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About Us

Name is the direct access portal of our barristers’ chambers.  It is specifically aimed at helping members of the public to engage with us without going through solicitors.  You’ll find more about direct access in the FAQ’s below and in our jargon buster.  

We are  individual barristers who, together with our administration team (“clerks”) practise in “chambers” under the Name and “2drj” business names.  Our formal business name is, in keeping with the Bar’s traditional naming system, The Chambers of Mark Love.   Mark is our head of chambers, and “2drj” is the diminutive of our address at 2 Dr Johnson’s Buildings.  Our main website is at www.2drj.com

 

Frequently asked questions

These FAQ’s may help…

How do I instruct a Love Barrister direct?

Just talk to us!

You’ll see our fair play on fees – there are no surprises and the meter will certainly not be running just for talking things through to see if we can help.

We really are grateful for your enquiry

Why should I instruct a lovebarrister direct?

You’ll only be paying one lawyer

We never underestimate the value that good solicitors bring.  And you may well want to pay for someone else to deal with the stresses of litigation.  But otherwise – well, it just makes sense

In complex drafting matters – say new contracts for your business – there is little point in having an intermediary.  In disputes heading for the courts, you’ll also own the relationship and have a very direct say in how your case is handled.  Of course, you’ll also need to file court papers, prepare documents for trial and other routine tasks (which we’ll advise you on) – things which you can do very well on your own, or which you can choose to pay a solicitor to do for you

What’s the difference between a barrister and a solicitor?

Both are lawyers, often with overlapping expertise but with different areas of concentration, and each is regulated by different statutory bodies.  Barristers specialise in advocacy and the drafting of statements of case and other complex documents (for example, contracts).  Solicitors specialise in the conduct of litigation as well as preparing a wide variety of formal documents such as wills, deeds, conveyancing transactions and more.  Barristers are often referred to as “Counsel”.  Barristers are all independent sole practitioners, even though they may work in very large Chambers.  Solicitors tend to work in firms.  Traditionally, solicitors instruct barristers on behalf of their clients; since the introduction of DPA, it is now possible for members of the public to instruct barristers directly

Do I have to use a solicitor?

Only where the law specifically requires you to or where you are best advised to do so, eg, where your barrister advises you must do so in your own best interests, or if you have an existing agreement with a solicitor

I already have a solicitor. Can I terminate my solicitor’s engagement and come to you?

Yes, but subject to any outstanding obligations you have to your solicitor, such as fees.  Terminating an engagement is a serious step; you should be sure that your interests are not affected and that you know all of your outstanding obligations

I want to keep my solicitor but I also want you to act

Whilst you can discuss this with your solicitor, they will be under a duty to select appropriate counsel and may be reluctant; it is quite normal for solicitors to prefer counsel or Chambers they know well

If I instruct you, will you do everything a solicitor would do?

No.  You will be responsible for the conduct of litigation.  We can of course guide you through all of that but it is your responsibility to see that for example documents are filed at court or served on your opponent on time, court fees are paid, evidence is prepared, and so on.  Remember, you will be a litigant in person.  We are very highly adapted to guiding you through all of the technical requirements but not everyone can manage this responsibility, in which case they will need a solicitor or have the support to do this or counsel who undertake the conduct of litigation

Can I change my mind?

At any time

The £64,000 question

We have three golden rules at lovebarristers:

  1. Fees are agreed in advance, no surprises, ever
  2. Fees are settled on invoice (that is, in advance of a hearing, or on instruction of advisory and drafting work)
  3. Client satisfaction is key: we set our fees to deliver exceptional value for money – client choice dictates the rest.  You are never tied to contracts and long retainers

Fees are essentially on a piece rate.  We usually quote fixed sums for specific work, eg, drafting of pre action letters or pleadings or (yes, really) cons, or perhaps a contract; briefs are usually quoted by the half day for shorter hearings or by the first day and follow on days of a full hearing.

You’ll need to see us from time to time and keep in touch.  Our terms will make clear what we will provide and at what rates.  Typically we quote by “piece work”, so as to honour our no-surprise golden rule.  We do not hold money on account.

We never charge for routine catch-ups and drop-ins, although we’ll need cons every now and then.  Beyond routine client contact with us, hearings will be the main cost

Depending on complexity and the seniority and experience of counsel you may need, briefs will usually be between £300 – 950 for short application hearings (more for complex cases or in the high court) and between £1,250-3,000 and much more for the first day of a full hearing including preparation (the brief), and £500-2,000 for follow on days (the refresher).  But you’ll know the exact number well in advance and at a time when you still have choices

We can’t be more definitive without sight of your particular case but we are competitive and we are transparent, up front and open about our fees with you at all times

Jargon Buster
Advocacy Presentation of oral and written arguments in courts
Bar The body of barristers, sometimes referring to the Bar Council, sometimes as a profession
Barristers Members of the Bar, called by one of the Inns of Court after having qualified by examination
Bar Council aka the General Council of the Bar; Barristers’ professional body
Bar Standards Board/BSB Barristers’ statutory regulator
Brief Instructions to appear in court; sometimes the brief fee itself, which usually includes the first hearing day and preparation, and is non-refundable once “delivered” or simply confirmed, as your counsel is committed to that day
Cab rank rule     a rule in our code requiring us to accept instructions on a first come, first served basis (subject to certain restrictions/conditions)
Call (year of) Denotes seniority and entitlement to practise from a given date, when “called to the Bar” by an Inn of Court
CCL or Client Care Letter our terms of engagement, in a form prescribed by the Code; we may not act without a signed CCL under DPA
CFA Conditional Fee Agreement, sometimes called a “no win, no fee” agreement
Chambers A group of independent barristers with a shared ethos, premises and administrative support, outwardly appearing as one business
CPR The Civil Procedure Rules
Claim form A court form by which most types of claims are started, formerly known as a writ or summons
Clerk Traditional (and misleading!) title of Chambers’ practice managers
Code of Conduct The Bar’s professional rules, which binds all barristers
Conduct of litigation The management and administrative process of litigation, the undertaking of which for payment is restricted by law to authorised professionals
Conference/Con A traditional name for a meeting with counsel (and “Consultation” is traditionally reserved for Queen’s Counsel)
Counsel               Synonymous with barrister
DPA The Bar’s Direct Public Access scheme which from 2004 enabled members of the public to go direct to barristers without instructing solicitors
Inns of Court One of the four ancient and honourable societies, Lincoln’s, Gray’s, Inner Temple & Middle Temple, who call their members to the Bar by tradition
Licensed professional access A form of DPA for certain professionals (other than solicitors) who wish to instruct counsel on behalf of their own clients
Litigant in person A litigant who is not represented by a solicitor
Notice of hearing A formal notice from the courts giving dates, places and nature of hearings
Order A formal note of a court’s orders in the proceedings
Pleadings Old term for statements of case
Pre action letters Formal letters of claim drafted in accordance with the CPR
Pupil A barrister who has been called to the Bar and is undergoing a mandatory 12 month training period in Chambers; a pupil may not undertake DPA
Queen’s Counsel/QC aka silk (from the fabric of their formal gowns) or leaders/leading counsel/senior counsel (but not a senior junior!) – barristers who have achieved distinction in their field and have passed rigorous selection criteria
Refresher Traditional term for counsel’s daily fee in a hearing for the second and subsequent days
Solicitor A qualified lawyer who is regulated by the Solicitors’ Regulatory Authority
Statement of case Formal documents, aka pleadings, in which parties state their case in accordance with prescribed rules
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