Barristers are regulated by the Bar Standards Board (“the BSB”); and the BSB brought new transparency rules into force as of 1 July 2019, following the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA’s) recommendation in December 2016 that the legal regulators deliver a step change in transparency standards to help consumers understand the price and service they will receive, what redress is available and the regulatory status of their provider.
The mandatory rules state that we must:
• State that professional, licensed access and/or lay clients (as appropriate) may contact us in chambers to obtain a quotation for legal services;
‣ You can contact us in chambers to obtain a quote.
• Provide contact details.
‣ You can contact us here.
• State chambers’ most commonly used pricing models for legal services.
‣ At Mercantile Barristers this is usually a fixed fee or hourly rate, depending on the nature of your enquiry. Contact us to find out more.
• State the areas of practice and provide a description of chambers most commonly provides legal services.
‣ You can find our practice areas and a description of exactly the services we provide on our home page, or on a dedicated page here;
• Provide information about the factors which might influence the timescales of chambers’ most commonly provided legal services.
‣ When our barristers are instructed to provide advisory work, their clerk will usually agree a timescale at the same time the fee is agreed and will keep you informed if that changes for any reason, for example due to the client not providing timely and complete instructions; illness; or urgent court work on another matter;
‣ When our barristers are instructed to provide services regarding litigation, timescales will usually depend on similar factors mentioned with regard to advisory work, plus response times of the court; the opponent; and any other third parties directly involved in the litigation, such as expert witnesses for example
• Display information about the complaints procedure, any right to complain to the Legal Ombudsman (LeO), how to complain to the LeO, and any time limits for making a complaint;
‣ You can contact us here for a copy of our Complaint’s Procedure.
‣ See the decision data on the LeO’s website; and
‣ View the Barristers’ Register page on the BSB Website.
Additional transparency rules for Public Access work
There are also additional transparency rules for those undertaking Public Access work, which most of our barristers do.
For more guidance as to what this means, you can also see the Public Access Guidance for Lay Clients on the BSB’s website.
Some of our barristers also provide the following services in the following practice areas:
• Employment Tribunal cases (advice and representation for employers and employees);
• Inheritance Act advices;
• Licensing applications in relation to business premises;
• Personal injury claims; and
• Winding-up petitions.
Given that we provide these services; you should be made aware that the same transparency notices as our usual services apply. Additionally:
• Almost all our fees include VAT. Contact us to find out if this applies to your matter.
• Any additional costs will be identified to you for your agreement; and explained what they are for before they are incurred. Contact us to find out more information.
Chambers was set up by barristers who believe that a different working model from the traditional English chambers is of greater benefit to our clients in today’s fast moving and digital economy.
Mercantile Barristers was established to cater for clients in today’s fast moving digital economy. We minimise the traditional practices and structures that keep the barrister detached from clients and have developed methods that give our clients and their professional advisers direct access to our legal expertise at their convenience.
Our barristers are experienced in written and oral advocacy in a range of practice areas and their core skills are in identifying and presenting the central issues in a case whilst formulating creative profitable solutions for clients.
In contentious cases, our skills are deployed in examining, cross-examining witnesses and providing expert evidence. As such we are able to represent our client’s interests efficiently, advising tactfully and forcefully before any tribunal or court. Our primary focus is to ensure our legal advice is successful for all our clients cases.
Practitioners at Mercantile Barristers have decades of first-hand commercial, professional and legal practice experience. This means that we are often on the same wavelength with our clients on the practical issues causing their legal need and we are able to rapidly grasp the issues at stake.
Our barristers have committed their legal careers to understanding the client first before acting on the client’s instructions. We are dedicated to ensuring all clients receive honest & transparent legal advice in Chambers.
Our approach to legal practice is always to articulate creative and value-adding solutions for clients whilst delivering timely, efficient and affordable professional services. All clients conduct their affairs within a legal context and Mercantile Barristers’ role is to advise on the conduct of their transactions and affairs in ways that avoid conflict and disputes.
However, should a dispute become inevitable, then our prior engagement would have assured that all the necessary precautions have been taken and mitigating steps adopted. Thus, clients will begin any dispute resolution in a strong position to achieve their desired objectives.
Whether by adjudication, arbitration, litigation, members at Mercantile Barristers will adopt a firm, swift and decisive approach to achieve the best possible results for clients within the shortest possible time. We recognise that no two cases are the same, so we will adapt our style to suit the occasion.