Status, Confidentiality & Advice

The Status of Barristers and Barristers’ Chambers

As is standard practice in England, the barristers at 3 Verulam Buildings are self-employed individuals who practise from a set of chambers which provides practice management and administrative support.  The barristers are neither partners nor employees.  3VB is not a “firm” or “company” and has no legal personality.  The use of the terms “we”, Chambers” or “3VB” on this website and elsewhere is not intended to suggest the contrary, but only to refer to the collection of individuals who practice from this set of chambers.

Each barrister at 3VB is registered with the Bar Standards Board (BSB), the regulatory body for barristers in England & Wales, and is subject to the Code of Conduct contained in the BSB Handbook; the Barristers’ Register and the Handbook are available on the BSB website.

Confidentiality and Conflicts

If instructed by you, we take all steps to protect the confidentiality of the information that you send or give us. We operate a policy requiring our Practice Managers to check for possible conflicts of interest before allocating work to or accepting work on behalf of a particular barrister. If you have any concern that there might be a conflict of interest in relation to any instructions that you wish to send us, please check with our Practice Managers by telephone or e-mail before sending us any confidential information in whatever form. In any case, your instructions will not be accepted until a conflicts check has been conducted, and we will not consider ourselves to be retained by you or your client until one of our Practice Managers has confirmed that there is no conflict and the instructions can be accepted. For the avoidance of doubt, the members of 3VB will, from time to time, accept instructions to act on a matter where another member of 3VB is acting on a different side of the dispute or transaction. This is normal practice at the English Bar, and flows from the fact that we are independent practitioners. In such situations, we will apply established systems to ensure that there is no breach of client confidentiality resulting from the fact that we practise from the same premises.

Legal Advice

Members of Chambers will only give legal advice when instructed appropriately and in relation to a specific matter or case – please see the Contractual Terms & Instructions page.  Any statements on this website, in other publications or in talks or seminars given by barristers from 3VB or made otherwise than pursuant to such instructions must not be relied upon as being legal advice intended to be acted upon. You are strongly advised to take specific legal advice on any case or matter with which you are concerned and not to rely on any such non-specific statements.

Status, Confidentiality & Advice