WHAT DO BARRISTERS
- We give legal
advice either in writing or face to face.
- We draft legal
instruments including key documents in
- We provide
advocacy services in court or in arbitrations,
adjudications, mediation, early neutral
evaluation, formal negotiation or any other form
of dispute resolution in which you may be
WHEN SHOULD I
INSTRUCT A BARRISTER?
- Instruct us as
soon as you know you are involved in a legal
dispute. Instructing a barrister at the outset
ensures your case starts out in the right
direction. Just as careful pre- planning can
minimise the time and costs of a journey to
places never previously visited, so benefiting
from John Pugh's experience at the outset of the
dispute resolution practice can save you
considerable time and cost.
- Also, consider
instructing us at stages
in the case where key decisions need to be made
and key documents drafted.
- Solicitors will
often deny you access to a barrister until you
to be represented in a trial or at a mediation
or in negotiations but by then harm has often
been done. Early access to a barrister can do
more than anything else to avoid the costs of
trials, mediations and the like.
- Consider also
instructing a barrister for advice prior to entering upon
negotiations yourself so you now your legal and
evidential strengths and weaknesses.
WHY INSTRUCT A
Barristers work at the ‘sharp end’ of litigation
in court from day to day. This experience enables
- Provide you
with an early realistic risk assessment.
- Give you a case
plan to work to.
- Make strategic
decisions and tactical deployments during the
dispute resolution or litigation.
- Conduct your
case in court.
- Advise you upon
(and take over if your wish) your negotiations.
HOW CAN I MAKE
BEST USE OF MY BARRISTER?
Use your barrister in much the same way a
solicitor does but:
him/her much earlier in the litigation process
that a solicitor would, i.e. as soon as you know
you are involved in a legal dispute.
- Let your
barrister advise you whether, and if so when you
will need a solicitor.
- Remember that
if you wish you can use a barrister behind the
scenes so as not to escalate a dispute
unnecessarily with your opponent.
- Barristers can
always help you prepare for negotiations and
advise on how to draft settlement terms that are
WHERE CAN I MEET
- For legal
advice, you can request advice face to face in
chambers, or by pre-arranged telephone
conference ,or at your own offices in which case
travel cost and time will be added.
negotiations or dispute resolution activity we
will meet you wherever it is happening.
- In court or at
arbitrations, adjudications or in mediations we
will usually meet before the event.
- Most pre-trial
hearings in litigation can be conducted by your
barrister for you by telephone from his/her
SHOULD I USE?
- Find out about
a barrister’s areas of practice from the Bar
- John Pugh’s
areas of practice include disputed commercial
debt claims, especially contract disputes,
employment agency and other contingency fee
- He also
specialises in disputed consumer credit claims
including Unfair Relationships, Unfair Contract
Agreements and PPI and Mortgage mis-selling.
- Always inform
us of any deadlines you need to meet or court
dates you have been given, at the earliest
opportunity, to ensure that we can undertake
your work in time.