you require it sooner, we will discuss this (and possible alternative solutions) with you. We do not offer services for Public Access cases and do not work on any form of conditional, deferred or contingency fee basis. If you are eligible for public funding (legal aid) and wish to utilise this, please approach a solicitor in the first instance.

A barrister cannot do legal aid work unless they have been instructed by a solicitor. Please check your insurance policy carefully if you think you may be able to obtain legal expenses insurance funding (for example, your car or home insurance policy). Many insurers would normally have a panel of solicitors who do their legal work for them.

*VAT is charged at 20%.

Timescales

Many different factors may influence the timescales within which a barrister can provide legal services.

  • Particular requirements of an individual client

  • Availability of the barrister

  • The stage of proceedings (when instructions are first received)

  • The complexity of the case

  • The amount of material that will need to be reviewed

  • Funding available

  • The specific nature of the case

  • Levels of engagement from other parties involved

* This list is not exhaustive.

Regulation

Harris Bains Ltd is regulated by the Bar Standards Board. Access to the Barristers’ Register on the Bar Standards Board’s website can be found here:

https://www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/regulatory-requirements/the-barristers'-register/
This webpage shows (1) whether a barrister has a current practising certificate, and (2) whether a barrister has any disciplinary findings, which are published on the Bar Standards Board’s website in accordance with their policy.

You can contact the Bar Standards Board on 020 7611 1444 to ask about this. Or you could e-mail them: ContactUs@BarStandardsBoard.org.uk

Complaints

A separate document, accessible here, provides information about:

  • Our complaints procedure;

  • Any right you may have to complain to the Legal Ombudsman (LeO)*;

  • How to complain to LeO; and

  • Any time limits for making a complaint.

*The LeO is an independent body which can help you if you have complained to your lawyer and are not happy with their response.

You can use the following link to search the decision data on LeO’s website:

http://www.legalombudsman.org.uk/raising-standards/data-and- decisions/#ombudsmandecision-data.

This shows who has received an ombudsman’s decision in the previous 12 months, and whether the LeO required the individual provider to give the consumer a remedy.

You can contact the LeO on 0300 555 0333 to ask about this. Or you could e-mail them: enquiries@legalombudsman.org.uk