TEACHERS DEFENCE SERVICE
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11a. By using this website, you agree that the sole location and forum for any dispute resolution will be the courts of England and Wales, UK.
11b. The website is not a substitute for legal advice. You should obtain legal advice in all circumstances and not rely on the contents of this website.
WORK, BRIEFS AND FEES
12. Our barristers will send you a client care letter if you are a lay client before undertaking any work. If you are a solicitor our standard terms will apply. The current standard contract as set our by the Bar Council will be the terms on which we will accept work: Standard Terms for Instructions By Solicitors. All briefs must be in good order. This website is not an offer to undertake a particular element or piece of work. We are an ethical organisation and seek to achieve high standards in all that we do. We undertake work throughout England and Wales and in some other jurisdictions.
12.a. Our barristers, subject to availability, may agree with you to discuss your case and review your papers to have a preliminary discussion. This service is not to provide legal advice and will be more of a scoping out as to what needs to be done and possible legal fees. Legal fees are not always going to be predictable but we can seek to provide ballpark figures where possible.
12.b Our principle lawyers are regulated (by the Bar Standards Board) in England and Wales and can undertake all legal work in those countries. Dependent on the regulations of a particular country of the UK, we can advise and represent you in certain matters related to Teaching anywhere in the UK. Regulations permit us to represent teachers before the teaching regulators of the four countries of the United Kingdom. We also work with lawyers in Scotland and Northern Ireland where they may be better suited to advise and represent you in relation to some areas of law, and in appeals. We can often work with your own established lawyer, to advise you on legal and regulatory matters relating to teachers. Contact us to see how we can assist you.
12.c. Our lawyers carry indemnity insurance for the legal services work carried out. All claims and disputes are reserved to be determined in the jurisidiction of England and Wales.
12.c. Our lawyers charge hourly rates, generally billed in six minute units, except where a fixed fee is agreed. Where possible we will agree a fixed fee so that costs are predictable. It is not generally possible to provide a fixed fee at the outset of a case but we may be able to provide a fixed fee service for certain stages of the case.
12.d Our lawyers’ rates start from £150 an hour, rising to up to £500 an hour, depending on the level of work and the seniority of the lawyer needed. Some of our lawyers charge additional VAT at 20%. All of our lawyers are self employed and work independently under the ‘corporate banner’ of Teachers Defence Service and Trident Chambers.
COMPLAINTS, COMPLIANCE, EQUALITY STATEMENT
13.Complaints and compliments can be sent to our clerks. See our complaints policy for more details.
14. We are required by national law to ascertain the identity of individuals. See our compliance page for more details.
15. We treat our clients and staff equally. See our equality page for more details.
16. Beware of scams that use our barristers’ names and addresses. We do not arrange jobs for other organisations or people, we do not have any dealings with lotteries or wills, or ask for money for services connected with immigration, prizes, lotteries or inheritences. Report scams to the police in your jurisdiction.
Teachers Defence Service, May 2020