Overseas Clients: Instructing a Barrister

Overseas clients who want to know more about instructing a Barrister often remark that there is a lack of information simply setting out the basic principles. The Bar Council's guidance is very useful. We have set it out below:

"...The Bar is a profession of independent legal experts who usually practise collectively from offices known as chambers. For domestic work barristers of England and Wales are normally required to receive instructions through solicitors on a referral basis, but they are able to receive direct instructions from lawyers, businesses or individuals based outside the UK. 

The barrister can offer the following services to international clients based abroad on a direct access basis:

  • Specialist advice on all areas of the law in England and Wales, European Community and International Law, including Human Rights law;
  • Specialist advice and assistance on the drafting, interpretation and enforceability of contracts governed by the law in England and Wales, or the laws of other common law countries;
  • Specialist advice on commercial situations presenting legal, factual or technical difficulties;
  • Arbitration services in England & Wales and in most other jurisdictions (the English Bar is one of the leading professions in the field of international arbitration);
  • Mediation and other alternative dispute resolution services (as mediators, advocates or advisers);
  • Expert witness services;
  • Specialist advocacy services before European and international courts and tribunals;
  • Specialist advice and assistance in the preparation of litigation or in a non-litigious context..."

"A Brief Guide to Using a Barrister", available in English (PDF), Mandarin (PDF) and Arabic (PDF).

The Bar Guide.  This is an annual brochure produced in co-operation with the American Lawyer Magazine, which explains in some more detail the advantages for foreign clients of working with barristers.  It also contains a concise guide to instructing a barrister.

It is no doubt easier to discuss any aspect of instructing one of our Barristers by speaking directly to our practice managers. Martin Adams (ma@33cllaw.com) is highly experienced in dealing with clients from outside the UK, what's required and how it works. At any one time, one or more members of chambers is appearing or advising in on overseas litigation. We are entitled to appear in Courts all around the world and we believe that the skills of a UK Barrister provide a clear competitive advantage in any legal dispute.

[We are listed under the UAE Legal Services category on the UAE & Dubai Directory]