Terms of business
From 31 January 2013, the Bar’s Standard Non-Contractual Terms on which barristers offer their services to solicitors are no longer deemed to be the applicable terms on which instructions from solicitors are accepted. Nevertheless, for the time being we accept instructions from solicitors and other authorised persons whose regulator is the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority on the same basis as if those Terms (other than terms relating to the Withdrawal of Credit Scheme) continued to apply, rather than on contractual terms, unless we consider that a contract is appropriate in all the circumstances of a particular case, which we reserve the right to do.
We will continue to accept instructions from licensed access clients as before: in the case of surveyors, on the RICS standard terms; and in the case of other licensed access clients, on the Licensed Access Terms of Work approved by the Bar Standards Board.
We do not accept instructions to act as barristers other than from solicitors and other authorised persons whose regulator is the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority or licensed access clients.
We are able to accept instructions from solicitors and other authorised persons whose regulator is the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority, licensed access clients or members of the public to act as mediators. Our standard terms for acting as mediators can be obtained on request from the clerks.
We normally have pupils in chambers, and from time to time also students who come here for a few days to gain experience of life at the Bar. We require everyone who comes here for training or experience to sign a confidentiality agreement. By instructing us, you give your consent to them reading the papers you send us, unless you ask us to ensure that does not happen.