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ABOUT US

Barristers in Chambers practise in civil and public law. Our barristers advise and represent clients in the following areas of law:

  • Civil Fraud
  • Clinical Negligence
  • Commercial
  • Costs & Litigation Funding
  • Credit Hire
  • Employment
  • Extradition
  • Health & Safety
  • Inquests
  •  Inquiries
  • Insurance
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Discipline
  • Professional Liability
  • Public International Law
  • Public Law

Services Provided

Barristers at Temple Garden Chambers can provide you with independent legal advice in writing, by telephone, or at a face-to-face meeting. They can draft documents such as letters, documents required for court, instructions to experts, witness statements, contracts, other commercial agreements, and settlement agreements.

Barristers at Temple Garden Chambers can carry out advocacy before any court or tribunal in England and Wales, and before international courts and tribunals. They can also represent you at meetings, during negotiation, mediation and arbitration: anywhere you need someone to look after your interests and present your case.

Contact

The following are invited to contact the clerks on +44 (0)20 7583 1315 for a quote for our barristers’ services (or e-mail clerks@tgchambers.com):

  • Solicitors or other practising lawyers;
  • Licensed Access clients, who may either hold a licence issued by the Bar Standards Board, or be a member of a professional body which has been recognised by the Bar Standards Board; and
  • Members of the public who wish to instruct a barrister under the Public Access scheme.

We will provide you with a quote as soon as possible. We always aim to set out quotes clearly, but if you receive your quote and there is something you do not understand, please contact us.

Fees and Timescales

Barristers advise both in writing and in conference, draft documents, represent clients at joint settlement meetings/mediations as well as attending a variety of court hearings through the various courts/tribunals.

The timescale for providing our commonly provided services will vary depending on the nature of the instructions; an individual barrister’s other pre-existing professional obligations; the other side’s approach; and court waiting times.

The Barrister may agree to provide the Services for a fixed fee or may agree to provide the Services on the basis of an agreed hourly rate or on such other basis as may from time to time be agreed. Our barristers also accept instructions under conditional fee agreements (“no win, no fee” agreements) in certain circumstances. For information, please contact the clerks at +44 (0)20 7583 1315 (or email clerks@tgchambers.com).

The Fee will be based on the seniority of the barrister, the level of expertise required, the importance of the matter, the time scale required for completing the work and the amount of time it is likely to take.  If there are any additional costs these will be discussed with you. These may include court fees, expert reports, train fares or overnight accommodation.

Public Access

If you are a member of the public, the Bar Standards Board’s Public Access Guidance for Lay Clients is enclosed (annex 1). This will help you to understand how the Public Access scheme works, and explains how you can use it to instruct barristers directly.  You will also find attached fact sheets for Personal Injury and Employment law public access cases (annex 2).

Regulatory and Complaints Information

Barristers in chambers are regulated by the Bar Standards Board. You can search the Barristers’ Register on the Bar Standards Board’s website: https://www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/for-the-public/search-a-barristers-record/thebarristers-register.html. This shows (1) whether a barrister has a current practising certificate, and (2) whether a barrister has any disciplinary findings, which are published on the Bar Standards Board’s website in accordance with their policy. Alternatively, you can contact the Bar Standards Board on 020 7611 1444 to ask about this (or e-mail ContactUs@BarStandardsBoard.org.uk).

Our aim is to give you a good service at all times. However, if you have a complaint you are invited to let us know as soon as possible. It is not necessary to involve solicitors in order to make your complaint but you are free to do so should you wish.  A copy of our Complaints Procedure is available here which includes information about:

  • How to make a complaint;
  • Any right you may have to complain to the Legal Ombudsman (LeO) – the independent body which can help you if you have complained to your lawyer and are not happy with their response;
  • How to complain to LeO; and
  • Any time limits for making a complaint.

You can also search the decision data on LeO’s website: http://www.legalombudsman.org.uk/raising-standards/data-and-decisions/#ombudsmandecision-data. This shows providers which received an ombudsman’s decision in the previous 12 months, and whether LeO required the provider to give the consumer a remedy. Alternatively, you can contact LeO on 0300 555 0333 to ask about this (or e-mail enquiries@legalombudsman.org.uk).

Should you require a hard copy of these documents please do not hesitate to contact the clerks by telephone on 020 7583 1315 or e-mail clerks@tgchambers.com  .  A downloadable version is available here.

Contractural Terms

The “Standard Contractual Terms for the Supply of Legal Services by Barristers to Authorised Persons” came into being on 31 January 2013.  The Standard Contractual Terms have been introduced by the Bar Standards Board through a process overseen by the Legal Services Board, the umbrella regulatory body for both solicitors and barristers, which considered and approved the Standard Contractual Terms following consultation with interested parties, including the Law Society.

Wellbeing

In May 2019 we were awarded a Certificate of Recognition from the Bar Council which demonstrates and reflects our commitment to the wellbeing of our barristers and staff, and our contribution to the wellbeing initiative in the profession.

‘TGC have taken a well-considered approach to wellbeing.  We were pleased to see a focus on practice management and ways of working rather than a rush to introduce a range of eye-catching initiatives.  Their clear focus on building solid foundations with respect to policy, governance and training are all critical in ensuring impact on this agenda.’ (Wellbeing at the Bar Working Group)

Find out more about Chambers’ wellbeing initiatives here.



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Coronavirus Update

TGC continues proactively to safeguard against the risks posed by the spread of Coronavirus. We have a Covid-19 Committee who continue to monitor the situation and follow advice issued by the Government and Public Health England. We will be updating this page as and when new information becomes available. As of 6 July 2020, our London premises, 1 Harcourt Buildings, will be operating with a reduced clerking team in attendance. The remaining staff members and barristers will continue working remotely. We wish to reassure everyone that our contingency plans enable us to continue to provide our services.

Telephoning us

When calling our switchboard number, it will be diverted to a member of the clerking team who will be able to assist in the usual way. All direct dials in Chambers are diverted to be answered remotely.

Emailing us & Sending Instructions

Please send all instructions via email directly to clerks@tgchambers.com. We would be grateful if this could be sent in an orderly fashion to enable working from a screen manageable. We are able to receive hard copy instructions via DX or Post, if necessary. However, we have a preference for electronic documents wherever possible.

Please continue to communicate with barristers directly via phone or email.

Conferences, Joint Settlement Meetings & Mediations

Conferences, meetings and mediations will take place remotely, either by telephone or video until further notice. Group Telephone calls and video calls can be easily arranged. If an in-person meeting is felt necessary please see our Covid-19 Information page for full criteria.

Court Hearings

We are following the Government’s advice closely, which is changing daily. In keeping with that advice, we will continue to service hearings remotely, where possible and as instructed by the hosting Court. In-Person hearings will be accommodated by members of TGC. We will continue to monitor this situation.

Making a payment

If you do not already pay us by BACS, going forward please make arrangements to do so. Please contact the clerks who can supply you with the relevant BACS details.

If you wish to discuss our policy and procedure relating to coronavirus, please do not hesitate to contact our senior clerk Dean Norton on 07535 753098 or dnorton@tgchambers.com.

To learn more visit our Covid-19 Information page.