Services I can provide
The short answer is that I can provide any services which a barrister normally provides, but not those which a solicitor normally performs: those will be your responsibility, although you can ask me for guidance on how to do them. In each case, it is necessary to agree in advance what work is to be undertaken, and the cost of it.
I cannot advise you on your eligibility for legal aid or make an application for you for legal aid; information on the availability of legal aid is publicly available;
I will not take on the role of sending and receiving all correspondence for you. You can however instruct me to draft any particular item of correspondence for you, and it is common for me to draft, for example a Pre-Action Protocol Letter of Claim, a Letter of Response or a complaint letter;
I can draft or amend statements of case for you, such as a Claim Form, Particulars of Claim, a Defence or Reply; however you would have to file such documents at court or serve them on your opponent yourself;
I can draft applications for you, although you would have to issue them at court and serve them on your opponent;
I can draft instructions to an expert and review and revise any report; you would need to send the instructions to the expert, to be responsible for his fees and to serve the report;
I can assist you with drafting witness statements; however if I am to represent you at trial, professional obligations impose some restrictions on the extent to which I can elicit information from you to draft your witness statement;
I can advise you on what documents you would need to disclose, although you would have to prepare and serve the disclosure statement yourself, as well as carrying out any copying required;
I can draft orders and court directions for you;
I can represent you at mediations or at court hearings, including directions hearings, costs hearings or trials.
How to instruct me
To enquire about instructing me for a piece of work, please contact me or my clerks in chambers at 4 New Square.
These are the steps in the process: