Public Access Scheme

Public access (also known as direct access) is the scheme which allows companies, organisations and members of the public to instruct barristers directly without having to go to a solicitor first.

Barristers must be registered on the scheme to accept such instructions and there are a number of special rules which apply, all of which are explained in guidance published by the Bar Standards Board. The members shown below are registered on the scheme.

Instructing one of 3 Hare Court's public access barristers directly could save considerable time and money in the right case. It is not just individuals who can use the scheme and Chambers welcomes inquiries from companies and other organisations who find themselves involved in litigation (actual or intended) or just in need of specialist advice.

The clerking team can be contacted to provide estimated fees, and will quote on either an hourly rate or fixed fee (brief fee/ refresher) basis, subject to what is most appropriate for the case and cost effective for the client. Fees will be calculated by reference to the amount of time reasonably required to supply the services and a reasonable hourly rate, taking into account all the circumstances of the case. The clerking team will be able to provide you with information on what specifically is required in order to prepare a meaningful estimate, and will provide one within 14 days.

Hourly rates will vary according to the seniority and experience of counsel, the complexity and urgency of the case. Where we provide a fixed price for a piece of work we will seek not to exceed the amount we have quoted without prior client authority. On the majority of cases we will requir payment of the fixed fee in advance of the work being carried out and/or delivered.

There may be additional costs, such as train fares or overnight accommodation, if the hearing is not in London. On average typical expenses for one day range from £150 for travel and up to £500 for travel and accommodation.

The current rate of VAT will be added to all fees (unless zero rated).

Below are estimated rates:

 

Public Access - Personal Injury Claims

Estimated fees are correct as of 1st January 2020, and are estimates only. For quotations, please contact the clerks team. Hourly rates  range from £125 to £500 per hour. For claims more than £25,000 please contact the clerks team.

Written advice £350 - £1,000

Advising in Conference  £350 - £1,000

Drafting Particulars of Claim £150 - £750

Drafting Letter of Claim £150 - £500

Trial - 1 day (claim not more than £3,000) £500 - £1,000

Trial - 1 day (claim more than £3,000 but less than £10,000) £710 - £1,500

Trial - 1 day (claim more than £10,000 but less than £15,000) £1,070 - £2,000

Trial - 1 day (claim more than £15,000 but less than £25,000) £1,705 - £3,000

Public Access - Employment Tribunal Claims

Our barristers are able to advise both employees and employers on unfair and wrongful dismissal claims. Estimated fees below are correct as of 1st January 2020, and are estimates only. Hourly rates range from £125 to £500 per hour.

Advising in Conference £500 - £2,000

Written advice £500  - £2,500

Preliminary hearing £750 - £2,000

Tribunal hearing £1,500 - £15,000 (brief fee)

Refresher £600 - £2,500

Remedy hearing £750 - £2,500

Public Access - Immigration Appeals

Estimated fees below are correct as of 1st January 2020, and are estimates only. Hourly rates range from £125 to £500 per hour.

Advising in conference £350 - £1,500

Written advice on appeal £350 - £2,500

CMRH / Directions £500 - £4,500

Tribunal Hearing £750 - £8,000

Refresher £500 - £2,500

Public Access - Winding Up Petitions

Estimated fees below are correct as of 1st January 2020, and are estimates only. Hourly rates range from £125 to £600 per hour.

Advice on issuing or defending winding-up petition £500 - £1,250

Assistance with completion of forms and all necessary steps to take £500 - £1,250

Preparation for and attendance at court hearing £750 - £2,500

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