I was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1996. I am based at Ropewalk Chambers in Nottingham and live in Nottinghamshire, but travel nationally through England and Wales, attending courts and visiting clients. For most of my career, I have had a special interest in disability discrimination and education law.
I accept instructions in these fields on the basis only of a privately-paid retainer. I do not undertake work in this field on a conditional fee basis. I can work on an hourly rate basis and my hourly rate is £275 per hour plus VAT. I tend to work however on a “fixed fee” basis. After an initial enquiry, when I have been able to gauge what is involved in the work you would like to me to do, I will provide you with a fixed price quotation based on how long it will take me to do the work, the value of the case, its complexity and the responsibility you are asking me to assume. If it takes me longer to do the work than I anticipate, then I bear that cost. My fees are competitive with my peers at the London and Manchester Bars in this area of legal practice.
If we haven’t spoken before, then I would suggest telephoning me for a chat about your case and how I might be able to help on 0115 9472581. I am fortunate enough to be quite busy and my diary fills up quickly. If you would like to instruct me to represent you in court, I would suggest booking me 2 to 3 months in advance of the hearing, as otherwise I will probably already be engaged doing something else.
If the case is a substantial one, which requires several days or weeks of my time, I will usually charge a staged brief fee or my clerks will fixed a “deemed date” for the delivery of the brief, upon which date my brief fee becomes payable. My diary changes on a daily basis as cases come into and go out of the diary, so you can always ask my clerk to take your case as a second booking and assuming the case first in the diary settles, I will be able to take your case instead. My clerk tries to fit conferences within the gaps between court work and in the afternoons and evenings when court has finished for the day. In terms of paperwork such as drafting pleadings or a written Advice, I try to work to a 10 working day turnaround period. I can, if there is real urgency undertake work more quickly than that.