Bar Council Annual Report 2016-17

Aim 2 - Debt recovery

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Debt recovery

In February 2017, the Bar Council launched a debt recovery panel to help barristers with payments owed to them by professional clients. Two law firms that specialise in this area – Thrings LLP and Veale Wasbrough Vizards (VWV) LLP - were initially appointed to the new panel, with more expected to sign up.

Both firms have demonstrated an understanding of the demands of the Bar and the delicacy required when seeking to recover fees from the professional client, in particular the sensitivities around preserving long-term commercial relationships. The Bar Council has no involvement in the cases. Its role is limited to promoting the availability of the panel. 

The panel provides different payment options, with firms working on a no-win, no-fee basis as well as at fixed up front rates, giving barristers the choice, depending on their individual preference and circumstances.

"The debt recovery panel will be an essential service for many barristers. As most of us are self-employed, income is essential to our livelihoods. Balanced against that is the need to maintain long-term commercial relationships with our professional clients. With that in mind, the law firms on the panel are adept at handling the sensitivities around debt recovery and are able to handle the recovery of fees owed to barristers delicately.”

- Chair of the Bar, Andrew Langdon QC

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