Overview

Deka Chambers offers leading silks and juniors practising in travel and cross-border claims, who have been involved in this field of specialism since its inception and who have appeared in most of the key cases in the area.

Known for their expertise, our team specialises in the full range of cross-border disputes: private international law, package travel claims, international carriage conventions and contractual recovery. Members are regularly instructed on both sides of the Court, including instructions from leading tour operators, airlines, cruise operators, trade associations, tourist boards, charities and insurers (both domestic and overseas). The team frequently deal with high-value, complex cases and provide nationwide representation in all civil courts, including the Supreme Court and, in the recent past, the Court of Justice (EU).

Members of the team are known for their proficiency in advising on package travel claims and on issues concerning liability, jurisdiction and applicable law. They are also regularly instructed in cases falling within the jurisdiction of the Admiralty Court.

Deka Chambers is the home of the leading textbook in the field, Saggerson on Travel Law and Litigation, and members contribute to the Travel and Tourism Lawyers’ Association (TATLA) newsletter and other publications.

Areas of Expertise

  • Jurisdiction and Private International Law
  • Package Travel claims
  • Athens Convention claims
  • Montreal Convention claims
  • Cross-border clinical negligence
  • Contractual recovery

Notable Cases

  • Brownlie v Four Seasons Holding Inc [2018] 1 WLR 192 (SC)
  • Labbadia v Alitalia (Societa Aerea Italian SpA) [2019] EWHC 2103 (Admin) 2019 WL 03531497
  • Tattersall v Seguros (case C-708/20, CJEU)
  • Wood v TUI Travel PLC (t/a First Choice) [2018] QB 927 (CA)
  • Lougheed v On The Beach Ltd [2014] EWCA Civ 1538 (CA)
  • Japp v Virgin Holidays Ltd [2013] EWCA Civ 1371 (CA)

Travel & Cross Border Claims Barristers

Jacob Levy KC


Call: 1986 Silk: 2014

John Foy KC


Call: 1969 Silk: 1998

John Ross QC

John Ross KC


Call: 1971 Silk: 2001

Grahame Aldous KC


Call: 1979 Silk: 2008

Matthew Chapman KC

Matthew Chapman KC


Call: 1994 Silk: 2017

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

Edwin Buckett


Call: 1988

Stephen Glynn


Call: 1990

Cyrus Katrak


Call: 1991

Jeremy Crowther


Call: 1991

Laura Begley


Call: 1993

Laura Elfield


Call: 1996

Jeremy Ford


Call: 1996

Tara Vindis


Call: 1996

Sarah Prager

Sarah Prager


Call: 1997

Simon Brindle


Call: 1998

Robert Horner


Call: 1999

Linda Nelson


Call: 2000

Adam Dawson


Call: 2000

Russell Wilcox

Dr Russell Wilcox


Call: 2000

Gurion Taussig


Call: 2001

Sabrina Hartshorn


Call: 2001

Giles Bedloe


Call: 2001

Esther Pounder


Call: 2003

Hugh Rimmer


Call: 2003

Abigail Stamp


Call: 2004

Jack Harding

Jack Harding


Call: 2004

Andrew Spencer

Andrew Spencer


Call: 2004

Jennifer Newcomb


Call: 2006

James Byrne


Call: 2006

Edward Lamb


Call: 2006

Catherine Atkinson


Call: 2006

Ben Rodgers


Call: 2007

Kate Lamont


Call: 2007

Robert Parkin

Robert Parkin


Call: 2009

Holly Tibbitts


Call: 2010

Tom Collins

Tom Collins


Call: 2010

William Dean


Call: 2011

Conor Kennedy

Conor Kennedy


Call: 2011

Helen Pooley


Call: 2012

Ella Davis

Ella Davis


Call: 2013

John Schmitt


Call: 2013

Laura Hibberd


Call: 2013

Max Melsa


Call: 2015

Kerry Nicholson

Kerry Nicholson


Call: 2015

Thomas Jones


Call: 2015

Dominique Smith

Dominique Smith


Call: 2016

Kyah Mufti


Call: 2016

Theodore Bunce


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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