Terms of business

Instructing Counsel

We aim to provide an efficient yet friendly clerking service and our clerks are always willing to advise on suitability and availability of counsel. We accept instructions by post/DX, or email as well as by fax and all briefs and instructions are acknowledged in writing by return. As a matter of course, you will be made aware by the clerk of the likelihood of chosen counsel not being available when bookings are taken. If it is anticipated that chosen counsel will be unavailable for the specified hearing you will be advised at the earliest opportunity and we will offer the broadest range of alternative options possible.

Terms of Business

Save where expressly agreed, barristers at Linenhall Chambers provide their services on the Standard Conditions of Contract for the Supply of Legal Services by Barristers to Authorised Persons 2012. A copy of those Terms can be found here.
Where counsel is instructed in a matter that proceeds with the benefit of legal aid funding the instructions are accepted on the implied condition that there is a valid legal aid certificate with sufficient scope and authority to cover counsel for the work they have been instructed to undertake.

CFA cases: Where counsel is instructed in a Personal Injury or Clinical Negligence matter that proceeds under a Conditional Fee Agreement the instructions are only accepted under the APIL/PIBA Standard Terms & Conditions for CFA’s Version 9. A copy of which can be found here: found here

 

Paperwork

We endeavour to turnaround paperwork within the timescales to suit our clients or where no timescale is marked on the instructions or previously agreed, we will normally complete and return all paperwork within 14 days.

Briefs

So that our barrister can properly represent our clients in court it is essential that briefs are delivered early enough to allow counsel sufficient time to prepare the case for the hearing. Therefore for a case that is estimated to last for up to 2 days we would expect the brief to be delivered at least 2 clear working days before the first day of the hearing, for a case estimated to last between 3 and 5 days we would expect the brief to be delivered at least 5 clear working days before and for case between 5 and 10 days at least 10 clear day. For longer cases the date by which we need the brief will be discussed and agreed. If a brief is not delivered within these time frames and if the previously confirmed booking in counsels diary has not been cancelled we will deem the brief to have been delivered and the brief fee incurred and payable.

Facilities

We offer excellent conference facilities in Chambers which include facilities for the disabled. Conferences can be arranged at solicitors’ offices, at courts and other locations for the convenience of our clients. In an addition we have the use of conference facilities in Bangor which can be arranged by appointment. We can arrange telephone conferences and have video conference facilities.

Equal Opportunities & Non-Discrimination Policy

Linenhall Chambers adheres to the Equality Code for the Bar and operates an Equal Opportunities and Non-Discrimination policy in accepting briefs and instructions from clients and in the provision of our services and in the selection, recruitment and treatment of staff, pupils and tenants. A copy of our policy can be obtain by email from our Chambers Manager hmj@lhchambers.co.uk

Data Protection

All our members are registered under the Data Protection Act.