Profile

I am an independent barrister practising from my own chambers. Having practised as a solicitor for approximately 7 years and with a total of circa 13 years of experience in civil and commercial litigation, I am comfortable dealing with a wide variety of lay clients.

I aim to reply to all queries within 24 hours, often earlier. With low overheads, I am able to offer low fees for my services. In the vast majority of cases I will act on a fixed fee basis, so the client will know exactly what they will have to pay and what services they will receive.

My website, www.joe-chiffers.co.uk, provides more information about my background and experience. The following is taken from the 'My Practice Section' of the website:

My areas of expertise include

1. Landlord & Tenant Claims (for Residential & Commercial, acting for Landlords or Tenants)
2. Breach of Contract Claims
3. Employment Claims
4. Personal Injury Claims
5. Tortious Claims (e.g. Defamation, Negligence & Nuisance)
6. Property Disputes (e.g. boundary disputes, rights of way disputes, restrictive covenants and co-ownership disputes)
7. Debt Recovery Work
8. Insolvency

Below are some concrete examples of the types of service that I can provide (the list is not exhaustive):

1. Drafting terms and conditions
2. Attending trials or hearings as your advocate
3. Advising you on the strengths of a potential claim that you wish to bring or need to defend
4. Advising you on settling an existing or potential claim
5. Drafting the documents required to issue a claim
6. Drafting a defence
7. Having conduct of all or part of your proceedings (whichever is more suitable to you)
8. Drafting witness statements, applications or other complicated litigious documents
9. Providing you with an advice, face to face, in writing or both
10. Providing you with advice and assistance, for active proceedings

Numbers 2-9 above are in relation to civil and commercial litigation. If your matter does not involve family law, criminal law, conveyancing, drafting of wills or estate administration, then I can probably deal with it. In rare cases, where your instructions are within my practice area but beyond my competence, I have the right to brief other barristers. This might be of assistance to you, where the other barrister is not authorised to accept direct access work.

Small Claims Hearings

Many barristers and solicitors, will not deal with small claims proceedings because this is not cost effective for them. However, this does not apply to me as my overheads are very low. As stated in the “Benefits of Instructing Me” section, to ensure cost effectiveness, you can conduct part of the proceedings yourself and provide me with discrete instructions, for instance you can instruct me just to attend the small claims hearing.

Fees

To enable me to put forward an appropriate fee proposal to you, I will need understand your case. To understand your case, I will need to review your paperwork and often have a discussion with you; I will not charge you for this process, although as I am sure you will appreciate, a review is not supposed to be a substitute for proper advice or a free service.

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