Anyone, whether professional, licensed access or a lay client can contact the clerk to Jim Sturman QC (JGrimmer@2bedfordrow.co.uk or PRodgers@2bedfordrow.co.uk) to obtain a quotation for legal services. The simplest route is to contact one of the clerks on +44207440888 who will ensure that any enquiry is dealt with efficiently and quickly. Jim can only accept direct access instructions subject to the usual rules of the case being one where acting without the assistance of a solicitor is appropriate (see weblink to the relevant rules below). The clerks will be equally happy to assist clients who wish to instruct on a direct access basis.
In criminal cases many defendants will have the benefit of a representation order and receive publicly funded assistance (often referred to as Legal Aid). In such cases a defendant will need to instruct a solicitor who will liaise with us to ensure the best representation is provided. If a defendant is publicly funded but makes a contribution towards that funding their solicitor will be able to assist if issues arise concerning the level of that contribution.
In cases where clients wish to instruct Jim without public funding (often referred to as privately paying clients) the clerks are happy to discuss the most appropriate way of structuring payment of fees. Fees can be structured in a number of ways including a fixed fee for the case, payment of an agreed hourly rate or payment of a brief fee (a brief fee pays for preparation of the case for the trial up to and including the first day of the trial) with separate payments for each additional day of the trial (often referred to as refreshers). The fees agreed will reflect the experience and seniority of Jim and all of the circumstances of the case, including but not limited to, the seriousness and complexity of the case, the volume of the papers and the likely preparation time required, the commitment required to prepare the case properly and the length of time the trial is expected to take. The clerks will strive to ensure that any payment arrangement is tailored to both the needs of an individual client and the circumstances of the particular case. Legal Services attract VAT in England and Wales but if Jim is engaged abroad then VAT may not apply, this should be discussed with the clerks. Jim is registered for VAT and registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office. Professional Indemnity Insurance is in place for all legal services supplied.
There are a number of different factors, which may influence the timescales within which Jim can provide legal services. These include, but are not limited to:
- The particular requirements of the client
- The availability of the chosen barrister and his/her other diary commitments
- The stage of proceedings when instructions are first received
- The complexity of the case and the volume of material that will need to be reviewed
- The level of funding available and whether payments are agreed in advance to be made in stages
- The nature of the case and level of engagement from other parties involved in the case
Upon accepting instructions in a case, Jim will ensure prompt early advice including a general assessment of the further work that is necessary and the timescale over which a client can expect the required legal services will be provided.