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Conditional Fee Agreements (CFAs) and Damages Based Agreements (DBAs) Frequently Asked Questions

Purpose: To provide advice on frequently asked questions in relation to CFAs and DBAs
Scope of application: All practising barristers and clerks
Issued by: The Civil (Private) Panel
First reviewed: 01/11/2016
Last reviewed: 01/11/2017
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.

The Bar Council frequently receives enquiries from barristers and clerks in relation to Conditional Fee Agreements (CFAs) and Damages Based Agreements (DBAs). The Bar Council’s Remuneration Committee has a Civil (Private) Panel, chaired by Nicholas Bacon QC. The members give their time and expertise to the Bar Council without charge to help us to answer these enquiries. This document is the fruit of their expertise.


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Important Notice

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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