Public Access

FAQs

If your question about instructing a Temple Garden Chambers barrister directly is not answered on this page, please contact our clerks.

·       It is cheaper and quicker to instruct a barrister when compared to the traditional route of first consulting a solicitor who may then refer the case onto a barrister. Because barristers have lower overheads than solicitors, their charging rates tend to be lower than solicitors with equivalent experience.

·       Instructing one lawyer rather than two (a barrister plus a solicitor) avoids duplication of work and delays, and saves you money.

·       You have clear control over spending: you can instruct a barrister to deal with the whole matter, or for a specific piece of work for a fixed fee. Our clerks can discuss a wide range of funding options with you.

·       You deal directly with the barrister who will work personally on your case. Communication does not need to be passed through anyone else.

·       Your dispute or legal problem may be solved more quickly and without going to court if you get advice on the law at an early stage. Barristers can also advise you about and represent you at meetings, negotiation, mediation and arbitration.

·       If you need urgent legal help, instructing a barrister directly means that you are immediately in touch with your chosen specialist. Barristers are experienced in dealing with urgent instructions.

We have developed an initial contact form. This will ensure that the Temple Garden Chambers clerks have the details that they need to allocate your case to the most appropriate barrister – someone with the expertise, experience and availability to help you. The barrister will then be able to check whether the Public Access scheme is suitable for the matter.

We will then advise you on any further information and documents required to complete the work.

The Public Access scheme is open to all members of the public and all corporations, as long as the matter is suitable for the scheme.

There is no limit to the type of case that a barrister can handle under Public Access. However, it is highly desirable that only a barrister with the necessary expertise and experience for your type of case is instructed. Profiles of members of chambers are available on this website, as are summaries of our practice areas, but the best people to ask for guidance are the Temple Garden Chambers clerks.

There are some formal steps in legal proceedings that most barristers cannot do, such as issuing proceedings or applications, filing documents at court and serving documents on other parties. This is known as ‘conducting litigation’.

Barristers can draft all of these documents for you and can advise you on how to issue, file or serve them. Alternatively, they may advise you to engage a solicitor if you are unable to take these steps yourself (e.g. you are out of the country).

Barristers do not generally conduct correspondence. This is because they are often away from their offices (chambers) at court. Under the Public Access scheme you remain the point of contact for other parties, and the court or tribunal.

Of course, barristers can advise you on correspondence and can draft letters for you.

Submitting a completed form does not make you liable to pay anything. You do not have to pay anything until the barrister has agreed to accept instructions and you have agreed how much to pay for the work in question.

The short answer is any way that you and your chosen barrister agree – subject to the code of conduct and regulatory rules. There are many different ways that you can pay for a barrister’s services, and our clerks are happy to discuss the options with you.

The way in which fees are calculated will always be agreed in advance. You can negotiate a fixed fee for a piece of work, or agree a daily or hourly rate. You can also agree a fee cap, and be updated on fees whenever you wish. The fees charged by barristers depend on factors such as the complexity and size of the piece of work, their level of experience, and whether they have to travel for a hearing or meeting. Our clerks can discuss ways to keep your costs down, such as the use of videoconferencing.

Barristers at Temple Garden Chambers are based in Middle Temple, in central London. We have accessible premises and are located near the Royal Courts of Justice. Our barristers can travel anywhere in the country, and around the world, to meet you and to represent you.