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15 Aug 17 #495512 by .Charles
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Namratha wrote:
....however, I wanted to ask, if it was OK, To pay upfront,(that is the total cost),
So is that normal practice,,?

It depends how the barrister is instructed. If you are instructing a solicitor and your solicitor instructs the barrister - the barrister is unlikely to require the fee up front (although it would not be unusual for the solicitor to want the barrister's fee from you before the barrister starts the work).

However, if a litigant in person is instructing a barrister direct, it would be usual to require the fee up front.

The reason for this is that a client is an unknown entity and providing a line of credit to someone you don't know is a poor business strategy.

As an analogy, a food supplier is unlikely to provide a line of credit to a new restaurant. Usually, there would have to be a supply of goods and payment by return before credit is even considered. This is good business practice as it reduces risk.


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15 Aug 17 #495519 by Namratha
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Hi Charles and U6c00,
Very grateful for the timely answers.
I now get it,& - it has become clearer.
So I can rest assured that on the day there will not be any, ill feelings.
Am still a bit uneasy,, coz I know who I am dealing with.
Still am up for it and as I have been allcated a Barrister, I can be some what at ease.
Thanks again for the words of wisdom.

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