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The Dekagram: 15th January 2024

It’s 2024! The team has returned from its Winter holidays (skiing in Lincolnshire, since you ask. That’s the last time we let Jack book our hols), and we’re ready to attack the year with renewed vigour. And it’s just as well that…

Deka Chambers Attends University of Law Pupillage Fair Event

Barristers from Deka Chambers were delighted to attend the University of Law’s online pupillage fair on 21 November 2023. During the event, students on the Bar Course were able to meet practising barristers to ask about our various practice areas and to…

Dekinar Recording: Evidence – Witness and Expert

In yesterday’s webinar, Esther Pounder and John Schmitt considered both witness and expert evidence, covering the following points.

Witness statements – dos and don’ts.

Part 32 requirements and problems that may arise.

Vulnerable witnesses – what can be done to assist?


The Dekagram: 10th July 2023

This week we bring you news of two cases considering how and when to claim items of special damage (spoiler: claim them as such, and ideally prior to judgment). We were also interested to read an appeal judgment, in Merlin Entertainments Plc…


John Schmitt appears as sole counsel in the Court of Appeal in this significant case.

John was instructed by Jonathan Jonas of Osbornes LLP in the representation of a Respondent father who had campaigned throughout longstanding care proceedings, for many months as…

Members taking part in Cycle for Smart Works Challenge

Ten members of chambers are taking part in the Cycle for Smart Works challenge, raising vital funds this International Women’s Day.

The Dekagram 13th February 2023

This week the team’s spent our time discussing whether a cat is a Jack Russell or a Chihuahua, and reaching the tentative conclusion that it’s neither – it’s the magnificent king of the animals. Having cleared that up, we asked ourselves whether…

Dekinar Recording: Annual Festive Case Law Update: Part 2

In this week’s webinar, Esther Pounder, Andrew Spencer, Ed Lamb, John Schmitt and Amelia Katz took attendees on a whistlestop tour of key cases of 2022.

They looked at the most interesting and significant cases of the year in the areas of…

Members of 9 Gough Chambers deliver in-house seminars to Leigh Day Solicitors on inquests and fatal accidents claims

On 4 and 16 March 2022, members of 9 Gough Chambers delivered in-house lunchtime seminars to Leigh Day Solicitors on inquests and fatal accidents claims.

John Schmitt, William Dean, Christopher Stephenson, Cyrus Katrak, Laura Elfield and Abigail Stamp spoke on bringing claims…

John Schmitt represents family at the inquest touching Heike Mojay-Sinclare

The inquest has received national press coverage on account of the appalling tragedy of the death and the questions it raised as to how such a death could have been allowed to happen. John was instructed by Vashti Prescott of Kidd Rapinet…

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