About Me

Whilst historically I am perhaps best known for defending clients in criminal proceedings, I have ample experience of acting for clients in all manner of commercial, civil, regulatory and family proceedings.

Contact me

The following are invited to contact me for a quote for my services by telephone, by email or by post at the contact details provided below:

  • Solicitors or other practising lawyers.
  • Licensed Access clients, who may either hold a licence issued by the Bar Standards Board, or be a member of a professional body which has been recognised by the Bar Standards Board.
  • Members of the public who wish to instruct a barrister under the Public Access scheme.

I will provide you with a quote as soon as possible. I always aim to set out quotes clearly, but if you receive your quote and there is something you do not understand, please contact me.

Fees

Fees for a senior Queen`s Counsel are a function of the hours spent in preparation, the number of days spent in court (where applicable), and the importance and complexity of the case generally. Accordingly they can only ever be calculated on a case by case basis.

I most often charge an all-inclusive fixed fee for privately funded work in the areas of practice set out above. In such cases I work under the standard default terms provided by the Bar Council, known as The Standard Contractual Terms for the Supply of Legal Services by Barristers to Authorised Persons 2012 (Updated for the GDPR in 2018) which may be found online at the link below and is enclosed if you have requested this information in hard copy:

https://www.barcouncilethics.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/22.05.18-approved-contractual-terms-for-GDPR-pdf2.pdf

On occasion I charge an hourly rate by agreement. 

Please note I am unable to accept legal aid cases.

For more information, please contact me. I am pleased to discuss fees directly and informally with the solicitor and/or the client.

Timescales

Timescales for a case may vary depending on factors such as barristers’ availability, the type and complexity of the case, the other side’s approach and court waiting times.

Public Access

If you are a member of the public, the Bar Standards Board’s Public Access Guidance for Lay Clients may be found online at the link below and is enclosed if you have requested this information in hard copy:

https://www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/media/1666529/2._the_public_access_scheme_guidance_for_lay_clients.pdf

This will help you understand how the Public Access scheme works and explains how you can use it to instruct barristers directly.

 

Regulatory and Complaints Information

 

I am a barrister regulated by the Bar Standards Board. You can search the Barristers’ Register on the Bar Standards Board’s website here:

 

https://www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/regulatory-requirements/the-barristers'-register/

 

This shows (1) whether a barrister has a current practising certificate, and (2) whether a barrister has any disciplinary findings, which are published on the Bar Standards Board’s website in accordance with their policy. Alternatively, you can contact the Bar Standards Board on 020 7611 1444 to ask about this (or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

 

My complaints procedure may be found on my website at the link below and is enclosed if you have requested this information in hard copy:

 

http://www.goldbergqc.com/complaints.html

 

My complaints procedure also provides information on:

 

  • Any right you may have to complain to the Legal Ombudsman (LeO) – the independent body which can help you if you have complained to your lawyer and are not happy with their response;
  • How to complain to the LeO; and
  • Any time limits for making a complaint.

 

You can also search the decision data on the LeO’s website here:

 

https://www.legalombudsman.org.uk/raising-standards/data-and-decisions/#ombudsman-decision-data

 

This shows providers which received an ombudsman’s decision in the previous calendar year, and whether the LeO required the provider to give the consumer a remedy. Alternatively, you can contact the LeO on 0300 555 0333 to ask about this or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Further Information and Contact Details

For further information, or for a hard copy of the information on this page, please contact me by telephone on +44 (0) 7831 586 273, by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or by post addressed to me at PO Box 61360, London N6 6DH.