An increasing number of instructions to the Bar are from in-house lawyers instructing barristers directly. This trend has been embraced by Brick Court Chambers, which now works directly with a substantial number of In-house Counsel and General Counsel.
Not all cases will be suitable for direct instruction to the Bar, (for example where a matter requires a large team) but we have found that initial advisory work, and pre-litigation strategy advices, are very suitable for direct instructions, as well as some instructions for attendance at hearings.
One major advantage of direct instruction is cost. Another is having a single point of contact with your adviser rather than a large team of assistants. Another substantial advantage is that, as members of Chambers are appearing regularly before courts and tribunals, they have an up-to-the-minute understanding of how the courts will interpret submissions and evidence and consequently how best to structure and prepare them.
The clerks at Brick Court Chambers are both efficient and knowledgeable, and, led by Ian Moyler, Julian Hawes and Deborah Anderson, able to advise clients on their choice of the most suitable counsel and to help with all aspects of efficient case management. In addition, where appropriate, they can give fee estimates for both written work and hearings.
Additionally, where a direct instruction matter moves from pre-litigation to litigation, we have the experience and knowledge to advise clients on the range of litigation firms that may be able to undertake the matter through to a hearing stage.