Early Neutral Evaluation


Deka Chambers offers Early Neutral Evaluation (“ENE”), which provides parties to disputes with non-binding evaluation or assessment of the merits and quantum either on paper or at a joint meeting to assist in resolving tricky issues.

ENE is a step beyond joint settlement meetings. The process is fast and effective and provides an expert neutral view of the issues, or any of them, before mounting legal costs become an impediment to settlement. It can be binding or non-binding as the parties agree.

In addition to advising on the likely result of the dispute, if litigated, an evaluator can suggest solutions that involve apologies, or undertakings as to future treatment or care, or provision of future employment, in a way that would not be available if the matter proceeded to litigation.

Since 1st October 2015, judicial case management powers have included the power to carry out judicial ENE and the Courts are willing to order the parties to engage in this, whether or not both parties agree. Independent ENE enables the parties to retain control of the process. It is particularly useful where the parties have very differing views on the prospects of success.

ENE is usually conducted by a more senior member of Chambers, as the parties require an experienced view of the merits and issues. However, depending upon value and complexity, it may be suitable to instruct someone more junior. Please enquire with the clerks as to fees and availability.

We offer ENE of personal injury and clinical negligence claims, professional negligence claims and commercial disputes.

Early Neutral Evaluation Expertise

Early Neutral Evaluation 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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