At Tennyson we are keen to ensure that a first class service is provided to our clients. In the event that you are unhappy with the service that has been provided to you by any member of Tennyson and you have a concern then please, in the first instance, contact in writing the barrister you instructed to voice your concerns or contact in writing the Head of Chambers, Miss Susan Brown.
If it is not possible to resolve your concern promptly, for example, because it requires further investigation or information to be provided then please follow our written complaints procedure. Members will do their best to assist you, wherever possible, to resolve your complaint. Contact details for Chambers for making a complaint or for requesting information are set out below.
All self employed barristers are required by the Bar Standards Board of England and Wales to comply with the complaints handling procedures currently set out in The Complaints Regulations in the Bar Handbook 4th Edition 2019 and are subject to a non-judicial dispute resolution procedure which may be accessed through the England and Wales Legal Ombudsman’s website.
If you are not satisfied with the final written response to your complaint to Tennyson after using our complaints procedure, or you have not received a response within 8 weeks from lodging your complaint, then you have the option of raising the matter with the Legal Ombudsman, which covers England and Wales. This is a free, impartial and independent service set up by United Kingdom government which deals with any complaints about the legal service you have received.
You must complain to the Legal Ombudsman within 6 months of receiving a final response to your complaint (provided the response specifically notifies you of your right to complain to the Ombudsman and of the six month time limit). A complaint to the above Ombudsman must also be made not more than 6 years after the act or omission complained about or not more than 3 years from the date when you should reasonably have known that there were grounds for complaint. There are other limitations on when and how you can bring your complaint to the Legal Ombudsman. For more information, see the publications section of their website.
Further details about how to make a complaint to the Legal Ombudsman including guidance about the new scheme rules that came into effect on 1st April 2019 please contact the Legal Ombudsman directly at;
PO Box 6806
Wolverhampton WV1 9WJ
Phone: +44 (0) 300 555 0333
If you are not satisfied with the final response to your complaint using our complaints procedure, and wish to make an allegation of misconduct against any barrister who belongs to our chambers, then you may contact the Bar Standards Board of England and Wales (“BSB”) at the address below namely:
The Bar Standards Board
289-293 High Holborn
London WC1V 7HZ
Tel: +44 (0) 207 611 1444
Fax: +44 (0) 207 831 9217
Web site: http://barstandardsboard.org.uk
You may also contact the BSB who have a web page containing answers to frequently asked questions.
To satisfy the Provision of Services Regulation 2009 the following information is provided to clients and solicitors using the services of barristers at Tennyson Chambers.
All members of Tennyson Chambers – the Chambers of Susan Brown- are individual sole practitioners operating their individual legal practices in their own practising names and where appropriate are registered for VAT in their own personal trading name with Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise. VAT numbers are available on request prior to first instruction. The trademark of Tennyson Chambers is not VAT registered as it is not a company. LPP, or corporate entity and has no legal existence of its own other than as a United Kingdom registered trademark.
Invoices of external suppliers should be rendered to barristers of Tennyson in the personal/practising name of the barrister member concerned.
A barristers Chambers. Providing legal services.
As stated above Tennyson Chambers is not a company, LLP, or partnership or a firm, but a United Kingdom registered trademark of Miss Susan Brown. Individual barrister sole practitioners are led by the Head of Chambers and work in their own individual practices whilst sharing some of the facilities available within Chambers which, for marketing purposes only, is known by Miss Brown’s United Kingdom registered trademark of “Tennyson Chambers”.
Tennyson Chambers is established at the following address and contact details are as follows –
Contact details are:
Miss Susan Brown
The Head of Chambers
Ocean Village Innovation Centre
Ocean Way Southampton SO14 3JZ.
Tel: +44 (0) 2381 511511 (Southampton UK)
Tel: +44 (0) 203 470 0047 (London appointments)
Fax: +44 (0) 2381 511005.
DX: 2011 Southampton – Tennyson Chambers.
Web site: https://www.tennysonchambers.com
All individual barristers in private practice are required to hold sufficient professional indemnity insurance to satisfy the requirements of the Bar Handbook. All members of Tennyson are therefore required to hold their own individual professional indemnity insurance and do so also as part of their membership of Tennyson Chambers.
Under arrangements for the Bar of England and Wales such professional indemnity insurance is held with the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund Limited (“BMIF”) in the UK. A mutual indemnity fund which offers cover to practising barristers of England and Wales of up to £2.5 million.
Where, as frequently happens, individual members of Tennyson require increased professional indemnity insurance levels because of the cases that they are advising upon they are required to obtain top up professional indemnity insurance from a third party provider to satisfy the BSB’s code in the Bar Handbook. Such top up insurance is currently available from TLO or Lonmar although a barrister is at liberty to obtain top up insurance from elsewhere if they choose to do so. Further details can be obtained from each individual barrister upon request.
The contact details of BMIF are as follows: –
Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund Limited
90 Fenchurch Street
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7621 0405
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7283 5988
E Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Professional indemnity insurance cover by the BMIF is provided on the terms set out on their web site here. Cover including geographical/territorial is worldwide subject to any exceptions and applicable terms of cover set out in BMIF’s terms and conditions of cover.
The common parts of Ocean Village Innovation Centre including conference rooms used by the members of Tennyson Chambers and their clients are owned by Marina Developments Limited and run by Oxford Innovation Limited. Individual members of Tennyson hire these rooms for their conferences on an hourly basis. Please contact Oxford Innovation Limited for further details about the public liability insurance for those areas. Members of Tennyson Chambers carry their own public liability insurance up to a value of £2 million for their own individual offices in the above building.
In general counsel at Tennyson take into account, when agreeing fees for any particular case, the complexity of the case, the importance of the case to the client, the amount of material there is for counsel to read and deal with, any legal research which may be needed, the length of the hearing/trial (where applicable), the preparation time required for a hearing/trial including the preparation and filing of skeleton arguments and any other written documents required to be prepared and filed by counsel under the Civil Procedure Rules 1998 and the Chancery and Commercial Court Guides, and any administration on a case which needs to be done, for example, emails, telephone conferences, and conferences with the client.
Travel time and travel costs for travelling to court and for conferences outside chambers are charged separately to brief and/or instruction fees where appropriate. However, in Tennyson, there is a policy of not charging for travel time or travel costs for attending the UK Royal Courts of Justice (including the Business and Property Courts of England and Wales), or the UK Supreme Court. This policy does not apply to any other court or geographical area in the United Kingdom or overseas.
Please see the contractual terms page for further details on the contractual terms for supply of legal services upon which members of Tennyson Chambers engage with solicitors and authorised persons. Unless otherwise stipulated all contracts entered into by members of Tennyson for the provision of legal services as registered barrister members of Tennyson are governed by the law of England and Wales and subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.
If you are a public access client, then please see your client care letter with your chosen barrister in Tennyson Chambers for further details of the fees which your barrister will charge you, and the basis upon which those charges are made. You should read this carefully.
There is no after sales guarantee which provides more protection than that required by law and no after sales guarantee at all.
For more information about our members and services please contact us.
Our telephone number in Southampton United Kingdom is +44 (0) 2381 511511.
For clients wishing to have a conference in London United Kingdom then please dial the London UK appointments number of +44 (0)203 407 0047.
Alternatively, you may email email@example.com.