Licensed access enables organisations or individuals such as ourselves that have an identifiable area of expertise or experience to apply to the Bar Standards Board to be licensed to instruct barristers directly. The license holder can instruct any member of the Bar for advice, and in some circumstances representation, on their own behalf or another’s behalf in the specialist area.
WHY USE A BARRISTER INSTEAD OF A SOLICITOR?
Expertise: Barristers are equivalent to consultants in healthcare. Barristers are experts in their chosen areas of law. They will provide answers to your problems, letting you know where you stand and what your options are.
Efficiency of service: barristers are skilled at working out solutions to legal problems quickly and telling their clients. You won’t have to keep chasing them to deal with your issue.
Skilled advocates: using a barrister doesn’t mean you have to go to Court. However, if you do need to go to Court, they are skilled advocates, who will present your case better than anyone else.
Better value: barristers can charge less than solicitors, because they’re self-employed and do not have the costs of running a law firm. They will agree their fees with you in advance of taking on your case or advising you on your problem
Making a Claim over £10,000
HERE’S A SUMMARY OF THE PROCESS OF MAKING A CLAIM IN THE COUNTY COURT OR HIGH COURT FOR OVER £10000 AND THE SERVICES WE PROVIDE
Advice and/or Representation by a Barrister
Once your claim is in excess of £10,000 it will be heard in either the County Court or High Court. We are licensed by the Bar Council to instruct barristers directly who could offer either advice or representation if your claim reaches court.
Unlike the Small Claims Court where legal costs cannot be recovered, for claims over £10,000 heard in either the County Court under the fast or multiple track or the High Court it is usual for the winning side to recover its reasonable legal costs while the losing party will pay not only its own costs but that of the winning side which can be substantial.
Therefore it is important to secure advice as to the prospects of success of your claim from a barrister before proceeding as it may well be worth if you receive adverse advice regarding your prospects of winning not to proceed to court and incur substantial costs of losing.
The advice from the barrister may assist you in deciding to mediate or accept a settlement instead of proceeding to court.
Alternatively if the barrister feels you have a reasonable prospect of succeeding, you may opt to go to a court hearing and would be represented by the barrister.
Initial Free Assessment of Your Claim
Upon completion of our questionnaire we will initially assess whether your claim is worth taking to the barrister for advice as to whether it has prospects of success. If we feel it is worth further advice we would suggest this and our charges for dealing with the instructions to the barrister and obtaining the advice would depend on the complexity of your claim but would usually range between £500 and £1000. It would be up to you whether you wished to proceed with the advice from the barrister. We do not handle personal injury claims or no win no fee.
Proceeding to a Hearing
If after receiving the legal opinion from the Barrister you decide to go to Court we will quote you our costs of instruction and preparing the pleadings and statements required for your case to proceed to court and the cost of representation at the court hearing. It will be up to you whether at that stage you wish to proceed.