Our Transparency Statement
Members of chambers act both in advising clients and in representing clients in court. Barristers at Apex Chambers appear at all levels of the criminal courts, including the Magistrates’ Court, the Crown Court, the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
Members of chambers provide legal services in the areas of criminal and regulatory law.
Barristers at Apex Chambers act for the Crown Prosecution Service (‘CPS’), other prosecuting agencies and for Defendants on both a legal aid and privately funded basis.
Public Access Work
Some members of chambers are authorised to accept instructions directly from the public. For more information about Public Access, please see the Bar Standards Board’s Public Access Guidance for Lay Clients Guidance.
Terms of Engagement
The terms on which members of chambers offer their services, in the absence of express agreement to the contrary, are set out in The Standard Contractual Terms For The Supply Of Legal Services By Barristers To Authorised Persons 2012 (updated for the GDPR in 2018) as referred to in Rule rC30.9c of the BSB Handbook. You can download a full copy here.
Our clerks are always available to discuss fees and provide a quotation for legal services on request. Our clerks will be able to provide you with information about what may cause any fee quotes to vary.
Members of chambers undertake work on a legal aid or private paying basis. Fees are often charged on the following basis for the following areas:
Criminal work on a private basis is often charged on the basis of an agreed fee on either an hourly rate or a fixed fee.
Work undertaken on behalf of the CPS is publicly funded and charged at a fixed rate.
Regulatory and disciplinary work is often charged on the basis of an agreed fee on either an hourly rate or a fixed fee.
Barristers also provide their services to clients funded by the Legal Aid Agency.
When a fee is provided or agreed, it will specify whether VAT is applicable.
Timescales for cases vary depending on factors such as barristers’ availability, the type and complexity of the case, the approach of the other side and Court waiting times.