From 31 January 2013, the Bar’s Standard Non-Contractual Terms (Annexe G1 to the Bar’s Code of Conduct) are no longer deemed to be the applicable terms on which instructions are accepted. Instructions that were accepted prior to 31 January 2013 will continue to be governed by the Standard Non-Contractual Terms upon which they were accepted.
The professional bodies of the Commercial Bar and city law firms, COMBAR and The City Of London Law Society (CLLS), have negotiated and agreed a set of specimen terms and conditions which seek to balance the interests of barristers and solicitors. These terms are known as the ‘General Terms and Conditions for the Supply of Legal Services by Barristers to Solicitors in Commercial Matters’, now in their second version (“the Terms”). A full copy of the Terms is available here.
New instructions to members of Fountain Court Chambers, unless otherwise agreed, will be accepted and any work undertaken by members will be pursuant to the Terms and subject to Basis A (Solicitor Liability) under clause 9 of the Terms payable at the relevant member’s usual hourly rate (details of which are readily available from his or her clerk).
In accordance with our professional obligations, members of Fountain Court Chambers will, on request, also be prepared to accept instructions in accordance with the Standard Contractual Terms for the Supply of Legal Services by Barristers to Authorised Persons 2012, prepared by the Bar Council and found at Annexe T to the Bar Code of Conduct or online.
If you have an enquiry in relation to the terms on which members of Fountain Court Chambers will accept instructions, please contact the clerks on +44 (0)20 7583 3335