Stour Chambers prides itself on being user friendly and flexible. We tailor our service to our clients’ individual needs and have strong links to the local community where we have developed long-term relationships with our clients.
Members undertake both privately funded and legally aided cases.
Stour Chambers is fully committed to transparency in relation to fees, our Clerks are always available to discuss levels of fees. Our fees are flexible and competitive, to match client budgets. Hourly rate will be applied to any advisory work (eg written or in conference) but normally a fixed fee is agreed before undertaking any work. We are able to provide fee estimates and will quote on a fixed fee or hourly rate basis dependant on the requirements of those instructing. Clerks will consider the nature of the case including its complexity before quoting a fee.
We will also keep you updated on timescales and changes which may have an effect on your case. Timescales for a case may vary depending on factors such as barristers’ availability, the type and complexity of the case, the other side’s approach, the amount of papers you need to review, the need for additional information for documents, third parties intervening in the case and court waiting times. We endeavour always to work within a client’s requested time scale, however short that may be. In circumstances where a deadline cannot be met, the client will be informed at the earliest opportunity. Our standard timescale is 21 days from receipt of papers or date of when the fee has been agreed.
There will be occasions when circumstances change, for example where more information comes to light; instructions are amended etc but we will always endeavour to notify clients in advance in circumstances where this may lead to an increase in the fees to be charged.
Fees for multi day hearings / trials are usually calculated on the length the of trial, complexity and financial value of the case. A brief fee is a fixed fee which will cover preparation for the trial and the first day. A refresher fee is a fixed fee for each subsequent day of the trial.
Our barristers also accept instructions under conditional fee agreements (“no win, no fee” agreements) in certain circumstances. For more information, please contact the clerks.
Please contact our Senior Clerk Marc Goddard to discuss your needs in more detail and find the appropriate barrister for your case.
We are regulated by the Bar Standards Board.
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