Fees and Chambers Work

1215 Chambers contains 3 active members who undertake the following work:

Richard O’Sullivan: Civil and Commercial with a particular emphasis on Property, Planning and Construction and other Commercial Contractual Disputes.

Simon Canter: Immigration, Business and High Net Worth Visa Application and Asylum work.

Satnam Bains: International Human Rights, Cases with an Indian Law element, Crime and Taxi Licencing.

1215 Chambers does not undertake Family Law work or Criminal Legal Aid.

Fees are dependant upon the type of work undertaken and whether that work is direct access or through a solicitor.

Direct Access clients and Solicitors may contact 1215 Chambers for a quote for the fee for any work. Typical turnaround times for written work are 14 days but the barrister’s workload, holiday times and complexity of the case may cause work to take longer to complete.

In relation to Immigration work Simon Canter has his own fee structure that can be viewed on his profile page.

Satnam Bains, whose practice in the UK is mainly in the field of Crime, Licencing and Human Rights also has his own fee structure that can be viewed on his profile.

Civil and Commercial work undertaken by Richard O’Sullivan under the Direct Access Scheme will usually be by way of fixed fees. Fixed Fees are generally set by reference to the estimated time that the work is expected to take and based on an hourly rate of £300 to £350 per hour (plus VAT) depending on the the type of work & Court or Tribunal.

By way of example Commercial, Construction, Planning (professional or development) and Defamation work will generally attract the higher hourly rate, work for individuals and non-business disputes will generally attract the lower hourly rate. Work in the Court of Appeal and above, as well as international work and complex arbitrations will also generally attract the higher rate irrespective of whether the work has a commercial element or not.

Fixed fees are however generally lower than the per hour price for the work and a typical advice on a routine non-business matter (Such as a TOLATA dispute, a boundary dispute or a debt matter) will be in the region of £1250+VAT. A greater volume of papers or additional legal or factual complexity will generally increase that fixed fee, as would the need to hold a conference, request further information or liaise with another body or entity.

Typical fixed fees for attendance at court would be based on a fee of £2500+VAT per day on routine matters and applications. By way of example a short residential possession hearing might cost as little as £650+VAT for a tenant or £750+VAT for a landlord, a CCMC in a routine matter £1250+VAT and a fast track trial from £2000+VAT.

Increased complexity of fact or law and large volume of papers will generally attract a higher fee, appeals will generally be more expensive and matters where Counsel has not been instructed before or other Counsel has been instructed before will generally also be more expensive. Fees can increase as much as 150% from the typical figures as a result of these complicating factors.