We work on an hourly rate basis and we will advise you of the hourly rate (cost per hour) that is applicable 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.
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.
By “sufficient information” we mean nature of the case, the legal complexities involved, the paperwork involved. If more information is required in order to provide a fee quote, we will ask you to provide it.
All quotations will be provided within 14 days, unless you explicitly request it sooner. If you do 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.
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
The specific nature of the case
Levels of engagement from other parties involved
* This list is not exhaustive.
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:
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
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:
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: email@example.com