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9 Gough Chambers and 1 Chancery Lane announce completion of merger and the launch of Deka Chambers

News | Mon 3rd Oct, 2022

9 Gough Chambers and 1 Chancery Lane today complete their merger, first announced in April 2022. Together, the two sets are launching Deka Chambers.

Deka Chambers comprises over 110 barristers, including 14 market leading Silks. It is one of the biggest common law sets in the country. Based at 5 Norwich Street, London, Jacob Levy KC and Simon Readhead KC will be Joint Heads of Chambers.

Deka Chambers represents the union of two pre-eminent Sets: 9 Gough Chambers and 1 Chancery Lane. ‘Deka’ is Greek for the number 10 (9+1) and reflects the coming together of a wealth of expertise from the formidable roots of those legacy Sets. The decision to break with convention, with most Sets being named after their location, demonstrates the ambition of Deka Chambers as a forward thinking, inclusive and modern organisation, created to meet the changing needs of the legal market.

Deka Chambers offers a community of specialists with the range and depth to lead the most complex cases. Client service and teamwork are the cornerstones of all that we do. With a collaborative ethos, the Set will provide the personal service of its legacy Sets, but at a scale that enables greater choice and efficiency. Offering excellence at all levels, Deka Chambers provides advice and representation across England & Wales and offers a cross border team for cases with an international element.

Jacob Levy KC, Joint Head of Chambers at Deka Chambers said: “9 Gough Chambers and 1 Chancery Lane have embraced a rare opportunity to create something new. By combining as one merged set we aim to increase the choice and first-rate range of services for all our clients; to become even more efficient, more inclusive and more collaborative. We consider that Deka Chambers reflects our shared ambition and brings together our already formidable expertise and experience. Combined, we will continue to offer high quality advocacy and advice in the most interesting and complex cases covering all areas and at all levels.”

Simon Readhead KC, Joint Head of Chambers at Deka Chambers, said: “Deka Chambers is built on the shared aspirations and values of two -Chambers both of which are already widely recognised as pre-eminent in their fields. Having completed our merger, we look forward to the new and exciting opportunities this will bring for our clients, barristers and staff. By bringing together our specialist expertise and experience we aim to enhance the quality of the service that we offer to our existing clients as well as expanding and developing our large range of practice areas. We believe that Deka Chambers has an exciting future, focussed on understanding and responding to the needs of all our clients in a fast-changing market for legal services.”

Deka Chambers’ combined set has expertise across civil fraud; clinical negligence & healthcare; commercial, chancery & property; court of protection; credit hire; crime & fraud; family law; inquests & inquiries; personal injury; police law; professional negligence; public sector & human rights; regulatory & disciplinary; and travel & cross border claims.

With flexible conference spaces offering views over the London cityscape and state of the art facilities, Deka Chambers provides a modern environment that reflects the quality of the professional service it offers.

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