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BAR STANDARDS BOARD TRAnSPARENCY RULES - UPDATED DECEMBER 2020


THE MANDATORY RULES

In 2019, the regulatory body for barristers, the Bar Standards Board, introduced mandatory rules on price, service and redress transparency for all self-employed barristers and chambers. Barristers and chambers must provide information about price, service and redress on all their websites and to consumers on request.

The mandatory rules require Cumbria Law Chambers to

1. State that professional, licensed access and/or lay clients (as appropriate) may contact Cumbria Law to obtain a quotation for legal services.

2. Provide our contact details:

The contact details for Cumbria Law Chambers are available on the bottom of all pages on the website.

3. State an individual barrister's, chambers' or BSB entity's most commonly used pricing models:

(i)  The various pricing and payment options are detailed in our Terms of Business  and are summarised below. Where you are unsure about pricing, please feel free to call for an indication of the pricing model which will best suit your personal circumstances.

(ii)  Members of Cumbria Law Chambers are willing to consider a variety of contractual arrangements. The ‘Standard Conditions of Contract for the Supply of Legal Services by Barristers to Authorised Persons 2012 – (Updated for the GDPR in 2018)’ applies to all instructions, unless alternative terms of work are specifically agreed in writing (you can read more about these terms on the Bar Council's website. We also accept work on the basis of several other standard contractual terms that are common for barristers. We do not carry out Legal Aid work.

(iii)  Members of Cumbria Law Chambers accept cases on the following payment terms:

  • ·Hourly rates. Rates vary between £150 and £400 depending on area of expertise and the nature and complexity of the work. Please contact Chambers to discuss rates.
  • Fixed fee. Fees can be fixed for a specific instruction or task.
  • CFA. We accept CFAs in all areas of privately funded work. The appropriateness of a CFA agreement and any variant on the standard CFA model will depend on the case and be agreed on a case by case basis.
  • Block contract arrangement with volume providers of work to Chambers.
  • Public Access contractual agreement.
  • We are happy to provide a cost estimate for any work on request.

(iv) All work carried out for clients will be on the basis of the written instructions received.

(v) Payment can be made by cheque or by BACS transfer. We do not accept payment by Credit or Debit Card.

4. State the areas of practice in which an individual barrister, chambers or BSB entity most commonly provides legal services:

5. State and provide a description of the barrister's, chambers' or BSB entity's most commonly provided legal services:

The legal services we most commonly provide are under Contractual Law, Employment Law and Personal Injury and are detailed in the Specialist Sections on our website. We provide advisory services and advocacy in each of the areas listed.

6. Provide information about the factors which might influence the timescales of the barrister’s, chambers’ or BSB entity’s most commonly provided legal services:

Our Terms of Business set out the factors that may impact on timescales.

In providing our services we aim to set and adhere to strict timelines so as to give clients certainty and peace of mind. However there are factors which may occasionally impact on delivery deadlines, including:

  • Availability of the barrister;
  • Availability of the client or relevant third parties;
  • Complexity of the case;
  • Amount of papers that need to be reviewed;
  • Need for additional information or documents;
  • Approach taken by the other side;
  • Third parties intervening in the case; and
  • Court waiting times.

The Code of Conduct guides barristers in relation to these matters. 

All barristers are authorised to practise by the Bar Standards Board and appear on the Barrister's Register.

7. Display “Barristers regulated by the Bar Standards Board”, on the homepage of our website.

Our regulated status is displayed on the homepage of our website and additionally on each page thereof.

8. Display information about the complaints procedure, any right to complain to the Legal Ombudsman (LeO), how to complain to the LeO, and any time limits for making a complaint; also link to the decision data on the LeO's website; and link to the Barristers' Register page on our website.

Our complaints procedure is set out in our Complaints Policy which includes contact details for the Legal Ombudsman and a link to the decision data page of the Legal Ombudsman.  

A link to the Barristers’ Register can be found at the bottom of our Terms of Business and by clicking here.

A link to the Public Access Guidance for Lay Clients can be found on the BSB’s website and can also be accessed by clicking here here.

ADDITIONAL TRANSPARENCY RULES FOR PUBLIC ACCESS WORK

Additional transparency rules apply to those undertaking Public Access work. Dr Tristan McGee is a registered public access barrister.

9. State pricing model(s), such as fixed fee or hourly rate;

Our various pricing models used for legal services are set out under paragraph 3 (iii) above and also apply to Tristan’s public access work.

10. State indicative fees and the circumstances in which they may vary;

Hourly rates vary between £150 and £400 depending on area of expertise and the nature and complexity of the work.  Where a fixed fee is agreed it will be based on the barrister’s knowledge as to how long any individual case is likely to take to complete.

11. State whether fees include VAT (where applicable);

Fees will not normally include VAT, but will attract VAT at the Standard rate. This will be made clear to you both in advance and in the written agreement.

12. State likely additional costs, what they cover and either the cost or, if this can only be estimated, the typical range of costs;

Any additional costs will be set out in the written agreement. The most likely additional cost is reasonable travel expenses. There will be no hidden additional costs.

13. State and provide a description of the relevant Public Access services, including a concise statement of the key stages and an indicative timescale for the key stages.

A full explanation of what Public Access is, the key stages and what to expect can be found here:  Public Access

Chambers Guiding Principles

  • to aim for the best result for you
  • to approach your case with determination to win
  • to have the resolve to succeed
  • to work together as a team
  • to keep our fees highly competitive

For information on Fees refer our Terms of Business

Please visit our specialist sections for more information.

Regulated by the Bar Standards Board

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