Indicative Fees for Public Access Cases
It is important to note the fees indicated below are only indicative of a range. Within the range set out there is considerable variation and the many fee factors that can affect the final fee are included. Please discuss your case with the clerks for a detailed and accurate estimate of the costs to be reached. All fees and the basis for any changes must be agreed before the Terms and Conditions letter is sent out as they will be set out in detail there.
The hourly rates charged by barristers in Trinity Chambers vary according to the seniority and experience of each barrister as well as the level of the court which will hear the case and the complexity of the case. As a rough guide for conferences and court work and preparation a newly qualified barrister appearing in the magistrates court or the county court will charge between £150 and £175 per hour. A more experienced barrister may charge between £180 and £225 per hour and our most experienced barristers may charge up to £500 per hour. The more senior the court the higher the rate charged and this can be a multiple of the above rate for the High Court and a further multiplefor the Court of Appeal and more for the Supreme Court. A highly complex case may be charged at a higher level across all bands of experience and courts. Other rates may be agreed as a proportion of these fees for travelling and waiting time but this will have to be agreed at the start of the case. If notice of a hearing being adjourned is received no less than a week before it is due some of the above fees may be discounted.
It may be that your case is more suited to a daily rate and if so it must be agreed early on. The daily rate is in addition to the brief fee which includes all of the preparation for the hearing up to and including the first day. If the case is expected to continue into a second and subsequent days a daily rate will be paid for those extra days or parts of those days. This daily rate should be agreed in advance in case the hearing takes longer than expected and goes into a second or more days. As with the hourly rate the fee charged by the barrister will vary according to amount of preparation required, the complexity of the case, the seniority and experience of the barrister and the level of court. As an indication the brief fee for a junior barrister appearing in a straightforward case before a district judge for a single day may be £1,500 with a subsequent daily rate of £1,000 thereafter. A senior barrister may charge £3,000 for a one day case with £2,500 as the daily after that for appearing in the same court. The fees charged will be greater for more senior baristers and Queen’s Counsel appearing in complex cases, in higher courts and multipliers similar to those set out in the hourly rate section will apply.
The time taken to prepare a case for a hearing and the duration of a hearing cannot be estimated without detailed information relating to the case. In all cases you will be asked to explain your case in some detail to allow for a reliable estimate to be prepared. Additionally the time taken to get the case to court is not simply a function of the preparation time put in by the barrister. During the pandemic severe delays have been experienced and these are getting worse as the backlog grows. In addition short notice adjournements of cases due to a shortage of judges and other problems the courts are experiencing e.g. with technology, have become a regular feature for the court users. When your case is considered by our experienced clerks and your barrister an estimate of the timescale of the key stages will be made but this is always subject to variation due to matters beyond our control.