The Office of Martyn Ford, Public Access Barrister
What is a Public Access Barrister
Martyn is authorised to deal directly with members of the public without the client having to go through a solicitor. Here is a link to a copy of the Bar Standards Board’s Public Access Guidance for Lay Clients.
This will help you to understand how the Public Access scheme works, and explains how you can use it to instruct barristers directly.
Martyn also accepts instructions from solicitors.
- A fixed fee
- An hourly rate
These are the two methods for charging fees. The nature of the work will determine which is offered. If it is not possible to assess how long a matter will take (usually where legal proceedings are anticipated or have commenced), Martyn's charges are based on an hourly rate of between £185 and £250 per hour, depending on the nature of the work.
Fixed fees are applied in most cases, particularly in non-contentious matters (i.e. where there are no legal proceedings).
Quotation and Timescale
Please contact us on [email protected] for a quotation, and if there is any aspect of it which is unclear please let us know. Quotations will be provided within 7 days at the very latest.
Once we have all the details we need, and the terms of business agreed and complied with, work will normally be completed within 14 days.
Regulatory and Complaints Information
REGULATORY AND COMPLAINTS INFORMATION
Barristers in chambers are regulated by the Bar Standards Board. You can search the Barristers’ Register on the Bar Standards Board’s website: barstandardsboard.org.uk This shows
(1) whether a barrister has a current practising certificate, and
(2) whether a barrister has any disciplinary findings, which are published on the Bar Standards Board’s website in accordance with their policy.
Alternatively, you can contact the Bar Standards Board on 020 7611 1444 to ask about this or e-mail [email protected]
Please contact us for information about:
• Our complaints procedure;
• Any right you may have to complain to the Legal Ombudsman (LeO) – the independent body which can help you if you have complained to your lawyer and are not happy with their response;
• How to complain to LeO; and
• Any time limits for making a complaint.
You can also search the decision data on LeO’s website:
This shows providers which received an ombudsman’s decision in the previous 12 months, and whether LeO required the provider to give the consumer a remedy.
Alternatively, you can contact LeO on 0300 555 0333 to ask about this or e-mail [email protected]
Financial Disputes in Divorce (Fee structure)
Where the parties have assets of less than £300,000 in total in value, the fees are as follows:
Where legal proceedings have not commenced, a fixed fee for advice between £350 and £850, depending on the nature and complexity of the case
Once legal proceedings have commenced, an hourly rate of between £185 and £325, again depending on the nature and complexity of the case [up to but not including the first appointment in court]
First court hearing £650
Financial Dispute Resolution appointment £750
Final hearings £950 per day
Where the parties have assets of more than £300,000 in total, the above fees are increased by 20% for total assets between £300,001 and £500,000. Where total assets of both parties exceed £500,000, please obtain a specific quotation.
A properly drafted separation agreement is invaluable in moving on without having to worry.
It will record what it is that you both want to happen with your assets, income and any liabilities.
If agreement cannot be reached, we can offer the services of an experienced barrister to prepare and argue your case – without having to go to a solicitor first, with all the additional expense that incurs. We can also offer payment of fixed fees by instalments.
Martyn Ford BA (Hons) MA
Martyn holds a bachelor’s degree from Aberystwyth University and a master’s degree from Swansea University. Martyn is a self-employed barrister and was called to the bar in 1978 and is a member of Gray's Inn.
Robin Hunter-Clarke LLB (Hons) PgDip
Senior Clerk of Chambers
Robin holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Chester and a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the University of Law.