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James Reckitt appears in Court of Appeal in landmark insurance case.

Acting for the appellants, James Reckitt on instructions from BDB Pitmans LLP and Ali Reza Sinai led by David Bailey KC in the conjoined appeals of Alam/Hacking/Siddique v HDI Global Specialty SE, with the Financial Services Compensation Scheme intervening.  The appeals were heard by the Court of Appeal (Sir Julian Flaux, Lewison LJ and Andrews […]


Good luck to our pupils, Katherine and Jordan

Good luck to Katherine and Jordan as they embark upon their second six today. Katherine Walton is a family specialist pupil under the supervision of Claire Middleton and Jordan Parkinson is a criminal specialist pupil under the supervision of Anthony Davis. If you would like to book either Katherine or Jordan please contact our clerks.


Simon Garlick

After a long and distinguished career in the law Simon Garlick will be retiring from practice at the end of March.  Simon joined Chambers in 2017 after many years practising as a solicitor at Ben Hoare Bell LLP where he had gained an excellent reputation as a specialist in health and social care law. Over […]


After 50 years of working as a barrister, Stephen Twist shares his top ten tips to protect yourself against burn out.

Stephen Twist has been in continuous practice as a barrister since 1979 and has been a member of the North Eastern Circuit since 1988. Until the demise of the publication in 2017 he was listed as one of Britain’s most notable and successful people in Debrett’s ‘People of Today’. Stephen divides his time between the […]


A man who made false rape claims against six men has been jailed for eight years.

Anne Richardson recently secured the conviction of Liam Smith who made false rape allegations against 6 gay men. Smith has now been sentenced and jailed for 8 years for acts tending or intending to pervert the course of justice. Full media coverage of the matter can be found here and here. To instruct Anne or […]


£200,000 raised by Dere Street Barristers’ Charitable Trust.

Many Barristers at Dere Street have committed to donating a percentage of their gross income to the Dere Street Barristers’ Charitable Trust.  This is a novel scheme for The Bar.  All Members of Chambers, including staff, are able to propose charitable causes (both National and International) and the Trustees determine how the fund is distributed.  […]


KEEPING IT REAL – A Real Property Question Time Discussion.

Stephen Fletcher has been invited to sit on a panel of leading property litigators to take part in an event organised by the JPLA North and the Newcastle Business and Property Court Forum. The free event, which takes place on the 22 April at Northumbria University, will enable guests to present questions on property litigation […]


Katie Spence secures acquittal in case of Racially Aggravated Harassment.

G was represented by Miss Spence at trial for a racially aggravated offence of harassment. Following a two day trial the jury unanimously acquitted G. G was able to retain her 75 years of good character. Katie joined Dere Street following a successful eighteen months working as an inhouse barrister (and pupil) at one of […]


Current pupils available for work from 02/04/2024.

Our Current pupils are rapidly coming to the end of their first six  months and will be able to undertake bookings for work on or after Tuesday 2nd April 2024. We have Katherine Walton who is a family specialist pupil under the supervision of Claire Middleton and Jordan Parkinson who is a criminal specialist pupil […]


Andrew Pike successfully represents father alleged to have shaken his baby.

Andrew Pike, led by John Vater KC, has recently represented a father alleged to have inflicted closed head injuries to his baby by shaking them. The father’s case was that the baby had collapsed and become unresponsive, and that he inadvertently caused the acute head injuries as a result of his panicked attempts to resuscitate […]