I am required to set out my fees as part of being an authorised direct access barrister.

First, my fees are paid ahead of time and before the work or preparation commences. As such, I am not formally instructed until I have been paid. If I think you might be entitled to public funding i.e., legal aid, I will let you know.

It might also be worth checking your house insurance if you have paid for before the event legal expenses insurance. You may also want to check your employee benefits. No point paying me if you can get the fees covered elsewhere.

What are my rates? Well it depends on the type of work I am being asked to do. However, my hourly rate ranges from £175 – £200 per hour. That may seem to be a lot but a solicitor of equivalent experience is expected to charge in the region of £218 – £348 per hour depending on where they are located!

When giving a quote what is taken into account is the amount of time to read the papers, consider them and prepare my advice be it in writing or in conference. It is similar for a hearing but then there is the element of representing you in court and what the listed time is for that. Some hearings are far more complicated than others.

For illustrative purposes, conferences typically tend to fall in the region of £1,500 – £2,500 plus VAT. Conferences are where we meet and have a discussion about your case. They tend to last anywhere from 1 – 2.5 hours. That fee range would include:

  • Reading all the papers you provide to me (they can be voluminous)
  • Researching and checking any points of law or procedure
  • Preparing for our conference
  • Attending the conference with you which will be involve me asking you questions, advising you and you getting to ask me questions
  • Coming up with an action plan for afterwards so everyone knows what happens next

I am VAT registered so any quote is plus VAT.

I prefer payments by bank transfer but I can arrange for payments to be made by a credit card if necessary.

“Thanks very much for the advice.  Please pass on my thanks to counsel – prompt, straight to the point, clear and professionally done.”

— Oxfordshire Solicitor