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Akash Nawbatt KC’s principal areas of practice are employment and tax law. He is instructed in complex and high value litigation, in tribunals, the High Court and appellate courts, by large employers (including global financial institutions and leading airlines), Government Departments and taxpayers.

For more information on Akash’s practice and latest case highlights, please consult his full Devereux profile.


Called 1999. Judicial assistant to the House of Lords (2001-02). Junior Counsel to the Crown: C Panel (2004-08); B Panel (2008-2013); and A Panel (2013 – 2017). 2015 Chambers UK Bar Awards: Employment Junior of the Year. Appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2017.




Queen Elizabeth’s, Barnet; Jesus College, Cambridge (1998 BA).


Cricket, swimming.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Private client: personal tax

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Akash Nawbatt KCDevereux

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.

London Bar > Tax: corporate

(Leading Silks)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.’

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.

London Bar > Employment

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Akash Nawbatt KCDevereux  ‘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.