Deka Chambers takes part in London Legal Walk

Our team of walkers is looking forward to the London Legal Support Trust Legal Walk taking place on Tuesday, 18th June. We’re hoping to raise as much as we can for vital free legal advice charities, including Advocate and Free Representation Unit (FRU). 2024 marks the London Legal Walk’s…

Consultation Paper Seeks Reform of Limitation Law in Child Sexual Abuse Cases

The Ministry of Justice has released a consultation paper seeking views on potential reforms to the law of limitation in child sexual abuse cases in England and Wales. Under the current law, child sexual abuse cases in civil courts are subject to the same three-year…

Max Melsa appears in Court of Appeal in Re D (Children: Interim Care Order: Hair Strand Testing) [2024] EWCA Civ 498

Max Melsa represented the children, through their Children’s Guardian, in the first case to reach the Court of Appeal specifically dealing with the interpretation of Hair-Strand Tests in care proceedings. The appeal was made by the mother against the interim separation of three children from…

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…

Deka Chambers launches new website

We are excited to unveil our new website. Deka Chambers launched in 2022 as a forward thinking, modern and inclusive set that aimed to break with convention, offering our clients the range, scale and depth to lead the most complex cases, with a client-centred personal…

Current topics in International Children Cases

Join us on 25th April 2024 when Edward Lamb KC will be giving a keynote talk on current topics in international children cases. Deka Chambers is also delighted and privileged to announce that Edward will be joined by Her Honour Judge Sapnara (Central Family Court and Deputy…

Withholding Disclosure in Family Cases: T (Children: Non-Disclosure) [2024] EWCA Civ 241

This case concerned an appeal which overturned Mr Justice Francis’ decision to withhold disclosure of a child’s mental health struggles from their father.  Factual and Procedural History This appeal arose in the context of private law dispute involving two children, aged 12 and 8. In…

Key points in recent Family Law decisions

Appointment of Intermediaries Guidance on the use of intermediaries was given by Lieven J in West Northamptonshire Council v. KA [2024 EWHC 79 (Fam), a case involving a mother described as “profoundly deaf”. A cognitive assessment concluded that the mother did not have a learning…

Family Law Briefing: March 2024

Welcome to the latest edition of the Briefing from the Family Team at Deka Chambers with articles by Madeleine Miller and William Dean. Madeleine Miller considers the Court of Appeal’s decision in Re K (Children) (Powers of the Family Court) [2024] EWCA Civ 2, in…

Success in Supreme Court for Edward Faulks KC

Judgment has been handed down in the Supreme Court today in the case of Potanina v Potanin. This is a landmark judgment for those looking to bring applications under Part III of the Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984. Edward Faulks KC successfully represented the appellant, instructed…

Highly Commended at British Family Law Awards

Chambers is proud to have been highly commended for Chambers of the Year at the inaugural British Family Law Awards. The awards ceremony was held last night at the Harbour House Hotel in Bristol. You can find the full list of winners here. Congratulations to…

Balancing Openness and Confidentiality: The Transparency Reporting Pilot in the Family Courts

On Monday 29 January 2024 the Transparency Reporting Pilot, which was launched last year in Cardiff, Leeds and Carlisle, will be extended and come into effect in a number of other court centres, including the Family Courts at the Central Family Court, East London and…

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