The areas of work in which we have particular expertise, experience and excellence.
Deka Chambers consistently attracts praise from the major legal directories across a broad range of its practice areas.
We are a band 1 set for personal injury in Chambers & Partners, with 11 silks and 11 juniors ranked. Chambers & Partners writes “A well-regarded set, noted for its expert representation of both claimants and defendants in a wide range of personal injury matters. The team regularly undertakes work relating to catastrophic injuries and fatal accidents, and the set houses considerable strength in cases with an international element”. “This top-tier personal injury set … also has members who are recognised for their ability to manage industrial disease claims effectively.”
We are also a band 1 set for Travel: International Personal Injury, with 2 silks and 5 juniors ranked. Chambers & Partners says the set: “Retains its reputation as one of the leading chambers for cross-border personal injury work. The set houses a strong group of barristers who are experienced in the handling of holiday sickness actions and complex catastrophic injury and fatal claims arising from foreign RTAs, maritime accidents and aircraft incidents.”
The set is ranked for Clinical Negligence, with 8 silks and 7 juniors ranked. Chambers & Partners says: “A strong bench of clinical negligence barristers at both senior and junior level. Members are routinely called upon to act for both claimants and defendants, and are experienced in the handling of complex cases.”
We are also ranked for Police Law: Mainly Defendant, with 2 silks and 6 juniors ranked. Chambers & Partners says: “The barristers can be relied upon to apply their deep knowledge of tort and human rights law, and police operations, wherever serious wrongdoing is alleged by members of the public.”
Members of Deka Chambers are also ranked in the fields of Administrative & Public Law, Crime, Family, Financial Crime and Motor Insurance Fraud.
In Legal 500 we are a tier 1 set for Personal Injury, with 10 silks and 20 juniors ranked, plus 2 junior ranked for Industrial Disease. Legal 500 says: “Fully deserving of its reputation as a leading set in the field of personal injury.”
We are also a tier 1 set for Travel Law (including jurisdictional issues), with 4 silks, 6 juniors and 1 rising star. with 5 of these being ranked tier 1. Legal 500 says: “They really know their stuff on international travel. Perhaps the best travel law set.”
We are ranked in Clinical Negligence, with 8 silks and 12 juniors ranked. Legal 500 says:
We are ranked in Police Law (forces and constables), with 2 silks and 7 juniors ranked.
We are ranked in Professional Negligence, with 3 silks and 3 juniors ranked.
We are ranked in Children Law, with 1 silk and 3 juniors ranked.
Legal 500 also ranks members of Deka Chambers for Administrative & Public Law, Construction, Court of Protection, Crime, Fraud: Crime Health & Safety, Inquests & Inquiries and Property Litigation,
Our staff receive praise from both directories. Chambers UK say: “No call ever goes unanswered and requests for costs budgeting data are invariably dealt with in full, within an hour.” Legal 500 note that “‘the clerking is the best in the business, as is Michael Goodridge‘ (director of business development: civil and crime), who has ‘a fantastic understanding of the commercial matrix that laws firms are working to nowadays’.”
Members of Deka Chambers are also highly regarded by clients:
“I would like to thank all for the service I have received over the last 20+ years. Everyone within chambers, from the juniors (most recently Jake Richards), through to Jacob Levy QC and Andrew Ritchie QC, have over the years provided an excellent service and have never let me down.”
“A special mention for Michael Goodridge (Director of Clerking) who has been nothing short of superb. He has always found the right person for the right job, as well as late cover for last-minute hearings, and made sure I felt the fee was fair, and that value was always added. His cool, calm telephone manner made nothing seem too much to ask, and that no hurdle could not be overcome. He is truly a credit to Chambers”.
“I have used them for a number of years because I find the Barristers are not only very knowledgeable in their field, but, just as important, they are extremely approachable. Both Clark Chessis and David Barrow bend over backwards to help.”
“We cannot recommend their Counsel and Clerks highly enough. When instructing Counsel, we always place a strong emphasis on the importance of working together for the benefit of our clients. We know for certain that when we instruct them, our clients will have the benefit of extremely knowledgeable, approachable and professional Counsel who we have every confidence will assist in achieving the best possible outcome.”