Blackstone Chambers combines formidable strengths in commercial, public and employment law with state of the art facilities and a friendly and open approach to client service.
Established for well over 50 years, Chambers' origins are firmly rooted in commercial law. Our standing has grown as Chambers has become instrumental in the development of human rights and public law. We have maintained our leading position in public international law, while developing our thriving practices in employment and EU and competition law. The nature of our practice has evolved and become increasingly multi-jurisdictional in nature, designed to meet the needs of the legal market in the 21st century.
With 100 Barristers, Blackstone Chambers is a substantial civil law set. Members of Chambers are all self employed and in independent practice at the Bar. Each practitioner is registered with the Bar Standards Board of England and Wales.
Our quality is recognised and endorsed - Blackstone Chambers is identified in the legal directories (Chambers and Partners, the Legal 500 and others) as a leading or highly regarded set in its main areas of practice. Many individual members of Chambers are also so listed in their individual practice areas.
Contractual terms: With effect from 31st January 2013, members of Chambers will accept instructions on the contractual Standard Terms and Conditions issued by the Bar Council unless otherwise expressly agreed in writing. A copy of the Terms can be downloaded from this webpage in PDF format. Standard Contractual Terms, Jan13.doc (129 kb)
Members of Chambers may be prepared to consider two alternative terms of engagement though they are not obliged under the Cab Rank Rule to accept instructions on such terms:
(a) An Agreement for the supply of legal services by a barrister in a commercial case – the form of agreement published jointly by COMBAR/CLLS (version 2.0), downloadable here Combar CLLS Barrister's Terms Version 2.0, Jan 2014.pdf (186 kb) and Guidance note on Combar CLLS barrister's terms version 2.0, Jan 2014.pdf (132 kb) . The payment basis under the terms of the agreement will be Basis A and no other version of the Agreement will be adopted; or
(b) Instructions may be accepted on the basis of the Bar’s former practice (formerly Annex G to the Code of Conduct, adapted to reflect the discontinuance of the Withdrawal of Credit Scheme) as applicable prior to 31st January 2013.
In any event, an agreement under (a) or (b) above must be expressly agreed in writing; a barrister’s clerk has authority for these purposes to enter into an agreement incorporating the alternative terms of engagement on behalf of a barrister.
In addition to agreeing to the terms of engagement either under the Contractual Standard Terms, the Agreement for supply of legal services (COMBAR/CLLS Version 2.0) or the Bar’s standard non-contractual terms as amended, any solicitor will be taken to have agreed on behalf of their firm and the client that any dispute regarding fees is be referred to the Voluntary Joint Tribunal on Barristers’ fees whose decision will be final and legally binding.
The new Standard Terms do not apply in circumstances:
- Where the lay client is to be a party to the contract, unless the lay client is the Authorised Person; or
- In a conditional fees agreement (“CFA”) unless the CFA specifically provides for the new Standard Terms to apply (clause 2.4.2 of the new Standard Terms); or
- For publicly funded matters where the barrister is paid direct by the Legal Services Commission as party of the Community Legal Service or as part of the Criminal Defence Service or by the Crown Prosecution Service
unless the barrister and the instructing party agree to adapt the new Standard Terms, provided that no provision of the Bar Code of Conduct is thereby infringed.
- Full information about the Code of Conduct is published on the Bar Standards Board website at: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk
- Guidance notes on the COMBAR/CLLS Agreement can be downloaded from: http://www.combar.com/images/stories/pdf/combar
- Information about the Joint Tribunal Service (together with a copy of the Joint Tribunal Standing Orders) is available at www.barcouncil.org.uk/jointtribunalservice
- The Withdrawal of Credit Scheme is, from 31st January 2013, replaced by the scheme called “List of Defaulting Solicitors and other Authorised Persons 2012”. Information on these changes and the Rules in so far as they relate to complaints made against Authorised Persons can be accessed at www.barcouncil.org.uk/listofdefaultingsolicitors
- A guide to the new Contractual Terms published by the Bar Council is available at www.barcouncil.org.uk/guidetocontractualterms
Professional indemnity insurance: All practising barristers in these chambers maintain (as a minimum) professional liability insurance provided by the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund, managed by the Bar Mutual Management Company, 90 Fenchurch Street, London EC3M 4ST. Territorial coverage is worldwide, subject to the terms of cover of the Bar Mutual, which may be accessed at www.barmutual.co.uk.
If you have any queries about members of these Chambers or other matters relating to Blackstone Chambers or this site, please contact Gary Oliver our Senior Clerk, or Julia Hornor our Chambers Director.