IN-HOUSE COUNSEL

There are numerous benefits for in-house counsel to engage the services of a Foley's List barrister, mediator, arbitrator or advisor.

Foley’s List barrister’s provide critical assistance to corporate/in-house counsel in the preparation of advice and for future litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Regularly retained by Australia’s leading law firms and their legal teams, Foley’s List Members can be briefed directly and are available to advise on the complex, intricate questions often raised by corporate executives or Boards.

BENEFITS OF BRIEFING COUNSEL DIRECTLY

  • barristers are commercially astute and have prior legal and professional experience in a range of industries and sectors;
  • barristers are readily available when time is of the essence;
  • clients liaise directly with their legal advisor;
  • barristers provide strategic direction, advice and representation;
  • barristers have superior analytical skills and can identify positional risks, opponent's weakness and a client's opportunities.

FEES AND COSTS

Legal fees - the cost of advice, document preparation and litigation - is often a critical factor when deciding whether to seek legal advice or to commence legal proceedings.

Briefing counsel directly, when appropriate, can be the most cost-effective method to resolve a dispute. 

IN-HOUSE LAWYERS HOLDING PRACTISING CERTIFICATES

In-house counsel, who hold a Victorian practising certificate, employed by corporate entities, organisations or government agencies, may brief a barrister directly. 

PATENT AND TRADE MARKS ATTORNEYS

Patent and Trade Marks Attorneys are permitted to brief counsel directly.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANISATIONS AND PRACTITIONERS

Professional organisations and practitioners are also permitted to brief a barrister directly. This situation commonly arises where specialist legal advice is sought which may be supported by the legal advisor's ancillary technical knowledge or expertise. 

Foley's List experienced Clerking Team - John Kelly, Andrew Turner, Matt Parnell, Anna Barry, Stacey Guyett and Tracey French - can provide suitable recommendations of available counsel with due consideration as to seniority, availability, technical expertise and budget to inhouse counsel, whatever the matter. 

Our Clerking Team is pleased to be of assistance 24-7. For further information including barrister availability, please contact a member of our clerking team by emailing foleys@foleys.com.au or telephone (03) 9225 7777.