Contacting John

How do I get John to help me?

Initially, it is as simple as making a phone call, or sending an e-mail, or writing a letter. John’s contact details are on this website. They are also available on his Main Website. If you cannot contact him immediately you can leave a message on voicemail and John will return to you as quickly as he possibly can. Once contact is made, the process will involve three basic things:-

(a) a free no-obligation discussion, which will usually be a meeting. This will allow you to tell John what your problem is in detail, show him whatever documents and letters you have, and will allow John to question you to get more information from you. This allows John to understand the nature of your problem, to decide which area or areas of law are involved (sometimes a problem can involve more than one area of law which can add to the complexity), what stage you are at with your problem, and what course of action John can undertake for you and advise you on. Usually, at the end of this meeting or discussion, John will be able to tell you whether or not he can help and whether he is willing to become your barrister. More complex matters may mean that John has to take some extra time to think more carefully about your problem, or to conduct some research, or to read your documents in detail if you have a lot of them, but this can usually be done within a few days after the initial meeting or discussion has taken place.

There is no time limit on the initial meeting and discussion. Usually it would take between 1 to 3 hours, but sometimes they can be longer if it is a more complex matter. The meeting can be held at your home, or at your offices, or even a hotel lounge or other convenient location if you don't want to use your home or your office. John has access to modern office facilities in the picturesque town of Bewdley, Worcestershire, on the banks of the River Severn. If you need a break you can walk along the riverfront and watch the swans and the rowing club practising!!

(b) John agrees to act for you as your barrister and you and he agree on what you need him to do for you. At this stage there is an agreement reached on fees and fee structure. Obviously if it is not agreed that John will act for you, everything that has passed between you and John will remain absolutely confidential, no documents or copies will be retained, and your personal information will be governed by the Data Protection Act;

(c) John sends you a client care letter confirming that he is to act for you - this is a formal letter confirming to you that John will now be acting for you as your barrister, setting out terms and conditions on which John will act for you, listing the things that John has agreed to do, and providing you with written assurances about the standard of care that you can expect from John. It will also confirm the agreement over fees and fee structure.

Once these three stages are complete, you have your barrister!

Thereafter you will be able to contact John by telephone, mobile, fax, and e-mail. You can have further meetings with him if this becomes necessary.