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Sarah Prager appointed King’s Counsel

It is with great pleasure that Deka Chambers announces that Sarah Prager has been appointed King’s Counsel in the Ministry of Justice’s new Silk appointments published today, 23 December 2022.

Sarah was called to the Bar in 1997 and specialises in travel…

Dekinar: Scope of Duty and Retainers in Professional Negligence: An Update

In this webinar, James Holmes-Milner and Francesca O’Neill look at some of the most recent decisions on scope, and examine the impact of the decisions in Miller v Irwin Mitchell, Manchester Building Society v Grant Thornton UK LLP, and Percy v Merriman…

Slaughterhouse operator fined for failure to adhere to welfare legislation

Today at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court, District Judge King fined Shazan Foods Ltd (formerly 1Stop Halal Ltd) for 10 offences of failing to comply with standards set out in animal welfare legislation.

The offences related to incidents on six dates when, at the…

Deka Chambers publishes pupillage application form and guidance

Deka Chambers will be inviting applications from candidates for pupillage in line with the Bar Council timetable. Applications will be accepted from 4 January to 8 February 2023.

We are advertising for up to three vacancies: one to commence in October 2023;…

The Role of Expert Witnesses in Consent Cases

It is now seven years since the Supreme Court handed down judgment in Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board [2015] AC 1430, and although that judgment has significantly changed the legal framework underpinning informed consent claims, the presentation of expert evidence in such…

Dominique Smith acts for family in workplace death inquest

Dominique Smith, instructed by Sophie Connolly of

Deka Chambers’ Christmas Opening Hours

Everyone at Deka Chambers would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and all best wishes for 2023.

We have reduced opening hours over the Christmas period:

Friday 23rd December: 8.30am – 2.00pm

Monday 26th December: CLOSED – BANK HOLIDAY

Tuesday 27th…

Big changes afoot to QOCS: new rules will reverse Ho v Adelekun & Cartwright v Venduct


All personal injury practitioners know that in a QOCS case a costs order in a defendant’s favour can be enforced against orders for damages and interest in a claimant’s favour (“costs/damages enforcement”). Whether a costs order in a defendant’s favour can…

Tom Little KC obtains double jeopardy conviction for murder and rape dating back to 1975

In 1976 Dennis McGrory was acquitted of the murder of his common-law niece who was 15 years old at the time of her murder in 1975. At that time there was no ability to conduct DNA comparisons. However, in 2019 following the…

The Dekagram 19th December 2022

As the team staggers thankfully to the Finish Line of the year represented by the forthcoming Christmas holidays, we have paused to reflect on the loyalty and good humour of you, our readers, who have seen us through another stonking year. The…

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