The clerks at Brick Court Chambers are experienced and knowledgeable. Led by Paul Dennison and Tony Burgess, they are able to advise clients on choosing the most suitable counsel and help with all aspects of efficient case management.
Details about our contract terms and policies relating to diary booking, confidentiality and complaints can be found below, in addition to further information about the different clients and entities that instruct the Barristers at Brick Court Chambers.
Professional clients may contact chambers to obtain a quotation for legal services using the contact details provided on the Contact Us section of this website.
The most commonly used pricing models for legal services are charges by an hourly rate, a fixed fee or an agreed brief fee and refreshers. A brief fee is a fixed fee which covers preparation for a hearing and the first day. A refresher is a fixed fee for each subsequent day of the hearing. Fees will include VAT where applicable.
The areas of law in which members of chambers most commonly provide legal services are described on the Practice Areas section of this website and on the profiles of individual members of chambers on this website. The legal services most commonly provided are advocacy and advisory services.
Factors which might influence the timescale of the provision of legal services include the complexity of the matter; the availability of the client, the barrister and any relevant third parties; the volume of documents to review; the need for additional information or documents; court waiting times and the urgency of the matter.
On 31 January 2013, the provisions of the Code of Conduct relating to the terms on which barristers supply services were amended. Notwithstanding these changes, unless otherwise expressly agreed in writing, members of Brick Court Chambers will continue to accept instructions on the basis of the Standard Non-Contractual Terms formerly set out at Annex G1 to the Bar Code of Conduct, save that to reflect the discontinuance of the Withdrawal of Credit Scheme paragraphs 15 to 20 and 22 to 24 are deleted and the parties agree that instead the following contractual term shall apply to the supply of the barrister’s services:
"29. Any dispute relating to fees payable under these Terms (including any dispute arising out of the non-payment of fees) may be referred by either the barrister or the solicitor to the Tribunal in which event paragraphs 14(3) and 14(4) shall apply to such reference whether or not such fees have been challenged under paragraph 14(1). The decision of the Tribunal in relation to any such reference shall be final and legally binding on both parties. Notwithstanding paragraphs 25 and 26 (Status of Terms), the parties expressly agree to be contractually bound by this paragraph 29."
Members of chambers will also accept instructions under the BSB Standard Contractual Terms, as required by the Bar Code of Conduct.
For further information please contact the clerks.
Chambers operates a strict policy against “double booking”. If a client requests a diary booking which conflicts with an existing diary entry, the existing entry will be disclosed and the second booking will be accepted only with the client’s full consent. The clerks have excellent working relationships with the High Court’s administrative staff, and are usually able to ensure that hearings are allocated convenient dates.
For further information please contact the clerks.
In devising the system we concluded that consideration should be given to the following areas where a breach could occur:
Discussion amongst members of chambers
For further information please contact the clerks.
All members of chambers are self-employed barristers in independent practice. Whilst chambers staff provide services to all members of chambers, they do not have authority to share any confidential information that they hold in relation to the practice of one member of chambers with another member of chambers or anyone making enquiries in relation to another member of chambers. Nor do members of chambers share such confidential information with each other. In the circumstances, whilst each member of chambers can provide information in relation to their own practice, neither chambers staff nor any member of chambers can obtain or provide confidential information about the practice of another member of chambers. It is therefore not possible to provide information, for example, as to whether another member of chambers has acted for or advised (whether currently or in the past) any party or related party, save in so far as that is in the public domain.
Brick Court Chambers prides itself on the excellence of its service. If at any time you have any concerns about the quality of the services of our barristers or members of staff you are invited to let us know as soon as possible. Information about making a complaint is available here.
The majority of work undertaken by members of Brick Court Chambers is through referrals from UK solicitors’ firms. Instructions may arise from an established relationship with a barrister, because of a recommendation by a client, or following discussion with one of the clerks about who would be best placed to work on a matter.
Diary bookings and fee negotiations are undertaken by the clerks. All types of fee arrangements are considered, and we are happy to give estimates prior to work being undertaken.
Brick Court Chambers has strict policies in place regarding the double booking of counsel and in the event of opposing counsel being instructed within chambers.
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 good examples in our experience include initial advisory work, pre-litigation strategy advice and 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. As members of chambers appear 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.
We also have the familiarity with the UK legal services market to be able to advise clients on the range of litigation solicitors that may best complement our barristers when needed to assist with progressing a case through to a hearing.
Barristers from Brick Court Chambers are involved in a large volume of international work, frequently instructed directly by lawyers from other jurisdictions, and appearing in courts and tribunals all over the world.
Unlike in some jurisdictions, the legal profession in the UK is divided into two distinct branches - barristers and solicitors. Solicitors are typically in direct contact with lay clients, whereas barristers are generally appointed by solicitors on behalf of their clients for advocacy and advisory work. A persuasive and well-presented argument is a highly-prized and necessary part of the litigation procedure in the UK legal system, and the benefit of a barrister’s experience in this can often give one party an edge.
For international lawyers, instructing an English barrister is a straightforward process. Barristers are all self-employed but share the services of a clerk and administration with other barristers in a collective called a set of chambers. The first point of contact in employing a barrister is through their clerks who manage their diaries and all fee matters. The experienced and knowledgeable team of clerks at Brick Court Chambers, led by Paul Dennison and Tony Burgess, have detailed knowledge of the experience and skills of each of our barristers and are therefore ideally positioned to assist on the best choice of counsel, as well as all aspects of efficient case management. Details of fees for the instruction of a barrister can be obtained from the clerks, who can also provide cost estimates for both barristers’ work and English litigation more generally.
Where a matter so requires, barristers may work in teams of two or more. The flexibility of the chambers system means that they need not necessarily be members of the same chambers. From time to time barristers in the same chambers may be instructed by parties who are on opposing sides of a dispute. These arrangements can seem unusual to some clients, but they may rest assured that there are very specific procedures in place to ensure that confidentiality and the highest standard of ethics are maintained when this occurs. Our confidentiality guidelines can be found by clicking here.
From January 2014 overseas lawyers can instruct and engage barristers directly to conduct litigation in the courts of England and Wales. A barrister can advise you if this is appropriate or not; if the additional involvement of an English solicitor is thought to be more appropriate, we are able to refer you to a very extensive network of firms in the United Kingdom and beyond.
Below are some testimonials from international lawyers who have used barristers from Brick Court Chambers:
“In engagements with four silks and their juniors over several years, I have found Brick Court extraordinarily reliable, practical and responsive. A foreign lawyer should feel at ease instructing Brick Court.”
Michael Socarras, Washington DC
“I had the privilege of working with a silk from Brick Court in major anti trust proceedings in Australia, and there is no doubt that this was a career highlight for me. As an added bonus, I found dealing with the senior clerks and other staff of the chambers to be a real delight - I felt they were very conscious of considering my needs as instructing solicitor and those of my Australian client and went out of their way to make everything run smoothly - so that the time zone and jurisdictional differences seemed non existent.”
Rebecca Davies, Sydney
Direct Public Access to Barristers
Some members of chambers of over 3 years’ call have undertaken the required training to be able to accept instructions directly from lay clients without the involvement of a solicitor or other intermediary. The barrister will be able to draft documents, give written advice and provide advocacy services in courts and tribunals.
Members of chambers also accept instructions via the Bar Council’s Licensed Access scheme from professionals such as surveyors, accountants, engineers, planners etc who have been granted a licence to instruct a barrister directly.
Please contact the clerks for more information and assistance regarding direct access.
The Public Access Guidance for Lay Clients published by the Bar Standards Board is available here.
Barristers in Brick Court Chambers are regulated by the Bar Standards Board. The Barristers’ Register is an online database which displays details of all barristers who are authorised to practise in England and Wales and who have a current practising certificate. The register will display the dates for which a barrister's practising certificate is valid. It includes information about barristers' practising status, their practising address, the reserved legal activities they are authorised to undertake and whether they have been the subject of any disciplinary findings which are published on its website.
The Barristers’ Register is displayed at https://www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/regulatory-requirements/the-barristers'-register/
Alternatively, you can contact the Bar Standards Board on 020 7611 1444 to ask about this (or e-mail ContactUs@BarStandardsBoard.org.uk).