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DCC Chambers & Partners 2019 Rankings

Deans Court Chambers are pleased to announce that a significant number of our members have been ranked across 13 practice areas in the Chambers and Partners 2019 directory. It is the first time DCC’s Motor Insurance Fraud team has been ranked as a department.

The overview of our ranked department’s states:


Strong personal injury chambers, well regarded for its representation of both defendant and claimant clients in the full range of personal injury claims. The set also offers expertise in inquests and inquiries, and cases involving complex issues of costs and insurance coverage. Members are experienced in the handling of claims at all levels, up to and including those litigated in the Supreme Court. The set's clients include several insurers, local authorities, trade unions and national corporates, as well as individual claimants. Instructing solicitors praise Deans Court Chambers as "a very user-friendly and approachable set," adding that "the quality of counsel is consistently high."


Deans Court Chambers provides high-calibre advice and representation to both claimants and defendants, ranging from companies and insurers to local authorities. Its instructions concern a variety of allegations including fraud, dishonesty, staged accidents and exaggeration of the severity of injuries. Its members are adept at dealing with the complex evidential issues which are a staple of these kinds of cases. They often appear in contempt of court proceedings.


A "strong and reliable" set with experience covering a range of clinical negligence matters, such as complex obstetric claims including those relating to cerebral palsy. Barristers at the chambers also offer advice on orthopaedic and spinal claims, such as amputations and failures to diagnose cauda equina syndrome. The barristers act in claims relating to the negligent actions of surgeons, GPs, dentists and others. The set boasts strong capability in both claimant and defence work, and solicitors say "they have a respectful approach to all parties."


Houses a number of experienced criminal advocates who practice on the Northern Circuit and beyond. Members are frequently instructed in high-profile criminal matters such as murder, sexual offences and other violent crimes. They also act in cases relating to serious organised crime, including major drugs offences. Recent work highlights include R v Hughes and Hughes, with members acting for the defendants accused of systematic physical and sexual abuse of two girls who had been in long-term foster care.


Deans Court Chambers offers marked capabilities in public and private family law matters and counts numerous specialist practitioners among its ranks. Members of the set act for all parties in proceedings including local authorities, children, cohabitees and partners. They deal with a multitude of matters, from divorce proceedings and Children Act cases to cohabitation disputes and allegations of domestic abuse and violence. Instructions often concern the consequences of mental health problems and broken-down relationships. An interviewee remarks favourably: "Deans Court Chambers is my first port of call for instruction. Its members have a wealth of expertise." Another source adds that "their preparation for cases is extremely good."


Deans Court Chambers has extensive expertise in the professional discipline arena. It provides valuable support to clients in the healthcare and police sectors and is described by a peer as a "well-established set." Members are skilled at both prosecuting and defending individuals facing allegations of misconduct. In addition to appearing in disciplinary proceedings, appeals, public inquiries and inquests, they regularly advise regulatory bodies on procedural issues.

And it’s not just our barristers who are highly commended:

"Senior clerk Matthew Gibbons is one of the best clerks around and has a great team supporting him. They are always extremely personable and helpful." "The clerks are always very efficient, reliable and willing to go the extra mile to accommodate our needs."

"The clerking is excellent. The head clerk Matt Gibbons in particular is always approachable, reliable, efficient and effective." "The clerks always go the extra mile to accommodate our needs and those of our clients."

"The clerks are very helpful and accommodating." "Very professional and very welcoming."

"Very professional. The clerks always have time for you and do their utmost to provide the best service."

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