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Chambers of Andrew Burns KC
Devereux
QUEEN ELIZABETH BUILDING, TEMPLE
LONDON
EC4Y 9BS
England

London Bar > Employment Tier 2

A top-class chambers with a stellar team‘, Devereux is sought out by blue-chip multinationals, leading trade unions and governments for major employment disputes; and the set’s members have enviable appellate practices, frequently appearing before both the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. Recent activity for chambers includes Covid-19 related employment cases, including the emerging area of furlough fraud, substantial industrial relations cases, and worker status-related instructions for which chambers is particularly well known. Members are also increasingly undertaking investigations, with Bruce Carr KC and senior junior Anna Greenley instructed in an internal investigation into culture at the Royal College of Nursing, which addresses concerns about decision making and accountability, including issues of sexual harassment, discrimination and senior staff terminations. Alice Mayhew KC is a 2022 silk appointment.

Leading Silks

Bruce Carr KCDevereuxBruce is a leading expert in the field of industrial relations law. He's hands on, hugely intelligent and a razor-sharp advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Burns KCDevereuxHugely bright, but also very approachable and client friendly; pragmatic and doesn't talk down to clients; and responsive and concise. Great to work with.
Ranked: Tier 2
Akash Nawbatt KC - Devereux  ‘A great advocate, who is commercial, thorough and highly collaborative - very compelling. He is one of the leading advisers on trade union-related matters, as well as more mainstream employment work.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3

2022 Silks

Alice Mayhew KC - DevereuxA formidable advocate, has a real fist for the fight, as well as being extremely articulate and very, very clever. Her drafting is a masterclass. Alice is also an absolute joy to work with - she puts clients at ease, is able to explain the most complex issues in layman's terms, and it's clear why clients always want Alice in their corner.

Leading Juniors

Talia Barsam - DevereuxTalia is a forceful advocate, who is tenacious and always on top of the detail.
Ranked: Tier 2
Thomas Cordrey - DevereuxThomas is very tenacious, but not in an obvious way. He keeps rephrasing what he is saying, and putting it to the other side/the Tribunal until he persuades them he is right. He also knows the law inside out, including very technical/niche points.
Ranked: Tier 2
Peter EdwardsDevereuxPeter is a brilliant advocate, running rings around KCs and explaining complicated legal arguments in a simple and compelling way. He knows his cases inside out, meaning that instructing solicitors and clients have complete faith in him.
Ranked: Tier 2
Christopher StoneDevereuxCommercial, easy to deal with, client friendly, and will be a KC before long.
Ranked: Tier 2
Laura Bell - DevereuxLaura is second to none when it comes to her knowledge of the law and tribunal processes. She is engaging with clients and a very strong cross-examiner.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jesse CrozierDevereuxJesse has an unrivalled ability to understand and address the most complex matters, while also putting the client and witness at ease and simplifying concepts. His advocacy is a perfect blend of understanding the law and understanding the people in the room - a first point of call for all matters.
Ranked: Tier 3
Georgina Hirsch - DevereuxA combative but polite opponent, who is practical and straightforward with her advice.
Ranked: Tier 3
Bayo Randle - DevereuxBayo is particularly good with witnesses in the run-up to trial. During a hearing, he can think on his feet, is calm in the face of unexpected developments, and has a great, likeable advocacy manner - extremely helpful to instructing solicitors.
Ranked: Tier 3
Samuel Nicholls – DevereuxSam is a master of detail and has a great memory, which combined with his tenacity make him a misleadingly amiable, but effective, advocate. Sam has an unshowy style, but one that reassures clients and inspires confidence.
Ranked: Tier 4
Kate BalmerDevereuxExtremely timely and helpful.
Ranked: Tier 4
Lucinda Harris - Devereux 'Excellent with clients and witnesses. Puts them at ease - a consummate professional.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Georgia HicksDevereuxHer dedication is amazing. She is great with clients and a brilliant advocate.
Ranked: Tier 4
Sebastian Purnell - DevereuxWorks incredibly hard, and very quickly gets to grips with the brief. He is skilled at handling difficult claimants; has a highly effective cross-examination style; and is excellent at explaining the issues in cases to clients and witnesses, speaking to them in clear, easy-to-understand terms. He commits himself fully to a case and fights the client's corner in an effective and appropriate way.
Ranked: Tier 4
Matthew Sellwood - Devereux  'Matt is a very calm and compassionate person. His empathy is a welcome change for clients, and he achieves very successful outcomes without resorting to aggressive or unpleasant tactics. His advocacy is measured and effective, and he understands how to win over a tribunal with his tone and style.'
Ranked: Tier 5
Anna Greenley - Devereux  'Anna has an incredible grasp of the law and always provides advice of the highest standard. Anna's advocacy skills are particularly impressive, as she is able to communicate her arguments succinctly and eloquently, resulting in positive outcomes.'
Ranked: Tier 5
Ranked: Tier 5

Testimonials

Set

Devereux has repeatedly demonstrated the depth of its employment offering, and a willingness and ability to provide counsel whenever and wherever called upon.

Able to be flexible and accommodating on short notice, and where matters need to be rearranged. They clearly have a client-first mentality and demonstrate this in practice.

A top-class chambers with a stellar team.

A great employment set – very good range, but particularly strong in the mid/senior junior range.

A wide range of highly trained barristers, who stand out in their respective fields and have a tremendous grasp of the issues involved in any particular case, as well as being friendly and approachable.

Clerking

The clerks are always very helpful, and come back with quotes that are set out well and transparent.

London Bar > Telecoms Regulation Tier 2

With a spread between regulatory and non-regulatory issues, the barristers at Devereux are noted for their role in commercial disputes involving telecom providers, regulatory appeals, Electronic Communications Code issues, and IT matters. Among other highlights, Graham Read KC represented EE and Hutchinson 3G in EE and H3G v Stephenson & AP Wireless II Ltd, involving a preliminary issue with regard to what needs to be alleged under Part 5 of the ECC, after the claimants sought to terminate an existing agreement. Led by Read, Georgina Hirsch acted for BT in BT & TalkTalk v Ofcom, concerning an alleged breach of an obligation to have ethernet product prices based on a cost orientation formula.

Telecoms (Regulatory) - Leading Juniors

Georgina HirschDevereux 'A great team player, real telecoms expert, fantastic with clients and hugely popular.'
Ranked: Tier 1

London Bar > Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud Tier 2

The personal injury team at Devereux is described as a ‘super set of chambers with a large depth of knowledge’. The ‘razor sharp’ Stephen Killalea KC continues to excel in the field, with consistently impressive work on high-value catastrophic cases, particularly those caused by road traffic accidents. In addition, junior Colin Mendoza is consistently involved in high-quality, independently-led work in high-value cases of serious injury. Notably, he is assisting on quantum in a claim against the event governing body brought by a marshal at a motocross event at Weymouth Beach who, whilst assisting a fallen rider, was hit by the second defendant’s motorcycle after he had ignored yellow flags and took the jump at full speed, landing on the claimant’s head, which resulted in brain damage. Stephen Cottrell , who is frequently led by top-tier silks on the most complex of matters, and Jonathan Butters , who has a developing specialism in mesothelioma matters, both warrant particular recognition also.

Leading Silks

Stephen Killalea KCDevereuxStephen is outstanding; his down-to-earth nature does not detract from his tremendous authority. He is one of the top silks in the field.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Robert Weir KCDevereux ‘Robert is a leading serious personal injury silk; his technical ability and eye for detail is outstanding.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Robert Glancy KCDevereux 'Robert has excellent client care and advocacy skills. Clear and concise legal advice, whilst being highly empathetic and sensitive with client.'      
Ranked: Tier 2

Personal injury - Leading Juniors

Colin MendozaDevereux ‘Colin is meticulous in his attention-to-detail and he is very good with lay clients.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Cartwright - DevereuxRichard shows a very great attention to detail and in particular is excellent with calculating losses.
Ranked: Tier 2
Robert HunterDevereuxVery approachable and client-focused.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Christopher WalkerDevereuxA first-rate advocate with the ability to cut through to the heart of the case effortlessly.'      
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 4
Jonathan ButtersDevereuxJonathan is a super junior; always spot on and can get to the crux of a case with apparent ease.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Stephen CottrellDevereux ‘Extremely technically able in a wide variety of serious injuries, particularly brain injury and complex polytrauma cases.'
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

‘A super set of chambers with a large depth of knowledge on all personal injury matters, including the most serious of catastrophic injury.’

‘A leading set with fantastic senior barristers.’

‘Devereux Chambers has a good availability of specialist counsel, including some very good senior juniors.’

‘A go-to set for catastrophic injury work.’

‘An excellent set with top silks and juniors alike; one of the best around.’      

Clerking

‘The clerks are excellent, they know the role inside out and a pleasure to work with.’

Work highlights

    London Bar > Private client: personal tax Tier 2

    Devereux has an ‘excellent tax team’ with a ‘very good range of juniors to back up its excellent silks’. Felicity Cullen KC is ‘loved by her clients for her robust advice’ and her work often involves advising high net worth and ultra-high net worth individuals. Aparna Nathan KC gives ‘incredibly clear and well thought out advice on tax problems’ and is working with the HMRC on a matter related to the issuance of an accelerated payment notice in relation to PAYE income. Akash Nawbatt KC is currently representing HMRC in a multi-million-pound domicile and residence appeal that also involves transfer of assets abroad and settlement issues. Marika Lemos is regarded as ‘one of the best junior tax counsel on the market’, while the ‘very affable’. Christopher Stone has a high-profile tax litigation practice which covers key private client topics, such as residence and domicile, and relief from inheritance tax and capital gains tax.

    Leading Silks

    Felicity Cullen KCDevereux ‘Felicity is leagues above competitors. She provides robust advice and with a real team approach.’
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Aparna Nathan KCDevereux ‘Aparna is an excellent advocate - calm, clear, eloquent and robust. She is also very bright and she brings a wealth of experience and expertise to any tax problem.’
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Ranked: Tier 3

    Leading Juniors

    Marika LemosDevereuxMarika is one of the best junior tax counsel on the market. She is incredibly knowledgeable, clear in her advice and practical in her approach.
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Christopher StoneDevereux ‘Christopher is very responsive, and always gives detailed advice with practical suggestions.’
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Barrie AkinDevereuxBarrie is very forensic and detailed and always reliable.
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Ranked: Tier 3

    Testimonials

    Set 

    ‘The set is growing in stature as a leading tax set as they increasingly have a good range of juniors to back up the excellent silks.’

    ‘Devereux is obviously a good set and its tax team seems to be going from strength to strength.’

    ‘Devereux has an excellent tax team. It has a number of very good advocates, who can cover all areas of revenue law.’

    ‘Devereux is an excellent set.’

    Clearking

    ‘The clerks room is excellent – attentive, responsive and always keen to make things work.’

    Work highlights

      London Bar > Tax: corporate Tier 2

      Devereux is a ‘formidably strong tax set’, with a broad practice which makes them a popular choice for HMRC. Timothy Brennan KC has experience in all areas of corporate tax, in addition to his employment law credentials. ‘Thorough, incisiveFelicity Cullen KC has a practice which includes both advisory and contentious work, and is particularly active for private individuals and owner managed businesses. Akash Nawbatt KC, who is described as ‘commercial and thorough and highly collaborative’, regularly represents HMRC, as in the highly publicised HMRC v Professional Game Match Officials Ltd, where he led Sebastian Purnell in a matter concerning the correct tax treatment of professional football referees. Aparna Nathan KC has a high profile litigation practice, and has been active for HMRC on multiple matters in the last year. Christopher Stone is building a taxpayer-focused practice, and appeared as sole advocate for HMRC in the Supreme Court in R (Haworth) v HMRC, in which the taxpayer was challenging the lawfulness of a follower notice.

      Leading Silks

      Timothy Brennan KC – Devereux 'A formidable depth of legal and tax technical knowledge combined with a pragmatic and personable approach means he always a go to silk for any contentious tax cases.'
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Felicity Cullen KCDevereux ‘Felicity provides robust advice that you can be confident HMRC will respect, delivered quickly and with a real team approach. Clients love her.’
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Akash Nawbatt KCDevereux ‘Akash has a calm and thoughtful approach, and his oral advocacy is clear and persuasive. First choice for judicial review matters in tax.’
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Aparna Nathan KC – Devereux – ‘Aparna is an excellent advocate – calm, clear, eloquent and robust. She is also very bright and she brings a wealth of experience and expertise to any tax problem.’
      Ranked: Tier 3

      Leading Juniors

      Christopher Stone – Devereux ‘Chris is helpful, articulate, technically brilliant, has a great client manner and is very responsive. Chris gives pragmatic advice.’
      Ranked: Tier 1
      Barrie Akin – Devereux ‘Barrie is very forensic and detailed and always reliable. He is good in front of clients.’
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Rebecca Murray – Devereux ‘She is commercially very astute, with a good feel for the commercial drivers of the transaction. She has an excellent ability to distinguish the points important to the client, and to differentiate practical risks from merely theoretical risks.’
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Marika Lemos – Devereux ‘Marika is one of the best junior tax counsel on the market. She is incredibly knowledgeable, clear in her advice and practical in her approach.’
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Kate Balmer – Devereux ‘Consistently works to make instructing solicitors’ lives easier, and a fantastic cross-examiner.’
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Ranked: Tier 3

      Testimonials

      Set

      ‘Lovely set of chambers with good juniors rising up the ranks.’

      Growing in stature as a leading tax set as they increasingly have a good range of juniors to back up the excellent KCs.’

      ‘Excellent set with good strength in depth at differing levels of experience.’

      ‘Well know for its tax practice.’

      ‘Devereux’s strength in depth of tax counsel, at both KC and junior level, is a real asset.’

      Clerking

      ‘The clerking team is top-notch.’

      London Bar > Tax: VAT and excise Tier 2

      With experienced members advising across the entire field of VAT and indirect tax matters, Devereux acts for high-profile companies, professional clients, individual taxpayers as well as the UK government. The set's tax team has been bolstered by the addition of Howard Watkinson from 2 Hare Court, who appeared before the Court of Appeal in Eynsham Cricket Club v HMRC, a complex VAT charity case regarding whether community amateur sports clubs were eligible for zero-rating relief. Barrie Akin acted for the appellant in Mitchell & Bell v HMRC, the Upper Tribunal considering not only a company overclaiming VAT credits in suspicious circumstances but also complicated procedural matters, specifically the exclusion of evidence and disclosure of potentially significant documents. Felicity Cullen KC is a key name at silk level.

      Rising stars

      Joshua Carey – Devereux ‘Josh is particularly skilled on VAT matters and his advice is extremely pragmatic. ’
      Ranked: Tier 1

      Leading Silks

      Felicity Cullen KC – Devereux ‘Felicity’s advice is always clear and accurate. ’
      Ranked: Tier 2

      Leading Juniors

      Marika Lemos Devereux ‘Marika is diligent, thorough, well-prepared and always on top of her brief. ’
      Ranked: Tier 1
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Rebecca Murray Devereux ‘Rebecca adopts a straightforward approach to complex matters, addressing all issues with maximum simplicity and the minimum of fuss. ’
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Ranked: Tier 3

      London Bar > Clinical negligence Tier 3

      Devereux is ‘a great set with a broad depth of experience in the field of medical negligence’. ‘Leader in the field’ Robert Glancy KC has continued to work on catastrophic brain and spinal cases as well as birth injury cases. Robert Weir KC acted for the claimants on the particularly noteworthy Court of Appeal case Paul and Paul v Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, in which the deceased’s young daughters witnessed his heart attack, which occurred 14-months after he was treated for acute coronary symptoms – it is alleged at his initial consultation he should have been given a coronary angiogram which would have revealed his coronary artery disease and ultimately prevented his death; the claimants have been granted approval for hearing at the Supreme Court on this matter. Junior Colin Mendoza, described as having a ‘vast wealth of experience’ in the field, is developing a specialism in complex surgical negligence and brain injury cases.

      Leading Silks

      Robert Weir KCDevereux ‘Rob is an elite silk. He is very smart and has a sixth sense as to how the law should be applied in each case. He knows when to challenge established law and when to negotiate.’
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Robert Glancy KCDevereux ‘A leader in the field of clinical negligence. He has a wealth of knowledge and is a fantastic negotiator.
      Ranked: Tier 2

      Leading Juniors

      Richard CartwrightDevereux 'A formidable intellect. Approachable and good with clients.'    
      Ranked: Tier 1
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Colin MendozaDevereuxColin has a vast wealth of experience in the field, which is readily apparent in his work and advice.
      Ranked: Tier 3

      Testimonials

      Set

      ‘Exceptional set, with leading junior and senior counsel.’

      ‘Devereux Chambers are a great set with a broad depth of experience in the field of medical negligence.’

      ‘The barristers are fearless and willing to take on difficult cases.’    

      ‘This is a set with friendly and supportive counsel.’

      ‘Devereux are a tremendous set. They have great silks and fantastic senior juniors.’    

      Clerking

      ‘Very helpful and amenable clerks – I would particularly single-out Cyrus Biggs and Zoe Hamilton.’    

      London Bar > IT and telecoms (infrastructure and contracts) Tier 3

      Active across a range of matters, the members at Devereux act for major local and overseas telecom and infrastructure providers. In BT v TalkTalk Communications Limited, Graham Read KC acted on behalf of BT, seeking £16m of electronic communication service payments allegedly withheld by TalkTalk. Also acting on this case was Rory Cochrane, who further represented BT in a nuisance claim in connection with water damage at a claimant’s basement, alleged to have been caused by one of BT’s chambers. Shaen Catherwood acted for the defendant in Amadeo v BT, a claim for alleged damages in combination with an injunction to restrain acts of trespass and nuisance, targeted at independent sub-contractors on site – a dispute now settled.

      Leading Silks

      Graham Read KCDevereuxHe is a very safe pair of hands and is unflappable. His technical brilliance, combined with a very approachable and pleasant demeanour makes working with him an absolute delight.'
      Ranked: Tier 2

      Leading Juniors

      Rory CochraneDevereuxRory is very good on his feet, personable and easy to work with.‘  
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Shaen CatherwoodDevereuxShaen is technically very good, easy to communicate with and always meets deadlines. He is great to work with and his advice/drafting is tailored to the client and their needs and strategy.
      Ranked: Tier 3

      Testimonials

      Set

      Devereux is a go-to set for telecoms work.

      Clerking

      The clerking is good, and the clerks are very responsive, particularly Cyrus Biggs.

      The clerks are always quick to revert (either by telephone/email) and are very helpful when further information is required.

      London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance Tier 4

      Devereux‘s members are consistently instructed on complex and high-value instructions involving all aspects of domestic and international insurance and reinsurance. Colin Edelman KC‘s cases are routinely at the forefront of insurance law, his recent track record including acting as lead counsel for the FCA at the Supreme Court, which clarified whether a variety of insurance policy wordings covered COVID-19 lockdown-related business interruption losses; and Andrew Burns KC is well-known for asbestos insurance cases, and assisting with direct claims against insurers under the Third Party Rights Act 2010. At the senior-junior end of chambers, Richard Harrison‘s recent highlights include acting for construction insurers in a claim involving one of the world’s tallest buildings.

      Leading Silks

      Ranked: Tier 1
      Andrew Burns KCDevereuxVery approachable and user friendly, with a methodical approach and straightforward advice provided. Excellent ability to assimilate large quantities of complex documentation and information, cut through this and identify the core issues, and then provide solutions.
      Ranked: Tier 4

      Testimonials

      Set

      Specialist insurance/reinsurance set with a strong market reputation.

      Very impressed in all my dealings with them.

      Clerking

      Knowledgeable clerks who are always able to provide assistance and guidance.

      Cyrus Biggs in particular is hugely helpful and approachable. Always keeps you apprised of time frames and fee estimates, which is incredibly helpful in terms of client management.

      Cyrus Biggs and Zoe Hamilton are both excellent clerks, who are very responsive and helpful.

      London Bar > International arbitration: arbitrators

      London Bar > Professional negligence

      London Bar > Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)

      Leading Silks

      Robert Weir KCDevereux ‘Rob is head and shoulders above the rest of the market. He is in control of his brief and has the ear of the court. A joy to watch.’
      Ranked: Tier 1

      Leading Juniors

      Robert HunterDevereuxRob can very quickly understand the main issues and advise accordingly.’
      Ranked: Tier 3

      London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

      Leading Silks

      Colin Edelman KCDevereux ‘Remains the outstanding insurance and reinsurance silk.’
      Ranked: Tier 2

      London Bar > Commercial litigation

      Leading Silks

      Colin Edelman KCDevereux ‘An excellent silk in commercial litigation.’
      Ranked: Tier 4
      Graham Read KCDevereux ‘His technical brilliance, combined with a very approachable and pleasant demeanor makes working with him an absolute delight.’
      Ranked: Tier 5

      Leading Juniors

      Harriet Fear DaviesDevereuxBrilliant team player. Fabulous client skills and real eye for detail. Strategically and legally astute.'
      Ranked: Tier 3

      London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

      Leading Juniors

      Jonathan Butters  - Devereux 'Jonathan has carved out a niche for himself in consumer credit and retail finance issues, in which he has excelled on behalf of claimants and law firms. '
      Ranked: Tier 4

      London Bar > Sport

      Leading Juniors

      Sebastian PurnellDevereux ‘Advice delivered in a clear straightforward and personable manner and very client focused.'
      Ranked: Tier 4
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      Devereux Chambers is one of the UK’s leading civil and commercial sets with 55 barristers, including 12 silks, offering in-depth expertise in its core areas of law. Devereux has been commended for combining legal excellence with a modern and collaborative approach. Devereux deals with all aspects of employment, serious injury, clinical negligence, insurance, telecommunications, commercial litigation and tax.

      The set: At Devereux, you find excellent barristers who truly add value, offering clear and robust legal advice and outstanding advocacy while remaining approachable. Stellar silks and outstanding juniors are supported by experienced practice managers and knowledgeable business services staff. Devereux’s standing in the marketplace is confirmed by the fact that the set has been nominated in eight categories (four individual and four as a set) at The Legal 500 Awards and has been shortlisted for “Chambers of the Year” at the Legal Business Awards.

      Devereux hosts seminars and webinars in its leading areas of practice, and its members are regularly invited to speak at conferences or write for leading specialist publications.

      Types of work undertaken: Devereux offers advice and litigates in the County Courts, Employment and Tax Tribunals, the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court across all our core practice areas. Members regularly deal with complex and high-value disputes in domestic and international jurisdictions. Members also act before and as arbitrators and mediators.

      Devereux members’ experience in complementary areas of work provides a distinct advantage in disputes where there is a cross-over between different practice areas. For example, tax and employment; professional negligence and insurance; and personal injury and employment. Exposure to a broad range of work means that junior tenants gain extensive experience of all aspects of oral and written advocacy at an early stage.

      A number of Devereux’s barristers also benefit from their previous experience working outside of the Bar, including in solicitors’ firms, medical doctor, strategic management consultants, industry federations, and for Ofcom or the Competition Commission. This brings an understanding of the pressures of the competitive corporate environment clients operate in.

      Please visit Devereux’s website for detailed information on the set’s core practice areas and detailed barrister profiles.

      DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
      Chambers Director Vince Plant
      Member of Chambers BURNS KC, Andrew (1993/2015)
      Member of Chambers EDELMAN KC, Colin (1977/1995)
      Member of Chambers GLANCY KC, Robert (1972/1997)
      Member of Chambers BRENNAN KC, Timothy (1981/2001)
      Member of Chambers READ KC, Graham (1981/2003)
      Member of Chambers KILLALEA KC, Stephen (1981/2006)
      Member of Chambers CULLEN KC, Felicity (1985/2008)
      Member of Chambers CARR KC, Bruce (1986/2009)
      Member of Chambers WEIR KC, Robert (1992/2010)
      Member of Chambers NAWBATT KC, Akash (1999/2017)
      Member of Chambers NATHAN KC, Aparna (1994/2019)
      Member of Chambers MAYHEW KC, Alice (2001/2022)
      Member of Chambers AKIN, Barrie (1976)
      Member of Chambers BARD, Nicholas (1979)
      Member of Chambers MENDOZA, Colin (1983)
      Door Tenant ROYLE, Richard (1983)*
      Member of Chambers EMERSON, Paul (1984)
      Member of Chambers WALKER, Christopher (1990)
      Member of Chambers HARRISON, Richard (1991)
      Member of Chambers EDWARDS, Peter (1992)
      Member of Chambers CARTWRIGHT, Richard (1994)
      Member of Chambers COTTRELL, Stephen (1998)
      Member of Chambers CATHERWOOD, Shaen (2000)
      Member of Chambers HUNTER, Robert (2000)
      Member of Chambers MURRAY, Rebecca (2001)
      Member of Chambers LEMOS, Marika (2002)
      Door Tenant AVERY, Rachel (2003)
      Member of Chambers BUTTERS, Jonathan (2003)
      Member of Chambers HARRIS, Lucinda (2004)
      Member of Chambers BELL, Laura (2004)
      Member of Chambers BARSAM, Talia (2006)
      Member of Chambers CORDREY, Thomas (2006)
      Member of Chambers NICHOLLS, Samuel (2006)
      Member of Chambers WATKINSON, Howard (2006)
      Member of Chambers FEAR DAVIES, Harriet (2007)
      Member of Chambers STONE, Christopher (2007)
      Member of Chambers CARSE, Alice (2008)
      Member of Chambers BALMER, Kate (2009)
      Member of Chambers HIRSCH, Georgina (2009)
      Member of Chambers CROZIER, Jesse (2009)
      Member of Chambers PURNELL, Sebastian (2010)
      Member of Chambers HICKS, Georgia (2012)
      Member of Chambers COCHRANE, Rory (2013)
      Member of Chambers SHRIVASTAVA, Ishaani (2010)
      Member of Chambers RANDLE, Bayo (2012)
      Member of Chambers SELLWOOD, Matthew (2013)
      Member of Chambers TUTIN, Marianne (2013)
      Member of Chambers HOSKING, Katya (2014)
      Member of Chambers KELLY, Colm (2015)
      Member of Chambers CAREY, Joshua (2015)
      Member of Chambers PLATTS-MILLS, John (2016)
      Member of Chambers SHEEHAN, Harry (2017)
      Member of Chambers GREENLEY, Anna (2009)
      Member of Chambers WAY, Sam (2016)
      Member of Chambers DHORAJIWALA, Hitesh (2019)
      Member of Chambers HILL, Charlie (2019)
      Member of Chambers WESTWELL, Thomas (2018)
      Member of Chambers BIGNELL, Matthew (2021)
      PhotoNamePositionProfile
      Barrie Akin photo Barrie AkinBarrie Akin’s practice takes him into all areas of revenue law and…
      Rachel Avery photo Rachel AveryRachel Avery specialises in commercial and employment law with extensive experience in…
      Kate Balmer photo Kate BalmerKate Balmer practices predominantly in the field of employment law, including employment…
      Nicholas Bard photo Nicholas BardNicholas Bard specialises in professional negligence (solicitors, surveyors, architects, accountants, etc) –…
      Talia Barsam photo Talia BarsamSpecialises in all areas of employment law, including discrimination law, whistleblowing, industrial…
      Laura Bell photo Laura BellLaura Bell has a wide-ranging employment practice and regularly advises on everything…
      Timothy Brennan photo Timothy BrennanTimothy Brennan KC specialises in tax, finance, employment and public law in…
      Timothy Brennan photo Timothy BrennanTimothy Brennan KC specialises in tax, finance, employment and public law in…
      Andrew Burns photo Andrew BurnsAndrew Burns KC specialises in complex commercial, employment and industrial disputes, particularly…
      Andrew Burns photo Andrew BurnsAndrew Burns KC specialises in complex commercial, employment and industrial disputes, particularly…
      Jonathan Butters photo Jonathan ButtersJonathan Butters is an experienced personal injury and clinical negligence practitioner. He…
      Joshua Carey photo Joshua Carey
      Bruce Carr photo Bruce CarrBruce Carr KC practises predominantly in the field of employment law, but…
      Bruce Carr photo Bruce CarrBruce Carr KC practises predominantly in the field of employment law, but…
      Richard Cartwright photo Richard CartwrightRichard Cartwright specialises in high value clinical negligence and personal injury claims,…
      Shaen Catherwood photo Shaen CatherwoodShaen Catherwood specialises in commercial disputes, including in the energy field, telecommunications…
      Rory Cochrane photo Rory CochraneRory has a broad commercial litigation and arbitration practice, with particular expertise…
      Thomas Cordrey photo Thomas CordreyThomas Cordrey has extensive experience in the Court of Appeal, High Court,…
      Stephen Cottrell photo Stephen CottrellStephen Cottrell has a busy nationwide practice predominantly comprising of personal injury…
      Jesse Crozier photo Jesse CrozierJesse Crozier has a busy practice spanning the breadth of employment and…
      Felicity Cullen photo Felicity CullenFelicity Cullen KC practices in corporate partnership and business taxation of all…
      Felicity Cullen photo Felicity CullenFelicity Cullen KC practices in corporate partnership and business taxation of all…
      Colin Edelman photo Colin EdelmanColin Edelman KC specialises in high value complex commercial disputes with an…
      Colin Edelman photo Colin EdelmanColin Edelman KC specialises in high value complex commercial disputes with an…
      Peter Edwards photo Peter EdwardsPeter Edwards practices in all areas of employment, discrimination and industrial relations…
      Paul Emerson photo Paul EmersonPaul Emerson undertakes a mixture of commercial work in the Chancery Division,…
      Harriet Fear Davies photo Harriet Fear DaviesHarriet Fear Davies specialises in Commercial Litigation, Energy & Natural Resources, Employment,…
      Robert Glancy photo Robert GlancyRobert Glancy KC focuses exclusively on personal injury, clinical negligence and professional…
      Robert Glancy photo Robert GlancyRobert Glancy KC focuses exclusively on personal injury, clinical negligence and professional…
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      Richard Harrison photo Richard HarrisonRichard Harrison specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration, especially insurance and reinsurance…
      Georgia Hicks photo Georgia HicksGeorgia Hicks’ practice areas are tax, employment, and sports law. She is…
      Georgina Hirsch photo Georgina HirschGeorgina Hirsch is ranked for both employment law and telecommunications regulation. She…
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      Stephen Killalea photo Stephen KillaleaStephen Killalea KC has had one of the leading catastrophic brain and spinal…
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      Colin Mendoza photo Colin MendozaColin Mendoza specialises in complex high-value clinical negligence and personal injury cases,…
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      Graham Read photo Graham ReadGraham Read KC is a specialist in commercial law (including contract law;…
      Graham Read photo Graham ReadGraham Read KC is a specialist in commercial law (including contract law;…
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      Legal 500 UK Bar Awards win – extra tab on our microsite, in which we can speak on our experience in our winning practice area & any developments in the last 12 months.

      With some of the most experienced tax advisors and litigators at the Bar, our tax team is perfectly placed to deal with all areas of tax impacting both corporate and private clients.  Our members act for the taxpayer, as well as for the government, with twelve members on the Attorney General’s panel of junior counsel. 

      All of our barristers have an excellent reputation for combining in-depth analytical expertise, an ability to deal with highly complex issues, robust advocacy and advisory services, and skill in offering clear and practical advice to professional and lay clients.

      Given our expertise in Devereux’s other core areas of law, such as employment, fraud and professional negligence, our barristers are ideally placed to advise on the cross-over of tax with any of these areas.

      Our team has unrivalled expertise at the bar for employment related tax matters. Our members are often the first port of call for issues relating to employment status, advising on the IR35 regulations for example, and have been involved in some of the leading cases in this field. We also have a wealth of expertise on matters relating to Employee Benefit Trusts.

      In particular, Devereux is recognised for first-class advice and litigation concerning all tax issues relating to:

      • Companies, partnerships and other unincorporated businesses
      • Taxation of private individuals (Income Tax, Capital Gains Tax, Inheritance Tax)
      • Employment and service provisions (including “IR35” issues)
      • Residence and Domicile (individual and corporates)
      • Trusts and foundations
      • Pension funds
      • Charities
      • Real estate
      • Structured tax planning
      • Statutory investigation powers and assessment procedures (civil or criminal)
      • VAT, Customs Duties and other indirect taxes
      • Stamp Duty, Stamp Duty Land Tax and Stamp Duty Reserve Tax

      Recent notable cases over the last 12 months have included:

      • Pertemps Limited v HM Revenue & Customs [2018] UKFTT 0369 (TCC): No taxable supply on salary sacrifice adjustment
      • SSE Generation Ltd v HM Revenue & Customs [2018] UKFTT 416 (TC):  FTT allowed the appeal in part, finding that most of the relevant items qualified for capital allowances under the Capital Allowances Act (CAA) 2001
      • Professional Game Match Officials v HM Revenue & Customs [2018] UKFTT 528 (TC), [2018] UKFTT B1 (TC): landmark decision for umpires across all sporting codes, the specialist First-tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber) has decided that ‘National Group’ referees in the Premier League, FA Cup and Football League are self-employed
      • AN Checker v HMRC [2018] UKUT 292 (TCC): Successful in the Upper Tribunal in the VAT appeal
      • Nader and others v HMRC [2018] UKFTT 294 (TC). Successful challenge to an inheritance tax avoidance ‘death-bed’ scheme involving excluded property trusts
      • Christa Ackroyd Media LTD v HMRC TC/2016/04992: the first of a series of appeals concerning the application of the intermediaries legislation (IR35)
      • R (Haworth) v HM Revenue & Customs [2018] EWHC 1271 (Admin): High Court dismisses challenge to follower notice
      • R (Amrolia) v HM Revenue & Customs [2018] EWHC 1688 (Admin): High Court rejects judicial review of recovery of provisional tax repayments
      • HMRC v Higgins [2018] UKUT 280 (TCC): Upper Tribunal determined a point of law on the application of principal private residence relief (PPRR)
      • Banks v HMRC [2018] UKFTT 617: an appeal by the UKIP donor that inheritance tax rules were a breach of his human rights. FTT found that IHTA 1984 s 24 was incompatible with the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) but dismissed the appeal on the basis that it did not have jurisdiction to rewrite the provision
      • Executors of the estate of Charles Deville v HMRC, in which the appellant sought to argue (unsuccessfully) that the jurisdiction of the first-tier tribunal allowed it to hear public law challenges
      • J Dickinson and others v HMRC [2018] EWCA Civ 2798 CA: Court of Appeal upheld the High Court’s decision not to grant judicial review of APNs (FA 2014 s 219) issued by HMRC
      • R (on the application of Derry) (Respondent) v Commissioner for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (Appellant) UKSC 2017/0127: Respondent issued judicial review proceedings arguing that the incorrect procedures and provisions had been relied on to open the enquiries undertaken by HMRC into his tax returns
      • Root2Tax – Judicial Review proceedings: Appellants refused permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal
      • Sole tax counsel due to appear in the Supreme Court on behalf of the taxpayer in Routier v HMRC [April 2019]
      • Knibbs v HMRC: Sole tax counsel appearing on behalf of HMRC in the Court of Appeal in 2019. HMRC was successful below; this is a hearing of the Claimants’ appeal (a claim involving more than 500 claimants)


      Devereux has a friendly workplace culture and professional work ethic. We are an equal opportunities employer and are fully committed to providing equality of opportunity and to eliminating discrimination on grounds of race including colour, ethnic or national origins, gender, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age and disability.

      We believe it is important to support charities, offer pro-bono work and contribute to the legal community in general where and whenever possible.

      Since 2019, 20 Devereux members have provided pro bono services across the employment, tax, and personal injury practice areas.

      Devereux is a long standing supporter of Advocate, “the Bar’s national charity”. Advocate “match members of the public who need free legal help with barristers who are willing to donate their time and expertise in deserving cases for those who are unable to obtain legal aid and cannot afford to pay.” Devereux supports this charity both financially and by reviewing and undertaking pro bono cases for those in need.

      Devereux is a member of Pro Bono Connect, a project set up to establish a network of barristers and solicitors willing to work together on pro bono cases for individuals, charities and community groups who cannot afford to pay for legal advice/representation and for whom public or alternative means of funding are not reasonably available.

      Devereux participates in the Pegasus Access Scheme and agree to take a number of work experience placements every year. Inner Temple launched the unique scheme in 2011 with the stated aim of improving access to the profession and to support high achieving students from under-represented backgrounds by providing the experiences they need to be able to thrive at the Bar.