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Barristers in Chambers practice in Clinical Negligence, Chancery & Commercial, Criminal, Employment, Family, Personal Injury and Regulatory Enforcement. Our barristers advise and represent clients

Clinical Negligence

Our team of Clinical Negligence Barristers are experienced in representing Claimants in all manner of claims against medical professionals from initial advice through to Joint Settlement Meetings, Mediations or Final Hearings, including the Inquest Proceedings.

Chancery & Commercial

Members of Chambers are able to provide advice and representation to both Claimant and Defendant clients in a wide range of Chancery & Commercial claims including contract; Shareholder and Director Disputes; Partnership Agreements; Professional Negligence; Insolvency; Property; Landlord & Tenant; Probate & Inheritance Act.

Criminal

Our barristers act for clients in the Magistrates’ or Crown Courts, High Court and Court of Appeal, providing advice and representation in all Criminal Offences. The team also act on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service.

Employment

Our barristers represent Claimants and Respondents in Employment claims in Tribunals, County Courts and High Courts in the full range of Employment claims. The team have experience in all matters including Unfair Dismissal; Constructive Dismissal; Race, Sex, Age Discrimination; Equal Pay; TUPE

Family

Our family team represent clients in Public Law Children, Private Law Children, Family Injunction, Financial Remedy matters. We represent Applicants, Respondents, Parents, Interveners, Local Authorities and Guardians from First Hearings through to Final Hearings and if necessary Appeal Hearings. Clients are represented on both a private paying and legally aided basis.

Personal Injury

The team represent Claimants and Defendants in all forms of Personal Injury claims from initial advice on prospects, liability & evidence through to Fast & Multi-track Trials and Mediations. These include Employers Liability, Road Traffic Accidents, Occupiers Liability cases with injuries ranging from sprains and fractures to brain and spinal injuries.

Regulatory Enforcement

Our Regulatory team acts on behalf of individuals and companies from pre-charge, through the magistrates’ courts and Crown Courts. We also act on behalf of prosecuting authorities who bring cases through the Courts, such as the Health and Safety Executive and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

 

 Contact Us

The following are invited to contact the clerks on 0117 9211966 for a quote for our barristers’ services (or e-mail crime@qs-c.co.uk, civil@qs-c.co.uk, employment@qs-c.co.uk, family@qs-c.co.uk)

  • Solicitors or other practicing lawyers;
  • Licensed Access clients, who may either hold a licence issued by the Bar Standards Board, or be a member of a professional body which has been recognized by the Bar Standards Board; and
  • Members of the public who wish to instruct a barrister under the Public Access scheme.

We will provide you with a quote as soon as possible. We always aim to set out quotes clearly, but if you receive your quote and there is something you do not understand, please contact us.

 

Fees

The fee arrangement for barristers at Queen Square Chambers can vary considerably depending on the area of practice

Clinical Negligence

Work in this discipline is generally funded under a Conditional Fee Agreement (no win, no fee) or on a privately paying basis. Fees are a mix of hourly rate for things such as advices and conference and fixed fees for Hearings and Mediations. There are also instances where legal aid is available but that is only in very specific circumstances.

Chancery & Commercial

The work carried out in this area is usually privately funded basis although there are cases which some members of the team will be prepared to take forward on a Discounted Conditional Fee Agreement (no win, reduced fee). The suitability of a case for a discounted CFA is based on a number of factors, principally the prospects of success. The work is again a mix of hourly rates for written work and conferences and fixed fees for Hearings and Mediations. The team are happy, with enough information, to agree a fixed fee in advance of undertaking written work in order to give clients a level of certainty.

Criminal

When acting on behalf of the defence, work in this area is usually legally aided and where the client is not eligible for legal aid we charge fixed fees or hourly rates for private clients. When prosecuting on behalf of the CPS we are publically funded and fees within this area are fixed

Employment

The work carried out in this area is usually privately funded basis. The work is again a mix of hourly rates for written work and conferences and fixed fees for Hearings and Mediations. With enough information fixed fees can be agreed in advance of undertaking written work or conferences in order to give clients a level of certainty. Some members of the team will accept certain cases on a Discounted Conditional Fee Agreement basis (no win, reduced fee). The suitability of a case for a discounted CFA is based on a number of factors, principally the prospects of success.

Family

Family work is either legally aided or privately funded. The vast majority of Public Law Children work will be legally aided and is welcomed by the team. Private Law Children and Injunctions is a mix of legal aid and privately funded. This will be the result of your circumstances or the circumstances of the case and you are advised to contact a solicitor to discuss if you are eligible.

The work undertaken on cases involving Financial Remedy will be on a privately paying basis.

All family work that is undertaken on a privately paying basis will be a mix of hourly rates and fixed fees depending on what works best for each client.

Personal Injury

Work in this discipline is generally funded under a Conditional Fee Agreement (no win, no fee) or on a privately paying basis. Fees are a mix of hourly rate for things such as advices and conference and fixed fees for Hearings and Mediations. Fees for Personal Injury work are also greatly affected by the Civil Procedure Rules and the Ministry of Justice Protocols for Low Value Personal Injury claims. Both of which limit the level of fees that are recoverable from the other side in the event of a successful conclusion to the claim.

Regulatory Enforcement

Barristers who undertake Regulatory Enforcement work charge by their hourly rates.

 

A private fee for an advice will be based on the necessary or predicted reading, research, preparation and drafting time.

A private fee for a conference, hearing or mediation will be based on the necessary or predicted reading, preparation time as well as time engaged in conferences, negotiations, waiting, advocacy and reporting back.

Our barristers accept instructions under conditional fee agreements (“no win, no fee” agreements) and Discounted Conditional Fee Agreements (no win, reduced fee) in certain circumstances. For information, please contact the clerks on 0117 921 1966 or by email civil@qs-c.co.uk and employment@qs-c.co.uk.

Timescales

Timescales for a case may vary depending on factors such as barristers’ availability, the type and complexity of the case, the other side’s approach and court waiting times.

Public Access

If you are a member of the public, the Bar Standards Board’s Public Access Guidance for Lay Clients is available here: https://www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/regulatory-requirements/bsb-handbook/public-access-guidance-for-lay-clients

This will help you to understand how the Public Access scheme works, and explains how you can use it to instruct barristers directly.

A large number of barristers at Queen Square are able to accept instructions under the public access scheme. Further information can be found here.

As a rule the Barristers at Queen Square Chambers do not undertake litigation. This has however since January 2014 been possible with the appropriate authorisation and one member of the team, Robert Trevis is suitably qualified and authorised to undertake litigation for clients on a Direct Public Access basis. For further information on this please contact the Clerks on 0117 9211966.

For more information about Public Access areas please follow the links below:

 

Regulatory and Complaints Information

Barristers in chambers are regulated by the Bar Standards Board. You can search the Barristers’ Register on the Bar Standards Board’s website: https://www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/regulatory-requirements/the-barristers’-register/

This shows (1) whether a barrister has a current practising certificate, and (2) whether a barrister has any disciplinary findings, which are published on the Bar Standards Board’s website in accordance with their policy. Alternatively, you can contact the Bar Standards Board on 020 7611 1444 to ask about this (or e-mail ContactUs@BarStandardsBoard.org.uk).

Chambers internal complaints procedure can be found here: http://queensquarechambers.co.uk/about-us/complaints/

As detailed within our procedure, you may have the right to complain to the Legal Ombudsman. Clients can complain to the LeO is they are unhappy with the final response to their complaint, or if their complaint has not been dealt with in eight weeks; and Clients who have a right to complain to the LeO are individuals and, broadly speaking, small businesses and charities.

The full list of who has a right to complain to the LeO is available on their website: http://www.legalombudsman.org.uk/?faqs=who-can-use-our-service

You can write to the Legal Ombudsman at:

Legal Ombudsman
PO Box 6806
Wolverhampton
WV1 9WJ

Telephone number: 0300 555 0333
E-mail: enquiries@legalombudsman.org.uk

You must complain to the Legal Ombudsman either within six years of your barrister’s actions/failure to act, or no later than three years after you should reasonably have known there were grounds to complain.

You must also complain to the Legal Ombudsman within six months of receiving your barrister’s final response to your complaint.

More information about the Legal Ombudsman is available on their website: http://www.legalombudsman.org.uk

You can also search the decision data on the LeO’s website: http://www.legalombudsman.org.uk/raising-standards/data-and-decisions/

This shows providers which received an ombudsman’s decision in the previous calendar year, and whether the LeO required the provider to give the consumer a remedy. Alternatively, you can contact the LeO on 0300 555 0333 to ask about this (or e-mail enquiries@legalombudsman.org.uk).