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Remuneration related Ethics and Practice FAQs

Purpose: To help barristers and clerks by providing answers to commonly asked remuneration related questions.
Scope of application: All practising barristers
Issued by: The Bar Council
First reviewed: 01/07/2019
Last reviewed: 01/09/2021
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.

Solicitor has not paid – billing the lay client – withdrawing from a case due to fees – fee chasing when moved chambers – instructions withdrawn for financial reasons – suing the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) – Instructed Advocate not paid a Substitute Advocate – disguised referral fees – LAA threatening to recoup – work done not covered by a legal aid certificate – ‘topping up’ – income tax and VAT.

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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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