General Terms and Conditions

Contractual Terms

The Code of Conduct provides that barristers are obliged under the Cab Rank Rule to accept instructions from a professional client which are on either (a) the Standard Contractual Terms for the Supply of Legal Services by Barristers to Authorised Persons 2020 (the “Bar Council Terms”); or (b) terms which a barrister or the barrister’s chambers have published as the barrister’s standard terms of work.

For the purposes of the Cab Rank Rule, barristers at 39 Essex Chambers will accept instructions on the Bar Council Terms which can be downloaded here.

Barristers at 39 Essex Chambers will consider alternative terms of engagement on a case by case basis and in particular on the contractual terms agreed between the Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR) and the City of London Law Society (CLLS). A copy of the COMBAR/CLLS terms can be downloaded here and the guidance notes to the terms can be downloaded here.


Each barrister is VAT registered. If you would like further details, please contact Lindsay Scott.

Professional Indemnity Insurance

All practicing barristers in these Chambers maintain (as a minimum) professional liability insurance provided by the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund, managed by the Bar Mutual Management Company, 90 Fenchurch Street, London EC3M 4ST. Territorial coverage is worldwide, subject to the terms of cover of the Bar Mutual.