We are known for important medical, police, regulatory and public law cases, frequently involving ethical, political, social and human issues.
Our commitment to conscientious and commercial clerking has allowed us to develop flexible fee policies which enable our barristers to continue to work on these cutting-edge cases despite cuts to public funding in an austerity climate.
Chambers & Partners confirms that “the modernising fervour [at Serjeants’ Inn] has extended to the set’s approach to billing. Commentators note that they are good at negotiating on fees because they understand that cost is a key issue, especially in certain practice areas.”
Our clerks are alive to the need to control costs and are adept at finding ways to achieve more with limited resources. They are aware of the desirability of fielding counsel at all levels of seniority as appropriate to the nature of the case.
In a recent client survey over 80% of the 272 respondents considered that our fees were similar to those of other sets practising in the same fields, at every level of call. We hope that this further illustrates our competitive approach to fees in the current climate.
We have an open, convivial atmosphere in Chambers which we believe is essential to provide an exemplary service: as Chambers & Partners comments “the clerks are superb – the good working relationship between them and counsel is reflected in the quality of service you get.”
This makes it easy for our team to discuss and assess the options with the barristers concerned in order to find the right recommendation as to how best to resource a case and to manage the progress of the case to resolution.
In this way we have been able to field barristers representing numerous different legal parties at long-running hearings such as the Deepcut and Hillsborough inquests, and in proceedings, such as the assisted suicide litigation, which have gone as far as the Supreme Court.
What this means for clients
We believe that the combination of a smart, business-like focus with a conscientious, committed approach gives a major advantage to our clients.
The Legal 500 comments that we “have that canny knack of getting the right brief for the right barrister, which leads to great results and leaves the solicitors and lay clients extremely happy. They provide a trustworthy working relationship.”
Please do contact the clerks or our client service team to discuss how we might put this approach into practice for you.