In relation to all my work I will try and agree a fixed fee with a client. In the event that it is not possible to agree a fixed fee then I will charge my time by the hour plus VAT. My hourly rate is £250 plus VAT. The fee for attending Court or a conference has to take into account preparation for the hearing or conference along with travel.
Payment for work is required in advance. I will draft a full written agreement setting out the work I am to do along with standard terms and conditions that are recommended by my professional body.
If you are a solicitor and wish to instruct me then we will agree a fee for the work you want me to carry out. Payment for the work carried out is due 30 days after receipt of my fee note.
In the event that a Court case is adjourned or a case settles then I do reserve the right to charge for any work carried out in preparation for the case and cancellation to my diary. In the event that a case adjourns or settles the level of any charge will depend upon how close to the actual hearing date the case adjourns or settles. If, for example, a case settles one or two days before its scheduled date then I would usually charge 75%-100% of my agreed fee, but if there is a settlement or adjournment in excess of 14 days prior to any hearing then I will ordinarily make no charge.
Conditional fees are commonly known as "no win no fee". I do not carry out work on a conditional basis or contingency basis e.g. damages based agreement. My reason for this is that I do not believe that I as a barrister should have a financial stake in the outcome of your case or be entitled to any element of damages that a client is awarded by a Court or in a settlement.
The scope of public funding for civil law is virtually non-existent. When I first qualified civil legal aid was widely available. Sadly that is no longer the case. If you are able to obtain public funding for your case then I am happy to receive instructions on a publicly funded basis.
In exceptional cases I will always consider assisting a client on a pro bono basis, that is to say without any fees being charged. If I am unable to assist for free then I will try and assist you with other organisations who may be able to assist you at less cost or for free.