Support team

Support Team Testimonials

“Brilliant. Responsive and always helpful.” “The clerking is phenomenal.” Andrew Love is the senior clerk.

“They bend over backwards to help us. They’re always there, they’re very personable and they provide lots of support.” “Senior clerk Andrew Love is fantastic, pragmatic and understanding of clients’ needs.”

Chambers & Partners – 2019

The ‘reassuring’ senior clerk Andrew Love ‘understands the matters at hand very quickly – almost better than if you were explaining it to another solicitor – and is immediately able to suggest the right barrister or course of action’. A ‘great team leader’, Love helms a clerks’ room that has ‘gone up a notch in recent years’ and provides a ‘second-to-none’ service thanks to ‘some of the best clerks in London’.

Also in the team, deputy senior clerk Jamie Clack ‘could not be more helpful or responsive’; Antony Braeger is a ‘standout’ practice manager.

Solicitors also praise the set for its ‘excellent seminars’ and a ‘very well maintained’ website, which is ‘a useful resource for legal developments’.

Legal 500 – 2018

“The clerks are helpful and responsive, very flexible, and willing to do what’s necessary.” “Their clerking team is very responsive, always on the ball, very transparent on the fees, and always as accessible as possible. They’re A*.” Senior clerk Andrew Love is highly regarded, with interviewees saying: “Andrew is good at running the barristers and managing them. It makes life for us much easier when he is involved.”

Chambers & Partners – 2018

“Senior clerk Andrew Love ‘ensures that the standard of the whole set is excellent’. He is ‘personable, helpful, pragmatic and easy to get on with’, and rated by some as being ‘among the best clerks’. ‘Very smart, decisive and highly responsive’ deputy senior clerk Jamie Clack ‘grasps the outline of a brief very quickly, even in complex cases, which makes dealing with him very straightforward’. As a whole, the clerking team is ‘dynamic’, ‘extremely reliable’ and ‘regularly goes above and beyond’.”

Legal 500 – 2017

“The clerks are always very helpful in understanding a client’s needs and delivering a fast, friendly and expert service. Jamie Clack is swift to respond, commercially minded and attentive.” The clerking team is led by Andrew Love.

Chambers & Partners – 2017

“In March 2016, Andrew Love was promoted to senior clerk and Jamie Clack was promoted to deputy senior clerk, following Kim Janes’ retirement. Love ‘understands the way solicitors work and does everything to try to accommodate their needs’, and Clack is ‘lovely to work with’. As a team, ‘the clerks are excellent – easy to deal with and very pragmatic about costs and commercial issues’.”

Legal 500 – 2016

“The service is always exceptional…As a team they are very easy to deal with and very straightforward.”

“I believe two of the most important factors I look for in my dealings with clerks is responsiveness and commerciality in fees.  I believe that all the clerks that I have dealt with at 5RB have these two qualities in spades.”

Niri Shan, Partner, Taylor Wessing

Our clerking team is widely regarded as one of the best in the business with considerable experience in dealing with our areas of work. They are intimately aware of the needs of solicitors and the workings of the Court and have very strong and well-established links with the Court listing offices.

Working with our clients

Working with our clients

We aim to provide the highest possible service to our clients. Friendly and approachable, our experienced team is always available to help advise you on your choice of barrister.

Years of experience mean we are intimately aware of the needs of solicitors and the workings of the Court and have a very strong and well-established links with the Court listing offices.

We listen to our clients and we know how important it is for papers and telephone calls to be returned promptly. Confidentiality is of the utmost importance and we have procedures in place to ensure that it is maintained. Our Privacy Policy can be found here.  We work hard to keep you informed continually. We actively encourage feedback from our clients as we strive to provide an excellent service.

Barrister members of 5RB offer their services in accordance with the Bar Standards Code of Conduct.

Members of 5RB offer their services to clients under the Standard Contractual Terms for the Supply of Legal Services by Barristers to Authorised Persons 2012.  For new instructions from 25 May 2018 members of 5RB offer their services to clients under the updated Standard Terms, The Standard Contractual Terms for the Supply of Legal Services by Barristers to Authorised Persons 2012 (Updated for the GDPR in 2018)

The Standard Terms and a Guide to them are available on the Bar Council website here. 

Members of 5RB also from time to time offer their services to clients under the Combar Standard Contractual Terms. The current version for new instructions is Version 3, which can be found here.

Complaints Procedure

In the event you should have any cause for complaint, click here for 5RB‘s written complaints procedure or contact our senior clerk, Andrew Love, for a copy.

The Clerking Team

“I believe two of the most important factors I look for in my dealings with clerks is responsiveness and commerciality in fees.  I believe that all the clerks that I have dealt with at 5RB have these two qualities in spades.”

Niri Shan, Partner
Taylor Wessing

Our clerking team is widely regarded as one of the best in the business with considerable experience in dealing with our areas of work. They are intimately aware of the needs of solicitors and the workings of the Court and have very strong and well-established links with the Court listing offices.

 

Seminars and conferences

Seminars and Conferences

Conferences, Seminars and Talks

5RB are able to arrange for individual barristers and/or small groups to give talks on particular subjects on request that will attract CPD points. Recently, 5RB barristers have given talks concerning

  • The Defamation Act 2013
  • Data Protection and the GDPR
  • Libel and Jurisdiction
  • The new Copyright Regulations;
  • Pre-publication advice;
  • Human Rights and Privacy;
  • Disclosure, Evidence and Privilege; and
  • Recents developments in Defamation.

Members of chambers also appear at the leading conferences for media and communication law.

If you would be interested, please contact the clerks clerks@5rb.com.

Facilities
Our building in Gray’s Inn provides comfortable and spacious accommodation for conference and meetings in many of our members’ rooms. In addition, we have two dedicated conference rooms.

However members of 5RB are also happy to have conferences fixed at solicitors’ offices to suit their or their clients’ convenience, and on request arrangements can be made for the delivery or collection of papers to or from solicitors’ offices. We are also happy to arrange conference calls.

Technology

All Members of 5RB and clerks are contactable by email and drafts of documents can be collected or delivered on computer disk, or can be sent by e-mail, in most Microsoft Word or WordPerfect formats.

We are happy to accept instructions by email, but we would ask that you always telephone us in advance, and that you send all emails to Chambers’ main email address at clerks@5rb.com.

The Clerks’ room is equipped with a computerised fee and electronic diary system. Chambers operates an internal network and intranet providing access to the Clerks’ Room as well as law reports and judgments.

Fees

Fees

Fees in each case are considered individually and factors such as the time taken in preparation, reading and drafting and the importance and complexity of the case are all taken into account. Hourly rates for any particular barrister can be given on request, as well as estimates for specific items of work. The Clerks are happy to discuss fees and deal with any queries that may arise.

Conditional Fee Agreements

In appropriate cases, 5RB barristers will consider acting under Conditional Fee Arrangements, in accordance with the relevant legislation. We work with firms of solicitors who have experience of arranging after-the-event insurance, to protect the Claimant from liability for the costs incurred by the Defendant, and to protect the Defendant from being left without recourse for his costs, if successful in his defence.

Can you instruct us?

5RB have a team of barrister’s from QCs to Junior Counsel licensed to undertake public, professional and licensed access work. Our team have all completed the Bar Council’s accredited course.

What is Public Access?

You can now contact 5RB directly. Members of the public and commercial and non-commercial organisations are now able to instruct barristers directly on most civil matters. Bar Council rules changed in 2004 to allow members of the public to come direct to barristers for legal advice or representation without going through a solicitor or another qualified intermediary first. This is known as Public Access. Click here to read more about instructing us via the direct public access scheme.

The two other ways to instruct barristers are as follows:

  1. Professional Client Access. Solicitors, qualified in-house lawyers and other authorised litigators may instruct barristers directly either on behalf of clients or on their own account in any matter for all types of work.
  2. Licensed Access. Licensed access is a licensing system whereby organisations or individuals who are suitable to instruct barristers because they have expertise in particular areas of law can apply to the Bar counsel to be licensed to instruct barristers directly in those areas. The licensed access licensing scheme ensures that the referrer has the skills necessary and the facilities available to instruct the Bar direct.

Services available to overseas clients

Barristers of 5RB provide advocacy and advisory services direct to overseas lawyers, corporate clients and individuals in various countries including the United States, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Nigeria, and the West Indies.

We can

  • be instructed directly for timely, cost-effective advisory services within our specialist areas of law in England and Wales and the European Court of Human Rights;
  • advise and assist in litigation preparation;
  • provide specialist advice and assistance on the drafting, interpretation and enforceability of contracts governed by the law of England and Wales and other common law countries;
  • provide a 24/7 rapid response for all your pre-publication and urgent injunction issues;
  • provide mediation, alternative dispute resolution and arbitration services.

We understand how important it is to establish a relationship prior to need; therefore we encourage you to contact us to learn how we can help you BEFORE the need arises.

Availability

We offer a 24/7 service with a clerk and at least two barristers on call at all times. The clerks’ room is open from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm Monday to Friday.