Alternative Dispute Resolution


Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is now a fundamental part of any litigation process.

The Master of the Rolls, Sir Geoffrey Vos, has stated that: “There is nothing alternative about either mediation, early neutral evaluation, or judge led resolution” but instead it should be considered as part of a range of dispute resolution processes, which also include litigation. The Commercial Court now uses the term “Negotiated Dispute Resolution” in place of ADR.

ADR works. It saves legal costs and stress for people, companies and public bodies involved in disputes. Avoiding litigation is best. The Courts encourage parties with disputes to use ADR and are increasingly willing to penalise parties that don’t.

We at Deka Chambers are wholeheartedly committed to the use of ADR.

Deka Chambers barristers support, encourage and use ADR to help resolve disputes in a wide range of common law and commercial fields.

We are experienced as mediators, as neutral evaluators and of course as advocates.

Further information is available on the tabs below.

Alternative Dispute Resolution Expertise

Alternative Dispute Resolution Barristers

King's Counsel

John Ross KC

Call 1971 | Silk 2001

Grahame Aldous KC

Call 1979 | Silk 2008

Tim Parker KC

Call 1995 | Silk 2022

Laura Johnson KC

Call 2001 | Silk 2022

Juniors (15 years +)

Gaurang Naik

Call 1985

Laura Begley

Call 1993

David Thomson

Call 1994

Laura Elfield

Call 1996

Simon Butler

Call 1996

Tara Vindis

Call 1996

Simon Brindle

Call 1998

Robert Horner

Call 1999

Dr Russell Wilcox

Call 2000

Simon Trigger

Call 2000

Gurion Taussig

Call 2001

Ian Stebbings

Call 2001

Giles Bedloe

Call 2001

Hugh Rimmer

Call 2003

Andrew Spencer

Call 2004

Bernard Pressman

Call 2004

Ian Clarke

Call 2005

Alastair Hogarth

Call 2005

Lisa Dobie

Call 2006

Jennifer Oborne

Call 2007


William Dean

Call 2011

Ella Davis

Call 2013

John Schmitt

Call 2013

Kerry Nicholson

Call 2015

Thomas Jones

Call 2015

Jake Richards

Call 2017

Theodore Bunce

Call 2017

Thomas Yarrow

Call 2018

Thomas Clarke

Call 2022


Practice Managers

Ellie Brand

Practice Manager

Assistant Practice Managers

Matthew Shepherd

Assistant Practice Manager

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