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News: Paul Stagg KC

Failure to Remove: Where are we now?

Join us on Thursday, 9th May when leading practitioners from Deka Chambers’ Civil and Family teams will come together to provide a unique analysis of issues arising in claims against local authorities relating to the removal of children into care.

The conference…

Deka Chambers celebrates Silks Day for Paul Stagg KC, James Thacker KC and Edward Lamb KC

Huge congratulations to Paul Stagg KC, James Thacker KC and Edward Lamb KC who have been formally sworn in as King’s Counsel today at Westminster Hall.

Use of force in police custody: Chief Constable of Essex Police v Carter

Martin Spencer J has today handed down a judgment allowing an appeal by the Chief Constable of Essex Police from a judgment given by Recorder Dagnall sitting in the County Court at Colchester in a claim brought by Mr Matthew Carter.


HXA and YXA in the Supreme Court


By its decision in HXA v Surrey CC; YXA v Wolverhampton CC [2023] UKSC 52, the Supreme Court has allowed the appeals of the defendant local authorities from the decision of the Court of Appeal [2022] EWCA Civ 1196, [2023] 1…

HXA v Surrey CC and YXA v Wolverhampton CC: Supreme Court allows defendants’ appeals

The Supreme Court handed down judgment on the appeals of the defendant local authorities in these two cases this morning.

A copy of the judgment as handed down is

Supreme Court refuses permission to appeal in AB v Worcestershire CC

On November 21st, the Supreme Court made an order dismissing the claimant’s application for permission to appeal from the decision of the Court of Appeal in AB v Worcestershire CC, now reported at [2023] 2 FLR 795.  The Court of Appeal upheld…

Deka Chambers marks International Men’s Day

In the run up to International Men’s Day 2023, Paul Stagg writes about why this year’s theme is so important.

November 19th every year is International Men’s Day.  Knowing this fact gives you a straightforward answer when, in the run-up to March…

Dekinar Recording: Recent Developments in Police Misconduct and Negligence Claims

In yesterday’s webinar, Paul Stagg and Roderick Abbott talked about recent developments in police misconduct.

Paul Stagg examined recent developments in negligence claims against police forces, with a focus on the vexed issue of when police officers owe duties of care…

Paul Stagg appointed Recorder

We are pleased to announce that Paul Stagg has been appointed as a Recorder. He will be sitting on the Midland Circuit. The appointment takes effect from Tuesday, 30th May 2023.

All at Deka Chambers wish Paul every success in his appointment.

Appeal in HRA ‘failure to remove’ claim dismissed – AB v Worcestershire CC

The Court of Appeal has today dismissed the claimant’s appeal against the order of Ms Margaret Obi, sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge, granting summary judgment to two defendant councils in respect of allegations that their failure to seek care orders…

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