Local Authority


The Deka Chambers family team is on the London Boroughs Legal Alliance (LBLA) panel and works with many local authorities throughout London.

Our growing team includes experienced barristers at all levels of call up to King’s Counsel. Our barristers work closely with local authority solicitors and social work teams, advising on complex legal matters from pre-proceedings stage right up to contested final hearings and fact-finding hearings.

The team is adept at dealing with urgent and short-notice hearings such as EPOs, urgent ICOs, DOLs applications and other applications under the Inherent Jurisdiction.

The Family Team benefits from inter-disciplinary experience and expertise, as many of our barristers are also able to advise and act on Court of Protection, Judicial Review and Human Rights matters.

The team can provide flexible and tailored training on a variety of topics, including webinars, seminars hosted in chambers and training days at local authority offices.

Local Authority Barristers

King's Counsel

Tim Parker KC

Call 1995 | Silk 2022

Edward Lamb KC

Call 2006 | Silk 2024

Juniors (15 years +)

Tara Vindis

Call 1996

Tabitha Barran

Call 1998

Marc Tregidgo

Call 2002

Oliver Millington

Call 2003

Alastair Hogarth

Call 2005

Kate Lamont

Call 2007

Laura Bumpus

Call 2008


Sarah Hunwick

Call 2011

William Dean

Call 2011

John Schmitt

Call 2013

Laura Hibberd

Call 2013

Max Melsa

Call 2015

Thomas Jones

Call 2015

Kyah Mufti

Call 2016

Irene Sriharan

Call 2016

Jake Richards

Call 2017

Theodore Bunce

Call 2017

Lucy Lodewyke

Call 2018

Francesca Kolar

Call 2018

Amelia Katz

Call 2018

Madeleine Miller

Call 2019

Louise Thomson

Call 2019

Thomas Clarke

Call 2022


Senior Clerks

Jaime Brooks

Joint Deputy Senior Clerk

Assistant Practice Managers

Louis Candy

Assistant Practice Manager

Junior Clerks

Abigail Clark

Junior Clerk

Latest News & Events

Family Law Briefing: July 2024

Welcome to the latest edition of the Briefing from the Family Team at Deka Chambers with articles by Francesca Kolar and Al Hogarth. At the end of a month of Pride celebrations across the country, in this edition of the Briefing we look at some…

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 will be followed…

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