About Trinity Chambers

Trinity Chambers is proud of its reputation as being one of the leading sets of barristers’ chambers in the North of England.

Endorsed by the leading legal directories:

"All clerks within the Chambers are extremely friendly and will try to accommodate any specific requests. There is often a wide selection of Counsel available and they are happy to take the time to discuss the needs of individual cases and advise on Counsel they consider most suited. They are prompt in responding to communications and will forward on information which they consider may be of interest."
Legal 500

"An excellent chambers and clerking service: they are always attentive and can offer a very wide range of expertise." "The clerks are very approachable and user-friendly, readily available and efficient with invoicing. You really feel you know where you stand with them."
Chambers & Partners

This is a reputation we have won by investing in staff, services and facilities, by implementing a robust administration and clerking structure, and, crucially, by supplying high-quality legal advice and advocacy.

Trinity was the first chambers north of London, and only the fourth in the country, to be awarded the General Council of the Bar’s BarMark involving an annual review of all aspects of practice management, client care and regulatory compliance as assessed and reported upon by the British Standards Institution.

Trinity Chambers has the Investors in People and Cyber Essentials Plus accreditations.

Since our establishment in 1954, we have consistently grown so that we now offer a broad spectrum of specialisation, expertise and experience, with consistently high quality across the board.

Facilities

Trinity Chambers provides the following facilities:

  • In Trinity (Newcastle) there are 7 conference rooms with a capacity of 4 to 12 people that are available in and out of published working hours. All rooms have Internet access and telephones. Trinity (Teesside) has 1 conference room. These rooms, subject to availability, can be hired at a nominal rate through Chambers' Director.
  • Conferences can be arranged through the clerks at an appropriate venue and time.
  • Trinity's premises in Newcastle, Teesside and Leeds have audio conferencing facilities. Trinity (Newcastle) also has a video conferencing suite with seating for either 6 or 30 people. These facilities can be hired through the clerks (info@trinitychambers.co.uk) or 0191 232 1927. 
  • Trinity (Newcastle) has seminar rooms with a capacity for 40 people.

Chambers' Policies

Trinity Chambers operates to the following policy undertakings:

Trinity Chambers is committed to treating everyone fairly and to creating an inclusive working environment that is open to all and does not discriminate on the grounds of protected characteristics and/or social, economic or educational background or circumstances. In particular, we will not tolerate unlawful discrimination on the grounds of race, sex, disability, pregnancy and maternity, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership, gender reassignment, age, religion or philosophical belief.

Furthermore, we recognise that workplace diversity is essential to a strong and commercially successful Chambers. For Trinity Chambers, this means the following:-

  • Selecting the best barristers and staff from the widest possible pool
  • Retaining those barristers and staff for the long-term and supporting their career aspirations
  • Ensuring there is no discrimination in the provision of services
  • Taking positive action where necessary to create and retain a strong, diverse workforce.

As one of our primary aims is for chambers to be more reflective of the society we serve, we specifically want to encourage applicants from under-represented groups including those who are state-educated, marginalised by race, are female or who have a disability.

Diversity Data Monitoring

The Bar Standards Board Code of Conduct requires all Chambers to collect and publish an anonymised summary of the diversity data relating to its workforce every three years. Our last survey was conducted in Q1 2024 and can be found here.

We use this data to identify the areas in which chambers needs to improve and to create a robust action plan to ensure that Trinity Chambers not only reflects the community we serve but also creates a working environment in which fairness and respect for each other’s differences is at the heart of our decision-making.

The responsibility for delivering our Equality & Diversity policies and procedures lies with our Equality & Diversity Committee.  The members are drawn from a range of practice groups within Chambers and from different levels of seniority and experience from KC to junior tenants. The committee was reconfigured in 2020, with the aim of reviewing and strengthening chambers’ equality and diversity policies and initiatives. This has resulted in the rollout of several training programmes for members and staff, and ongoing innovative and collaborative initiatives to work to address issues impacting the Bar as a whole. This has included a number of community outreach projects with the aim of making our members and our work more visible and better understood, with the ultimate aim of increasing diversity at the Bar.  

For questions relating to our equality and diversity policies or data, please contact Chambers on 0191 232 1927 and we will put you in touch with one of our Equality and Diversity Officers. We also welcome and encourage any suggestions which help us on our learning journey.

Current and Developing initiatives

In addition to regular training, Trinity is taking a number of steps to promote equality and diversity:-

  • We regularly review and update our policies to provide as much support as we can to our barristers and staff, e.g. through policies such as shared parental leave and our menopause policy.
  • We have introduced systems and processes to regularly monitor income and work distribution by sex and race based on the Bar Council’s Work Distribution Toolkit.
  • We are participants in the 10,000 Black Interns project.
  • We have a race equality working group in Chambers to identify and address any barriers to race equality.
  • Along with BHP Law, we led the roll-out of the Aspiring Advocates’ Programme in the North East in conjunction with colleagues from Dere Street Barristers and Fountain Chambers. In the summer term of 2022, we delivered a 6-week Aspiring Advocates’ Training Programme to Year 10 students at a state school on Teesside. It was designed to spark interest in a career in law for students from communities who are under-represented in the legal profession. Due to the success of the programme, we are rolling it out to other schools.
  • Our barristers regularly visit schools to provide informative talks on the profession and also speak at events promoting careers at the Bar for women. 
  • Chambers has commissioned and distributed through its website and social media (LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram) various video interviews to celebrate International Women's Day and Black History Month, as well as an interview with The Rt Hon. the Baroness Hale of Richmond DBE regarding the challenges she overcame in her successful career.

At Trinity Chambers, we recognise our duty to do as much as we can to challenge racism and take effective action to promote race equality and fairness, both in our own ranks and the wider community.

With this in mind, Trinity Chambers commits to:-

  • Taking positive action to promote race equality in the way we offer work experience opportunities and the way we recruit. This includes programmes such as the Pegasus Access and Support Scheme, the 10,000 Black Interns project and other initiatives.
  • Establishing a Race Equality Working Group to identify and address barriers to race equality and to promote positive behaviours based on our core values of equality, fairness and respect.
  • Making sure that race equality is an integral part of our Equality and Diversity training for all members and staff.
  • Putting systems in place to monitor work and income distribution data in order to identify and address any inequalities that may arise.
  • Providing opportunities to access a career in the legal profession through mentoring initiatives and through outreach work in our communities and schools, for example through the Aspiring Advocates’ Programme. This is a programme designed and led by members of Trinity Chambers and BHP Law in conjunction with colleagues from Dere Street Barristers and Fountain Chambers. It is a 6-week programme aimed at Year 10 students in state schools and is designed to spark their interest in justice and to pursue a career in the legal profession. It hopes to inspire young people to find their voice and become strong and effective advocates not just for others but also for themselves.
  • Commissioning and distributing a series of in depth interviews to celebrate Black History Month.

For questions relating to our race equality statement, please contact Chambers on 0191 232 1927 and we will put you in touch with one of our Equality and Diversity Officers. We also welcome and encourage any suggestions which help us on our learning journey.

The excellence of legal services is upheld through the mutual support of fellow practitioners in each practice group.

Practitioners may join practice groups, which are based on specific areas of law, once the group has deemed the applicant to be sufficiently trained and competent to uphold the standards of legal practice required by the group.

If an instruction has to be allocated to an alternative barrister, clients can be assured that the clerks will only put forward a barrister of the same practice group, if available, and so ensure that high standards of legal support are maintained.

Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) cases can be accepted by certain barristers of Trinity Chambers in accordance with the Bar Council's practice procedures.

Trinity Chambers´ comprehensive law library, both in paper and electronic form, ensures that barristers have access to the legal information, including law reports dating back to 1785 (in paper form only!).

Practice groups regularly provide seminars, both open and in-house, to clients whose details are held on our database. These seminars are accredited by the Law Society for CPD.

Conferences can be arranged to suit the client and lay client by being held either in Chambers or at the client's office.

Trinity Chambers´ opening hours are from 08:30 am to 6pm Mondays to Thursdays, and to 5:30pm on Fridays, less Bank Holidays.

Out of hours emergency contact can be made by telephoning 0191 245 0170.

By optimising secure technology, clients can leave messages for a barrister by using that barrister's individual email address (as shown on their profiles), or by leaving a telephone message which will be transferred to the barrister's mobile telephone.

All barristers and clerks are registered for Data Protection by the Commissioner.

Written instructions and briefs will be acknowledged in writing as having been passed to the agreed barrister within one working day of receipt.

Written instructions will be acted upon, and responded to, within 14 days unless an alternative time frame has been requested and agreed upon.

Urgent work will be completed to meet an agreed time scale.

Messages (telephone, faxes and e-mails) will be made available to barristers within one working hour of receipt.

Barristers will return calls to clients as soon as possible.

Clients will be kept informed of any significant changes, conflicts or other developments, and of any delays, promptly.

Only those barristers who have the appropriate seniority and expertise will be put forward by the clerks.

Clients will be informed as soon as possible of any potential difficulty that may result in a barrister not being available to attend a hearing.

All information received by the clerks will be regarded as being confidential in line with Chambers' procedures. Clients are requested to instruct the clerks should any special safeguards be required. Secure storage of particularly sensitive material is available with enhanced security facilities available through the clerks.

At Trinity Chambers, we recognise the importance of price to our professional and lay clients. Our barristers most often charge hourly rates or offer fixed fees for privately funded work. The setting of these rates depends on several factors, including:

  • Seniority/expertise of the barrister
  • Type of work involved
  • Complexity of the case
  • Value of the case
  • Urgency of the matter
  • Preparation time
  • Duration of any Court or Tribunal hearing or ADR matter including any conferences 
  • Any additional expenses

Ad hoc or one-off pieces of work are likely to be charged on an hourly basis, requests for specific work or representation at Court or Tribunal hearings or ADR matters will be offered at a fixed fee, dependent on your needs. All our fees, hourly rates and fixed fees are subject to VAT.

There may also be additional expenses involved in delivering the work, such as travel and overnight accommodation.

Indicative Prices

  • Hourly rates for advice, non-contentious work, Court and Tribunal advocacy range from £125 + vat to £600+ vat.
  • Fixed fees: Based on the work you have requested, a quote will be produced and agreed upon before any contract is exchanged and any work commenced.
  • Court & Tribunal Trials: You will be quoted for a ‘brief fee’ (preparation and day 1 of trial) and then a ‘refresher’ fee for each day following.
  • Any additional expenses such as travel and overnight accommodation, which will always be agreed in advance.
  • Clerks will advise in appropriate cases where the fee rates need to be varied depending upon the complexity of the case after consultation with counsel.
  • Fee notes will be rendered within seven days of the completion of the work unless otherwise agreed.

Our terms of engagement relate to our barrister’s fees across all of our key practice areas of Crime, Regulatory, Family and Civil Law and apply to hearings listed in the Magistrates Court, County Court, Crown Court, Higher Courts and Tribunals.

To obtain a specific quote please contact the clerks at info@trinitychambers.co.uk

For Direct Access matters (no solicitor involved) please contact fiona@trinitychambers.co.uk
Further information can also be found in the Bar Standards Board's Public Access Guidance for lay clients.

Our fees in privately funded cases fall due to be paid within one month of the fee note unless otherwise agreed or the matter is direct access where fees are generally paid in advance.

In relation to criminal fees, Trinity Chambers adopts the Bar Council's Graduated Fee Payment Protocol.

Since the date of its implementation on 31st January 2013, the barristers at Trinity work under the Standard Conditions of Contract.

Timescales

Each case will vary depending on factors such as barrister availability, court listing times, nature of the case etc. Most written work will be completed around 14 days following instructions unless notified otherwise should the matter be more complex and require additional preparation. You will be notified of the appropriate timescale on the receipt of instructions.

If you have any questions or concerns relating to these arrangements, please do not hesitate to contact Trinity Chambers’ Director, Tim Harris, tim.harris@trinitychambers.co.uk.

The aim of the barristers and staff of Trinity Chambers is to provide all of our clients with the highest level of service at all times. 

If at any point you become unhappy with the service we provide to you, then please inform us immediately so that we can do our best to resolve the problem for you. You can follow our complaints procedure detailed below.

If we are unable to resolve your complaint then you can have the complaint independently looked at by the Legal Ombudsman. The Legal Ombudsman investigates complaints about service issues with lawyers. It is not necessary to involve solicitors in order to make your complaint but you are free to do so should you wish. 

The Legal Ombudsman expects complaints to be made to them within one year of the date of the act or omission about which you are concerned or within one year of you realising there was a concern. You must also refer your concerns to the Legal Ombudsman within six months of our final response to you.

We must therefore have regard to that time frame when deciding whether we are able to investigate complaints.  

The Ombudsman will also only deal with complaints from consumers. This means that only complaints from the barrister's client are within their jurisdiction. Non-clients who are not satisfied with the outcome of the Chambers' investigation should contact the Bar Standards Board rather than the Legal Ombudsman.

It should be noted that it may not always be possible to investigate a complaint brought by a non-client. This is because the ability of Chambers to satisfactorily investigate and resolve such matters is limited and complaints of this nature are often better suited to the disciplinary processes maintained by the Bar Standards Board. Therefore, Chambers will make an initial assessment of the complaint and if they feel that the issues raised cannot be satisfactorily resolved through the Chambers complaints process they will refer you to the Bar Standards Board.

Complaints made by telephone

You may wish to make a complaint in writing and, if so, please follow the procedure in paragraph 7 below. However, if you would rather speak on the telephone about your complaint then please telephone the Chambers' Director. If the complaint is about the Chambers' Director you should telephone the Chair of the Complaints Panel, Miss Katherine Wood. The person you contact will make a note of the details of your complaint and what you would like done about it. She will discuss your concerns with you and aim to resolve them. If the matter is resolved she will record the outcome, check that you are satisfied with the outcome and record that you are satisfied. You may also wish to record the outcome of the telephone discussion in writing.

If your complaint is not resolved on the telephone you will be invited to write to us about it so it can be investigated formally.

Complaints made in writing

Please give the following details:

  • Your name and address;
  • Which member(s) of Chambers you are complaining about;
  • The detail of the complaint; and
  • What you would like done about it

Please address your letter to Mr Tim Harris, Chambers' Director. We will, where possible, acknowledge receipt of your complaint within two days and provide you with details of how your complaint will be dealt with.

Our Chambers has a panel headed by Miss Katherine Wood and made up of experienced members of Chambers and a senior member of staff, which considers any written complaint. Within 14 days of your letter being received the head of the panel or her deputy in her absence, will appoint a member of the panel to investigate it. If your complaint is against the head of the panel, the next most senior member of the panel will investigate it. In any case, the person appointed will be someone other than the person you are complaining about.

The person appointed to investigate will write to you as soon as possible to let you know he/she has been appointed and that he/she will reply to your complaint within 14 days. If he/she finds later that he/she is not going to be able to reply within 14 days he/she will set a new date for his/her reply and inform you. His/her reply will set out:

  • The nature and scope of his/her investigation;
  • His/her conclusion on each complaint and the basis for his/her conclusion; and
  • If he/she finds that you are justified in your complaint, his/her proposals for resolving the complaint.

Confidentiality

All conversations and documents relating to the complaint will be treated as confidential and will be disclosed only to the extent that is necessary. Disclosure will be to the head of Chambers, members of our management committee and to anyone involved in the complaint and its investigation. Such people will include the barrister member or staff who you have complained about, the head or relevant senior member of the panel and the person who investigates the complaint. The Bar Standards Board is entitled to inspect the documents and seek information about the complaint when discharging its auditing and monitoring functions.

Our Policy

As part of our commitment to client care, we make a written record of any complaint and retain all documents and correspondence generated by the complaint for a period of six years. Our management committee inspects an anonymised record regularly with a view to improving services.

Complaints to the Legal Ombudsman

If you are unhappy with the outcome of our investigation and you fall within their jurisdiction you may take up your complaint with the Legal Ombudsman, at the conclusion of our consideration of your complaint. The Ombudsman is not able to consider your complaint until it has first been investigated by Chambers. Please note that the Legal Ombudsman expects complaints to be made to them within one year of the date of the act or omission about which you are concerned or within one year of you realising there was a concern. You must also refer your concerns to the Legal Ombudsman within six months of our final response to you. You can access the decision data on the Legal Ombudsman's website here. You can write to them at: 

Legal Ombudsman 
PO Box 6806, 
Wolverhampton 
WV1 9WJ

Telephone number: 0300 555 0333 

Email: enquiries@legalombudsman.org.uk 

If you are not the barrister's client and are unhappy with the outcome of our investigation then please contact the Bar Standards Board at:

Bar Standards Board 
Professional Conduct Department 
289-293 High Holborn 
London 
WC1V 7JZ

Telephone number: 0207 6111 444

Website: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

You can also access the Barristers' Register here.

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