Table of Fees for Guidance

Below is a schedule of our ‘typical’ fees charged to Direct Access clients, that is those members of the public who instruct our Barristers directly and not via a solicitor or other authorised litigator.

It is important to understand that the fees contained in the table below are for guidance purposes only and should not be considered the exact figures to be charged. There are numerous factors to be taken into consideration that determine a Barrister’s charges for example, the volume of case documentation to peruse, i.e. papers to be read and analysed, legal research that might be required, complexities of the case that may increase preparation time, the experience and seniority of the Barrister instructed, novel issues, number of witnesses, the court jurisdiction, i.e. family court/high court, travel disbursements etc.

 

The actual fees to be charged to a client can only be determined upon the proper evaluation of the case by that Barrister. This process will involve you having to provide the Barrister with certain information and documentation before a decision as to whether to accept your case can be taken. Please note there is no obligation on Chambers or the Barrister to accept a case via Direct Access. Barristers are perfectly entitled to decline to accept a case via Direct Access.

 

Remember, the fees shown below are for guidance only. Our actual charges could be higher.

Our most commonly used pricing models are fixed fees. As a rule, we attempt to ensure that all work contemplated is included in that fee, though from time to time it will be necessary to base a quote upon hourly rates by estimating in advance the likely hours of work needed to deliver the required service. Such estimate will be made solely on the information provided by the client.

It’s often easier to provide precise information about fees when we have an idea of the nature and extent of the work that we can help you with, but, the following figures are designed to give you some idea of what you might expect to pay when instructing a barrister from Jason Elliott Barristers under the Public Access scheme:

Hourly Rates

Up to 10 years call

Over 10 years call

£150 - £200 + VAT

£200 - £250 + VAT

Conferences in chambers / remotely

Up to 10 years call

Over 10 years call

£250 + VAT

£400 + VAT

Subject to assessment of time required

Hearing fees

Up to 10 years call

Over 10 years call

An interim hearing

£300 + VAT

£400 + VAT

A contested hearing listed
for up to half a day.

£400 + VAT

£500 + VAT

A contested hearing listed
for up to one day.

£600 + VAT

£750 + VAT

A contested hearing listed for
more than one day

£600 + VAT

£750 + VAT

VAT may not be charged if the instructed Barrister is not VAT registered

 

In addition to the price for instructing your chosen barrister, there may be other costs to pay. These include - Court fees (although you may be able to apply for a remission of these fees depending on your financial position), travelling and hotel expenses if your barrister has to stay away from home in order to represent you, the cost of obtaining certain documents such as transcripts, the cost of any after the event insurance policy.

 

If you wish to learn more about instructing one of our barristers under the Public Access scheme please email us on clerks@jasonelliottbarristers.co.uk or phone us (0191) 447 4389.

 

The public access scheme may not be appropriate in all cases but we are happy to advise you on this in more detail once we know more about your case.

We hope the above is helpful but please understand that the fees contained in the above table are for guidance purposes only. Our actual charges could be higher.