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We aim to make the process of instructing us simple, with a straight-forward, user-friendly approach designed to ensure that clients receive the standard of service they require. We understand the need to be flexible and to work together as a team to provide practical solutions.

Our clerks will help you to find the barrister best suited to your needs and will adopt a transparent approach when discussing fees. Our clerks are always willing to provide estimates of fees and a timetable for completing work.

We accept instructions from the following:

  • Solicitors
  • Other authorised litigators
  • Employed barristers
  • Legal advice centres in England & Wales;
  • European lawyers registered with the Law Society, and lawyers, professionals and individuals from other jurisdictions;
  • Licensed professionals in the UK under the Licensed Access scheme;
  • Members of the public under the Public Access scheme

All instructions undertaken by members of Selborne Chambers are carried out pursuant to the terms of Annexe T to the Bar Code of Conduct (subject to amendments published on this website).

The expertise of Selborne Chambers covers the whole commercial chancery spectrum. (Please click here to view our areas of practice in England & Wales and other jurisdictions.)

This website contains extensive information on Chambers’ and individual barristers’ expertise, but please do not hesitate to contact the clerks for further information.

Barristers at Selborne Chambers accept instructions from a wide variety of other jurisdictions. A large number of barristers in Chambers have knowledge and experience of foreign jurisdictions with links to English law, and some appear regularly in such jurisdictions. Further details can be obtained bycontacting our clerks.

Under the Licensed Access scheme (formerly ‘Direct Professional Access’), barristers at Selborne Chambers accept instructions from professional individuals and organisations licensed by the Bar Council. Guidance on the scheme and a list of licensees can be found on the Bar Council website.

Under the Public Access Rules, suitably qualified members of Selborne Chambers are, in appropriate cases, able to take instructions direct from members of the public, commercial and non-commercial organisations.

Guidance and a list of members able to undertake work in this way are available from the Bar Council.

Our clerks are always willing to guide members of the public as to an appropriate barrister and the operation of the scheme.

 

Feedback

We aim to provide legal services of the highest standard. Do feel free to contact members of staff or the barristers in your case with any feedback you may have.

Provision of Services Regulations 2009

Each member of Chambers (“Counsel“) is a “provider of a service” for the purposes of the Provision of Services Regulations 2009 (“the Regulations”). As such, Counsel is under a statutory duty to provide the recipient of the service with the following additional information in good time before the conclusion of a contract for the provision of the service:

  1. The contact details to which the recipient of the service can send a complaint or a request for information about the service are as follows: Selborne Chambers, 10 Essex Street, WC2R 3AA; 020 7420 9500; and clerks@selbornechambers.co.uk.
  2. Counsel is a self-employed barrister.
  3. Counsel is regulated by The Bar Standards Board. The Bar Standards Board can be contacted at: 289-293 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7HZ; tel. 020 7611 1444; fax 020 7831 9217.
  4. Counsel is established at the address stated in (1) above. Counsel may be contacted rapidly and communicated with directly by email sent to the relevant email address accessible via the following link: https://selbornechambers.co.uk/our-members/barristers/.
  5. Counsel is VAT-registered. Counsel’s VAT number is accessible to the recipient of the service on request to the email address in (4) above.
  6. Counsel is obliged by r.C76 of the BSB Handbook (“the Handbook“) to ensure that (s)he has adequate insurance which covers all the legal services (s)he supplies to the public. By r.C77 of the Handbook, Counsel must be a member of the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund Limited (“BMIF”). BMIF can be contacted at: 90 Fenchurch Street, London, EC3M 4ST; tel. 020 7621 0405; fax 020 7283 5988 and info@barmutual.co.uk. BMIF provides cover for claims brought anywhere in the world.
  7. The recipient of the service can make a complaint to our senior clerks, who have responsibility for ensuring that the requirements of all relevant quality standards and codes applicable to the Bar are implemented. A copy of our Complaints Procedure can be viewed on line via the link below.
  8. If the recipient of the service remains dissatisfied with the way in which a complaint concerning Counsel has been dealt with, (s)he can pursue in relation to performance and services issues, a complaint to the Legal Ombudsman whose contact details are: PO Box, 6806, Wolverhampton, WV1 9WJ; tel. 0300 555 0300. For more information see: legalombudsman.org.uk.
  9. In respect of matters of professional conduct and behaviour, a complaint may be made to the Complaints Committee of The Bar Standards Board.

Complaints

We would hope that you will never have ground for complaint. However, in the event that you or the lay client are you not satisfied with the services provided by Counsel, you should first refer your complaint to Chambers in line with Chambers’ Complaints Procedure or contact our senior clerks, Paul Bunting and Darren Madle.

You also have a right to complain to the Legal Ombudsman. You must complain to the Legal Ombudsman within six months of receiving a final response to your complaint from Chambers (provided the response specifically notifies you of your right to complain to the Ombudsman and of the six-month time limit). A complaint to the Ombudsman must also be made not more than six years after the act or omission complained about or not more than three years from the date when you should reasonably have known that there were grounds for complaint.

For further details about how to make a complaint to the Legal Ombudsman, please contact the Legal Ombudsman directly at:

Legal Ombudsman, PO Box 6806, Wolverhampton, WV1 9WJ

Email: enquiries@legalombudsman.org.uk

Phone: 0300 555 0333

Website: www.legalombudsman.org.uk