Barristers’ fees

How do barristers charge for their services?

This will depend on who is briefing a barrister – it could be a solicitor, an in house counsel, or in some circumstances, a client on a ‘direct access’ basis.

There is no set form, but when barristers produce a bill for their fees, they must comply with certain requirements. The bill should contain sufficient detail to show how the costs are made up. It should also explain how the client may dispute the costs and the time limits that apply. That will make it easier if the client disagrees with the costs and decides to apply for formal assessment at a later stage.