About The Service
Clerksroom Online, formerly known as the Brief Exchange

Clerksroom Online is a free, simple and unique way for solicitors to book a barrister or agent for a Court or Tribunal hearing anywhere in England and Wales.  It is unique because you set the fee and we find the solution. Clerksroom staff monitor online bookings between 0830 and 1800 Monday to Friday. For fast track, multi-track and MOJ Stage 3 Oral hearings we aim to allocate one of the barristers we clerk exclusively who are prepared to accept the hearing at the CPR rate or set fee. We always aim to allocate your hearing to counsel on the same day you submit the booking. As a guide, we will use our own barristers where the proposed fee is £250 + VAT or above. For hearings with fees below this figure we will look to local chambers or an agency to help you.

A unique feature of Clerksroom Online is that we work together with over 250 Chambers and various agency services throughout England & Wales.

We will always do our best to find a solution and have successfully found counsel for over 27000 hearings with a total fees value of c£6.5m.

Please be aware this is a free service to both instructing solicitors and to local chambers, which we offer to streamline your instruction of counsel. We do not charge anyone for this service.

Get started:

1.         Sign up or login and submit your details. Propose a fee and leave it with us.

2.         Once your case is submitted you will receive an email with a unique reference number and confirmation of the details you submitted.

3.         We will assess your requirements and either accept the hearing for one of our members or invite a local chambers to accept it directly.

4.         Once your hearing has been accepted by Clerksroom, a local chambers or agency, you will receive a further email confirmation with details of the counsel or advocate, their contact details and name of the clerk dealing with your hearing.

The service has been designed as a fast and easy way to book counsel for Fast Track, Multi Track  and Applications and Small Claims Track  hearings. We are more than happy to deal with any request for a barrister or advocate for any hearing in England & Wales for any civil matter. We do not provide this service for criminal hearings.

Example fees:

  • Multi-Track Trial for 1 day: Brief Fee £ 1750 and 2nd day £1,000
  • Fast Track Trial for 1 day: CPR fixed fees apply. No travel, no expenses.
  • Small Claim Trial for 3 hours: £250-£350 + VAT for a Barrister in chambers
  • Small Claim Trial for 3 hours: £175-£250 + VAT for an agency advocate
  • Applications: Price will vary based on application type and preparation.
  • Employment Tribunal for 1 day: £1,250 + VAT
  • Costs hearing for 1 day: £1,000 + VAT (Detailed Assessment, costs budgeting)
  • Costs hearing for half day: £500-£750 + VAT (Detailed Assessment, costs budgeting)

If you are new to the service, please sign up (click here) and then you can login anytime. Your account will retain details of all cases you submit and it will provide you with a record of the barrister/advocate booked, fees agreed and the history. Any questions, please call our clerking team on 0845 083 3000. If we have missed anything, please do ask.

Stephen Ward

MD, Clerksroom Online