Legal Professional Clients

We welcome instructions from Solicitors, CILEx lawyers, European and foreign lawyers on behalf of clients and in-house lawyers on behalf of their company or organisation. 


We are also able to accept instructions from non-legal professionals who hold a licence under the Licensed Access Scheme, though other non-legal professionals who are not licence holders may prefer to instruct us as a Public Access Barrister, as this does not require a potential client to first obtain a licence (for more information, click here).



Nicola Canty currently provides the specialist expertise on marine planning, marine licensing, marine conservation and international marine environmental law for other lawyers as a Planning Law Expert and Environment Expert on LexisNexis UK's professional LexisPSL service. 

We are able to provide training on our specialist areas of practice via a variety of means to best suit you. For further information, please contact us

Conduct of litigation

Nicola Canty is one of a small number of barristers who are authorised by the Bar Standards Board to conduct litigation. Nicola has extensive litigation experience both as an independent self-employed barrister and working in-house as an employed barrister at solicitors' firms undertaking litigation work. This means that she understands the needs of your team and is better able to work alongside you to deliver a seamless service to your clients.


There are a number of ways we charge for our services:

  • Fixed fee, where the work we will do for you and how much this will cost is agreed in advance. 

  • Hourly rate, where we charge a set rate for the time spent working on your case. We will agree an initial fee estimate with you based on how many hours we think the work will take and will keep track of the hours of work done for you to calculate the final cost.


Whilst we are always flexible and are happy to discuss fee arrangement options with potential clients, we find that many clients prefer to agree a fixed fee in advance as clients then know exactly how much a case, or a particular stage of a case, will cost from the outset.


In most circumstances we will agree a fixed fee before undertaking any work and will provide a clear outline of what will be covered by this fee to ensure the client understands what they are getting for their money. Where we are instructed on an hourly rate basis we keep clients regularly updated on costs so that there are no surprises.

Contact us for a quote.