Police Law


Deka Chambers are a leading police law set with members having represented various police forces in some of the most significant and prominent police cases in recent years.

Various members of chambers are rated by the legal directories as leaders in the field having represented police forces before all tribunals from the Supreme Court to the Magistrates.

Chambers’ work encompasses civil actions concerning fatal shootings, deaths in custody, misfeasance (including wrongful arrest and false imprisonment), personal injury and claims of assault, human rights act claims, judicial review proceedings, matters relating to data protection and privacy, inquests, police conduct and operational matters.

Barristers also regularly give training to forces and regional crime units on a variety of procedural and operational matters.

Areas of Expertise

  • Civil disputes concerning the police at High Court and County Court level
  • Police misconduct
  • Operational matters
  • Civil proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002
  • Employers’ Liability and Public Liability claims
  • Judicial review proceedings
  • Data Protection and Privacy claims
  • Applications under section 139 of the Mental Health Act 1983
  • Inquests
  • Public Inquiries
  • Disciplinary proceedings and Police Authority appeals concerning serving officers
  • Police led applications such Sex Offender Orders, Proceeds of Crime Orders, Closure Orders and Anti-Social Behaviour Orders
  • Firearms applications and appeals

Notable Cases

  • Tindall v Chief Constable of Thames Valley [2022] RTR 16
  • Archer v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2022] 2 WLR 528
  • Hillsborough litigation [2021]
  • Chief Constable of Essex Police v Transport Arendonk BVBA [2020] 1 WLUK 192
    Appeal of a refusal to strike out a claim in negligence brought by a haulier whose lorry was robbed whilst the driver was lawfully under arrest.
  • Parker v Chief Constable of Essex [2019] 1 WLR 2238
    A person who is unlawfully arrested is nevertheless entitled only to nominal damages if he would have been arrested lawfully had the police realised their mistake.
  • Brown v Metropolitan Police Commissioner [2019] EWCA Civ 1724
    No automatic QOWCS protection for a personal injury claimant who includes other causes of action in the claim.
  • James-Bowen v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2018] UKSC 40
    Successfully represented the Commissioner in the Supreme Court in this case concerning whether employers owe a duty of care to their employees in the way in which they conduct litigation.
  • Van Colle v Chief Constable of Hertfordshire [2009] 1 AC 225
  • Ashley v Chief Constable of Sussex [2008] 1 AC 962
  • A v Hoare [2008] 1 AC 844

A great set with a good range of counsel.

Excellent set from top to bottom.

An exceptional set with very talented counsel, they often offer us training in relation to various subjects which assist our officers and staff.

A strong set for police defence representation. The barristers can be relied upon to apply their deep knowledge of tort and human rights law, and police operations, wherever serious wrongdoing is alleged by members of the public.

Police Law 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

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 +)

Julian Waters

Call 1986

Edwin Buckett

Call 1988

Jeremy Crowther

Call 1991

Tara Vindis

Call 1996

Dr Russell Wilcox

Call 2000

Eleanor Mawrey

Call 2001

Ian Stebbings

Call 2001

Giles Bedloe

Call 2001

Jack Harding

Call 2004

Ian Clarke

Call 2005

Lisa Dobie

Call 2006

Roderick Abbott

Call 2006

Catherine Atkinson

Call 2006

Kate Lamont

Call 2007

Jennifer Oborne

Call 2007

Thom Dyke

Call 2007

Ben Rodgers

Call 2007

Patricia Londono

Call 2008


William Dean

Call 2011

Ella Davis

Call 2013

John Schmitt

Call 2013

Kerry Nicholson

Call 2015

Richard Collier

Call 2016

Theodore Bunce

Call 2017

Susanna Bennett

Call 2017

Thomas Yarrow

Call 2018

Lucy Lodewyke

Call 2018

Francesca Kolar

Call 2018

Amelia Katz

Call 2018

Madeleine Miller

Call 2019

Louise Thomson

Call 2019

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

Lauren Carter

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

Latest News & Events

Jennie Oborne secures highest ever account forfeiture order pursued by the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit

Jennie Oborne represented the Chief Constable of Hertfordshire Constabulary in respect of an application to forfeit £1.4 million held in a series of third party accounts controlled by the interested party. The investigation had revealed a complex set of transactions that demonstrated that the funds…

Recognition for Deka Chambers’ barristers in Best Lawyers 2025

Congratulations to our eleven barristers who have been recognised by their peers in The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom 2025. Jacob Levy KC, Simon Readhead KC, Edward Faulks KC, Graham Aldous KC, Edward Bishop KC, Andrew Warnock KC, Matthew Chapman KC, Sarah Prager KC,…

Deka Chambers takes part in London Legal Walk

Our team of 15 walkers took part in yesterday’s London Legal Support Trust Legal Walk. The team joined tens of thousands of walkers who come together to raise funds and awareness and help support over 100 free legal advice charities, including Advocate and Free Representation Unit (FRU). Please…

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