Mr John Ross KC KC > Deka Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Deka Chambers
3-5 Norwich Street
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John Ross KC has a wealth of experience. His specialisms are professional liability and insurance-related claims, contract and commercial, public and regulatory law, PIL/cross-border and personal injury claims. He also has considerable experience in regulatory, commercial arbitration, TCC and construction adjudication hearings. His work also takes him overseas to appear and advise in other jurisdictions, including the Cayman Islands where he has been admitted on an ad hoc basis to address the Court in specific cases.

He has been an advocacy trainer at Inner Temple and undertaken advocacy training abroad – Nigeria for University lecturers and Singapore.

He has sat as a Recorder from 1990 to 2022 and continues to sit as a Legal Assessor for the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, as he has done since 2006.

John Ross KC has a strong and broad Professional Negligence Practice, acting both for claimants and defendants/their insurers.  He is instructed in a wide range of actions in this field including claims against solicitors, barristers, architects, valuers, surveyors, accountants and insurance brokers and regularly advises on indemnity policy issues associated with such claims.

he has acquired specialist knowledge in personal injury cases involving industrial diseases, acquired brain injuries of the most serious kind, third party Contribution Act claims and those with Private International Law aspects (i.e. extending into injuries sustained abroad & Foreign Travel claims – as to this type of issue he has appeared in four recent lead cases in the field during recent years – 1 in the Supreme Court, 1 in the Court of Appeal and in 2 leading first instance decisions).

He has experience of Group Action Litigation and is currently instructed in a series of cases concerning noise induced hearing losses sustained by trainer pilot assigned to work abroad for a foreign State.

Recent highlights in his travel law work include a Supreme Court appearance and the ensuing important first instance decision, both of which have made new law in this field and are cited as determinative of many of the jurisdictional issues that arise in cross-border claim; a Court of Appeal hearing on the issue of an employer’s duties when sending an employee to work abroad; and the development of a Reparation Mediation and Arbitral Scheme in Uganda for the adjudication of historic sex abuse claims against a Religious Order.



  • Recorder 1990-2022; Legal Assessor to Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons 2006 to date; Vice-Chair and Chair PNBA 2010-2013;
  • Bencher Inner Temple 2006 to date. Head of 1 Chancery Lane Chambers 2007-2017


  • Corporate INTL Professional Negligence Barrister of the Year 2022


  • LLB; LLM London (UCL)

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

John Ross KCDeka ChambersA formidable intellect with an eye for detail.’

London Bar > Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)

(Leading Silks)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’.

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.

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

John Ross KCDeka Chambers