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London Bar > Employment Tier 2
Routinely acting in complex and headline disputes across the full spectrum of employment law, Devereux has 'an impressive roster of employment barristers at every level of experience'. In one of the most important industrial relations cases of recent years, Andrew Burns QC (who was elected head of chambers in January 2021) recently represented the appellant in the Supreme Court in Kostal UK LTD v Dunkley, which considers the meaning of “the prohibited result” for the purpose of section 145B of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992, which was deployed throughout the pandemic by unions attempting to stop employers changing contracts. In Boillereau v HSBC, Bruce Carr QC acted for the dismissed former global head of currencies and commodities at HSBC in a high-value whistleblowing claim concerning how the bank’s foreign exchange business was conducted. Marianne Tutin, frequently unled against senior counsel (including silks), is a notable rising star in chambers.
‘Devereux Chambers is my go-to set. It has an impressive roster of employment barristers at every level of experience, and with a list of awards and scholarships as long as your arm.‘
‘What makes them stand out is their friendliness and real-world attitude. You know they’ve got your back, and that your client will feel confident and valued.‘
‘Devereux has a really strong team that is experienced in the nuances of industrial relations and trade union law.‘
‘A very responsive, accommodating and flexible set that is always willing to go the extra mile to support ourselves and the client. Instructions will always be accommodated and matched to the appropriate counsel.‘
‘Fees are sensibly negotiable, and loyalty from blue chip clients is recognised and mutually appreciated by the client.‘
‘The clerking team is fantastic.‘
‘The service from the clerks is first class.‘
‘They take time to understand your needs, and know the skills and experience of their barristers in depth, so you can trust their recommendations.‘
‘The clerking set is commercial and understands how effective client relationships work with solicitors firms, and the communication is open and transparent.‘
‘Senior practice manager Cyrus Biggs, in particular, is excellent and a joy to deal with – commercial and solutions focused. Fellow senior practice manager Glenn Billenness is also terrific to deal with.‘
The 'exceptionally strong' offering of 'counsel with a range of experience and expertise' at Devereux ensures that the set is seen as 'something of a powerhouse when it comes to high-value claimant personal injury work'. In a recent highlight, 'pioneering barrister' Robert Weir QC acted for claimants who were injured in hammer attack by an intruder into their hotel rooms, in the Court of Appeal case Al-Najar v Cumberland Hotel (London) Ltd. Stephen Killalea QC is another standout practitioner, whose regular workload encompasses the full spectrum of catastrophic injury matters, predominantly brain and spinal injuries. The chambers was further strengthened by the recent arrival of 'quick thinking' Christopher Walker from Old Square Chambers.
‘An excellent set with lots of depth.’
‘Devereux is something of a powerhouse when it comes to high value claimant personal injury work.’
‘Devereux maintain a relatively small but exceptionally strong PI team.’
‘Devereux Chambers are an excellent set in the field of claimant personal injury. They have a good selection of counsel with a range of experience and expertise.’
‘The set has an unparalleled depth of expertise in personal injury. The barristers are knowledgeable in all areas of personal injury including claims involving niche industries such as commercial and sport diving and accidents abroad.’
‘Cyrus Biggs is an absolute star.’
‘Always very helpful, efficient and professional.’
‘James Hudson is very adept at liaising between counsel and instructing solicitors to accommodate urgent requests.’
‘A real good bunch of clerks.’
‘Excellent service. Vince Plant and Cyrus Biggs are outstanding. Always helpful, commercially focussed and responsive.’
‘Responsive and helpful.’
‘Good depth- helpful clerks.‘
At Devereux, the team of 'impressive barristers' regularly handles the full range of medical malpractice claims on behalf of claimants and defendants. Robert Glancy QC is well versed in acting for claimants in cases involving catastrophic spinal and brain injuries, while Richard Cartwright is noted for his expertise in wrongful birth claims. In a recent highlight for the set, the 'superb' Robert Weir QC represented the successful claimant before the Court of Appeal in the case of Marshall v Schembri, a fatal claim involving issues of causation. Experienced senior junior Colin Mendoza 'has a tremendous depth and breadth of experience', and Robert Hunter, who is 'excellent on fatal claims', is also 'brilliant with clients and gets to the core of a case very quickly'.
‘A great set with a number of impressive barristers‘.
‘Excellent set with a high quality skilled team of clinical negligence barristers‘.
‘Very consistent in terms of quality of advice from all of the barristers‘.
‘Great strength and depth of expertise‘.
‘Fantastic clerking room‘.
‘James Hudson, Chris Downes and Cyrus Biggs are personable, efficient and helpful, running a smooth and highly effective clerks’ room’.
‘Responsive and accommodating clerks‘.
‘Vince Plant is brilliant, as are Cyrus Biggs and James Hudson‘.
Frequently involved in the most significant insurance and reinsurance-related disputes, Devereux's contentious insurance clients further benefit from the set's experience in complementary areas of work, such as professional negligence, employment, personal injury, tax, sport and pensions. In Financial Conduct Authority v Arch Insurance (UK) and Ors, widely regarded as the most important insurance case of the decade, and affecting many thousands of business interruption insurance policyholders across the UK, Colin Edelman QC was lead counsel for the FCA at the High Court and Supreme Court; and Richard Harrison led the junior counsel team for the FCA in the High Court.
‘Devereux Chambers is a very well-respected set.‘
‘Counsel are always very busy, but they work together to ensure that work is turned around swiftly and appropriately managed.‘
‘The clerking service is exceptional.‘
‘Very friendly and efficient clerking.‘
‘The clerks are all aware of the practice specialisms and capacity of counsel, and able to offer guidance as required/appropriate.‘
‘The clerks are highly efficient.‘
Acting in both regulatory and non-regulatory matters, the set at Devereux represents telecommunications providers through disputes, IT cases, ECC issues, and regulatory appeals. Graham Read QC acts for the claimant in the High Court case Openreach Limited v TalkTalk Communications Limited, in which Openreach/BT seeks £16m of allegedly withheld payments for electronic communications services provided to TalkTalk, who is counterclaiming for allegedly owed service level guarantee payments. He acted with Rory Cochrane for BT in 24Seven Communications Limited v British Telecommunications PLC, a case that concerned 24Seven’s alleged creation of artificial traffic under BT’s industry-wide standard interconnect agreement, and a claim by 24 Seven for allegedly unpaid charges generated by the traffic in question. Georgina Hirsch was instructed solo by the Communications Commission in a case regarding a tender for Isle of Man Government Technology Services, which was related to a competitor telecom’s complaint that a dominant provider’s bid created market squeeze and price discrimination. In Amadeo v British Telecommunications Plc, Shaen Catherwood acts for BT, which involves a claim for alleged damage to a brick retaining wall caused by independent sub-contractors.
‘Always professional and helpful. I cannot comment on any particular clerk, but the standard of organisation and the degree to which they were willing to help and to be pleasant and friendly was evident.’
Devereux is a 'strong set' with a 'great deal of expertise' in direct and indirect tax. Timothy Brennan QC has extensive experience handling disputes involving income tax, corporation tax and capital gains tax. Akash Nawbatt QC represents both HMRC and taxpayers, and recently acted for HMRC in Charman v HMRC, a multi-million pound residence appeal that considered whether the grant of a share option amounted to a ‘right to acquire securities’. Aparna Nathan QC is also has a high-profile tax litigation practice that covers the full range of tax law, from PAYE underpayments and capital allowances, through to tax avoidance schemes.
‘As a quality tax set Devereux appears to be growing and growing in stature with more and more good quality juniors.’
‘Devereux is a good set with a great deal of expertise in both direct and indirect tax. It also offers excellent training on a variety of tax topics such as international tax law, Brexit-related topics and updates on recent case law.’
‘Very strong tax chambers: high quality counsel who pull together but maintain their individuality.’
‘Super strong breadth of tax expertise.’
‘They are efficient and well organised.’
‘Great clerks, responsive and helpful.’
‘Quick and responsive.’
Devereux > Set Profile
Devereux Chambers is one of the UK’s leading civil and commercial sets with 55 barristers, including 11 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 commercial litigation, insurance, reinsurance, professional negligence, IT and telecoms, , clinical negligence and personal injury, contentious and non-contentious tax, employment and industrial relations
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 many silks and juniors have been shortlisted for or won ‘Barrister of the Year’ in their area of expertise. Since 2012, the set has won or has been nominated for ‘Chambers of the Year’ by the Legal 500 UK Bar Awards, British Legal Awards, The Lawyer Awards and the Halsbury Legal 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 environments clients operate in.
|Chambers Director||Vince Plant|
|Member of Chambers||BURNS QC, Andrew (1993/2015)|
|Member of Chambers||EDELMAN QC, Colin (1977/1995)|
|Member of Chambers||GLANCY QC, Robert (1972/1997)|
|Member of Chambers||BRENNAN QC, Timothy (1981/2001)|
|Member of Chambers||READ QC, Graham (1981/2003)|
|Member of Chambers||KILLALEA QC, Stephen (1981/2006)|
|Member of Chambers||CULLEN QC, Felicity (1985/2008)|
|Member of Chambers||CARR QC, Bruce (1986/2009)|
|Member of Chambers||WEIR QC, Robert (1992/2010)|
|Member of Chambers||NAWBATT QC, Akash (1999/2017)|
|Member of Chambers||NATHAN QC, Aparna (1994/2019)|
|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||MAYHEW, Alice (2001)|
|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||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)|
|Barrie Akin||Barrie Akin’s practice takes him into all areas of revenue law and…||View Profile|
|Rachel Avery||Rachel Avery specialises in commercial and employment law with extensive experience in…||View Profile|
|Kate Balmer||Kate Balmer practices predominantly in the field of employment law, including employment…||View Profile|
|Nicholas Bard||Nicholas Bard specialises in professional negligence (solicitors, surveyors, architects, accountants, etc) –…||View Profile|
|Talia Barsam||Specialises in all areas of employment law, including discrimination law, whistleblowing, industrial…||View Profile|
|Laura Bell||Laura Bell has a wide-ranging employment practice and regularly advises on everything…||View Profile|
|Timothy Brennan||Timothy Brennan QC specialises in tax, finance, employment and public law in…||View Profile|
|Andrew Burns||Andrew Burns QC specialises in complex commercial, employment and industrial disputes, particularly…||View Profile|
|Jonathan Butters||Jonathan Butters is an experienced personal injury and clinical negligence practitioner. He…||View Profile|
|Bruce Carr||Bruce Carr QC practises predominantly in the field of employment law, but…||View Profile|
|Alice Carse||Alice Carse specialises in two areas: insurance and trade union, industrial relations and…||View Profile|
|Richard Cartwright||Richard Cartwright specialises in high value clinical negligence and personal injury claims,…||View Profile|
|Shaen Catherwood||Shaen Catherwood specialises in commercial disputes, including in the energy field, telecommunications…||View Profile|
|Rory Cochrane||Rory has a broad commercial litigation and arbitration practice, with particular expertise…||View Profile|
|Thomas Cordrey||Thomas Cordrey has extensive experience in the Court of Appeal, High Court,…||View Profile|
|Stephen Cottrell||Stephen Cottrell has a busy nationwide practice predominantly comprising of personal injury…||View Profile|
|Jesse Crozier||Jesse Crozier has a busy practice spanning the breadth of employment and…||View Profile|
|Felicity Cullen||Felicity Cullen QC practices in corporate partnership and business taxation of all…||View Profile|
|Colin Edelman||Colin Edelman QC specialises in high value complex commercial disputes with an…||View Profile|
|Peter Edwards||Peter Edwards practices in all areas of employment, discrimination and industrial relations…||View Profile|
|Paul Emerson||Paul Emerson undertakes a mixture of commercial work in the Chancery Division,…||View Profile|
|Harriet Fear Davies||Harriet Fear Davies specialises in Commercial Litigation, Energy & Natural Resources, Employment,…||View Profile|
|Robert Glancy||Robert Glancy QC focuses exclusively on personal injury, clinical negligence and professional…||View Profile|
|Lucinda Harris||Lucinda Harris specialises in all areas of employment law, including restrictive covenants…||View Profile|
|Richard Harrison||Richard Harrison specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration, especially insurance and reinsurance…||View Profile|
|Georgia Hicks||Georgia Hicks’ practice areas are tax, employment, and sports law. She is…||View Profile|
|Georgina Hirsch||Georgina Hirsch is ranked for both employment law and telecommunications regulation. She…||View Profile|
|Robert Hunter||Rob Hunter is a highly regarded senior junior who has specialised in…||View Profile|
|Stephen Killalea||Stephen Killalea QC has had one of the leading catastrophic brain and spinal…||View Profile|
|Marika Lemos||Marika Lemos specialises in all aspects of revenue law. She also accepts…||View Profile|
|Alice Mayhew||Alice Mayhew is a specialist in employment litigation and advisory work involving…||View Profile|
|Colin Mendoza||Colin Mendoza specialises in complex high-value clinical negligence and personal injury cases,…||View Profile|
|Rebecca Murray||Rebecca Murray has a tax litigation and advisory practice in Private Client,…||View Profile|
|Aparna Nathan||Aparna Nathan QC is a highly sought-after tax barrister. She has a…||View Profile|
|Akash Nawbatt||Akash Nawbatt QC’s principal areas of practice are employment and tax law.…||View Profile|
|Samuel Nicholls||Barrister specialising in employment, personal injury, professional negligence and commercial law. Instructed…||View Profile|
|Sebastian Purnell||Sebastian Purnell specialises in all areas of employment and discrimination law (both…||View Profile|
|Bayo Randle||Bayo Randle has a busy and diverse practice in the areas of…||View Profile|
|Graham Read||Graham Read QC is a specialist in commercial law (including contract law;…||View Profile|
|Richard Royle||Richard Royle specialises in catastrophic brain and spinal injuries and in motor…||View Profile|
|Ishaani Shrivastava||Ishaani Shrivastava’s principal areas of practice are employment, public, and tax law.…||View Profile|
|Christopher Stone||Chris Stone is a highly rated barrister specialising in the areas of…||View Profile|
|Marianne Tutin||Marianne specialises in employment, tax and commercial litigation. Her practice covers all…||View Profile|
|Mr Christopher Walker||Christopher is a catastrophic personal injury specialist, instructed on behalf of both…||View Profile|
|Robert Weir||Robert Weir QC is a highly regarded barrister dealing with personal injury…||View Profile|
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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
- 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  UKFTT 0369 (TCC): No taxable supply on salary sacrifice adjustment
- SSE Generation Ltd v HM Revenue & Customs  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  UKFTT 528 (TC),  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  UKUT 292 (TCC): Successful in the Upper Tribunal in the VAT appeal
- Nader and others v HMRC  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  EWHC 1271 (Admin): High Court dismisses challenge to follower notice
- R (Amrolia) v HM Revenue & Customs  EWHC 1688 (Admin): High Court rejects judicial review of recovery of provisional tax repayments
- HMRC v Higgins  UKUT 280 (TCC): Upper Tribunal determined a point of law on the application of principal private residence relief (PPRR)
- Banks v HMRC  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  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.
Top Tier Set Rankings
- London Bar International arbitration: arbitrators
- London Bar Professional negligence
- London Bar Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)
- London Bar Employment
- London Bar International arbitration: counsel
- London Bar Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud
- London Bar Private client: personal tax
- London Bar Clinical negligence
- London Bar Insurance and reinsurance
- London Bar Sport
- London Bar Commercial litigation
- London Bar IT and telecoms
- London Bar Tax: corporate and VAT/indirect tax