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Frequently Asked Questions

Open Counsel provides expert legal advice and advocacy services. It is a team of passionate barristers and legal assistants, well experienced in different areas of law. We provide expertise on law and procedure in a wide range of legal areas including civil, property, family, criminal, immigration and motor defence law.
A barrister is a specialist lawyer with expertise in law, procedure and court room advocacy. Barristers at Open Counsel include Ousman Noor and Bethan Rogers.In senior courts, barristers are recognizable by their distinctive wig and gown.  The profession is centuries old and famous barristers include Mahatma Gandhi, Tony Blair and Margaret Thatcher.
Barristers provide specialist legal advice and represent their clients in court and through written legal advice. The role of a barrister is to structure and articulate their client’s view of events into legal arguments and to make persuasive representations which obtain the best possible result for their client. Examples of the work barristers do include:
  • Advising clients about the strength of their legal case based on considerable amount of legal research.
  • Holding conferences with clients to discuss their case thoroughly followed by a legal advice
  • Representing clients in court and pleading the case on their behalf
  • Negotiating settlements with other party
  • Issuing proceedings in court

Barristers are now able to conduct litigation on behalf of their clients too. This means that they can issue proceedings in any court, correspond with the opposition, instruct experts and provide a comprehensive one stop litigation service for members of the public.

Barristers and solicitors are both lawyers. However, only approximately 15% of lawyers are barristers and 85% are solicitors. Barristers are trained and experienced in court room advocacy and providing specialist legal advice. However in 2014, barristers became able to conduct litigation including providing nearly all the same services that a solicitor is able to provide.
You can send details of your case and related documents to Open Counsel either through e-mail or post.Email address: admin@opencounsel.co.uk

Address:  Open Counsel, 78 Cromer Street, London, WC1H 8DR.

Confidentiality is a fundamental principle of our relationship with our clients. We cannot reveal clients’ oral or written statements to anyone without our clients’ consent or by a specific court order. Clients need to feel confident about the disclosure of any relevant information to us in order to give the best possible advice.
We have a full breakdown of our fees for various areas of law on our website at: http://www.opencounsel.co.uk/fees/ If you have any questions please call us on 0203 490 0350.
We are currently only able to accept payments by bank transfer, cheque or cash.
If you want to talk to a barrister to discuss the merits of your case, you can book a consultation with an expert barrister by calling us on 0203 490 0350. We can arrange for a conference of a minimum of 30 minutes at your earliest convenience. At Open Counsel we operate a transparent, fixed-fee price structure. The fee for our services must be paid up-front.
To cancel, change or delay your booked service, please contact us on 0203 490 0350.
If you are dissatisfied with our service, you can make a complaint by sending us an email on admin@opencounsel.co.uk. Alternatively, you can write to us at: Open Counsel 78 Cromer Street London WC1H 8DR

If you are unhappy with the way your complaint is dealt with you are able to contact the regulatory body governing barristers at the Bar Standards Board. Please visit https://www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/complaints-and-professional-conduct/ for further information.