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Terms & conditions

Our standard terms of business with solicitors and authorised persons are the Bar Standards Board-approved Standard Conditions of Contract for the Supply of Legal Services by Barristers to Authorised Persons, as from time to time amended. This can be accessed here.

Any reference to standard terms or normal contractual terms is a reference to those terms. Our barristers only work on these terms (eg for private paid work), except where they do not apply (such as LSC work) or where an alternative contract is in place, in writing and in advance, which excludes or supersedes those terms.

Terms sent on the back of instruction letters or included or incorporated within briefs or instructions will not be accepted by Park Square Barristers unless the clerk or practice manager has given written approval/consent on behalf of a barrister or group of barristers to work on those terms at the time a booking is taken, or before written instructions are sent to us.

We reserve the right to charge £5 per unit (10 units in an hour) for the printing and administration of briefs received by email or PDF or otherwise digitally.

Abated fees for Fast and Multi Track trials (w/e from 12.10.15)

The Brief will be deemed delivered 5 working days before the Trial following which the following fees will be applicable:-

  • If we are informed by yourselves that the case has settled, discontinued or vacated/adjourned before 12 noon on the working day before the Trial: 50% of the agreed Trial fee;
  • If we are informed by yourselves that the case has settled, discontinued or vacated/adjourned after 12 noon on the working day before the Trial: 100% of the agreed Trial fee;
  • In the event that Counsel is able to undertake an alternative hearing at the same or a higher fee then no abated fee will be payable, otherwise credit will be given for any lower hearing fee.

Further sources of information

justice.gov.uk

HM Courts Service (daily court lists, court forms and guidance).

Family Law Bar Association (the specialist bar association for family barristers).

European Judicial Network