Overview

Deka Chambers offers strength and depth as one of the largest, specialist Clinical Negligence and Healthcare teams in the sector, with vast experience from a Claimant and Defendant perspective.

With an array of leading silks, leading juniors and rising stars, Deka is a market leader in the clinical negligence and healthcare sector.

Members have appeared in some of the most significant clinical negligence cases both in terms of value but also precedent making cases testing the boundaries of the law.

Deka Chambers, as a team and as individuals, are consistently recognised as leaders in this field. The team is praised for our approachability and friendliness, combined with its ‘top quality clinical negligence practitioners with skills to suit a variety of cases’ and their ‘broad range of experience amongst counsel which they share by their co-operation with each other’. Indeed clients note it is a brilliant set to work with”.

Our team covers all aspects of Clinical Negligence and Healthcare work including large, multi-party actions, fatal accidents, birth injury case, delays in diagnosis, organ retention, cervical screening, human growth hormone, cardiac surgery, dental, orthopaedic and ophthalmic claims, plastic surgery, high value spinal and brain injuries, complex quantum issues (both at trial and at settlement stage) professional disciplinary tribunals, GDC regulatory cases and complex issues of limitation and consent.

Every member is committed to providing the best possible service to professional and lay clients alike. Our members pride themselves in being utterly committed, friendly, calm and always prepared. They put witnesses at ease and are skilled at getting to the root of issues with experts. Without egos, we achieve the best outcomes with our attention to detail and clear and confident advice.

The Clinical Negligence and Healthcare team at Deka Chambers have outstanding and fearless trial advocates. Our advocates maintain significant experience in trial and appellate advocacy, which provides strategic insight and advice so that the best approach to a specific case can always be found.

Areas of Expertise

  • Clinical Negligence and Medical Law claims which include claims under the Human Rights Act 1998;
  • Court of Protection;
  • Regulatory;
  • Inquests;
  • High value personal injury;
  • Cross border clinical negligence claims and/or quantifying claims where Claimants are now resident abroad; and
  • Niche duty of care, vicarious liability and non-delegable duty cases.

A number of Members of Chambers contribute to publications including Kemp and Kemp and JC Guidelines.

Notable Cases

  • Paul v Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust [2022] EWCA Civ 12; [2022] 2 WLR 917
  • Hopkins (A Child) v Akramy [2020] EWHC 3445 (QB); [2021] 2 W.L.R 893
  • Wilkins v University Hospital North Midlands NHS Trust [2021] EWHC 2164 (QB)
  • Pawley v Whitecross Dental Care Ltd [2021] EWCA Civ 1827
  • XX v Whittington Hospital [2020] UKSC 14
  • Barclays Bank Plc v Various Claimants [2020] UKSC 13
  • Sanderson v Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust [2020] EWHC 20 (QB)
  • Buckley v Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust [2019] 4 EWHC 1493 (QB)
  • Diamond v Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust [2019] EWCA Civ 585
  • Brayshaw v Partners of Apsley Surgery [2018] EWHC 3286 (QB), [2019] 2 All ER 997; [2019] EWHC 889 (QB)
  • Barnett v Medway NHS Trust [2017] EWCA Civ 235
  • Spire Healthcare Ltd v Brooke [2016] EWHC 2828 (QB)
  • Daniel v St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust and London Ambulance Service [2016] EWHC 23 (QB)
  • Tait v Gloucester Hospitals NHS Trust [2015] EWHC 848
  • Griffiths v Secretary of State for Health [2015] EWHC 1264 (QB)
  • Mullholland v Medway NHS Foundation Trust [2015] EWHC 268 (QB); (2015) 144 BMLP 50
  • Symes v St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust [2014] EWHC 2505 (QB)
  • Peters v East Midlands SHA [2009] EWCA Civ 145
  • Peter v (1) East Midlands SHA (2) Nottingham City Council [2008] EWHC 778 (QB)
  • JD v East Berkshire Community Health [2005] 2 AC 373

Clinical Negligence & Healthcare Barristers

Jacob Levy KC


Call: 1986 Silk: 2014

Simon Readhead KC

Simon Readhead KC


Call: 1979 Silk: 2006

John Foy KC


Call: 1969 Silk: 1998

Edward Faulks KC

Edward Faulks KC


Call: 1973 Silk: 1996

Grahame Aldous KC


Call: 1979 Silk: 2008

Edward Bishop QC

Edward Bishop KC


Call: 1985 Silk: 2011

Stuart McKechnie KC


Call: 1997 Silk: 2018

Giles Mooney KC


Call: 1998 Silk: 2019

Laura Johnson QC

Laura Johnson KC


Call: 2001 Silk: 2022

Roger Hiorns


Call: 1983

Bruce Silvester


Call: 1983

Gaurang Naik


Call: 1985

Stephen Glynn


Call: 1990

Angus Piper

Angus Piper


Call: 1991

Cyrus Katrak


Call: 1991

Jeremy Crowther


Call: 1991

Laura Begley


Call: 1993

David Thomson


Call: 1994

Paul Stagg

Paul Stagg


Call: 1994

Laura Elfield


Call: 1996

Jeremy Ford


Call: 1996

Tara Vindis


Call: 1996

Simon Butler


Call: 1996

Johnathan Payne


Call: 1997

Simon Brindle


Call: 1998

Perrin Gibbons


Call: 1998

Robert Horner


Call: 1999

Linda Nelson


Call: 2000

Adam Dawson


Call: 2000

Russell Wilcox

Dr Russell Wilcox


Call: 2000

Simon Trigger

Simon Trigger


Call: 2000

Gurion Taussig


Call: 2001

Ben Hicks

Ben Hicks


Call: 2001

Sabrina Hartshorn


Call: 2001

Esther Pounder


Call: 2003

Hugh Rimmer


Call: 2003

Abigail Stamp


Call: 2004

Ian Clarke

Ian Clarke


Call: 2005

Lisa Dobie

Lisa Dobie


Call: 2006

James Byrne


Call: 2006

Edward Lamb


Call: 2006

Catherine Atkinson


Call: 2006

Ben Rodgers


Call: 2007

Kate Lamont


Call: 2007

Laura Bumpus


Call: 2008

Holly Tibbitts


Call: 2010

Tom Collins

Tom Collins


Call: 2010

William Dean


Call: 2011

Helen Pooley


Call: 2012

Francesca O'Neill

Francesca O’Neill


Call: 2012

Ella Davis

Ella Davis


Call: 2013

John Schmitt


Call: 2013

Laura Hibberd


Call: 2013

Kerry Nicholson

Kerry Nicholson


Call: 2015

Thomas Jones


Call: 2015

Dominique Smith

Dominique Smith


Call: 2016

Richard Collier

Richard Collier


Call: 2016

Kyah Mufti


Call: 2016

Jake Richards


Call: 2017

Theodore Bunce


Call: 2017

Susanna Bennett

Susanna Bennett


Call: 2017

Thomas Yarrow

Thomas Yarrow


Call: 2018

Francesca Kolar


Call: 2018

Lucy Lodewyke


Call: 2018

Amelia Katz


Call: 2018

Henk Soede

Henk Soede


Call: 2019

Anirudh Mandagere

Anirudh Mandagere


Call: 2019

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