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Instructing Us


Our aim is to make instructing us as simple and transparent as possible. Our clerks will guide you through the process in a helpful and friendly manner, using their many years of experience to ensure you receive the appropriate representation.

We are able to accept instructions from solicitors and other authorised litigators, legal departments and in-house lawyers. We are also often instructed by lawyers from other jurisdictions.

Licensed professionals can instruct barristers under the Licensed Access scheme, and individuals and members of the public may use the Direct Access scheme.

We adhere to the “cab rank rule”, which imposes upon barristers the obligation to accept instructions from anyone who, through an appropriate instruction, wishes to engage their services in an area of law in which they practise.

We will not accept an instruction that is in breach of the Bar Standards Board’s Equality & Diversity Code.

Terms of work

We generally work under The Standard Contractual Terms for the Supply of Legal Services by Barristers to Authorised Persons 2012, a copy of which can be found here.

However, we appreciate that these may not be appropriate to all our clients. As such, we welcome the opportunity to enter into bespoke terms, usually based on the COMBAR terms, as we have already in place with many of our clients. Please do not hesitate to contact the Senior Clerk, Tony Hill, should this be of interest to you.

When instructed by professional clients, we do so on the understanding that instructions are accepted on the terms found here.

Conditional fee agreements

We accept instructions under conditional fee agreements in personal injury, clinical negligence, commercial, property and chancery-related cases. Each case is assessed individually and if the barrister does not wish to enter into the agreement they will take the time to discuss the matter with you or, alternatively, provide a short note explaining their decision.


Postal address:
Ropewalk Chambers
24, The Ropewalk,
Nottingham, NG1 5EF.

Telephone: +44 (0) 115 947 2581

Fax: +44 (0) 115 947 6532

Document Exchange:
DX: 10060 Nottingham 17


Opening hours: 8:00am to 6:00pm

Out of hours:
Tony Hill – 07850 086097
Alan Odiam – 07771 603929

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