Instructing us

Instructing a barrister at Six Pump Court

There are a number of ways to instruct a barrister at Six Pump Court. In all cases the clerks are the first point of contact for enquiries, and have an extensive knowledge of each barrister’s areas of practice and availability.

Please contact the clerks if you fall into any of the following categories:

  • Solicitors or other practising lawyers. Please contact the clerks in the usual way in the first instance;
  • Licensed Access clients, who may either hold a licence issued by the Bar Standards Board, or be a member of a professional body which has been recognised by the Bar Standards Board as able to instruct barrister directly, such as planning consultants, engineers, accountants and surveyors. Please visit our Licensed Access page for more information;
  • Members of the public who wish to instruct a barrister under the Public Access scheme. Please visit our Public Access page where you will find further information on how to instruct a barrister at Six Pump Court;
  • Any person in relation to Arbitration or Mediation (in relation to International Arbitration please contact the dedicated clerk for our international arbitration barristers: Ryan Barrow);
  • International clients – our barristers can help you on matters of English and international law. Please visit our International Services page for more information


For all work which is paid privately, barristers will charge hourly rates, fixed fees (or “brief fees”), or a combination of both depending on the individual circumstances of the case involved. These are discussed with the clerks and usually agreed in advance of work being done.

Some barristers also accept instructions under conditional (“no win, no fee”) agreements in certain circumstances.

We aim to provide you with a quote which is clearly set out as soon as possible following your enquiry, and terms for the basis of your instruction before any work is carried out.


Timescales for a case may vary depending on factors such as barristers’ availability, the type and complexity of the case, the other side’s approach, and the relevant court or tribunal.