The NEW TRANSPARENCY RULES

Barristers at 3 Hare Court are regulated by the Bar Standards Board (“the BSB”); and the BSB has brought in new transparency rules, following the Competition and Markets Authority’s recommendation in December 2016 that the legal regulators deliver a step change in transparency standards to help consumers understand the price and service they will receive, what redress is available and the regulatory status of their provider.

3 Hare Court is committed to providing clear price and service information in line with the BSB price transparency guidelines.

The mandatory rules state that we must:

State that professional, licensed access and/or lay clients (as appropriate) may contact us in chambers to obtain a quotation for legal services. You can contact us in chambers on 020 7415 7800 or by email on clerks@3harecourt.com to obtain a quote.

Provide contact details. You can contact us here.

State chambers’ most commonly used pricing models for legal services. The majority of our work is carried out on an hourly basis. The level of our fees will depend largely on how much time is spent dealing with your case. When you instruct us, we will happily try to tell you the likely level of our fees. Unless we tell you otherwise, this will be an estimate only, not a fixed quotation. If you ask for a fixed quotation, we will try to provide one but it may not be possible to predict the amount of time we will need to deal with a matter. You may set an upper limit on costs which means that we will not do any work that will take our fees over this limit without your permission. If we provide a fixed quotation, this will only apply to the work we agree at the time. If you then ask us to do extra work, we will charge you for the extra work. We will charge you for any disbursements incurred in the course of your matter. Our charge out rates are between £70 and £1,000 per hour depending on the level of experience . All costs are shown exclusive of VAT.

State the areas of practice and provide a description of chambers most commonly provides legal services. You can find our practice areas and a description of exactly the services we provide on our website here.

Provide information about the factors which might influence the timescales of chambers’ most commonly provided legal services. When our barristers are instructed to provide advisory work, unless otherwise agreed, we expect to return work within 14 days and we will aim to keep you informed if that changes for any reason, for example due to the client not providing timely and complete instructions; illness; or urgent court work on another matter. When our barristers are instructed to provide services regarding litigation, timescales will usually depend on similar factors mentioned with regard to advisory work, plus response times of the court; the opponent; and any other third parties directly involved in the litigation, such as expert witnesses for example.

Display information about the complaints procedure, any right to complain to the Legal Ombudsman (LeO), how to complain to the LeO, and any time limits for making a complaint. You can contact us here for a copy of our Complaint’s Procedure. See the decision data on the LeO’s website.

Link to the decision data on the LeO’s website. This can be found here.

Link to the Barristers’ Register page on the BSB website. All barristers at 3 Hare Court are regulated by the Bar Standards Board. You can search all barristers that are registered on the Bar Standards Board’s website by clicking here. You can search for a barrister and the website will show you if the barrister has a current practising certificate and also if there are any disciplinary findings.