What we do
Clarke Barnes Solicitors LLP are a specialist litigation firm.
We act for both Claimants and Defendants. We also act for individuals who have been charged with disciplinary, motoring or criminal offences with a particular emphasis on regulatory, white collar and disciplinary defence work. We do not prosecute in any of these areas and do not feel that it is in the best interests of our on-going clients.
We undertake all ranges of civil litigation with particular expertise in the following fields:
Defendant’s fraud litigation
Fixed fees in the County Court
Large scale debt recovery
Confiscation and Proceeds of Crime Act litigation
Claimant or Defendant interlocutory applications for Freezing Orders or specific disclosure
About Clarke Barnes
Tim qualified in 1992 and worked in a major litigation firm in the West End before moving to another one in the City. He now prefers to work in a smaller unit where greater attention can be given to clients and where costs can be kept to a minimum by the avoidance of the excesses and substantial overheads that large City and West End firms incur. His aim is to provide the service of top City or West End firms, in respect of which he has the experience, but for a proportion of the costs.
There are three other members of staff and the firm “hires in” additional fee earners as and when they are required and the case load demands.
At Clarke Barnes we pride ourselves on never having had a fees dispute with any of our clients. We much prefer an open and frank discussion about money and all things to do with money at the outset of any piece of work and on an ongoing basis.
We actively seek to agree costs before they are incurred with the client and then bill only those costs. We are happy at any point to provide these estimates and we prefer to take work on on fixed pre-agreed figures.
Where it is appropriate we can arrange After the Event insurance for Claimants or Defendants so as to avoid the dangers of adverse costs, thus making bringing claims less risky. Likewise, we are happy to consider and enter into Conditional Fee Agreements whereby we will share in damages recovered and/or obtain an uplift to our legal fees which are payable only by the other side.
We are flexible and fair with regards to fees and understand that it is a very important and often determining issue in the engagement of solicitors and the bringing or continuing of claims.