Mr Edward Lamb > Deka Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Deka Chambers
3-5 Norwich Street
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Family Law, Court of Protection, PI, Clinical Negligence


Edward is sought out by clients nationwide for his expertise in catastrophic injury, clinical negligence, family disputes and the Court of Protection.

Given the breadth of his specialisms, he offers an unrivalled range of skills that sees him frequently appearing against King’s Counsel and senior counsel in the cases of utmost complexity. He is primarily an advocate and advises at all stages of litigation, to ensure the very best outcomes for those that instruct him.

Edward is listed as a leading junior and as a ‘highly articulate advocate’ in the most recent edition of the Legal 500. Edward has appeared in leading cases in all of his disciplines and continues to enjoy a loyal following from solicitors and clients.

Edward was also appointed in 2021 to the prestigious Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel (B) and undertakes work on behalf of the government.

As a result of his Court of Protection/Public law knowledge, Edward is sought out in cases of significant value that have capacity and care needs at their centre. With his detailed knowledge of local authority care provision (both in relation to children and adults) and the funding implications surrounding it, he also deals with claims arising out of the misfeasance and negligence of local authorities and central government departments. Edward frequently appears in inquests (including Article 2 inquests) acting for local and central government departments or for bereaved families.

Edward is able to receive instructions directly from members of the public.


Called 2006. Personal Injury/Criminal Injury: Ed acts mostly on behalf of seriously injured Claimants. Dealing with multiple injures, brain injury, injuries arising at work and claims arising out of historic sex abuse. Ed has a particular specialism in appeals arising out of decisions made by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority and he is a contributory author to the forthcoming text-book on Criminal Injury Claims (Begley) to be published in late 2015. Ed frequently appears at Inquests on behalf of families and has a growing reputation in this area. Recent cases of note: S v. MOD (on-going): claim pleaded at £850,000 for lifetime disability arising out of serious injuries occurring at an MOD naval base. D v. MIB (on-going): claim pleaded at £250,000 involving multiple injuries sustained in a road traffic accident. The claim involves complicated issues of causation relating to cognitive impairing arising out brain injury. P v. Oxleas NHS Trust (2014): settled at a JSM for disabling back injury sustained at work. Led by Andrew Ritchie QC. X v. CICA (Upper Tier Judicial Review) (on-going): a test-case involving an award of £750,000 and whether the 3 distinct periods of historic sexual abuse can attract separate awards under the 2001 CICA Scheme. Judgment is awaited. C v. CICA: [2014]: Secured a maximum award of £500,000 acting for a catastrophically brain injured client, Ed drafted the schedule and appeared at Tribunal under the 2001 Scheme. Smith v. TFL and Ors (2013): A 12-day inquest against a number of QCs involving the death of a school-girl at traffic works. Ed secured a favourable verdict from the jury in the face of developed legal submissions from his opposing legal Counsel. Clinical Negligence: Ed is an established and tireless advocate for those injured in the care of clinicians. Ranging from negligence arising from births, cancer treatment and surgical procedures in general, Ed has a loyal following of solicitors. Ed has a detailed knowledge of issues arising out of consent in medical procedures, having recently edited the chapter on consent in a leading text-book on clinical negligence (published in the spring of 2015). Ed is a member of AvMA (Action Against Medical Accidents). Recent cases of note: C v. Bridlington Hospital [on-going]: failed to diagnose a ruptured Achilles tendon resulting in significant future surgery costs and disability. K v. Whittington NHS Hospitals Trust [2014]: infant sustained facial injuries in negligently performed forceps birth. Commercial and Employment: Ed advises on disputes arising in the course of business, acting for small to medium size businesses on a wide variety of issues. Recent cases have involved shareholder disputes, a claim involving a dispute between directors and obtaining an injunction in the face of a partnership dispute. Ed is often instructed to draft complicated written agreements and/or advise on enforceability of those documents. Dealing with issues such as discrimination; unfair dismissal; remuneration; compromise agreements and advising on enforceability of employment contracts, Ed frequently appears in multi-day Tribunals for both employees and employers. Due to the breadth of his practice, he brings a commercial focus to all that I do. In his claimant work Ed is sympathetic and robust in pursing his clients’ interests. Having experience of professional tribunals (GMC, NMC etc.) gives him a greater insight into employment disputes relating to professionals, particularly those within the NHS. He frequently lectures on effective responses to employment disputes and was a joint author on the leading textbook in Remedies In Employment Law (Law Society 2015). Recent cases of note: D v. Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust (29933/2015): 10-day employment Tribunal, representing a leading clinician in her claims for discrimination on the grounds of her sex and age. Case settled on terms. P v. LB of Wandsworth 224461/2014: Successfully defended claims against the LB of Wandsworth for disability discrimination, unfair dismissal and harassment in a multi-day tribunal in Croydon. Forbes v. Plutus Wealth Management (Ch. Div 2015): Successful advised a partner on obtaining interim prohibitive injunctions against a partnership arising out of the unlawful implementation of the partnership dispute resolution agreement. Private Client/Family: Involving cohabitation disputes, claims for financial relief and care proceedings. Ed’s significant experience in claims for financial relief has included cases involving foreign assets, marriages of substantial wealth and complicated trust arguments. Alongside this Ed has also acted in a number of inheritance act claims. Ed often appears in Public Law care proceedings acting for Local Authorities, parents and guardians. His cases involve allegations of the most significant harm including sexual abuse, domestic violence and substance abuse. Sharif v. Sharif: (2015): Assets initially valued at well in excess of £1m. Settled on day 4 of the final hearing. Ameerally v. Munsoor (2015): Case involving an intervener who sought to protect property assets valued at £2.4m. Case settled on day 1 of final hearing. M v. M (2015): Successful result following 2 day final hearing with successful defeat of an appeal following final hearing. The case involved arguments as to the provision to an adult with learning difficulties. Re: Aumord [2015] EWHC 1842 (Fam). An inheritance Act Appeal – Significant national press coverage. LBE v. A [2013] Parker J (Fam): Acting for the Local Authority seeking to remove children in circumstances where the Father had tragically murdered the Mother.


LLB Law, MSc Russian and Post Soviet Studies, BVC, Lincoln\’s Inn Bursary Award 2006.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Court of Protection and community care

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Edward LambDeka ChambersVery knowledgeable, very committed and good with clients.