Schedule of fees and charging policy

For private casework Outer Temple Chambers has adopted the Bar Council’s Standard Contractual Terms for the Supply of Legal Services by Barristers to Authorised Persons 2020.

The following hourly rates are intended to provide some general guidance to fees for attendance at court in standard cases.

  • Queen’s Counsel: £350 to £500
  • Counsel of over 20 years: £200 to £350
  • Junior Counsel between 10 and 20 years in practice: £150 to £275
  • Junior Counsel between 5 and 10 years in practice: £125 to £200
  • Junior Counsel up to 5 years in practice: £75 to £150

All fees quoted are exclusive of VAT which, when applicable, will need to be added.

It should be noted that all brief fees are considered individually. It is not possible to give an exhaustive list of factors that might affect the charge for a given case. In particular the guide figures may be inappropriate to cases in which a barrister is instructed on the basis of a specific expertise or speciality or where work requires urgent attention. It may also be necessary to take into account practical considerations, such as travelling time and expense. On occasions, a fee shall be agreed that varies according to the time actually taken in dealing with a matter.

Conditional Fees

We undertake work on a conditional fee basis in appropriate cases. Please contact the clerks for further details.

Public funding

We are happy to accept instructions on a public or a privately paid basis.


All of Lamb Building Chambers and its Members are regulated by the Bar Standards Board.

Chambers can provide services direct to professionals and members of the public by way of instruction through the Public Access Scheme. Those who are Direct Access qualified can be viewed by clicking on the following link, though it should be noted that not all cases are suitable for the instruction of counsel by this method, an example would be if you are eligible for legal aid. If instructed by Direct Access Counsel would unfortunately not able to do so on a Conditional Fee Basis.

Our aim is to provide the right counsel for your case together with a cost that will be based on the area of law, the type and complexity, their seniority and experience. The initial instruction of counsel can be made by having an initial conference or alternatively by providing a chronology and copies of essential reading for them to assess the suitability of your case for Public Access.

Fees are based on an hourly rate that will be commensurate with the seniority of counsel and the complexity of the case. Hourly rates will vary in accordance with the seniority of counsel or if you are instructing Queen’s Counsel. Where possible we will provide a fixed for the work.

Without sight of all of the relevant documents to a case it is sometimes difficult to provide an exact figure on the cost for specific items of work however as a guide for Public Access cases the following may provide some assistance (All fees are exclusive of VAT and therefore if eligible will need to be added):

Initial conference £250.00 – £1,500.00
Advice in writing £500.00 – £2,000.00
Preparation of case, including assistance with drafting, such as an ET1, and other documents for the Tribunal £500.00 – £2,000.00
Preliminary hearing £750.00 – £2,000.00
Tribunal hearing £1,000.00 – £10,000.00
Refresher (subsequent days to the first day of trial) £500.00 – £2,000.00
Remedy Hearing £500.00 – £2,000.00
Initial conference £250.00 – £1,000.00
Written Advice on Appeal £350.00 – £1,000.00
Preparation of Appeal, bundles and assistance with completion of forms £350.00 – £2,000.00
Case Management Hearings & Applications for Bail at London Tribunals. Fees for other Tribunals outsidE of London will need to take into consideration distance, travel time and costs. £350.00 – £750.00
Tribunal Hearing First and Upper Tier £500.00 – £2,000.00
Leave for Judicial Review and Full Hearing in theAdministrative Court £750.00 – £10,000.00
Civil Proceedings (this will include, amongst other areas, Trust of Land, Housing, Personal Injury, Commercial Disputes and Probate)
Initial conference £250.00 – £1,500.00
Written advice on merits £750.00 – £2,500.00
Drafting (Pleadings, letters etc.) £750.00 – £2,500.00
Small Claims £750.00 – £2,000.00
Trial (subject to size, complexity of claim and length of trial) £1,000.00 – £10,000.00
Refresher (subsequent days to the first day of trial) £750.00 – £2,500.00
Initial conference £250.00 – £1,500.00
Written advice £500.00 – £2,500.00
First Directions Appointment £1,250.00 – £3,500.00
Financial Dispute Resolution £1,750.00 – £10,000.00
Final Hearing £2,500.00 – £15,000.00
Refreshers (subsequent days to the first day of trial) £1,750.00 – £3,500.00


These will be based on the seniority of counsel and the type and complexity of the proceedings and range from £175.00 to £500.00 an hour.

Further information is available by contacting one of the clerks on 020 7797 7788 or alternatively by email at

All estimates of the fees above are correct as of 1 February 2020



Please contact the clerks for details of mediation fees.