How we work

The nature of Chambers

Members of 7KBW are self-employed barristers who practise as sole practitioners from this address.   They share administration and office costs, but not profits or liabilities.  7 KBW is not a company or a firm, and has no collective legal identity.

Although our members are instructed individually, they have much experience in working together in teams with other lawyers, whether other barristers (in these or other Chambers) or solicitors. 

Because our members are self-employed individuals, it is possible for members of Chambers to be instructed by opposing parties in the same matter.  In these cases, we have established procedures for ensuring strict confidentiality.

Terms of work

With effect from 31st January 2013, members of Chambers accept instructions on the Standard Contractual Terms for the Supply of Legal Services by Barristers to Authorised Persons 2012, unless otherwise expressly agreed in writing.  A copy of these Terms can be downloaded here.  

Please note that these Terms are governed by and construed in accordance with the law of England and Wales. Unless any alternative dispute resolution procedure is agreed, disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

All members of 7KBW are registered for VAT, and each barrister’s VAT number appears on his or her invoices, fee notes and receipts.  If required, barristers’ VAT numbers can also be made available on request.

Facilities

Chambers has two conference rooms equipped with conference phones, wifi and Ethernet connections. Arrangements can allso be made to hold conferences at a location with access for anyone with a disability.  Please contact our Clerks in advance for appropriate arrangements to be made.  We will consider all requests for reasonable adjustments to be made to our facilities in order to assist any disabled person wishing to use our services.

Regulation and Insurance

All members of 7KBW are barristers who are registered with, and regulated by, the Bar Standards Board of England and Wales.  Their details are recorded in the Barristers’ Register maintained by the Bar Standards Board.

All members of 7KBW are required to, and do, maintain professional indemnity insurance cover to at least the value of £500,000.   This cover is provided by the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund Limited, and the terms of cover can be inspected here