Terms of Providing Legal Services

Referral cases

When instructed by a solicitor on behalf of a client (Referral Cases) Christopher Kessling provides legal services on those terms set out in the Standard Contractual Terms as published by the Bar Council and in force at the date of instruction.  

Direct public Access Cases

Christopher Kessling is accredited to accept instructions direct from members of the public. Legal services to direct access clients are provided on those terms as set out and agreed prior to the commencement of each instruction in a Client Care Letter. Such Client Care Letters must be signed as accepted and returned before any work is carried out. The purpose of the Client Care Letter is to set out the work required, the terms on which the work is carried out, the fees charged for the work and the complaints procedure. You can read a model Client Care Letter here on the Bar Standards Board website.  

Public access instructions are also accepted from third parties (known as intermediaries) on behalf of clients. This may be helpful in circumstances where the client is not in a position to organise legal representation or does not feel able to do so, such as when serving a custodial sentence; in these circumstances a friend or family member can instruct Christopher Kessling. A first Client Care Letter is then created for the intermediary and a second for the client, both of which must be signed and returned. The intermediary accepts responsibility for the fees and acts as the client's agent. You can read a model Client Care Letter to an Intermediary here and a model Client Care letter to Client in an Intermediary case here.  


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