Our Clients

Pallant Chambers are trusted to act for and advise a broad spectrum of clients, from some of the region’s largest solicitors, businesses, local authorities, and statutory undertakers to SMEs, niche and high street firms and individuals.

At our core is a desire to provide the same high standards of representation, support and transparency, and to deliver in an efficient, client-focused manner. Please browse this section of the website to see how we can assist you. Alternatively, our clerks will be delighted to discuss any specific requirements you may have.

Solicitors

We are instructed by a wide spectrum of solicitors including City firms, high street solicitors, national and regional firms, and boutique and niche firms. All of our clients receive the same high levels of service and representation.

We offer a full range of contentious and non-contentious services, as well as ADR, which we are also able to host.

We believe that many firms choose to instruct us because of our genuine expertise, with our Members frequently appearing in the High Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court as well as other tribunals; our collegiate, approachable, and transparent working practices and, because of our size and structure, the dedicated, personal feel we are able to deliver.

In-House Counsel

We are frequently instructed by in-house counsel to provide contentious and non-contentious services.

We believe that we are the choice of many, not only because of the expertise of our Members and the efficiency with which we can assist, but because we are acutely aware of the different drivers, priorities and constraints of in-house legal teams.

Our Members take the time to understand the commercial and business realities, work collaboratively with those instructing them, and are user-friendly, supportive and accessible. They appreciate the urgency and sensitivity of their instructions, and tailor their services to meet the requirements of the business and its management.

Businesses

We act for LLPs, traditional partnerships, limited companies, directors, shareholders, partners and sole traders, providing both contentious and non-contentious services.

Our instructions often come from external or in-house solicitors, but also directly from company officers directly through the Bar’s Public Access scheme.

Business law is one of Chambers’ traditional strengths, with our Members frequently appearing in the High Court and Court of Appeal on matters of contract, guarantees, agency, shareholder and director disputes, partnership disputes and related commercial disputes.

We are also frequently instructed to advise on or draft contracts, terms and conditions, consumer contracts, commercial leases, shareholder agreements, competitor practices, data protection, and other commercial deeds and documents.

Our Members take the time to understand the commercial and business realities, drivers and risks, and are adept at finding pragmatic and commercially savvy solutions. We work in a collegiate and collaborative manner, and appreciate that business clients often need support on urgent and sensitive matters.

Local Authorities

We enjoy a close and longstanding relationship with many of the South’s local authorities in both civil and family law.

Our family team have appeared in some of the most important and significant reported cases of recent times which is testament to the strength and depth of the team and the regard in which they are held. Members of the team have also worked as part of Local Authority in-house team which we believe provides an invaluable opportunity to understand the decisions, drivers and pressures Local Authorities are often under so that we can provide more targeted support.

Our civil team has acted for many of the South’s local authorities across a broad spectrum of civil law including real property, landlord and tenant, governance, data protection, housing and anti-social behaviour, licensing and planning and environmental law.

As with our family team, many of our members in the civil law have direct experience of working with Local Authority teams as part of in-house teams. We therefore appreciate the environment in which Local Authority operates and have tailored our service accordingly.

Instructing Us

Fees

We have a flexible, competitive and transparent approach to fees. We are happy to provide quotations in advance of work being undertaken as well as a time estimate for its completion. Instructions can be accepted on the basis of hourly rates, fixed fees, or an agreed fee cap in accordance with individual requirements. Members will also consider entering into conditional fee agreements (CFAs) and damages based agreements (DBAs) or mixed fee arrangements when suitable.

Please contact our clerking team to discuss any particular requirements.

Hourly Rates

We are happy to provide an hourly rate for our barristers, to be agreed in advance. This is calculated with reference to the market, their area of expertise, their experience and the nature, complexity and urgency of the work. In the case of paperwork, we are also happy to provide a time estimate for the work to be completed.

Brief fees and refresher fees

The brief fee is an agreed fee that includes all preparation for any hearing and the first day of any hearing. A refresher fee is an agreed fee or each subsequent day of any hearing which includes any further preparation and client conferences before and after court hours. Any brief fee or refresher fee will be agreed in advance. The brief fee that becomes due on the delivery of the brief will also be agreed in advance.

Expenses

Where considerable travel, overnight accommodation or other significant additional expense will be incurred, these are routinely reflected in the brief fee. However, we are happy to include such items separately.

Conditional fee agreements (CFAs) and Damages Based Agreements (DBAs)

Conditional fee agreements (CFAs) can be an appropriate way of funding litigation in some cases. Under a CFA, a barrister agrees to accept instructions on the basis of an agreed basic hourly rate or day rate plus an additional uplift up to 100% of that basic fee. The basic fee and uplift becomes payable with reference to agreed success criteria. If you are not successful then your barrister will not get paid. Ordinarily you will also enter into an insurance agreement to cover your liability for your opponent’s legal costs.

A damages based agreement is similar to a CFA in that you agree to pay your barrister a percentage of any sums received with reference to agreed success criteria.

Not all cases are suitable for CFAs or DBAs with reference, for instance, to the strength of your case or the size or complexity of the case, or the likely costs recovery from the other side. Our Members will carefully consider each case on an individual basis.

Terms Of Work

Please click here for our standard terms of work for solicitors and authorised persons.

Please click here for our standard terms of work for direct access clients

Our Members practice as self-employed members of the Bar of England and Wales and are registered with the Bar Standards Board and are subject to the Code of Conduct.

The Bar Standards Board can be contacted at:

Bar Standards Board,
289-293 High Holborn,
London,
WC1V 7HZ.

All of our members have professional liability insurance provided by the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund.

The Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund may be contacted at:

Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund Limited,
90 Fenchurch Street,
London,
EC3M 4ST