Fees and Pricing
We are committed to transparency and openness when agreeing the costs of your legal work.
Jason Elliott Barristers welcomes enquiries from the public and solicitors seeking to obtain a quote for legal services. We will not charge you for seeking a quote. This can be done by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning (0191) 447 4389.
Jason Elliott Barristers operate a number of pricing models in an effort to make the provision of legal services accessible and affordable. Typically, these include paying a fixed fee (designed to cover an individual hearing or representation throughout proceedings from beginning to end), payment by the hour, and conditional fee agreements in appropriate cases. We are happy to discuss which model of funding best suits your needs.
We provide legal services in a variety of areas, including crime, family, civil, commercial and chancery work.
Timescales for work may vary depending on factors such as - the availability of your chosen barrister, the volume and complexity of work to be undertaken, the need for additional information or documents, the approach taken by the other side, third parties intervening, and Court or Tribunal listing backlogs.
For Law Firms
We pride ourselves on providing the very highest levels of service at to our professional clients. Our Barristers and Clerks strive always to be approachable, flexible and understanding towards the requirements of instructing solicitors. We are passionate about the quality of service we offer, and every member of the team takes a proactive approach to meeting the needs of the most demanding situation. We will work hard to build a long-lasting, service driven relationship with all law firms, irrespective of the frequency or value of instructions. Crucially, we are more than happy to take instructions with very short notice and will endeavour at all times to arrange cover for the most urgent and last-minute matters.
Our fees will reflect the seniority and experience of Counsel, as well as the high level of service that we seek to offer, however we will always seek to adopt a reasonable approach to the needs of our clients.
For Public Access Clients
In addition to accepting instructions through the traditional route of a solicitor, many members of Chambers are now able to accept instructions direct from members of the public. This frequently saves you both time and money. Our indicative public access fee structure can be found here.
We understand that litigation can be an expensive process and that you need as much certainty as possible around your legal costs.
We are committed to delivering financial confidence through innovative and mutually beneficial approaches to alternatives to the “billable hour”. Our preference is to offer, where possible, our services on a fixed fee basis, in order that all parties are aware of the full details of their relationship with us.
We believe that the value you receive from us, rather than the time it takes us to complete a matter, is what is important. By doing this, we are focused on delivering projects quickly and effectively.
We will always attempt to agree a price with you for a clearly defined scope of work from the outset before we start.
If you then decide to change this scope of work materially, we will agree a reasonable revised price with you; again, in advance.
However, legal costs are sometimes part of the armoury of litigation and therefore our methods of pricing are sometimes necessarily time-based so that we can preserve your ability to recover your costs from your opponent. We will discuss this aspect with you before doing any work.
Conditional Fee Agreements (CFAs)
A CFA is often referred to as a “no win, no fee” arrangement.
If your case has a good prospect of success a CFA may be an option worth considering. If your solicitor is working for you under a CFA, our Barristers will be happy to consider doing so as well.
Under a CFA your Barrister agrees a basic hourly or daily rate and a percentage uplift (up to 100%) on that basic fee. If you and your Barrister are ultimately successful, the other side pay your Barrister’s basic fee and percentage uplift on that sum. If you and your Barrister are not successful, your Barrister does not get paid.
You will need to take out an “after the event” insurance policy to cover your liability to the other side in the event they win. Essentially CFAs allow you to proceed with a claim although you are not in a position to fund the litigation.
Each individual Barrister must make their own decision whether to enter into a particular CFA. The Barrister concerned will consider the merits of a case including the legal, evidential and practical risks involved and decide whether they are willing to act.