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2 Pump Court

Areas of Expertise

AppealIn the majority of cases you may appeal a case simply if you believe that the decision against you is wrong in law.  Often there will be time restrictions in which you must lodge a notice of your intended appeal and the grounds for this, so it is important to work quickly.  You may also feel it is appropriate to obtain an advice from Counsel as to whether an appeal is necessary, so your case is given a fresh look.  Ross works swiftly and will be clear with you as to what your strengths and weaknesses are, hence giving you a pragmatic decision.

AdviceThis is the most effective approach to the law and litigation as a whole.  Solicitors regularly rely on the barrister's specialist knowledge of the law given their high level of experience in advocacy and negotiation.  The benefit in directly approaching a specialist barrister is that you can reduce costs and avoid risks of miscommunication.  A written piece of advice can be required for almost anything, from whether to appeal a decision that went against you, to whether it is cost effective to take a matter to court in the first place and the chances of success should you do so.  The reassurance of advice in business generally may allow you to make every day decisions with confidence.

InjunctionsThis is a court order whereby a party is required to do or refrain from doing certain acts.  A breach of an injunction creates a criminal act, which can in certain circumstances be an arrestable offence.  Whatever your needs, whether it be to prevent strike action or to protect someone from harm, an injunction is often required with immediate effect.  Contact Ross who will operate your exacting specifications straightaway.

ContractRoss is extremely efficient at drafting contracts, making every effort to tailor-make the exact requirements to the brief

Civil and Commercial LitigationExperience shows that addressing and managing commercial disputes earlier mitigates the escalation of the dispute and is more likely to lead to an early and commercially advised resolution.  In order to achieve this, Ross' clear approach is to provide you with all options: whether to negotiate, mediate or engage in other forms of alternative dispute resolution, before then turning to contested trials/tribunals

EmploymentA broad spectrum of employment issues can come before Employment Tribunals or internal disciplinary hearings and Ross provides assistance to both the employer and the employee in every circumstance.  Furthermore, in respect of non-contentious work, Ross can provide advice on a variety of matters from business TUPE transfer to the legality of discrimination, disciplinary and recruitment policies.

Complex Crime / FraudThere are a number of unfortunate situations that you may find yourself in during a lifetime and the most important reassurance is that you have quality Counsel conducting your case whilst in a tense and delicate environment.  Crimes can include so many different forms, from money laundering and high value fraud, to perverting the course of justice and kidnap.  Ross is experienced at successfully defending an array of clients that covers a wide spectrum

Road Traffic LawThere are a number of unfortunate motoring offences that can catch the motorist out.  If your livelihood depends on your driving licence, then persuasive advocacy often results in effective rewards.  Ross is well used to representing clients with anxiety and considerable concern and successfully save them from almost certain disqualification.


About

All too often the lay client incurs additional legal expenses that should have been avoided.

A solicitor’s role is simple, but not limited to: case management, administration/serving forms and taking statements.

The solicitor will then instruct a barrister for their distinct specialist knowledge of the law and their skills of persuasion as an advocate, as well as their negotiation techniques with opposing parties.

Traditionally only solicitors could instruct a barrister and hence costs increase.

Now the laws are significantly relaxed, it is possible to directly engage with a barrister, thereby avoiding any miscommunication between parties, reduce your expenses and you still benefit from the same level of expert London Counsel’s advice and breadth of experience.

Ross encourages direct contact on the telephone or through an enquiry at the earliest possible stage to strengthen your position as quickly as possible.

More benefits of directly instructing a barrister, are outlined below;

Public Access

"The benefits are huge: client's maintain as much or as little control as they choose, they get advanced specialist advice whilst actually reducing their costs, they get to speak to the barrister in charge of their case as opposed to a 'case worker' or 'secretary' and with a fixed fee system no longer need to worry about the level of contact they have with their respective Counsel. The most significant benefit to public access is by receiving the highest level of expert advice from the outset, it is now possible to add a distinct advantage over your opponent and get the right result even sooner."

Role

The extent of work that a barrister will undertake will ideally remain the same. Ultimately, this leaves the lay client to fulfill the preparatory aspect of the case, whilst guided by the barrister. The decision of how much involvement the barrister has on the preparatory work is to be decided on a case by case basis. Clearly though, the cost saving aim of public access would be undermined if barristers found themselves driven to assume the role of solicitor as well. The lay client must be satisfied that, with guidance from their barrister, they have the resources to complete the fundamental preparatory work usually undertaken by the solicitor. Please note that there are certain restricted activities that a barrister cannot perform as they are not regulated in this way. What this means is that the restricted activities tend to fall into anything that indicates the running of an office.

Work Normally Undertaken by the Litigant in Person

The work needed to be completed by the litigant in person will normally consist of: issuing proceedings, being the address for service, acknowledging service, corresponding with the opposing party, instructing an expert as required, lodging applications/appeals and gathering evidence for use in Court/Tribunal, general administration and archiving. This list is used to give an idea of what the work level entails and is not exhaustive.

Work Normally Undertaken by the Barrister

The barrister’s activity predominantly remains the same: reading documents, analysing information into a legal framework of a cause of action, typing up a document (to include witness statements) and sending one copy of the draft to his immediate client, the litigant in person/lay client.

Work that can be Undertaken by the Barrister

There is nothing to prevent a barrister from recommending experts, providing drafts of documents or letters required to be issued by a litigant and advising a litigant as to formal steps which need to be taken in proceedings. But the steps themselves must be taken either by the litigant personally or an intermediary will be required.

During an initial conference with Counsel the level of direct involvement can be established, together with the issues that will need to be addressed and the resources available to achieve this, so that an instant timetable can be implemented.