BabyB LPlate improvedToday I was involved in a tiny case involving a small road traffic accident.  Which made it all the more surprising that I found myself against a barrister who was fifteen years call and according to the costs schedule was being paid £2,000 for the day compared to my £350. The thing is, it’s not that I’m a terrible barrister or anything although I don’t pretend to be particularly good either. But this barrister was a veritable Rolls Royce from the start and there is nothing more to say than that he absolutely wiped the floor with me. Kind of like putting a kid in the ring with Mike Tyson and telling him to make the best of it.

Which does make me wonder exactly what is the price of justice.  Today it was two grand. On another day, maybe less. If the stakes are higher, I’m sure it could be in the millions. But whatever it is, there’s a price. Otherwise, why would people spend big bucks on big lawyer? Certainly not as some sort of kind charitable gesture to lawyers. As I’ve said so many times. It’s all about the money.

Maybe we should be open and transparent about it and just stick justice on eBay and see what it fetches? Sell it down the Swanee river once and for all and be done with it.

August 10, 2016 · Tim Kevan · 3 Comments
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  1. John P - May 21, 2008

    Assuming Baby B is a competent barrister, and charged what he felt was a fair fee for his services, this entry proves the point that you get what you pay for. His client’s opposition was prepared to pay a Rolls-Royce price, and seems to have got it as they had a win. I know that paying high all the time doesn’t necessarily guarantee victory, but the appointment to silk is meant to indicate that the appointee is in the top of the field and in ths instance that claim seems justified.

  2. Abigail - May 21, 2008

    Take comfort in the fact that some people will be able to buy a win by paying you £350 against a party litigant, or even perhaps a solicitor. Also enjoy the valuable experience of seeing what a Rolls Royce service looks like, and emulate it.

  3. Old Sweat - May 21, 2008

    Presumably this was a small claim, given what you say,so the winner will have had to pay £2,000 out of their compensation (or their insurers did)and recovered none of it. A very big dent in what was only ever compensation not a windfall.
    And hurtful to professional pride though it may be to admit it, BB, being your client doesn’t necessarily mean the litigant is in the right, and judges do occasionally base their judgments on aspects of the case other than the relative skill of the advocates