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Terms of work

1. Standard Contractual Terms:

From 25th May 2018, following the coming into force of the General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) (“GDPR”) Members of Blackstone Chambers will be accepting instructions on the Standard Contractual Terms for the Supply of Legal Services by Barristers to Authorised Persons 2012 (updated 2018) (“Standard Contractual Terms 2018”) amended to refer to the relevant changes brought by the GDPR, unless otherwise expressly agreed in writing. These Terms can be found here. 

Prior to 25th May 2018, members of Chambers have accepted instructions on the previous contractual Standard Contractual Terms 2012 which can be found here

Where members of Chambers accept instructions in civil (non-family) legal aid matters, such instructions will be accepted upon Chambers’ standard terms and conditions applicable to civil (non-family) legal aid matters. A copy of the terms can be found here.  

 2. Alternative contractual arrangements:

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)  From 25th May 2018, 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 3.0). Prior to 25th May 2018, the provisions of an agreement were made pursuant to COMBAR/CLLS (version 2.1).  

In either case 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.

The new Standard Contractual 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 Standard Contractual Terms 2018 to apply (clause 2.4.2 of the Standard Contractual Terms 2018); 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 Standard Contractual Terms, provided that no provision of the Bar Code of Conduct is thereby infringed.

3. Additional information about instructing barristers:

  • Full information about the Code of Conduct is set out in the Bar Standard’s Board Handbook and is published on the Bar Standards Board website.
  • Guidance notes on the COMBAR/CLLS Agreement can be downloaded here. 
  • The Withdrawal of Credit Scheme was, from 31st January 2013, replaced by the scheme called “List of Defaulting Solicitors and other Authorised Persons”. Information on these changes in so far as they relate to complaints made against Authorised Persons can be accessed here.
  • A guide to the Standard Contractual Terms published by the Bar Council is available here.  
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.

Licensed Access

Members of Chambers may also accept instructions via the Bar Council’s Licensed Access scheme from professionals who have been granted a licence to instruct a barrister directly.  For more information about licensed access please see the Bar Council web site.

Please contact Gary Oliver or a member of the clerking team for more information and assistance regarding instruction of members of Blackstone Chambers under the direct access scheme.

Direct public access to barristers

Currently only one member of Chambers is able to accept instructions directly from lay clients without the involvement of a solicitor or other intermediary. Any enquiries about public access instructions should be addressed to our clerks Lewis Walker or, in his absence, Gary Oliver.

Clerks

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