Q1. What sort of Employer can consult a barrister? Isn’t this something only big companies can do?

Barristers certainly do a lot of work for large companies, and we’re delighted those businesses keep coming back for advice, but that’s not the end of the story. Our counsel also act for Local Authorities, Charities, Housing Associations, the NHS and health sector employers, and businesses of all types and sizes – companies large and small, partnerships, and even sole traders. The barristers NoVate have access to can advise on any problem which might lead to litigation with employees.

Q2. Does it really pay to consult a Barrister if there might be a problem?

When you consult a barrister is entirely your choice. However, we know from experience that there are a huge number of pitfalls in Employment Law and Procedures, and if you set off on the wrong track, you’re in trouble. Anticipating a problem and taking some basic advice really can save time, stress and money – as our Case Studies show. Consulting us ‘Early’ can really be worthwhile.

Q3. How are barristers able to reduce your legal spend?

Barristers are self-employed professionals and NoVate members make sure that our administration overhead is spent effectively; we pride ourselves on running a tight business. Also, the hourly rate charged by barristers is generally significantly lower than the fee a solicitor of similar experience would charge.

Q4. Do I need to understand a lot of the legal jargon?

Our experience is that anyone running their own business or in a responsible position in a larger organisation is perfectly capable of giving the barrister the information required. We’re absolutely certain that our barristers can explain any complex parts of the law, face to face or in writing, in a way that a layperson can understand. Legal procedure? Your barrister will guide you through it.