We are not a law firm or partnership. Each barrister at Ropewalk Chambers is an independent, self-employed practitioner who is instructed on a case-by-case basis. As one of the leading regional civil sets, our barristers are often retained by opposing sides in the same dispute. We have strict safeguarding protocols in place regarding confidentiality where our barristers represent different parties.
Subject to acceptance of instructions under Contractual Terms (please see below), our barristers adhere to the "cab rank rule", which imposes upon barristers the obligation to accept instructions from anyone who, through an appropriate instruction, wishes to engage their services in an area of law in which they practise.
We will not accept an instruction that is in breach of the Bar Standards Board's Equality and Diversity Code.
Our regular clientele includes:
We have long-standing relationships with the majority of insurers in the UK. We are one of a very small number of Chambers nationwide that is on the Zurich panel to cover all lines of their business. We are also a panel Chambers for various other insurers, the Motor Insurers Bureau and for several local authority consortia.
As a Chambers in the East Midlands we are ideally situated as a nationwide provider of legal services and we do not routinely charge travelling time for conferences or hearings.
We generally work under The Standard Contractual Terms for the Supply of Legal Services by Barristers to Authorised Persons 2012. A copy of the Terms can be found here.
However, we appreciate that these may not be appropriate to all our clients. As such, we welcome the opportunity to enter into bespoke Terms, as we have already with many of our clients. In addition to governing payment terms to suit your specific requirements, a protocol could be agreed in respect of rates, quality standards and additional services. Please do not hesitate to contact the Senior Clerk, Tony Hill, should this be of interest to you.
We accept instructions under conditional fee agreements in personal injury, clinical negligence, commercial, property and chancery cases. Each case is assessed individually and if the barrister does not wish to enter into the agreement they will take the time to discuss the matter with you or, alternatively, provide a short note explaining their decision. Our approach to fee principles is one of flexibility and we are always happy to discuss any legitimate funding arrangement with you. The latest versions of the agreements we use are available upon request.