Direct access (also known as public 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 direct 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).
Get in touch
For any enquiries or further information please contact our clerking team on +44 (0)20 7415 7800 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Below are estimated rates:
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
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
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
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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