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Civil (privately funded) fee scenarios

Purpose: To assist barristers in three privately funded civil fee scenarios
Scope of application: Self-employed civil barristers
Issued by: Remuneration and Ethics Committees
First reviewed: 01/11/2021
Status and effect: Please see the notice at end of this document. This is not “guidance” for the purposes of the BSB Handbook I6.4.

This assistance document is to help barristers in situations where:

– the solicitor asks the barrister to accept a reduced fee;

– the solicitor declines to take a case to detailed assessment;

– the solicitor keeps interest owed to the barrister.


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This document has been prepared by the Bar Council to assist barristers on matters of professional conduct and ethics. It is not “guidance” for the purposes of the BSB Handbook I6.4, and neither the BSB nor a disciplinary tribunal nor the Legal Ombudsman is bound by any views or advice expressed in it. It does not comprise – and cannot be relied on as giving – legal advice. It has been prepared in good faith, but neither the Bar Council nor any of the individuals responsible for or involved in its preparation accept any responsibility or liability for anything done in reliance on it. For fuller information as to the status and effect of this document, please see here.

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