Contractual terms

Members of Essex Court Chambers are happy to discuss and negotiate terms of engagement, whether based on one of the standard forms in general use or tailor-made for a specific piece of work.

The Code of Conduct provides that, with effect from 31 January 2013, barristers are obliged under the Cab Rank Rule to accept instructions which are offered either (a) on the Standard Contractual Terms for the Supply of Legal Services to Authorised Persons annexed to the Code (the “Bar Council Terms”) or (b) on terms which a barrister or the barrister’s chambers have published as the barrister’s standard terms of work.

For the purposes of the Cab Rank Rule, barristers at Essex Court Chambers will accept instructions on the Bar Council Terms. The Bar Council Terms can be found on the Bar Council’s website. Under the Bar Council terms, English law is the governing law and the courts of England & Wales are the competent courts.