General Terms and Conditions of Business
From 1st February 2013 the Bar’s Code of Conduct requires that barristers accept instructions from Instructing professionals either at the Bar’s prescribed terms or on terms published by the barrister.
Members of Chambers generally accept instructions from Solicitors and other Professionals on the basis of our General Terms and Conditions of Business (which are those agreed between the Commercial Bar Association and the City of London Law Society) a copy of which can be downloaded here, (as required by the Bar’s Code of Conduct Appendices F1 and T).
Those members of Chambers who accept instructions directly from members of the public do so, in accordance with the Bar’s Code of Conduct, on their General Terms and Conditions of Business, copies of which can be obtained from the Clerks upon request.
The Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017 require us to undertake customer due diligence before commencing a business relationship in respect of the Lay Client. Even where we are able to rely our professional clients do this, we are required to obtain and keep the relevant documents and information. In order to minimise the information and documents we request from you we use SmartSearch, an online platform, to carry out online checks on lay clients. Further documentation may still be required and the clerks will inform you if this is the case. Please see our SmartSearch information sheet here.