Inquests & Inquiries


Deka Chambers has market leading expertise in the field of inquests and public inquiries, underpinned by our experience in other, related, areas including regulatory and disciplinary work, personal injury, clinical negligence, police and crime. Our team of leading silks and juniors provides a sophisticated service focused on understanding the particular needs of each client, which includes not only the immediate demands of the inquiry or inquest, but also consideration of the wider legal and commercial issues and risks. We offer expertise that enables us to assist individuals, public bodies and commercial organisations throughout the legal consequences of a fatal incident, from the inquest and any criminal / regulatory proceedings through to the management of a civil claim.

Members of Deka Chambers are currently instructed in the Post Office Horizon IT Inquiry, the Thirlwall Inquiry (Lucy Letby), for both families and organisations in the Covid 19 Inquiry and as part of the CTI team for the Paterson Inquests. Members have acted in some of the most complex and high profile inquiries and investigations in recent years, including the Manchester Arena Inquiry, the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, the Undercover Policing Inquiry, the Croydon Tram Disaster and the Sousse Inquest.

We are regularly instructed to advise on and appear at inquests on behalf of families, local authorities, police forces, government agencies, hospital trusts, and other statutory and commercial entities. We are recognised for our experience in handling complex Article 2 ECHR and jury inquests, as well as our excellent client care skills and sensitive and empathetic approach.

Areas of Expertise

  • Deaths in Custody
  • Article 2 ECHR Inquests
  • Jury Inquests
  • Industrial Diseases
  • Workplace Accidents
  • Road Traffic Accidents
  • Deaths Abroad
  • Suicides

Notable Cases

  • Post Office Horizon IT Inquiry
  • Covid 19 Inquiry
  • Manchester Arena Inquiry
  • Grenfell Tower Inquiry
  • Undercover Policing Inquiry
  • Croydon Tram Crash Inquest
  • Tunisian Terror Attack Inquests
  • The In-Amenas Inquest

Inquests & Inquiries Barristers

King's Counsel

Andrew Warnock KC

Call 1993 | Silk 2012

Tom Little KC

Call 1997 | Silk 2018

Giles Mooney KC

Call 1998 | Silk 2019

Tim Parker KC

Call 1995 | Silk 2022

Laura Johnson KC

Call 2001 | Silk 2022

Paul Stagg KC

Call 1994 | Silk 2024

James Thacker KC

Call 2001 | Silk 2024

Edward Lamb KC

Call 2006 | Silk 2024

Juniors (15 years +)

Gaurang Naik

Call 1985

Jonathan Loades

Call 1986

Edwin Buckett

Call 1988

Louise McCullough

Call 1991

Cyrus Katrak

Call 1991

Tara Vindis

Call 1996

Simon Brindle

Call 1998

Robert Horner

Call 1999

Adam Dawson

Call 2000

Gareth Munday

Call 2000

Sabrina Hartshorn

Call 2001

Gurion Taussig

Call 2001

Eleanor Mawrey

Call 2001

Ian Stebbings

Call 2001

Giles Bedloe

Call 2001

Marc Tregidgo

Call 2002

Esther Pounder

Call 2003

Abigail Stamp

Call 2004

James Byrne

Call 2006

Roderick Abbott

Call 2006

Catherine Atkinson

Call 2006

Jennifer Oborne

Call 2007

Thom Dyke

Call 2007

Ben Rodgers

Call 2007

Patricia Londono

Call 2008


Holly Tibbitts

Call 2010

William Dean

Call 2011

Helen Pooley

Call 2012

Ella Davis

Call 2013

John Schmitt

Call 2013

Laura Hibberd

Call 2013

Max Melsa

Call 2015

Thomas Jones

Call 2015

Dominique Smith

Call 2016

Richard Collier

Call 2016

Kyah Mufti

Call 2016

Jake Richards

Call 2017

Theodore Bunce

Call 2017

Susanna Bennett

Call 2017

Lucy Lodewyke

Call 2018

Francesca Kolar

Call 2018

Anirudh Mandagere

Call 2019

Thomas Clarke

Call 2022



Michael Goodridge

Director of Clerking & Business Development

Senior Clerks

Clark Chessis

Senior Clerk

David Barrow

Joint Deputy Senior Clerk

Jaime Brooks

Joint Deputy Senior Clerk

David Landa

Senior Criminal Clerk

Practice Managers

Ellie Brand

Practice Manager

Phillip Austin

Practice Manager

Assistant Practice Managers

Matthew Shepherd

Assistant Practice Manager

Jamie Moylan

Assistant Practice Manager

George Housden

Assistant Practice Manager

Jay Levell

Assistant Practice Manager

Junior Clerks

Ronnie Scarlett

Ronnie Scarlett

Junior Clerk

Lily Mason

Lily Mason

Junior Clerk

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