Services

Members of Chambers are recognised as leaders in the fields of commercial and regulatory disputes, and corporate crime, acting for clients both in the UK and overseas.

We offer expertise in a wide range of practice areas and methods of dispute resolution including litigation, arbitration, mediation and others.

Our services include:

  • Oral advocacy: Advocacy is at the heart of any barrister’s role. Members of Fountain Court appear regularly before the English courts, arbitral tribunals all over the world, and the courts of other jurisdictions where they are admitted.
    Advisory services: We regularly advise on issues arising under English law or the law of other jurisdictions in which members are qualified, as well as on handling potential or actual disputes.
  • Drafting: Members regularly draft pleadings, submissions and applications for court and arbitral proceedings.
    Expert witness services: Members provide written opinions and testify before courts and tribunals on questions of English and other laws.
  • Arbitrator appointments: Many of our members accept appointments as arbitrators (sole, presiding or co-arbitrators) and have been appointed by, or are panel members of, the ICC, SIAC, LCIA, HKIAC, AAA and UNCITRAL. You can find a list of our arbitrators here.
  • Mediator appointments: A number of members of Chambers are CEDR accredited Mediators. You can find a list of our mediators here.

Our clients


Our members represent a vast range of clients including financial institutions and funds, businesses, insurers, private clients, regulators and governments.

We accept instructions from:

  • Solicitors or other practising lawyers.
  • Overseas 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 recognised by the Bar Standards Board.

Our fees


Please contact our clerks to discuss fees.

We have a transparent and commercial approach to fees and would be happy to discuss the most suitable fee structure for your case. Typical fee structures, depending on the type of case and the work required, include hourly rates and fixed fees.

Our timescales


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

For more information on a specific matter, please contact our clerks.

Barristers’ Register


Barristers in chambers are regulated by the Bar Standards Board. You can search the Barristers’ Register on the Bar Standard Board’s website.

The Register shows whether a barrister has a current practising certificate and 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)

Complaints


We pride ourselves on delivering an excellent standard of service and encourage you to inform us if you feel we have not met this on any occasion.

In the first instance, we would suggest a conversation about the issue with our Senior Clerk Alex Taylor or Head of Chambers Bankim Thanki QC. However, if you do not feel this is the right course of action or you have not been able to resolve the situation in this way, please see our Formal Complaints Procedure. This includes information on:

  • Your right to complain to the Legal Ombudsman (LeO) – the independent body which can help you if you have complained to your lawyer and are not happy with their response.
  • How to complain to the LeO.
  • Any time limits for making a complaint.

You can also search the decision date on the LeO’s website. This shows providers which received an ombudsman’s decision in the previous 12 months, and whether 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).

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