Kenworthy's Chambers is successful and approachable barristers' chambers which are committed to working in partnership with its clients and delivering the highest standard of advocacy and service on a national level. We pride ourselves in delivering a first class service to our clients. It is the policy of Kenworthy's chambers to ensure that the needs, concerns and interests of the client are always paramount and discharged to the best of our ability by our clerks, administration staff and individual members of chambers.
Members are organised into practice groups covering the main areas of law for the provision of services. The terms and conditions of business and timescales for completion of work are set out on our client care letter which is delivered to all clients at the booking stage of any case. It is our policy to keep clients informed with progress and with any anticipated problems.
We welcome your comments on our performance and want to know if it meets your expectations. If you are satisfied with our service please complete the feedback form with your comments Click here.
You can download a full copy of our complaints policy and procedure Click here.
The clerks at Kenworthy's are experienced and knowledgeable. Directed by Practice Manager-Maria Rushworth, they are able to advise clients when required on choosing the most suitable member and assist with all enquiries.
When you contact chambers to book counsel the clerks will be able to advise you on the most appropriate person to undertake your matter. Should you enquire as to a specific counsel, the clerks will inform you of the individual's diary availability.
Chambers operates a strict policy against “double booking”. If a client requests a diary booking which conflicts with an existing diary entry, the existing entry will be disclosed and the second booking will be accepted only with the client’s full consent. The clerks have excellent working relationships with all court staff and are usually able to ensure that hearings are fixed for the appropriate Barrister. There are genuine occasions when a case may have to be returned to another barrister - for example, when a case has over-run or listing changes made by the Court/Judge. Change of counsel will be avoided in every way possible and every effort will be made with listing officers/the court to accommodate hearings and avoid cases being returned. If all fails our clerks will suggest suitable alternative counsel and will keep you notified throughout.
Members of Kenworthy's Chambers are instructed by a wide variety of clients and entities. Our extensive experience includes instructions in all types of work from various legal professionals, from solicitors to barristers to accountants.
Other instructions may arise from an established relationship with a barrister, recommendation by a client, or following discussion with one of the clerking team about who would be best placed to work on a matter.
DIRECT PUBLIC ACCESS
Large proportion of our Barristers have undertaken the appropriate training and are now able to accept direct access instructions with an increasing level of work from companies, businesses and members of the public. They may now take advantage of our services and instruct barristers directly for legal advice and representation without having to go through a solicitor or another intermediary professional first. This is called Public Access. It has been introduced to increase access to the legal system by the public and is part of a wider scheme to make it easier and more economical for the general public to access legal advice.
Further information on Public Access Guidance for lay clients can be found on the Bar Council website.
As of January 2014, Public Access rules also apply to instructions received from a lay foreign client or a lay client in England and Wales in relation to a foreign matter.
Kenworthys Chambers has a number of barristers who are qualified to accept Direct Public Access instructions. The barrister will be able to draft documents, give written advice and provide advocacy services in courts and tribunals. Please click on link for full details of members and area’s of expertise
Members of Chambers also accept instructions via the Bar Council’s Licensed Access scheme from professionals such as surveyors, accountants, engineers, and planners etc. who have been granted a licence to instruct a barrister directly. Full details can be found by clicking on link www.barcouncil.org.uk/instructing-a-barrister/licensed-access/.
TERMS OF BUSINESS
The Members of Kenworthy's Chambers provide this information in accordance with their obligations under the Provision of Services Regulations 2009. It includes important information as to its terms of business which will took effect from 31st January 2013.
Members of Chambers are individual self-employed barristers each of whom is regulated by the Bar Standards Board. The BSB website address is: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk. You will find full details on BSB website of the Code of Conduct which regulates the professional behaviour and standards of all barristers. Individual members of Chambers are all members of the Bar Council of England and Wales, an organisation which provides representation, support and services for barristers.
STANDARD TERMS WITH SOLICITORS AND OTHER AUTHORISED PERSONS
Our barristers accept instructions based on the New Standard Contractual Terms for the Supply of Legal Services by Barristers to Authorised Persons, a full copy of which can be downloaded Click here.
Where services are provided under a public funding certificate or other statutory arrangement then the Standard Contractual Terms 2012 will not apply. The relevant statutory provisions will govern the relationship between barristers and their instructing solicitors.
PERSONAL INJURY/CLINICAL NEGLIGENCE
Where a standard CFA trade agreement exists between APIL (the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) and PIBA (Personal Injury Bar Association) in personal injury cases, then the latest agreement will generally govern the relationship between barrister and solicitor.
PUBLIC ACCESS AND LICENSED ACCESS
If you are not a solicitor or other “authorised” person (i.e. one regulated by the Law Society or SRA), then Chamber's default position is that the barrister will provide services to you either under our standard Public Access agreement (if you are a member of the public) or under the standard Licensed Access agreements (which apply to members of professional bodies such as the Royal Town and Country Planning Association and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors).
For The Bar Council’s Public Access Scheme guidance for Lay Clients Click here.
The Bar Council’s licensed terms Click here.
PROFESSIONAL INDEMNITY INSURANCE
All barristers in Chambers have professional indemnity insurance to a minimum level of £500,000, although many barristers have additional indemnity insurance in excess of the minimum. Insurance cover is provided by Bar Mutual which can be contacted via www.barmutual.co.uk.