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Hames Private Clients Limited is a bespoke law firm offering legal advice and services in a cost-effective way.
Tim Wallis, a barrister, seized the opportunity of innovation in the legal world to set up the company and to pass the benefits of this new approach to you.
We offer help not only with "private client work" (including tax, trusts, wills, contentious estates and the Court of Protection), but also general civil litigation, some employment law and family issues.
We accept instructions both from solicitors, in-house legal departments and other professional clients representing others as well as directly from members of the public, commercial and non-commercial organisations in accordance with the Bar Council's Public Access scheme. The Public Access Guidance for Lay Clients is available on the Bar Standards Board website here. You can also view a list of authorised barristers on the Bar Council's Barrister's Register here.
You can contact us with your details and information about the work you would like us to undertake by email, letter or telephone (see the "Contact Us" page). Please do not send original documents at this stage as we cannot accept responsibility for their safe keeping. When we have all the necessary information, we will carefully consider it and then confirm whether we are able to assist and, if so, how the process works, an estimated time scale (which may be determined by factors such as court timetabling, the urgent nature of your matter, commitments to other clients, our respective availabilities for a meeting, the need for expert reports such as from an actuary, etc.) and how much it will cost. VAT is not charged. Regretfully, we cannot accept any publicly funded work (otherwise known as legal aid) and we do not offer conditional fee arrangements.
Hames Private Clients Limited prides itself on giving fixed fee quotes whenever possible and to be clear on your costs at every stage of the legal process. If a fixed fee cannot be given, we will quote an hourly rate for the work, dependent upon the complexity and urgency of the matter. The fee will be confirmed in a letter of engagement, which will be sent to you, together with our terms and conditions of business. We do not undertake any work for you and do not accept liability for your case until the terms and conditions of business have been signed and returned to us by you, confirming that you do wish to go ahead.
If a fixed fee is given and additional work beyond the initial instruction is required or the matter becomes protracted or more complex than envisaged, it may be necessary to review that fixed fee with you. We will consult you as to any additional cost before incurring costs in excess of the initial fixed fee.
In addition to our fees there may be payments due to third parties, which are known as "disbursements". Disbursements include items such as court fees, Land Registry fees, fees for expert reports etc. We will guide you about these and the likely cost in your individual case.
We are proud of our reputation for providing a quality professional service. If, however, you have any feedback for us or wish to make a complaint, please click here for our policy.
We are regulated by the Bar Standards Board (ER 130691) and meet all required professional standards of practice and insurance.