1 Essex Court

Public Access Pricing Transparency

 

1 Essex Court has a number of barristers who may offer legal services directly to members of the public, without the need for an instructing solicitor. We understand that many of our clients do not often instruct lawyers to act on their behalf, and do not know what the likely costs of doing so will be. We also understand that many of our clients will want to know that, if they do want chose to instruct one of our barrister, they are receiving a pricing model that best fits their individual circumstances.

 

On this page, you will find information concerning:

  1. How you may obtain a quote from an individual member of 1 Essex Court, or from a range of members of 1 Essex Court, to assist you in deciding whether to send instruction one of our members.

  2. The typical pricing models used by member of 1 Essex Court.

  3. An explanation of the most commonly used pricing models.

  4. A non-exhaustive list of factors that may influence the price.

  5. Factors that may affect the timescales that it will take to progress your case.

  6. Indicative fees in relation to certain areas of work.

 

Please note:

  1. All prices listed on this page are indicative only. Please contact our clerks by email to clerks@1ec.co.uk or telephone to 0207 936 3030 to obtain a quotation for your individual circumstances.

  2. All members of 1 Essex Court are self-employed independent barristers, with differing levels of experience and areas of specialism. This means that the individual members of chambers may give different quotes to carry out the same piece of work.

 

Obtaining a Quote

 

In order to obtain a quote from 1 Essex Court, please contact our clerks in the first instance with a description of your case. We welcome enquiries from professional clients, licenced access clients, as well as direct approaches from members of the public.

 

In order to provide you with a quote, we will need to have sufficient information about your case to understand:

  1. the nature of your case;

  2. the services you wish us to provide;

  3. the timescale in which you wish for us to carry out the services (together with any applicable deadlines); and

  4. the volume of evidence to be read and considered.

It will often be appropriate for you to send some of the papers in the case to allow us to consider these matters.

 

We will also need to know the seniority of barrister that you wish to instruct for a case. As a rough rule of thumb, a more senior barrister is more experienced, and so likely to charge a higher fee. If you are not sure of the seniority of barrister that you will require, our clerks will be happy to assist you. 

 

Once we have sufficient information about your case to allow us to provide a meaningful range for the fee that we may charge, we will send you a quote as soon as reasonably possible. This will typically be within 14 days, though in the vast majority of cases you will receive a quote within a day or two.

 

Typical Pricing Models

 

1 Essex Court uses a range of pricing models to best suit its clients’ needs. Our clerks will be happy to discuss the best option for your circumstances. The most commonly used pricing models that we use are:

 

Name

Description

Brief Fee and Refresher

A brief fee is a fixed fee that covers the preparation for a trial and the first day of the trial. A refresher is a fixed fee for each subsequent day of the trial, including any ongoing preparation.

 

For example, if you agreed a brief fee of £5,000 with refreshers of £1,000 for a five-day trial, the total price paid would be £9,000 (comprising of £5,000 for the preparation and first day, plus £1,000 for each of the next four days).

Capped Fee

Under a capped fee, you will be charged an agreed hourly rate for the time spent on a piece of work. However, the total fee that you will be charged will be subject to an agreed set limit.

 

For example, if you engage a barrister for £200 per hour capped at a total fee of £1,000:

  1. You would pay £800 if the work takes four hours.

  2. You would pay £1,000 if the work takes six hours. The agreed cap means you will not be required to pay (in these circumstances) £1,200.

 

Please be aware that when you agree a capped fee, that cap will only apply to the specific piece of work. Matters that fall outside that piece of work are not covered by the agreed cap.  

Fixed Fee

Where you agree a fixed fee, you will be asked to pay a set sum for a set piece of work. Whilst that sum will be agreed with reference to factors such as the complexity of the work and the likely length of time for completion, the price will be the same irrespective of how long it will take.

 

Please be aware that when you are agreeing a fixed fee that fee only relates to a specific piece of work. Matters that fall outside that piece of work are not covered by the fixed fee.

Hourly Rate

Should you instruct one of our barristers on the basis of an hourly rate, the amount you pay will be determined by the length of time that the barrister spends completing the work he or she is instructed to do.

 

In certain circumstances, members of 1 Essex Court may be prepared to agree to work on a conditional fee agreement. These are typically referred to as “no-win-no-fee”, though that is not always an accurate description. Under some conditional fee arrangements, you will be asked to pay a “base rate” that applies irrespective of the outcome of litigation in question with an additional “success fee” if you succeed in your case. Taking on a case of subject to a conditional fee agreement may include the barrister taking on a significant amount of risk as to when they will be paid, if they will be paid, and how much they will be paid. Accordingly, all members of 1 Essex Court reserve the right not to accept instructions on a conditional fee basis. Whether to accept a case on a conditional fee arrangement is a matter for the individual barrister, on each individual case.

 

If you think that your case is suitable for a conditional fee agreement, please raise this with our clerks who will be happy to discuss your requirements with you.

 

 

Factors that May Influence the Price You Are Quoted

 

Our starting point when quoting for work is by multiplying the barrister’s hourly rate by the estimated time that it will take to complete the work in question. This is not, however, definitive. As self-employed businesses, barristers will have to take account of a range of matters when giving you a quote. Typical factors may include:

 

Factor

Explanation

Complexity of the work

In most circumstances complex work will mean that the barrister will have to spend longer on your case to ensure that you have the service you deserve. If, however, you have a very complicated case you may be given a higher quote that reflects the challenges of your case.

Timing of the instruction

We appreciate that, at times, it is necessary to come to us only shortly before a hearing in your case is due to come before the court: you may have expected a case to settle, or only been notified of the hearing very late in the day. This, however, may require your chosen barrister to work anti-social hours (such as very late evenings, over the weekend, or during holidays) or rearrange personal engagements. You may be given a higher quote to reflect this impact.

Location

We understand that sometimes we will have to travel to provide you with representation. This may, however, mean that your chosen barrister will have to spend much of their working day travelling, or even to arrange overnight accommodation. As your barrister will be unable to work on other cases in this time

Experience of the Barrister

As a general rule of thumb, a more experienced barrister will be more expensive than a more junior barrister. This will usually be reflected in a higher hourly rate. In certain circumstances, however, the relative experience of the barrister may affect the price you are quoted. For example, a barrister looking to develop their practice into a new area of law may reduce their hourly rate to reflect this.

Previous work on the same case

Where a barrister has previously worked on your case, it may be that he or she is able to offer a lower than usual quote. This is because they are already familiar with the issues in the case. Of course, the longer it has been since the barrister last worked on your case the less this will be applicable, and our quotes will always reflect what is required for the current piece of work.

Value of the Work

In every case – no matter the size – where you instruct one of our barristers you can expect a high-quality service. The more valuable the case, however, the more

 

 

Factors that may Influence the Timescale of Your Case

 

At 1 Essex Court, we understand that your case is very important. We understand that you will want to know your case is being progressed towards its conclusion, and we are committed to working towards achieving your aims. There are, however, many factors that can affect how quickly a case can be progressed. Whilst these factors will vary from case to case there are a number of factors that may commonly affect the timescale.

 

Factor

Explanation

Your availability

In many cases, your barrister will need to discuss the case with you. It is often the case that your barrister will be unable to progress your case until after these discussions.

Our availability

In addition to your availability, the availability of your chosen barrister will affect when the work on your case can be completed. Pre-existing commitments may mean that it is not possible to start work on your case immediately. If your barrister expects that there will be an extended period before he or she can start work on your case, you will be told when you are provided with a quote.

The complexity of the case

The more complicated your case is, the more work that will be required to progress it to conclusion. This will naturally take more time.

The amount of papers in the case

The more papers there are in the case, the longer it will take for your barrister to read into you case and be able to carry out the work you wish to be completed.

The need for further instructions

It is often the case that, on reading the papers, your barrister will have further questions about the case. These questions can range from simple clarifying questions, to asking for further detailed evidence. The time taken to provide these further instructions, and the time taken to consider the same, will affect the timescale for the completion of the case.

The approach taken by the other side

The approach taken by the other side in litigation can have a significant impact on how long it will take for the litigation to be resolved. At one extreme, the other side may concede all or most of the claim. At the other, the other side may deny every aspect of the claim – meaning that all matters will have to be contested – or may actively engage in delaying tactics.

Court waiting times

The length of time between court hearings is usually a matter for the courts to determine. Depending on how busy the courts are, there can be a significant period of time before a hearing in your case is listed.

The approach of third parties to the case

As with the approach of the other side, the approach of third parties can affect how long it takes for your case to be resolved. For example, you may need a witness statement from a third party who does not provide it as promptly as you would like. This may affect the time it takes to resolve your case.

 

Please note that these factors are indicative only, and different factors may also affect your case.

 

 

Indicative Fees

 

We are pleased to provide indicative fees in respect of some of the areas where our barristers practice. If your case does not appear in this section, we are of course very happy to discuss indicative fees with you. Please see the section concerning seeking a quote above.

 

Advice concerning claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975

 

 

The Inheritance Act 1975 protects spouses (including former spouses), cohabitants, children and other dependants when a person dies without leaving sufficient money for their continued wellbeing. Our barristers can provide you with written advice on whether you can make a claim under the Act. Our barristers can also provide you with written advice when a person dies and you are a beneficiary of the estate, but someone else makes a claim under the Act.

 

Timescales

 

Timescales for your written advice may vary depending on factors such as barristers’ availability, the value and complexity of the deceased person’s estate, your financial needs 32 and those of any beneficiary of the estate. However, claims under the Act must be made within six months of the grant of probate, so as a guide your written advice will be available within two to four weeks where possible.

 

Fees

 

We charge fixed fees, which means that we will charge you a set amount of money for the written advice. Below we provide estimates based on the ranges of fixed fees for barristers in 1 Essex Court. All fees include VAT (where applicable).

 

Your fixed fees may be towards the higher end of the range if you need a more experienced barrister and/or the deceased person’s estate is more complex. If the deceased person’s estate is particularly complex, your fees may also be higher than the estimate below. There are also likely to be additional costs of £X, for X.

 

Written Advice

Range of Fixed Fees (Estimate)

Written advice on making or defending a claim.

£X to £X.

Written Advice

Range of Hourly Fees (Estimate)

Written advice on making or defending a claim.

£X to £X, assuming approximately X hours being spent on the advice.

 

All information is correct as of [DATE], but these fees are estimates only. For the most accurate fees estimate, please contact our clerks at clerks@1ec.co.uk or on 0207 936 3030.

 

 

 

Please note that these indicative fees only apply to cases were the estate is valued at less than £300,000.

 

Winding Up Petitions

 

               

If you are owed £750 or more by a company and are able to prove that the company cannot pay you, you may be able to apply to a court to close or ‘wind-up’ the company. Our barristers can advise you on the process of issuing a winding-up petition and represent you at the court hearing. If you are company which has had a winding-up petition issued against you, our barristers can also advise you on the process of defending it and represent you at the court hearing

 

Timescales

 

Timescales may vary depending on factors such as barristers’ availability, the need for additional documents and court waiting times. However, as a guide the courts tend to have a hearing date eight to ten weeks after a winding-up petition is issued.

 

Fees

 

We charge fixed fees, which means that we will charge you a set amount of money for the work. Below we provide estimates based on the ranges of fixed fees for barristers in 1 Essex Court. All fees include VAT (where applicable). Your fixed fees may be towards the higher end of the range if you need a more experienced barrister and/or the matter is more complex. If the matter is particularly complex, your fees may also be higher than the estimates below. There are also likely to be additional costs of £X, for X. If you are issuing a winding-up petition, you should also note that even if the company is wound up, you might not get all or any of the money you are owed.

 

Stage of Case

Range of Fixed Fees (Estimate)

Advice on issuing or defending a winding up petition.

£X to £X.

Assistance with completing all forms and all necessary steps to take.

£X to £X.

Preparation for and attendance at a court hearing.

£X to £X.

 

All information is correct as of [DATE], but these fees are estimates only. For the most accurate fees estimate, please contact our clerks at clerks@1ec.co.uk or on 0207 936 3030.