Deka Briefing: Abuse



Deka Chambers is a pre-eminent common law Set. We have leading practitioners in civil, family and criminal law. We consider this diversity a real strength in the service we are able to offer our clients.  Legal problems often straddle more than one field of law. In helping clients resolve them, we are able to offer and draw upon the expertise of our members across our different practice areas. There are many areas where we have complementary expertise: for example the related work of our police, crime and inquests and inquiries teams; the union of our cross border and clinical negligence teams in overseas surgery cases; and the benefit our professional negligence team enjoys from having in house commercial, criminal, family, property and personal injury practitioners.

This Briefing demonstrates this cross-jurisdictional expertise in cases involving allegations of abuse. It is an area where in the last 12 months members of chambers have advised and represented clients in precedent setting cases in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, as well as at first instance in the family, criminal, civil courts and inquests and inquiries. Here, our contributors cover a range of topics, including the law governing the removal of children from their families,  crime, developments in clinical settings following the Lucy Letby case, limitation and contribution proceedings in civil claims,  package holiday claims, and the threshold for a claim under the Human Rights Act 1998.

In this briefing you will find articles on:

  • Limitation in Abuse Cases
  • Abuse in the Clinical Context: Lessons from Letby
  • Woodcock v Chief Constable of Northamptonshire [2023] EWHC 1062 (KB) – A Common Law Duty of Care to Warn?
  • Recovering Losses from Abusers: Claims under the Civil Liability (Contribution) Act 1978
  • Claims Arising out of Assaults in a Package Holiday Context
  • The Removal of Children from the Care of their Parents in the Family Court: Relevant Statutory Provisions and Case Law
  • Tolerating Diverse Parenting: The Threshold for Article 3 in Family Cases
  • Staying Criminal Proceedings for Abuse of Process: A Brief Digest

Read the Briefing in full.

Featured Counsel

Andrew Warnock KC

Call 1993 | Silk 2012

Tim Parker KC

Call 1995 | Silk 2022

Sarah Prager KC

Call 1997 | Silk 2023

Giles Bedloe

Call 2001

Andrew Spencer

Call 2004

Ian Clarke

Call 2005

Lisa Dobie

Call 2006

Patricia Londono

Call 2008

Conor Kennedy

Call 2011

Kerry Nicholson

Call 2015

Thomas Jones

Call 2015

Latest News & Events

Personal Injury Briefing: June 2024

Welcome to the latest edition of the Deka Personal Injury team briefing. In this edition we will be focusing on ‘Witness Statements’ and ‘Fundamental Dishonesty and Indemnity Costs.’ Laura Hibberd provides some very helpful guidance through a series of ‘cautionary tales.’  It may be said…

The Contaminated Blood Scandal: Part 1 – the background

In the 1970’s the NHS had an almost insatiable need for blood. New treatments needed large quantities of “hema” and a scientific discovery gave a group of sick individuals a reprieve (or so they thought) from their suffering.   Haemophiliacs lack a specific protein, factor…

The Dekagram: 10th June 2024

Glover & Anor v Fluid Structural Engineers & Technical Designers Ltd & Ors [2024] EWHC 1257 (TCC) – a case highlighting the dangers of getting involved in the preparation of experts’ joint statements This judgment follows an application by the claimants within proceedings seeking permission to replace…

Subscribe to our mailing list

Deka Chambers: 5 Norwich Street, London EC4A 1DR

© Deka Chambers 2024


Portfolio Builder

Select the expertise that you would like to download or add to the portfolio

Download    Add to portfolio   
Title Type CV Email

Remove All


Click here to share this shortlist.
(It will expire after 30 days.)