Members of Chambers are recognised as leaders in the field of commercial and regulatory disputes, and corporate crime, acting for clients both in the UK and overseas and offering expertise in a wide range of practice areas and modes of dispute resolution. The services we provide include the following:
- Oral advocacy: at the heart of the role of a barrister is advocacy. Members of Fountain Court Chambers appear regularly before the English courts, arbitral tribunals all over the world, and the courts of other jurisdictions;
- Advice on issues arising under English law or the law of other jurisdictions in which members are qualified, as well as strategic advice on handling potential or actual disputes;
- Drafting pleadings, submissions and applications for court and arbitral proceedings;
- Expert witnesses: members of chambers provide written opinions and testify before courts and tribunals on questions of English and other laws;
- Arbitrators: many of our members regularly accept appointments as arbitrators (sole, presiding or co-arbitrators). Members have been appointed by or are members of the panels of the ICC, SIAC, LCIA, HKIAC, AAA and UNCITRAL;
- Mediators: a number of members of Chambers are also CEDR accredited Mediators.
The following are invited to contact the clerks on +44 (0)20 7583 3335 or email email@example.com to discuss instructing a Member of Chambers or to obtain a quote for one of our barristers’ services:
- Solicitors or other practising lawyers;
- Overseas lawyers; and
- 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.
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.
Please contact the clerks to discuss fees. Our clerking team has 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.
Timescales for a case may vary depending on factors such as barristers’ availability, the type and complexity of the case, and court waiting times.
Regulatory and Complaints Information
Barristers in chambers are regulated by the Bar Standards Board. You can search the Barristers’ Register on the Bar Standard Board’s website: https://www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/for-the-public/search-a-barristers-record/the-barristers-register.html
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)
One of our members is registered for Public Access work and can take instructions from members of the public. For more information on this, please click here. A link to the Bar Standard Board’s Public Access Guidance for Lay Clients is available here
Our Complaints Procedure provides information about:
- 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; and
- Any time limits for making a complaint.
You can also search the decision date on the LeO’s website:
http://www.legalombudsman.org.uk/raising-standards/data-and-decisions/#ombudsman-decision-data. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org).