Before you complete the form:
I appreciate that the details that I’m asking you send me in this form are private and confidential and I will treat them confidentially whether or not I take on your case. The form will go directly to my clerks in chambers who will check there is no conflict of interests before sending it onto me.
PLEASE read all the information on this website before completing this form – the site is designed to help you try and decide whether or not directly instructing a barrister is right for you.
The form asks questions designed to help me understand what help you might need, so I can get an idea of whether or not I might be able to help through public access.
If there is a hearing date coming up soon, or urgent action needs to be taken (for example if you want to appeal, where there are tight deadlines) you should contact St John’s Chambers by telephone making clear that it is urgent. Unless and until I have agreed to take on your case it is your responsibility to make sure you don’t miss any deadlines.
I cannot guarantee to take on a case without seeing the papers, or that I will be available to do urgent work within your timescales – so if in doubt please go and see a solicitor instead.
The form may seem a bit long, but you can complete it in your own time, and it’s a good way of avoiding you having to be quizzed by me or my clerks at length on the phone.
I get a lot of enquiries from people who would like me to help for free, but I do not carry out pro bono (unpaid) work except through a recognised pro bono scheme – so please do not ask. An enquiry does not cost you anything, but you do need to be able to pay for my services if instructed, as I cannot work for free on your case. If you have no funds to pay for legal advice or representation please do not complete this form – sorry to be tough but it will be a waste of your time and mine. I have listed some other sources of support here.