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Deka Chambers
3-5 Norwich Street
London
EC4A 1DR
England

London Bar > Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud Tier 1

The ‘excellent’  Deka Chambers has a strong reputation for its ‘high-quality barristers with experience in the field.’ Giles Mooney KC has acted on standout catastrophic injury work, namely for the claimant on the 2021 Court of Appeal case Ford v Seymour-Williams, which shows his niche expertise in matters involving the Animals Act 1971; additional notable work includes his action for claimants involved in Croydon tram crash, a matter involving particular points on prosthetics. From the 1 Chancery Lane side of the merger, Simon Readhead KC, described as having a ‘genuine star quality’, has handled impressive work on fatal and serious injury matters, often involving psychiatric factors, and Matthew Chapman KC is active in catastrophic injury cases, which are often international in scope and feature complex causation issues.

Leading Silks

Jacob Levy KCDeka ChambersJacob is a powerhouse in the claimant personal injury world. His tenacity and the effort he puts into cases delivers a first-class service for the catastrophically injured.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Stuart McKechnie KCDeka Chambers ‘When it comes to catastrophic injury claims, Stuart is the most outstanding and hard-working silk of his generation.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Grahame Aldous KCDeka ChambersTotally unflappable – a masterful advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
John Ross KCDeka ChambersA formidable intellect with an eye for detail.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Warnock KCDeka ChambersAndrew is, or should be, the first port of call for complex personal injury cases, especially those with multiple parties, or a notable historic element.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Edward Bishop KCDeka Chambers ‘Edward is very intelligent, approachable and down-to-earth.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Matthew Chapman KCDeka ChambersMatthew is technically astute and a real expert for both claimants and defendants.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Giles Mooney KCDeka Chambers ‘Giles is superb on his feet. He is erudite, well-prepared and masterful under pressure.’      
Ranked: Tier 3
Simon Readhead KCDeka Chambers ‘A truly outstanding silk; extremely knowledgeable and skilful.’
Ranked: Tier 4
John Foy KCDeka ChambersJohn’s strengths are his experience, technical analysis of the evidence, clear and concise advice, sense of humour and advocacy.’
Ranked: Tier 4

2022 Silks

Personal injury - Leading Juniors

Laura BegleyDeka Chambers ‘Laura is extremely professional in her ability to analyse complex information and explain them to lay clients.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Jeremy FordDeka Chambers ‘Jeremy is strong in every respect, particularly with catastrophically injured clients. Delivers sensible advice backed up with an extremely impressive knowledge of the law.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Bruce SilvesterDeka Chambers ‘A very strong advocate whom is always on top of the issues, which engenders trust from clients at the outset. Consistently, he is pitted against leading counsel, and wins the day.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Stephen GlynnDeka Chambers ‘Stephen is a hugely experienced barrister, widely respected within the industry.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon BrindleDeka Chambers ‘Simon is extremely thorough and leaves no stone unturned. He thinks carefully and broadly about special damages.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Paul StaggDeka Chambers ‘A safe and trusted pair of hands. His advice will always be well thought-out and pragmatic.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Adam DawsonDeka ChambersAdam is compassionate and has a superb manner with clients. He is robust and thorough and gives clear and practical advice.’      
Ranked: Tier 4
Roger HiornsDeka Chambers ‘Roger is an expert and very knowledgeable in his field.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Christopher StephensonDeka ChambersSuperb with his clients and puts them at ease in stressful situations. Identifies the issues early and offers clear and pragmatic advice.
Ranked: Tier 4
James ByrneDeka ChambersJames is very hardworking, and on his feet he is an impressive advocate.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Jeremy CrowtherDeka Chambers ‘Jeremy is very experienced , personable and delivers his advice in a straightforward and kind fashion.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Lisa DobieDeka Chambers ‘Lisa is a rising star; she has a good rapport with clients and puts them at ease.’ 
Ranked: Tier 4
Johnathan PayneDeka Chambers ‘Johnathan truly goes the extra mile for his clients.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Holly Tibbitts – Deka Chambers ‘Very sympathetic with clients and will fight for their interests.’
Ranked: Tier 5
Benedict RodgersDeka Chambers ‘Ben is go-to counsel for complex liability disputes; calm and composed, but will fight ferociously when required.’      
Ranked: Tier 5
Jack HardingDeka Chambers ‘Jack is very thorough and approachable.’
Ranked: Tier 5
Laura ElfieldDeka Chambers ‘Laura is meticulous in her analysis of the evidence and her attention to detail is quite exceptional.’
Ranked: Tier 5
Robert HornerDeka Chambers 'He is professional and meticulous in his approach and his approachable manner goes down very well with clients.'
Ranked: Tier 5
John SchmittDeka Chambers ‘John a preferred barrister for cases in London. He has a lovely manner about him but is sharp as a tack.’
Ranked: Tier 5
Angus PiperDeka ChambersHis certain charm belies a steely resolve.’      
Ranked: Tier 5
Ranked: Tier 5
Gurion TaussigDeka Chambers ‘Gurion is an excellent barrister. He is extremely hard working and leaves no stone unturned for his clients.’
Ranked: Tier 5
Simon TriggerDeka Chambers ‘A real powerhouse of personal injury, Simon fights hard for every client in court but also provides good solid commercial advice.’
Ranked: Tier 5

Testimonials

Set

‘A very good set with a broad range of experience, always willing to listen and help out on a range of issues.’      

‘In my opinion, the best set for personal injury work because it has so many high-quality barristers with experience in the field of personal injury.’      

‘A 21st century set in terms of service delivery, technology, chambers’ facilities but, above all, a modern and collaborative attitude to working.’     

Clerking

‘Michael Goodridge is a titan of the clerking world. He is absolutely first-class, and chambers runs very efficiently under his leadership. Phones are answered promptly (which is rare) and the clerks are genuinely helpful and always call back if assistance cannot be provided immediately.’

‘The clerks are helpful, efficient and provide a very professional service.’

‘The service from the clerks’ room is impeccable and, frankly, streets ahead of any other Chambers.’

Work highlights

    London Bar > Travel law (including jurisdictional issues) Tier 1

    Deka Chambers‘s travel team assists both claimants and defendants in overseas accident litigation and in recovery actions against overseas suppliers. The team counts on the expertise of John Ross KC, whose work includes leading cases on the subject of cross-border personal injury claims, and Sarah Prager, who is acting in a number of High Court trials and has three cases on jurisdictional matters going through the Court of Appeal. From the 9 Gough Square side of the chambers pre-merger, Grahame Aldous KC recently acted in Booth v Phillips, a High Court case which established the jurisdiction of the UK over deaths abroad leaving a dependent in the UK. Giles Mooney KC is acting for the defendant in a case where the claimant was injured whilst acting as a yacht’s engineer in the course of racing during an international regatta; it is alleged that the claimant has suffered serious brain injuries and the case is currently pleaded in excess of £3m.

    Rising stars

    Dominique SmithDeka Chambers ‘She is punching well above her weight in terms of years of call. A pair of safe hands even on difficult cases.’
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Henk SoedeDeka Chambers ‘Sharp technical knowledge and practical approach to tactical litigation.’
    Ranked: Tier 1

    Leading Silks

    Matthew Chapman KCDeka ChambersA fantastic knowledge of travel law, an exceptional advocate with the soft skills necessary to build a rapport with catastrophically injured clients.
    Ranked: Tier 1
    John Ross KCDeka ChambersJohn is a senior silk with gravitas who strikes the right balance in dealing with opponents junior to himself’.
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Giles Mooney KCDeka Chambers ‘Giles is a personable advocate with an affable style. He is good with clients and does some excellent work.’
    Ranked: Tier 3

    2022 Silks

    Laura Johnson KCDeka ChambersHer all round skill set is among the best. Excellent at the law, drafting statements of case and with witnesses.’

    Leading Juniors

    Jack HardingDeka ChambersTop of his game. Excellent response times, great bedside manner with clients and real depth and breadth of legal knowledge and practical experience’.
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Sarah PragerDeka ChambersSarah has an easy open manner in court, showing 100% integrity, which judges love.
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Andrew SpencerDeka ChambersA very capable pair of hands. His advice is spot on, and he delivers it in an easy to understand way.’
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Thomas CollinsDeka ChambersWell rounded knowledge of travel law. His attention to detail is second to none. He is able to narrow in on the ’winning point’ in any litigation regardless of complexity. He provides clear and practical advice and he is a confident and extremely capable advocate’.  
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Linda NelsonDeka Chambers ‘In conference, she is very clear and decisive but also very approachable and open to questions and suggestions.’
    Ranked: Tier 3

    Testimonials

    Set 

    ‘Deka Chambers is our “go to” set of chambers for travel matters. They have a first class knowledge of travel matters and are very approachable and helpful.’

    ‘The leading, go to set for Travel Law. Experienced senior counsel and a good range of juniors to suit every type of instruction.’

    ‘The leading set in cross-border and international personal injury work covering the full range of cases on both sides of the Court.’

    Clerking 

    ‘Clark Chessis is  a class act and has been the bedrock of the 1CL side of chambers for a very long time now. Nothing is ever a problem and he is the perfect gentlemen.’

    ‘David Barrow and Clark Chessis are first rate. No problem is too difficult to solve.’

    ‘All clerks are great. David Barrow and Clark Chessis particularly so.’

    London Bar > Clinical negligence Tier 2

    Deka Chambers, formed from the merger of 9 Gough Chambers and 1 Chancery Lane is known for its ‘counsel of excellent calibre’ as well as its ‘breadth and depth of experience and talent’, work amongst those in the set ranging from misdiagnoses to complex catastrophic cases. Stuart Mckechnie KC has a growing reputation in complex brain and birth injury work, notably successfully settling IXM (A Minor) v Norfolk & Norwich Hospitals NHS for the claimant for a proposed £33.2m, which, if approved, would be one of the largest ever settlements in this practice area in England and Wales; the case involves a birth injury which led to multi-factorial issues of severe brain injury, hypothalamic damage and intractable epilepsy, which have resulted in the claimant’s need for constant care. In addition, amongst the juniors, ‘excellent advocate’ Adam Dawson has done impressive work on fatal cases, whilst Abigail Stamp is active in high-value neurological and surgical cases. From the 1 Chancery Lane side of the merger, Edward Bishop KC and Susanna Bennett, were involved in Traylor and Traylor v Kent and Medway NHS Social Care Partnership Trust, a case concerning complex mental health factors.

    Rising stars

    Dominique SmithDeka Chambers ‘Willing and able, clever and capable of very hard work and insight. A good legal brain and all-round star in-the-making.’
    Ranked: Tier 1

    Leading Silks

    Simon Readhead KCDeka ChambersSimon has exquisite attention-to-detail, a go-to for detailed and complicated cases. He is an outstanding advocate and an all-round sensible, safe pair of hands on any high-value, complex case.’
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Edward Bishop KCDeka ChambersHe is very responsive and is meticulous in his preparation.’
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Stuart McKechnie KCDeka Chambers ‘When it comes to catastrophic injury claims, Stuart is the most outstanding and hardworking silk of his generation. He is absolutely meticulous in his preparation, and has gone out of his way to get to know the leading experts in the country.’
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Grahame Aldous KCDeka Chambers ‘Very good client skills, commands the room, detailed and thorough; overall, a safe pair of hands.’    
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Jacob Levy KCDeka ChambersJacob really is a human dynamo. It is always clear that he has read and digested every word of his instructions. His cross-examination skills are a tour de force. The very definition of the perfect senior KC.’
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Giles Mooney KCDeka Chambers ‘Giles is a calm head in a storm, navigating the perils of big ticket litigation with thoughtfulness and expertise.’    
    Ranked: Tier 4

    2022 Silks

    Laura Johnson KCDeka Chambers ‘Her promotion to KC is thoroughly deserved. Her all-round skill set is among the best. Excellent at the law, drafting statements of case and with witnesses.’

    Leading Juniors

    Laura BegleyDeka Chambers 'Very approachable, thorough and word perfect advocacy.'
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Angus PiperDeka Chambers 'He is excellent in conference - being able to deal well with complex medical issues and evidence.'
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Lisa DobieDeka Chambers ‘Advice, in relation to liability, quantum and tactics, is comprehensive and practical. Excellent attention-to-detail and extremely thorough. Very approachable and friendly.’  
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Paul StaggDeka Chambers ‘Excellent at tackling all kinds of cases.’
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Jeremy CrowtherDeka Chambers ‘Jeremy is a choice barrister. He can assimilate information quickly and get to the nub of a problem faster than most. He is a commanding advocate, but his empathetic style is also a powerful tool in his armoury.’    
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Adam DawsonDeka Chambers Adam is practical and pragmatic. He is excellent in forming a strong rapport with lay clients and has a real sense of what their priorities are and the best way to achieve that.’
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Hugh RimmerDeka ChambersHugh’s work is consistently impressive – the highest quality.’
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Christopher StephensonDeka Chambers 'Chris is very good at looking at the bigger picture, without losing sight of the detail.'
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Ella DavisDeka Chambers 'She goes over and beyond of what it is expected of her and provides great advice, always identifying they key issues in play.'
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Holly TibbittsDeka Chambers ‘Very sympathetic with clients and a will to fight for their interests.’
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Simon TriggerDeka ChambersExtremely approachable and user friendly. Good with clients and technically knowledgeable and astute.’    
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Abigail StampDeka Chambers Very intelligent and thorough.’    
    Ranked: Tier 4

    Testimonials

    Set

    ‘The set is commercial and has a wide range of counsel of excellent calibre.’    

    Deka Chambers still rank amongst the very best sets for claimant personal injury and clinical negligence.’

    ‘A good set with a solid set of counsel to choose from.’    

    Clerking

    ‘Michael Goodridge remains the stalwart of the set. He is the architect behind their success. He is hugely personable and commercially astute and alive to the needs of those who instruct chambers.’

    The clerks are always helpful and if a barrister of choice is not available, there is always someone else of similar call and experience that can assist.’

    David Barrow and Clark Chessis in particular are real assets to chambers and are always keen to help. The clerks are very organised, responsive and I have never needed to chase them for anything.’

    London Bar > Police law (forces and constables) Tier 2

    Deka Chambers, a ‘very capable, go-to set of chambers‘ receives instructions from a wide variety of police forces and often deal with claims brought under the Human Rights Act. Andrew Warnock KC continues to represent the Metropolitan Police in the Grenfell inquiry. Lisa Dobie and Laura Johnson, who are both praised for their all-round ability, are known for defending forces in personal injury claims. From the 9 Gough Chambers side of the merger, Edwin Buckett, can count larger forces and the National Crime Agency, the Border Force and individual officers as clients, while Jennifer Oborne‘s practice includes a range of civil claims, disciplinary matters and inquests including advising the Hertfordshire Constabulary on how to respond to the Insulate Britain protests.

    Leading Silks

    Andrew Warnock KCDeka Chambers ‘He is quite simply in my opinion the brightest and best silk dealing with duty of care and Human Rights Act issues insofar as they impact upon the police.’
    Ranked: Tier 2

    2022 Silks

    Laura Johnson KC – Deka Chambers ‘Fights tough cases with passion and great skill but always with a bit of humour.’

    Leading Juniors

    Geoffrey WeddellDeka Chambers ‘His strength is is extensive knowledge of police law. He is also extremely easy to work with and accessible and a very good and experienced advocate.’
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Lisa DobieDeka Chambers ‘First class in everything. Grasps detail very well and advises in a user friendly manner. A future silk.’
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Ian ClarkeDeka Chambers ‘Ian is a go-to barrister in this area of work. He is methodical, calm and meticulous as well as being incredibly easy to get on with which puts witnesses at ease.’    
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Roderick AbbottDeka Chambers 'Has a forensic eye for detail and an ability to simplify complicated issues.'
    Ranked: Tier 3

    Testimonials

    Set

    This is a very strong set.’   

    ‘A very capable, go-to set of chambers.’    

    ‘Deka Chambers has an extremely impressive and knowledgeable set of barristers at all levels in relation to police law.’    

    Clerking

    ‘They are superb, always accessible and available, understanding and quick to respond.’      

    ‘The clerks are very approachable and always respond in good time.’

    ‘Excellent service from the clerks.’

    Work highlights

      London Bar > Children law (including public and private law) Tier 4

      Deka Chambers is a set of ‘high quality, very personable, and friendly counsel and clerks’ who ‘always offer excellent advice and representation’. The senior end of the set was bolstered by the 2022 silk appointment of Tim Parker KC, who is experienced in a wide range of work to silk in 2022. Leading junior Oliver Millington specialises in all aspects of children law, with particular focus on complex public law cases, representing local authorities, parents and children. Esther MacLachlan was appointed as a circuit judge in November 2021 and sits  in the family court at Milton Keynes and Luton.

      Testimonials

      Set

      ‘The barristers at Deka Chambers have specialised knowledge in the area of children law and offer excellent advice and representation.’

      ‘Deka Chambers is an exceptional set providing excellent counsel.’  

      Clerking

      ‘The clerks’ room shows excellent communication and client care.’

      ‘The clerks are very accommodating and go above and beyond.’

      Work highlights

        London Bar > Professional negligence Tier 4

        Deka Chambers fields a large team within professional negligence, often crossing over with the set’s expertise in public sector areas. Members of the set  have a strong relationship with leading professional negligence insurers, acting for them directly and through private practice law firms. Andrew Warnock KC and Maurice Rifat, from the 1 Chancery Lane side of the merger with 9 Gough Square, won the landmark Supreme Court case of Stoffel & Co v Grondona concerning the scope of the illegality defence in a claim against solicitors.

        Leading Juniors

        Saleem KhalidDeka ChambersA thoughtful junior who sees the nuances of a case.
        Ranked: Tier 3
        Andrew SpencerDeka ChambersAndrew is a delight to work with, he is responsive, engaged and has the overall strategy of the claim in mind from the start.'
        Ranked: Tier 5
        Francesca O’NeillDeka Chambers ‘She is very attentive to detail and provides succinct advice. She is also a great speaker which makes her very persuasive in court.'
        Ranked: Tier 5

        Testimonials

        Set

        ‘Excellent all round.’

        ‘User friendly.’

        ‘The chambers are excellent and able to cater for a vast number of different areas of law. They also offer a series of free webinars.’

        Clerking

        ‘Excellent clerking service – particularly Clark Chassis.’

        London Bar > Court of Protection and community care

        Rising stars

        Thomas JonesDeka Chambers ‘Thomas shows real attention to detail and grapples with cases quickly. He is conscience and pulls off a firm but fair approach with other parties when in pre-hearing discussions. He is a good advocate in putting forward the case and equally looking for constructive ways forward.’
        Ranked: Tier 1

        Leading Juniors

        Edward LambDeka ChambersVery knowledgeable, very committed and good with clients.
        Ranked: Tier 3

        London Bar > Crime

        Leading Silks

        Tom Little KC – Deka Chambers ‘Tom is a really experienced appellate advocate, and his preparation is second to none.’
        Ranked: Tier 1

        Leading Juniors

        Claire Harden-Frost – Deka Chambers ‘Claire is always thoroughly prepared and demonstrates excellent knowledge of the facts of her case, the legislative framework and the supporting case authorities.’
        Ranked: Tier 1
        James Thacker – Deka Chambers ‘James’ written work is outstanding – he is a true fighter, taking no prisoners along the way.’
        Ranked: Tier 3
        Jennifer Oborne – Deka Chambers ‘Jennifer is a strong and capable advocate. She presents her case clearly and she makes oral submissions powerfully.’
        Ranked: Tier 4

        London Bar > Administrative law and human rights

        Leading Silks

        Tom Little KCDeka ChambersTom is masterful of the facts of a case and his submissions are articulate and carefully considered by the High Court. Judges trust and like him and listen attentively to his submissions.
        Ranked: Tier 4

        London Bar > Fraud: crime

        Leading Juniors

        Eleanor Mawrey – Deka Chambers ‘Eleanor is particularly adept at analysis of complex financial and expert evidence. She is an accomplished advocate.’
        Ranked: Tier 3
        James Thacker – Deka Chambers ‘James is formidable and feisty, with an excellent knowledge of the law. His written work is outstanding. A true star at the Bar.’ 
        Ranked: Tier 4
        Gareth Munday – Deka Chambers ‘Gareth’s particular strength is his ability to remain calm and collaborative when prosecuting.’ 
        Ranked: Tier 4

        Western Circuit > Clinical negligence

        Leading Juniors

        Abigail Stamp - Deka Chambers 'Very intelligent and thorough.'
        Ranked: Tier 2

        London Bar > Construction

        Leading Juniors

        Saleem KhalidDeka Chambers ‘Saleem has a phenomenal ability to turn work around quickly. He remains very calm under pressure, and is very bright and enthusiastic.’
        Ranked: Tier 4

        London Bar > Inquests and inquiries

        London Bar > Property litigation

        Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Clinical negligence

        Leading Juniors

        Abigail Stamp - Deka Chambers 'Very intelligent and thorough.'
        Ranked: Tier 2

        Deka Chambers is a leading national and international common law set offering some of the finest advocates and best performing barristers across its practice areas. Comprising over 110 barristers, including 14 market leading Silks, it is one of the biggest common law sets in the country.

        Deka Chambers represents the union of two hugely respected leading sets: 9 Gough Chambers and 1 Chancery Lane. With a service centred around a sophisticated understanding of the different needs of its clients, a community of specialists with the range, scale and depth to lead the most complex cases, Deka offers personal service, but at a scale that enables greater range and efficiency.

        Deka provides a wide range of legal services in a range of practice areas.

        Work Undertaken:

        Civil Fraud: The team of specialist barristers have been instructed by leading solicitors and insurers to defend against claims involving suspected personal injury insurance fraud. Whilst motor insurance fraud has historically featured heavily, dishonest claims have increasingly been recognised in wider areas of personal injury litigation. Chambers has a depth of experience at all levels, including ranked individuals.

        Clinical Negligence: Deka Chambers offers strength and depth as one of the largest, specialist Clinical Negligence and Healthcare teams in the sector, with vast experience from a Claimant and Defendant perspective. With an array of leading silks, leading juniors and rising stars, Deka is a market leader in the sector with members having appeared in some of the most significant cases both in terms of value but also precedent making cases testing the boundaries of the law. The team covers all aspects of Clinical Negligence and Healthcare work including large, multi-party actions, fatal accidents, birth injury case, delays in diagnosis, organ retention, cervical screening, human growth hormone, cardiac surgery, dental, orthopaedic and ophthalmic claims, plastic surgery, high value spinal and brain injuries, complex quantum issues (both at trial and at settlement stage) professional disciplinary tribunals, GDC regulatory cases and complex issues of limitation and consent.

        Commercial, Chancery & Property: The team consists of over 40 members of varying seniority & experience, and is led by sought-after and highly skilled practitioners regularly instructed in important and high-profile cases such as Wells v Devani [2019] UKSC 9 and Stoffel & Co. v Grondona [2020] UKSC 42. Particular specialisms include contentious probate and trust litigation; property law, with specialists in commercial and residential landlord & tenant law; commercial disputes with members having particular expertise in claims relating to the sale of land, agents’ commissions, construction and engineering projects, insurance coverage and franchise agreements; and a full range of insolvency matters.

        Court of Protection: The team has a wide range of experts who specialise in the law relating to mental capacity, mental health, adult social care and community care. Barristers within the team have experience before the Court of Protection, the Family Division of the High Court, the Administrative Court and appellate jurisdictions. The team can provide legal advice and representation to local authorities, NHS bodies, protected parties through their litigation friends and private individuals.

        Credit Hire: Members of the team have built a strong reputation in defending against credit hire claims. Such claims are often, but not always, linked with personal injury claims or Civil Fraud and Fundamental Dishonesty (FD). Chambers’ expertise covers the Small and Fast Tracks to high value Multi-track claims and the team has considerable experience in dealing with evolving credit hire issues such as enforceability disputes, presenting and challenging Basic Hire Rates, duration, need, credibility, loss of profit and impecuniosity.

        Crime & Fraud: The team are well regarded, successful, professional and approachable with members at all levels of seniority both prosecuting and defending across the whole spectrum of criminal law. Complex fraud work is undertaken by the criminal team for the SFO, CPS Specialist Fraud Division, the FCA and the Department for Work and Pensions. Criminal work also covers terrorism, murder, violent and sexual offences with an emphasis on prosecution work for most London Crown Prosecution offices. In addition, a number of members of the criminal team are regularly in the High Court in judicial review cases as well as appearing in the Supreme Court of Appeal.

        Family Law: Barristers offer advice and advocacy in all areas of family practice and regularly appear in the High Court and Court of Appeal as well as the lower courts. As members of a multi-disciplinary set of chambers their expertise is complemented by access to practitioners in other specialisms when cases involve issues in areas of civil or criminal law. Areas of expertise include: care and adoption; special guardianship, applications for assessment within children proceedings; child abduction, emergency remedies; media injunction and wardship. They also specialise in family remedies; cohabitee disputes; Children Act schedule 1; injunctive relief; and Inheritance Act Claims.

        Inquests & Inquiries: Members of Deka Chambers have been instructed in many of the major public inquiries of recent years, including the Manchester Arena Inquiry, the Grenfell Tower Inquiry and the Undercover Policing Inquiry. The team of leading silks and juniors provide a sophisticated service focused on understanding the particular needs of each client. They are regularly instructed to advise on and appear at inquests on behalf of families, local authorities, police forces, government agencies, hospital trusts, and other statutory and commercial entities. The team are known for their experience in handling complex Article 2 ECHR and jury inquests, as well as their excellent client care skills and their sensitive and empathetic approach.

        Personal Injury: Deka Chambers occupies a special position in the market, offering an award-winning personal injury team that is recognised as being at the forefront of both claimant and defendant work. They are regularly instructed in cases of the utmost seriousness, complexity and importance and have appeared in many of the ground-breaking personal injury claims of the last 30 years that have shaped the law in this area. In addition, our members are responsible for advising on and settling some of the most sensitive and highest value cases litigated each year, both for individuals and multi-party actions. Their service covers all areas of personal injury work, from road traffic accidents, employers’ liability claims and industrial disease to occupiers’ liability, highways and sports law claims. Members have renowned expertise in the areas of public authority liability, abuse, education, social services and occupational stress claims.

        Police Law: Deka Chambers is a leading police law set with members having represented various police forces in some of the most significant and prominent police cases in recent years. Chambers’ work encompasses civil actions concerning fatal shootings, deaths in custody, misfeasance (including wrongful arrest and false imprisonment), personal injury and claims of assault, human rights act claims, judicial review proceedings, matters relating to data protection and privacy, inquests, police conduct and operational matters.

        Professional Negligence: Members act for professionals and their insurers and claimants in all types of claim or other forms of dispute. They have deep expertise in acting for claimants and professionals, insurers and insured, or regulators and professionals, with particular experience in cases involving legal professionals, construction professionals, insurance brokers, accountants, and disputes concerning insurance coverage. Members provide expert advice on claims involving the most complex and challenging areas of professional negligence and have established track record of representing parties in some of the most ground-breaking cases, including recently Stoffel v Grondona in the Supreme Court.

        Public Sector & Human Rights: Members appear regularly in a broad range of claims brought against local authorities, police forces and emergency services, education providers, care homes, social services, healthcare providers (in prison and the community) and housing associations. The team’s expertise includes claims for damages brought under the Human Rights Act 1998, the Equality Act 2010, data protection legislation and the Highways Act 1980. Representations at inquiries and inquests is an important adjunct to this area of work, with examples of recent work including the Manchester Arena Inquiry and the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

        Regulatory & Disciplinary: Members provide the highest level of advice and representation across the full spectrum of work. The Professional Disciplinary team provides a specialised service in disciplinary body investigations and associated tribunal hearings. Chambers’ expertise in criminal law, personal injury and clinical negligence perfectly places the team to act in cases involving the police and the healthcare sector. Members regularly appear before tribunals, performers list committees, the High Court and the Court of Appeal.

        Travel Law: Deka Chambers offers leading silks and juniors practising in travel and cross-border claims, who have been involved in this field of specialism since its inception and who have appeared in most of the key cases in the area. Known for their expertise, the team specialises in the full range of cross-border disputes: private international law, package travel claims, international carriage conventions and contractual recovery. Members are regularly instructed on both sides of the Court, including instructions from leading tour operators, airlines, cruise operators, trade associations, tourist boards, charities and insurers (both domestic and overseas). The team frequently deal with high-value, complex cases and provide nationwide representation in all civil courts, including the Supreme Court and, in the recent past, the Court of Justice (EU).

        DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
        Joint Head of Chambers LEVY KC, Jacob (1986)
        Joint Head of Chambers READHEAD KC, Simon (1979)
        Member of Chambers FOY KC, John (1969)
        Member of Chambers FAULKS KC, Edward (1973)
        Member of Chambers ROSS KC, John (1971)
        Member of Chambers ALDOUS KC, Grahame (1979)
        Member of Chambers BISHOP KC, Edward (1985)
        Member of Chambers WARNOCK KC, Andrew (1993)
        Member of Chambers CHAPMAN KC, Matthew (1994)
        Member of Chambers LITTLE KC, Tom (1997)
        Member of Chambers McKECHNIE KC, Stuart (1997)
        Member of Chambers MOONEY KC, Giles (1998)
        Member of Chambers PARKER KC, Tim (1995)
        Member of Chambers JOHNSON KC, Laura (2001)
        Member of Chambers BRYANT, John (1976)
        Member of Chambers HIORNS, Roger (1983)
        Member of Chambers SILVESTER, Bruce (1983)
        Member of Chambers NAIK, Gaurang (1985)
        Member of Chambers LOADES, Jonathan (1986)
        Member of Chambers WATERS, Julian (1986)
        Member of Chambers BUCKETT, Edwin (1988)
        Member of Chambers HOLMES-MILNER, James (1989)
        Member of Chambers WEDDELL, Geoffrey (1989)
        Member of Chambers GLYNN, Stephen (1990)
        Member of Chambers RIFAT, Maurice (1990)
        Member of Chambers PIPER, Angus (1991)
        Member of Chambers KATRAK, Cyrus (1991)
        Member of Chambers CROWTHER, Jeremy (1991)
        Member of Chambers BEGLEY, Laura (1993)
        Member of Chambers THOMSON, David (1994)
        Member of Chambers STAGG, Paul (1994)
        Member of Chambers STEPHENSON, Christopher (1994)
        Member of Chambers ELFIELD, Laura (1996)
        Member of Chambers FORD, Jeremy (1996)
        Member of Chambers VINDIS, Tara (1996)
        Member of Chambers BUTLER, Simon (1996)
        Member of Chambers PAYNE, Jonathan (1997)
        Member of Chambers PRAGER, Sarah (1997)
        Member of Chambers BRINDLE, Simon (1998)
        Member of Chambers BARRAN, Tabitha (1998)
        Member of Chambers GIBBONS, Perrin (1998)
        Member of Chambers McCRACKEN, Jamie (1998)
        Member of Chambers ANDRÉ, Roger (1999)
        Member of Chambers HORNER, Robert (1999)
        Member of Chambers NELSON, Linda (2000)
        Member of Chambers DAWSON, Adam (2000)
        Member of Chambers WILCOX, Russell (2000)
        Member of Chambers TRIGGER, Simon (2000)
        Member of Chambers HARDEN-FROST, Claire (2000)
        Member of Chambers MUNDAY, Gareth (2000)
        Member of Chambers KHALID, Saleem (2001)
        Member of Chambers STEBBINGS, Ian (2001)
        Member of Chambers TAUSSIG, Gurion (2001)
        Member of Chambers HICKS, Ben (2001)
        Member of Chambers MAWREY, Eleanor (2001)
        Member of Chambers THACKER, James (2001)
        Member of Chambers HARTSHORN, Sabrina (2001)
        Member of Chambers BEDLOE, Giles (2001
        Member of Chambers TREGIDGO, Marc (2002)
        Member of Chambers POUNDER, Esther (2003)
        Member of Chambers MILLINGTON, Oliver (2003)
        Member of Chambers RIMMER, Hugh (2003)
        Member of Chambers STAMP, Abigail (2004)
        Member of Chambers HARDING, Jack (2004)
        Member of Chambers SPENCER, Andrew (2004
        Member of Chambers PRESSMAN, Bernard (2004)
        Member of Chambers CLARKE, Ian (2005)
        Member of Chambers HOGARTH, Alastair (2005)
        Member of Chambers DOBIE, Lisa (2006)
        Member of Chambers NEWCOMB, Jennifer (2006)
        Member of Chambers BYRNE, James (2006)
        Member of Chambers ABBOTT, Roderick (2006)
        Member of Chambers LAMB, Edward (2006)
        Member of Chambers ATKINSON, Catherine (2006)
        Member of Chambers RODGERS, Ben (2007)
        Member of Chambers LAMONT, Kate (2007)
        Member of Chambers OBORNE, Jennifer
        Member of Chambers DYKE, Thom (2007)
        Member of Chambers BUMPUS, Laura (2008)
        Member of Chambers LONDONO, Patricia (2008)
        Member of Chambers PARKIN, Robert (2009)
        Member of Chambers TIBBITTS, Holly (2010)
        Member of Chambers COLLINS, Tom (2010)
        Member of Chambers HAYWARD, Stephanie (2011)
        Member of Chambers HUNWICK, Sarah (2011)
        Member of Chambers DEAN, William (2011)
        Member of Chambers KENNEDY, Conor (2011)
        Member of Chambers POOLEY, Helen (2012)
        Member of Chambers O'NEILL, Francesca (2012)
        Member of Chambers DAVIS, Ella (2013)
        Member of Chambers SCHMITT, John (2013)
        Member of Chambers HIBBERD, Laura (2013)
        Member of Chambers MELSA, Max (2015)
        Member of Chambers NICHOLSON, Kerry (2015)
        Member of Chambers JONES, Thomas (2015)
        Member of Chambers SMITH, Dominique (2016)
        Member of Chambers COLLIER, Richard (2016)
        Member of Chambers MUFTI, Kyah (2016)
        Member of Chambers RICHARDS, Jake (2017)
        Member of Chambers BUNCE, Theodore (2018)
        Member of Chambers BENNETT, Susanna (2017)
        Member of Chambers YARROW, Thomas (2018)
        Member of Chambers KOLAR, Francesca (2018)
        Member of Chambers LODEWYE, Lucy (2018)
        Member of Chambers KATZ, Amelia (2018)
        Member of Chambers SOEDE, Henk (2019)
        Member of Chambers MILLER, Madeleine (2019)
        Member of Chambers THOMSON, Louise (2019)
        Member of Chambers MANDAGERE, Anirudh (2019)
        Director of Clerking and Business Development GOODRIDGE Michael
        Director of Operations WALTERS, Gordon
        Senior Clerk CHESSIS, Clark
        Joint Deputy Senior Clerk BARROW, David
        Joint Deputy Senior Clerk BROOKS, Jaime
        Senior Criminal Clerk LANDA, David
        Practice Manager BRAND, Ellie
        Practice Manager AUSTIN, Phillip
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        Roderick Abbott photoMr Roderick AbbottRoderick Abbott has developed and maintained a deliberately broad practice within Chambers’…
        Grahame Aldous photoMr Grahame Aldous  Personal injury. Clinical negligence. Catastrophic injury claims and claims involving maritime…
        Catherine Atkinson photoMs Catherine AtkinsonCatherine joined Chambers in 2008 after successful completion of her pupillage. She…
        Tabitha Barran photoMs Tabitha BarranTabitha was called to the Bar in 1998 and since that date…
        Laura Begley photoMs Laura BegleyAll aspects of clinical negligence work and personal injury work with additional…
        Edward Bishop KC photoMr Edward Bishop KCEdward Bishop KC has practised in the fields of clinical negligence and…
        Simon Brindle photoMr Simon BrindleSimon is an experienced and skilled barrister, practicing in the fields of…
        Edwin Buckett photoMr Edwin BuckettAn experienced civil practitioner specialising in police law, professional negligence claims, personal…
        Laura Bumpus photoMs Laura BumpusLaura has a particular interest in personal injury cases and regularly represents…
        Simon Butler photoMr Simon ButlerSimon is a leading barrister who applies expertise and innovation to a…
        James Byrne photoMr James ByrneJames has a growing reputation specialising in the field of complex fraud,…
        Matthew Chapman KC photoMr Matthew Chapman KCMatthew Chapman KC is a specialist in cross-border personal injury claims, acting…
        Ian Clarke photoMr Ian ClarkeIan Clarke’s experience spans a range of high profile, sensitive and complicated…
        Thomas Collins photoMr Thomas CollinsTom Collins specialises in travel and cross-border litigation, personal injury and clinical…
        Jeremy Crowther photoMr Jeremy CrowtherBarrister
        Ella Davis photoMs Ella DavisElla Davis has a broad civil practice with a particular emphasis on…
        Adam Dawson photoMr Adam DawsonBarrister
        William Dean photoMr William DeanBarrister undertaking broad common law work. William Dean appears in court daily…
        Lisa Dobie photoMs Lisa DobieLisa Dobie is recognised as a leading junior in the fields of…
        Laura Elfield photoMs Laura ElfieldLaura has a mixed civil practise, specialising in personal injury, employment law,…
        Lord Faulks KC photoLord Lord Faulks KCEdward Faulks KC specialises in clinical negligence, personal injury, police law and…
        Jeremy Ford photoMr Jeremy FordJeremy practices in all aspects of personal injury litigation. His specialisms include…
        John Foy photoMr John FoyJohn Foy QC specialises in serious personal injury and clinical negligence cases,…
        Perrin Gibbons photoMs Perrin GibbonsPerrin has a busy and established practice specializing in personal injury and…
        Stephen Glynn photoMr Stephen GlynnStephen Glynn has huge experience in all matters personal injury drawn from…
        Claire Harden-Frost photoMs Claire Harden-FrostClaire is an experienced criminal barrister who prosecutes and defends serious and…
        Jack Harding photoMr Jack HardingJack Harding is a popular and highly experienced practitioner who specialises in…
        Sabrina Hartshorn photoMs Sabrina HartshornBarrister
        Roger Hiorns photoMr Roger HiornsRoger Hiorns graduated from the University of Birmingham in 1982 and was…
        Alastair Hogarth photoMr Alastair HogarthAl is client focussed and practical with a view to achieving the…
        James Holmes-Milner photoMr James Holmes-MilnerJames practises in the fields of property and insolvency, traditional and commercial…
        Robert Horner photoMr Robert HornerRobert’s practice encompasses high value personal injury and clinical negligence work together…
        Sarah Hunwick photoMs Sarah HunwickSarah became a member of chambers at the beginning of October 2013…
        Laura Johnson KC photoMs Laura Johnson KCLaura’s practice is focused on claims that are high value, complex or…
        Thomas Jones photoMr Thomas JonesThomas is a busy common law practitioner who appears in court on…
        Cyrus Katrak photoMr Cyrus KatrakCyrus Katrak is a specialist personal injury and clinical negligence practitioner and…
        Saleem Khalid photoMr Saleem KhalidSaleem Khalid is one of the leading juniors at the Bar in…
        Edward Lamb photoMr Edward LambEdward is sought out by clients nationwide for his expertise in catastrophic…
        Kate Lamont photoMs Kate LamontKate Lamont specialises in Family and Civil law with a particular interest…
        Jacob Levy KC photoMr Jacob Levy KCJacob Levy KC is currently the Joint Head of Chambers at Deka…
        Tom Little KC photoMr Tom Little KCCrime: As Treasury Counsel Tom regularly prosecutes homicide trials at the Old…
        Eleanor Mawrey photoMs Eleanor MawreyEleanor is an experienced barrister practising in serious crime and is listed…
        Stuart Mckechnie KC photoMr Stuart Mckechnie KCCalled 1997. Silk 2018 Stuart specialises in the highest value catastrophic injury…
        Oliver Millington photoMr Oliver MillingtonThe focus of Oliver’s family practice is on public law proceedings in…
        Giles Mooney KC photoMr Giles Mooney KCCalled 1998. Silk 2019.Giles is a civil practitioner specialising in cases of…
        Gareth Munday photoMr Gareth MundayGareth prosecutes and defends in relation to sexual offences, general crime and…
        Gaurang Naik photoMr Gaurang NaikGaurang has a broad based practice consisting of personal injury and general…
        Linda Nelson photoMs Linda NelsonLinda has a specialist clinical negligence, personal injury and costs practice with…
        Jennifer Newcomb photoMs Jennifer NewcombA thorough and persuasive advocate, Jennifer practices predominantly in criminal law, clinical…
        Francesca O'Neill photoMs Francesca O'NeillFrancesca O’Neill has a specialist practice encompassing professional and clinical negligence, and…
        Jennifer Oborne photoMs Jennifer OborneJennifer specialises in General Crime, Prison and Police Law and International work.…
        Tim Parker KC photoMr Tim Parker KCTim is a barrister and arbitrator specialising in family and associated civil…
        Johnathan Payne photoMr Johnathan PayneThe focus of his practice is multi-track high-value claims either at first…
        Angus Piper photoMr Angus PiperAngus Piper’ main practice area is clinical negligence, in which he has…
        Helen Pooley photoMs Helen PooleyHelen joined chambers in October 2013 upon completion of her pupillage. She…
        Esther Pounder photoMs Esther PounderEsther has considerable experience in dealing with the whole variety of personal…
        Sarah Prager photoMs Sarah PragerSarah Prager specialises in travel law claims, including claims under the Package…
        Simon Readhead KC photoMr Simon Readhead KCSimon Readhead KC has a wide ranging practice for both claimants and…
        Maurice Rifat photoMr Maurice RifatMaurice Rifat is an experienced litigator with particular expertise in wills &…
        Hugh  Rimmer photoMr Hugh RimmerHugh Rimmer’s practice is focussed multi-track clinical negligence and personal injury, as…
        Benedict Rodgers photoMr Benedict RodgersBen is a civil practitioner with experience across a wide range of…
        John Ross KC photoMr John Ross KCJohn Ross KC has a wealth of experience. His specialisms are professional liability…
        John Schmitt photoMr John SchmittJohn is a specialist in complex personal injury work. He appears and…
        Bruce Silvester photoMr Bruce SilvesterBruce Silvester is an accomplished personal injury, health and safety, and clinical…
        Dominique Smith photoMs Dominique SmithDominique Smith is an experienced and approachable advocate, who is regularly instructed…
        Henk Soede photoMr Henk SoedeHenk Soede’s practice is focused principally on three core areas: personal injury…
        Andrew Spencer photoMr Andrew SpencerAndrew Spencer’s practice focuses on travel and cross-border claims; professional negligence; and…
        Paul Stagg photoMr Paul StaggPaul Stagg has a broad civil practice, based mostly in the areas…
        Abigail Stamp photoMs Abigail Stamp
        Christopher Stephenson photoMr Christopher StephensonPersonal injury and clinical negligence, exclusively for Claimants, in cases of the…
        Gurion Taussig photoMr Gurion TaussigGurion has a busy paperwork and court practice in the fields of…
        James Thacker photoMr James Thacker
        David Thomson photoMr David ThomsonInjury work is David Thomson’s main speciality – he has the advantage…
        Holly Tibbitts photoMs Holly TibbittsHolly is a clinical negligence and personal injury specialist.  She is a…
        Simon Trigger photoMr Simon TriggerSimon Trigger acts for Claimants and Defendants in high value catastrophic personal…
        Tara Vindis photoMs Tara VindisSpecialist in child law, both public and private law and related civil…
        Andrew Warnock KC photoMr Andrew Warnock KCAndrew Warnock KC is a highly experienced advocate with a track record…
        Geoffrey Weddell photoMr Geoffrey WeddellGeoffrey Weddell’s particular specialisms are tort-based claims, such as claims for damages…
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