Overseas Chambers of Peter Harris

Maison de la Boucterie
Rue de la Boucterie
Saint Saviour
Jersey, JE2 7ZW



Instructing Peter Harris

Please correspond using oc@overseaschambers.com, peter.harris@overseaschambers.com or our postal address, or telephone + 44  (0)1534 625879.

Given that Jersey is sometimes difficult to get to and in the present Covid-19 quarantine processes, we would encourage you to use Facetime, Skype, Zoom and other media for conferences, so please feel free to ask. We can provide a confidential internet meeting space through a specific internet provider if needed.

Fees: Peter Harris' normal hourly rate is £480 per hour.

There are four different methods of obtaining Peter's expertise and advice:

1. Instructions through your Lawyer: a solicitor, in England or an advocate or notary in another jurisdiction can instruct Peter on your behalf.

In civil law jurisdictions, where the individual is generally reckoned to be master of their affairs, the lawyer generally instructs Peter formally, and then allows direct contact with Peter, with copying in;

2.  Licensed Access instructions: For accountants and other professions of a similar nature, whether from the United Kingdom or abroad. Here the professional instructs Peter under the Licensed Access procedure and terms which are negotiated on a case by case basis. For example, Chartered and Certified accountants and Members of the Chartered Institute of Taxation and their foreign equivalents frequently instruct Peter this way.

A list of the categories of professionals who can take advantage of this is below, and updates can be found on the Bar Standards Board website.

It is also possible for an individual organisation to apply to the Bar Standards Board for authorisation to give Licensed Access Instructions, if it wishes to do so.

3. Direct Access: For everyone else - companies, partnerships or individuals - Peter can enter into a contract with you to provide legal or fiscal services taking the form of a letter of instruction.   Peter is registered with The English Bar Standards Board as being able to take instructions from public access clients from the United Kingdom and elsewhere. He is also insured to do so.  See here See HERE for an example of a contractual Direct Access Letter which can be used to instruct Peter. The contract will generally require a payment in advance, given that Jersey is an independent jurisdiction from that of the United Kingdom. In certain circumstances for example short or urgent work Peter may simply issue a note of fees referring to and incorporating the terms and conditions set out in the example, as the note of fees will define the Instructed Work, the fee and payment terms which are left undefined in the example.

4. English residents may also instruct Peter directly through Clerksroom's Direct Access Portal at http://www.clerksroomdirect.com/


1 and 2 allow Peter to get to grips with the issues on the basis of professionally prepared instructions.

Direct access will require a discussion by telephone and a Letter of terms and conditions to be agreed as to the scope of the instructions, and what is required. Given the difference in administrative work involved, a higher hourly rate may be agreed and charged than that generally agreed under 1 and 2.  The very simple and straightforward current Bar Council Guidance notes for lay clients using Direct Access instructions can be found at


4. ClerksroomDirect will charge a separate administrative fee under their terms and conditions as set out on their site. Please refer to those. Note that unlike Peter's fee which is not subject to UK VAT, the Clerksroom fee will be inclusive of UK VAT.

Please  contact Chambers on oc@overseaschambers.com to organise a time or telephone Chambers on + 44 (0) 1534 625879.

Note that where non-personalised legal or tax advice is needed by a professional under 1 and 2, there may not be a need for Client Due Diligence or Money Laundering procedures to be followed.

However, in any case where the advice is directed to a specific client's needs, under any of 1, 2 , 3 or 4. Peter can only accept instructions on the basis of the provision of the correct information enabling Client Due Diligence or Money Laundering procedures to be completed to his satisfaction, in accordance with British and Jersey Regulations.


List of Licensed professionals for access under § 2.

see https://www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/regulatory-requirements/the-old-code-of-conduct/annexes-to-the-code/annexe-f1-licensed-access-and-recognition/ :

Part I - Accountants and taxation advisers

1. The Association of Authorised Public Accountants
2. Association of Taxation Technicians
3. The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
4. The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
5. Institute of Chartered Accountants
6. The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland
7. Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland
8. The Chartered Institute of Taxation
9. The Institute of Financial Accountants
10. The Institute of Indirect Taxation

Part II - Insolvency practitioners

1. Insolvency Practitioners Association

Part III - Architects surveyors and town planners

2. The Architects Registration Council of the UK
3. The Architects and Surveyors Institute
4. Association of Consultant Architects
5. The Royal Institute of British Architects
6. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
7. The Royal Town Planning Institute

Part IV - Engineers

1. The Institution of Chemical Engineers
2. The Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors
3. The Institution of Civil Engineers
4. The Institution of Engineering and Technology
5. The Institution of Mechanical Engineers
6. The Institution of Structural Engineers

Part V - Valuers

1. The Incorporated Society of valuers & Auctioneers

Part VI - Actuaries

2. The Faculty of Actuaries
3. Institute of Actuaries

Part VII - Chartered secretaries and administrators

1. The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and  Administrators

Part VIII - Insurers

2. The Association of Average adjusters
3. The Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters
4. The Chartered Insurance Institute

And also

1. Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration
2. Commissioner for Local Administration (England)
3. Commissioner for Local Administration (Wales)
4. Health Service Commissioner
5. Banking Ombudsman
6. Building Society Ombudsman
7. Insurance Ombudsman Bureau
8. The Personal Investment Authority Ombudsman Bureau Ltd
9. The Legal Services Ombudsman

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