What is a BSB Entity?


“Contract Law Chambers Limited is a BSB Entity (Bar Standards Board)  authorised and regulated to supply legal services to the public, to businesses, charities and organisations by the BSB . We can carry out all of the legal work, including administrative tasks and service of proceedings and conduct of litigation (which many public access barristers cannot). This is because our entity has additional rights to do this. We also draft and review contracts for businesses who want them and provide advice on legal matters. It is a relatively new development for barristers. We also work with solicitors.

If you are not a solicitor, there is more information about instructing an entity as a member of the public on the BSB’s website – VIEW DOCUMENT

Our BSB Entity number is 184816.

 

What is the difference between an entity and a firm of solicitors?

There are many advantages of using an entity instead of a firm of solicitors. It enables direct access to expert lawyers. This avoids the expense of instructing additional lawyers for one matter. It often leads to swifter progress. Our overheads are lower. We do not use a client account but we do have a regulated “escrow” account operated by one of the BSB’s designated providers.

 

Price Transparency Policy Statement

We will provide us with a quotation for the work. There are various pricing models used for legal services that we provide:

  • fixed fee
  • fixed fee divided between members of the same group in a group litigation
  • hourly rate
  • conditional fee arrangement

More information about each of the models that we offer is available when you contact us.

Our fixed fees depend upon the complexity of the matter and the seniority of the barristers involved. Where possible for work that is not litigation (such as advice or drafting a contract) we will provide a fixed fee. Typically fees for drafting a contract range between £1000-£5000, according to the complexity and length of the document.

For litigation we will provide you with a Case Plan and Budget. We can use a fixed fee for stages of the litigation such as Pre-action.

Hourly rates (if used) vary according to who is working on your matter between £225-£350.00 per hour.

Not every matter is suitable for a Conditional Fee Arrangement. If it is, we will explain how this operates in your case and you can decide whether to proceed.

 

VAT

Contract Law Chambers Limited is a company registered for vat which is payable on all fees. our vat number is 11731075.

 

Timescales

We will explain how long your matter will take. For example a contract may be drafted within 2 weeks of instruction. For litigation, this will depend upon a  range of circumstances but is typically up to 18-24 months before a hearing date is timetabled. Factors which influence our timescales in a case include:

  • whether the matter is urgent
  • whether there is a court or other deadline
  • barrister’s availability given other cases

 

How to instruct us

If you are thinking of instructing us, please contact the clerks by email:  [email protected]   or by telephoning 0330 111 2874.  There is no fee for the first telephone call and it will help you understand what can be done and how much it will costs, as well as the timescales for completing the work.

 

Complaints

If you have a complaint about one of our barristers, then you should try to resolve it by following our Chambers complaints procedure by contacting our clerks in the first instance. Information on how to do this has been provided to you in your client care letter.

If you are not satisfied with the outcome of your complaint, then you can contact the Legal Ombudsman. The Legal Ombudsman is an independent organisation. It deals with complaints about the service provided by all types of lawyers in England and Wales. The Legal Ombudsman can decide whether or not the service you received from your barrister was satisfactory, and can:

  1. i) Award compensation for poor service;
  2. ii) Consider whether the fees charged/paid should be reduced; and

iii) Decide whether you should receive an apology.

Any complaint to the Legal Ombudsman should be made within 6 months of receiving the final response to your complaint from your barrister or their chambers (as long as the response tells you about your right to complain to the Ombudsman and the six month time limit). A complaint to the Legal Ombudsman must also not be made more than 6 years after the problem arising, and not more than 3 years after you become aware of the problem.

The Legal Ombudsman will review your complaint and decide whether there are any concerns about professional misconduct (professional misconduct is when a barrister has not kept to the BSB Handbook, and so disciplinary action might need to be taken). If your complaint raises concerns about professional misconduct, the Legal Ombudsman will refer those concerns to the BSB for consideration. If the Legal Ombudsman needs to make a referral, you do not need to do anything. The Legal Ombudsman will let you know if they have made a referral and the BSB will also contact you to confirm this.

The Legal Ombudsman can give you more detailed information on how to make a complaint. You can contact the Legal Ombudsman: By phone: 0300 555 0333 By email: [email protected] Through their website: www.legalombudsman.org.uk By post: PO Box 6806, Wolverhampton, WV1 9WJ

 

Decided cases

The decision data page on the Legal Ombudsman website can be found at https://www.legalombudsman.org.uk/raising-standards/data-and-decisions/#ombudsman-decision-data

 

The Barrister’s Register 

You can check the Barrister’s Register for complaints.

https://www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/for-the-public/search-a-barristers-record/the-barristers-register.html

 

Fact Sheet

All of this information is also available in a Fact Sheet upon request by telephoning Chambers on 0330 111 2874 and in audio format.

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