Stour Chambers and its barrister members provide this information in accordance with their obligations under the Provision of Services Regulations 2009. It includes important information as to its terms of business which will take effect from 31st January 2013.
Members of Chambers are individual self-employed barristers each of whom is regulated by the Bar Standards Board. The BSB website includes the Code of Conduct which regulates the professional behaviour and standards of all barristers. Individual members of Chambers are all members of the Bar Council of England and Wales, an organisation which provides representation, support and services for barristers. All our members can be found on the BSB Barristers’ Register.
Professional Indemnity Insurance
All barristers in Chambers have professional indemnity Insurance in place with a minimum level of £500,000. Members set the level of cover based on their individual practice and requirements.
Main Features of our Barristers’ Services and the Price
1. Standard terms with solicitors and other authorised persons
Our standard published terms of business are the contractual terms of business set out in Annexe T to the Code of Conduct. These new terms can be found here.
We are seeking to agree generic terms of business with firms of solicitors for whom we regularly provide services. It is a breach of the Code of Conduct for a barrister to refuse to accept instructions to be undertaken in accordance with our published standard terms of business (i.e. the terms to be found at Annexe T or our other standard terms below).
Where services are provided under a public funding certificate or other statutory arrangement then the standard contractual terms 2012 will not apply. The relevant statutory provisions will govern the relationship between barristers and their instructing solicitors.
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Where a standard CFA trade agreement exists between APIL (the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) and PIBA (Personal Injury Bar Association) in personal injury cases, then the latest agreement will generally govern the relationship between barrister and solicitor.
Non-personal injury CFAs
We will use the Chancery Bar Association CFA agreement from time to time (in non-personal injury/clinical negligence proceedings).
2. Standard terms with other clients
Public Access and Licensed Access
If you are not a solicitor or other “authorised” person (i.e. one regulated by the Law Society or SRA), then Chambers’ default position is that the barrister will provide services to you either under our standard Public Access agreement (if you are a member of the public) or under the standard Licensed Access agreements (which apply to members of professional bodies such as the Royal Town and Country Planning Association and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors).
You will find our standard public access agreement here.
This set comes recommended for its members' expertise in children and matrimonial finance matters. The children cases range across both public and private law work, and include those concerning non-accidental injury, sexual abuse and fabricated illness. On the financial side, the set's barristers demonstrate the ability to act in substantial financial remedies cases as well as Schedule 1 and TOLATA matters.~ Chambers UK Bar Guide 2020
Stour Chambers has 'a range of barristers at different levels suited for different cases'. Members continue to be instructed in complex multi-day cases in the public law space, where it provides 'expert counsel' across Kent and further afield involving non-accidental injury, sexual abuse and extreme neglect. On the family finance front, Elizabeth Spence is a go-to barrister for high-value cases with issues of minority shareholdings and opponents deploying hostile litigation tactics.~ Legal 500 Bar Guide 2021