Don’t hesitate to reach out, using the contact information below. Given that we’re all working remotely, email, phone, LinkedIn or Twitter beat old-fashioned mail every time.
Mostly, I work in the traditional manner, with solicitors engaging me to help their clients. I get to work with some fantastic solicitors – thoughtful, professional, practical and smart. However, I’m also qualified to accept Direct Access work – that is, to be retained directly by clients. There are limitations on the kind of Direct Access work I will accept, but please do contact the clerking team, Sam or Colin (whose contact details you’ll find in the sidebar), if you want to discuss engaging me on this basis. You can find the Bar Standards Board’s guidance for lay clients on public access here.
And I work almost entirely paperless these days. So if you have papers and bundles as PDFs, no need to print them. Email them, or send me a cloud link. I prefer them that way.
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My fees vary. Often we can agree a fixed fee for a specific service (be it advice, consultancy and/or representation), which will vary depending on how long it is likely to take and how complex or delicate it is likely to be. For longer or more open-ended engagements, an hourly or daily rate is probably a better idea, which can be capped (at a number of hours or days beyond which I won’t go without your consent).
My hourly rates vary depending on the nature of the work. For employment matters, for instance, I usually charge about £150 an hour. But as indicated, the best thing to do is often to agree a flat or capped rate.
Please note that I’m VAT-registered, so any fee we agree will be explicit about whether it includes VAT or needs to have VAT added to it.