Instructing a Barrister
Barristers are self-employed advocates and advisers who practice together in sets of chambers, sharing expenses but not profits. At the Intellectual Property Bar, barristers can be instructed by solicitors and patent attorneys in private practice and by in-house lawyers and patent attorneys employed by companies. In many circumstances they may be instructed directly by lawyers from overseas. For further details, see the International Practice Rules of the Bar.
The clerks are able to offer advice on the suitability, availability and particular expertise of individual members and will provide details of fee rates and structures.
As well as a detailed knowledge of Chambers, our clerks are also very familiar with the many courts in which members practice including the UK Intellectual Patent Office, the Copyright Tribunal, the Data protection Tribunal, the Patents County Court, the High Court (Queens Bench and Chancery divisions), the Court of Appeal, the General Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union, the European Patent office and the UK Supreme Court. The clerks have excellent relations with court staff and can give assistance and information to those who are less familiar with intellectual property matters and procedures.
Our clerks also have considerable experience in establishing “Chinese walls” as often members of chambers will be instructed on both sides of a dispute. In such situations the usual clerking responsibilities are altered automatically and arranged so as to ensure that client confidentiality is maintained. They are always available to discuss the details of how these matters are to be handled, including the availability of a separate clerking room where required.
When electronically sending instructions through for a barrister, this should be done in the first instance through the clerks email.
Further information on members of Chambers and their practices together with details of notable cases can be obtained from the clerks by either telephone or email.