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Michael Deacon

Call:  2014


Michael has a busy practice encompassing the main areas of Chambers’ work, including clinical negligence and personal injury, inquests, costs, public law, data protection law, professional discipline and employment law.

Further, building on his experience as a commercial litigation solicitor with a prominent city firm, Michael has also developed a busy independent practice in general contractual disputes.

Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury

Michael is regularly instructed by claimants and defendants in a broad range of clinical negligence and personal injury work.

Examples of Michael’s claimant work include:

  • Representing the family and estate of a former city worker killed while working on a construction site.
  • Acting for the claimant in a claim against a GP practice for in appropriate gynaecological care.  
  • Pursuing a claim under the Animals Act 1971 on behalf of a woman left with facial injuries and scarring as the result of a dog bite.


Michael is regularly instructed in inquests by both the families of deceased persons and by interested persons such as GPs and NHS Trusts. He recently represented the family of a former city worker who was killed while working on a construction site in a week-long jury inquest – see here, and as noted above continues to act in the on-going civil claim.

Other examples of Michael’s experience in this area include representing a GP in an inquest relating to the death of a woman from an overdose of prescription medication, and acting for an NHS trust in an inquest relating to an alleged causative failure to properly interpret radiology.


Michael has prior experience of costs work from his time as a commercial litigation solicitor, and having undertaken part of his pupillage under the supervision of Sarah Lambert, has been developing a costs practice of his own. He regularly deals with costs issues ancillary to his other practice areas, but recent examples of dedicated costs work include the following:

Pursuing a claim for a detailed assessment of a firm of solicitor’s costs under sections 68 to 75 of the Solicitors Act 1974, involving preliminary issues relating to whether bills were interim bills or interim statute bills and whether special circumstances prevailed so as to allow for assessment.

Acting as junior to Guy Mansfield QC in defending a wasted costs application made against a barrister acting as an expert witness in relation to the law of Abu Dhabi in family proceedings in England.

Contractual disputes

Building on his previous experience as a solicitor in commercial litigation, Michael has developed a busy independent practice in general contractual disputes. He regularly advises and appears in court in both trials and interlocutory matters on behalf of both claimants and defendants in this field.

Michael acts in a variety of disputes relating to contractual terms, including the application of the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977; the Sale of Goods Act 1979; and allegations of defective performance, among others. Michael has particular experience of advising in technical claims involving allegations of defective performance of machinery in different contexts.

Recent examples of cases in which Michael has acted include:

  • Pursuing a debt claim against a water company for payment for the installation of reservoir equipment, and defending a counter-claim for alleged defective installation.
  • Defending a farming contractor against allegations of defective installation of a field drainage system, allegedly resulting in loss of crop profits to the farmer claimant.
  • Defending a supplier of agricultural vehicles against an allegation of a failure to provide vehicles of satisfactory quality.
  • Defending a storage company against allegations of negligent performance of storage services, which was alleged to have resulted in mould damage to valuable artwork.

Public Law, including Data Protection

Michael is regularly instructed by the government in a range of public law matters. Michael most recently assisted the defence of claims under the Human Rights act 1998 made against the Ministry of Defence by Iraqi citizens. Michael is also acting for the FCO in the on-going Kenyan Emergency Group Litigation.

Further, Michael continues to develop his practice in data protection law. Notably, he was recently junior counsel for the Home Office, being led by Oliver Sanders QC of this chambers (shortly prior to his having taken silk),in the case of TLT v SSHD [2016] EWHC 2217 (QB), which concerned the tort of misuse of private information, alleged data protection breaches and the application of the principles concerning quantum of damages in such claims as laid down by the Court of Appeal in the phone hacking litigation.

Professional Discipline

Michael is developing his practice in professional discipline, and in particular has assisted senior members of chambers, including Christina Lambert QC and David Balcombe QC, in on-going regulatory prosecutions by the Bar Standards Board and the General Medical Council respectively.

Michael has advocacy experience beyond his level of call, having been a court prosecutor in Scotland prior to coming to the bar and subsequently retained an independent practice in criminal prosecution. He has a skill set well suited to professional regulatory matters.

Employment and Equality Law

Michael continues to build his practice in this area. He has in particular been instructed to advise claims in a number of claims relating to redundancy. Michael Deacon, Barrister at 1 Crown Office Row (t) 0207 797 7500 4 Most recently, the day after the Supreme Court’s judgement in FirstGroup Plc v Paulley [2017] UKSC 4, Michael acted for a large bus company in successfully defending a claim brought under the provisions of the Equality Act 2010 where a disabled passenger sought to claim compensation owing to the presence of a buggy used for a disabled child within the designated disabled space of a bus.

UK Human Rights Blog

Michael Deacon is a regular contributor to the award winning UK Human Rights Blog.

Further relevant experience and academic achievements

Prior to commencing pupillage, Michael worked as a prosecutor, as a judicial assistant at the Supreme Court and as a commercial litigation solicitor.

He brings to bar a wealth of legal experience from those roles, and is attuned to solicitors’ needs.

Michael obtained a First Class LL.B. (Honours) from the University of Glasgow, having attained first class grades in all senior honours subjects. He also obtained an LL.M. from the University of Cambridge, focusing on human rights law.


University of Glasgow: Law: LL.B. (Honours), 2008

Glasgow Graduate School of Law: Law: Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice, 2009

University of Cambridge (Corpus Christi College): Law: LL.M., 2010

Admission as solicitor (Scotland), 2012

Bar Transfer Test, 2014



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