Barristers in chambers are regulated by the Bar Standards Board.
You can search the Barristers’ Register on the Bar Standards Board’s website by clicking here.
The Barristers’ Register is an online database which displays details of all barristers authorised to practise in England Wales and who have a current practising certificate. The register will display dates for which a barristers’ practising certificate is valid. It includes information about a barristers’ practising status, their practising address, the reserved legal activities they are authorised to undertake and whether they have been the subject of any disciplinary findings which are published on the website.
Alternatively, you can contact the Bar Standards Board on 020 7611 1444 to ask about this (or e-mail: ContactUs@BarStandardsBoard.org.uk ).
The register and other useful information can all be accessed by using the Legal Choices website. Legal Choices provides support by giving you independent and factual information about legal issues and lawyers.
St Philips Chambers Ltd is a service company which provides support to Barristers enabling them to provide advocacy and advisory legal services.
St Philips Chambers is registered for VAT. Our registered number is: 3647591
For further information on St Philips Chambers Ltd, please follow the link to Companies House: https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/03647591
Each barrister at St Philips Chambers is required to maintain their own professional indemnity insurance cover provided by the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund Ltd (BMIF). The level of cover held by each barrister will vary dependent upon the type of work they undertake. It is important to check the level of cover held by a barrister prior to instructing them as their individual liability (including Costs) will not under any circumstance exceed the amount actually recovered on a claim made under their professional indemnity insurance policy or policies.
More information about the BMIF can be found here.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO.) is the UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.
St Philips Chambers is registered with the ICO. Our Registration details are:
Individual Members of Chambers are also registered with the ICO. Please refer to their individual barrister profiles for further details.
More information about the ICO can be found here: https://ico.org.uk/
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In line with the Bar Standards Board’s new Equality and Diversity Rules of the Code of Conduct, St Philips Chambers hereby publish a summary of the data collected in 2020. The information shows data for both members of Chambers (including King’s Counsel) and members of staff (including Senior Managers). Whilst all members of Chambers and staff were invited to complete our Diversity questionnaire, some members did not disclose certain information, which is reflected in our ‘Un-disclosed’ sections. This data was published in June 2020 and we are required to publish up to date information every three years.
We are also proud to support the 10,000 Black Interns programme which aims to transform the horizons and prospects of young Black people in the UK by offering paid work experience across a wide range of industries, as well as world-class training and development.
St Philips Chambers affirms its commitment to recognising, addressing, and eradicating all forms of racism. We affirm that racism is dehumanising to everyone it touches.
We understand that bias can be unconscious and unintentional and that racism is the combination of social and institutional power in combination with racial prejudice. We acknowledge that identifying racism as an issue does not automatically mean that those involved in the act are racist or intended the negative impact.
As an anti-racist organisation, we will strive to identify, discuss, and challenge issues of race, colour, and ethnicity, and the impact they have on clients, staff, and members. We will challenge ourselves to understand and correct any inequities we may discover and gain a better understanding of ourselves.
We are resolved to affirm explicitly, and in united solidarity, our identity as an anti-racist organisation.
We are committed to individual and institutional exploration and examination of implicit bias and systemic advantage and oppression such that our anti-racism commitment be reflected in the life and culture of St Philips Chambers through our policies, programs, and practices.
We commit to the development and implementation of strategies and best practises to dismantle racism and ethnic oppression within all aspects of our organisation, community, and society.
A key element of our commitments is to create a working environment in which members, staff, and clients from all backgrounds can live and work free from prejudice, discrimination, and marginalisation.
To achieve our commitments, we will build on the work outlined in the Bar Standards Board’s Anti-Racist Statement to:
This statement has been made to demonstrate our commitment to holding ourselves accountable and taking action. Organisations claiming to be anti-racist must expect to be judged by the results of their actions and not just their intentions. St Philips Chambers is prepared to undertake that challenge.
Barristers in chambers are regulated by the Bar Standards Board.
In any modern business, managing wellbeing is non-negotiable. St Philips take the wellbeing of its barristers and staff very seriously.
In April 2018, St Philips established its Wellbeing Committee formed of 4 barristers, 2 clerks and 1 member of the administration team. The aim of the committee is to: (a.) further the interests of barristers, clerks and non-clerking staff members in respect of their physical, mental and emotional health; (b.) to promote opportunities for their personal and professional development; and to (c.) promote the cohesion and wellbeing of chambers.
The Wellbeing Committee identified 3 key needs which it felt required investment in order to continue to move forward as a successful, modern set of Chambers, with barrister and staff welfare at the forefront of its strategy:
What have Chambers done since the inception of the Wellbeing Committee?
In September 2018, Chambers was awarded a ‘Certificate of Recognition’ from the Bar Council, with the Wellbeing at the Bar Working Group commenting: “St Philips has a well-considered approach to wellbeing, establishing a committee with senior level buy-in to drive forward initiatives and maintain focus. We were particularly impressed with links made to a local charity that provides chaplaincy and listening services for barristers or staff.”
St Philips Chambers prides itself on the excellence of its service. If at any time you have any concerns about the quality of the services of our barristers or members of staff you are invited to let know as soon as possible. Any such concerns should be raised through our clerking team and, in particular through the senior clerk of the respective practice area.
If you feel that the concern or matter you have raised has not been dealt with to your satisfaction, then you may wish make a formal complaint, through our formal complaints procedure.
If you are still not satisfied, you may have the choice of taking up your complaint with the Legal Ombudsman – the independent body set up to help you if you have complained about your lawyer and are not satisfied with the response. Their website details how to complain and sets out any time limits for making a complaint:
You can also search the decision data on Legal Obudsman website via the link below:
This shows which providers of legal services received on Ombudsman’s decision in the previous 12 months.
Alternatively, you can contact the Legal Ombudsman on 0300 555 0333 or on: firstname.lastname@example.org
St Philips Chambers will always try and resolve disputes on behalf of their members. However, if the need arises, St Philips would encourage the use of the Bar Council’s ADR Service. More information can be found here: https://www.barcouncil.org.uk/support-for-barristers/support-in-disputes-arbitration-and-mediation.html