Set Profile > Devereux > London, England

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

London Bar > International arbitration: arbitrators Tier 1

Colin Edelman QC - DevereuxHe is simply exceptional. Phenomenally bright, very quick, very commercial. And a thoroughly nice person to deal with.

London Bar > Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)

Leading Silks

Robert Weir QC - DevereuxRob is the country’s stand out leading counsel on appellate cases in this space.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Robert Hunter - DevereuxHe has outstanding analytical talents and is particularly good on quantum issues.
Ranked: Tier 3

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 HSBCBruce 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.

Rising stars

Marianne Tutin - DevereuxMarianne is responsive, personable, technically superb, and a massive star in the making. Clients love her and she is a pleasure to instruct. 
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Bruce Carr QC - DevereuxBruce is extremely user friendly, able to distil complex issues into an easily digestible form, and an excellent advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Burns QC - DevereuxHighly intelligent, very sharp but also client friendly and commercial. Gains the confidence of clients quickly. Also responsive, and turns work around quickly when required.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Akash Nawbatt QC - DevereuxA calm and persuasive advocate who is great with clients.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Talia Barsam - DevereuxAn excellent advocate, who stays calm under pressure and is very much a team player. Talia has excellent attention to detail, and adapts her approach extremely well to the client concerned.
Ranked: Tier 2
Thomas Cordrey - DevereuxVery knowledgeable, particularly on very technical areas of the law, and able to convey the advice and submissions on these very technical points in a simply and easy-to-understand manner. Thomas is also very good on his feet, convincing in his submissions and tenacious, and will not let a point go until the judge has understood him and, to the extent possible, accepted his point.
Ranked: Tier 2
Peter Edwards - DevereuxPeter is an absolute joy to deal with and he is my first point of contact whenever solicitors have a complex ET claim to defend. His knowledge of the law is second to none, he is both shrewd and strategic in his advice and approach, and keen to work collaboratively to ensure the client's needs are met effectively and efficiently.
Ranked: Tier 2
Alice Mayhew - DevereuxOne of the very best senior juniors - she's clever, commercial, relatable and great on her feet - really just the whole package - Alice is the one you want in your corner.
Ranked: Tier 3
Christopher Stone - DevereuxChris is approachable, responsive and flexible, and his advice is clear and pragmatic. All in all, it is a pleasure dealing with him.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 4
Georgia Hicks - DevereuxReally good in the sessions with the witnesses and definitely puts them at ease. Gets on well with clients and fully understands the need to help solicitors manage their client relationships. Commercial and practical, and handles the hearing, including the cross-examination, well. Georgia is also firm without being aggressive, and knows how to handle a difficult litigant in person.
Ranked: Tier 4
Georgina Hirsch - DevereuxGeorgina is a go-to barrister on all union-related advice. She's very unassuming, kind and thoughtful, and gives excellent straightforward advice.
Ranked: Tier 4
Sebastian Purnell - DevereuxAble to distil huge volumes of information and law into clear, concise and compelling arguments in court. Sebastian is extremely responsive and commercially aware, has a collaborative approach to managing any case, and is exceptionally hard-working and dedicated to securing the best result possible – meticulous in his preparation and forensic in his cross-examination. A calm but robust advocate who is excellent at thinking on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 4
Bayo Randle - DevereuxNice to work with, friendly and approachable, and his strengths lie in the tribunal room itself conducting the advocacy. He seems to grow into a case, and really puts the effort in to achieve the result for solicitors and lay clients.
Ranked: Tier 4
Kate Balmer - DevereuxA first-choice junior for whistleblowing claims with great worklevels - a solid person to have on the team.
Ranked: Tier 4
Laura Bell - DevereuxLaura is an excellent barrister. She has sound commercial judgement and fantastic client-care skills. She is particularly adept at handling sensitive and complex disputes, and has achieved very positive outcomes in difficult cases.
Ranked: Tier 4
Alice Carse - DevereuxAn effective team member with an eye for detail and a wealth of experience from previous industrial relations cases.
Ranked: Tier 4
Jesse Crozier - DevereuxJesse is unflappable - devastating in cross-examination with a good humour that the tribunal appreciated.
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

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.

Clerking

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.

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

Leading Silks

Colin Edelman QC - DevereuxA go to QC for complex insurance coverage advice.
Ranked: Tier 2

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

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.

Industrial disease - Leading Silks

Robert Weir QC - DevereuxThe word "eminent" best describes his ability.
Ranked: Tier 1

Personal injury - Leading Silks

Stephen Killalea QC - DevereuxAn exceptional negotiator and advocate and a thoroughly nice human being.
Ranked: Tier 1
Robert Weir QC - DevereuxThe word "eminent" best describes his ability.
Ranked: Tier 1
Robert Glancy QC - DevereuxClearly an advocate of the highest order, and he is someone that has been involved in many of the important cases in this area. 
Ranked: Tier 2

Personal injury - Leading Juniors

Richard Cartwright - DevereuxRichard shows a very great attention to detail and in particular is excellent with calculating losses.
Ranked: Tier 2
Robert Hunter - DevereuxGreat in court, very good with clients and provides detailed clear advice.
Ranked: Tier 3
Colin Mendoza - DevereuxHe is a formidable advocate, whether articulating a case in writing, dealing with technical procedural issues or in oral advocacy.
Ranked: Tier 3
Christopher Walker - DevereuxQuick-thinking and adapts to changing scenarios quickly - tenacious but not aggressive. 
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 4
Jonathan Butters - DevereuxJonathan is very thorough, and in particular is very good at cross-examination. 
Ranked: Tier 5
Stephen Cottrell - DevereuxHe brings a calmness to the case and it is clear he is a hard working and very clever barrister.
Ranked: Tier 5

Testimonials

Set

‘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.’

Clerking 

‘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.’

London Bar > Private client: personal tax Tier 2

Devereux Chambers   is ‘excellent’ and is ‘strong and up with the best.' A high proportion of its work is advisory but its members are adept at handling complex disputes too. Aparna Nathan QC continued to act for the HMRC in Beadle v HMRC, a case which considers the use of partner payment notice penalties. In Gaines-Cooper v HMRC, Akash Nawbatt QC is representing the HMRC at all levels all the way to the Court of Appeal in a multi-million pound domicile and residence appeal which also involves other issues such as transfer of assets abroad.

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 2
Aparna Nathan QC - DevereuxExcellent on all accounts - charming, proactive, and a source of very clear advice.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Marika Lemos - DevereuxHighly intelligent and expert in her field, innovative in her thinking and in looking for options and solutions for the client. An excellent writer and explainer. Clear in conference for the lay client.
Ranked: Tier 1
Barrie Akin - DevereuxBarrie is very forensic and careful, he can always be relied upon to have read his instructions and prepared accordingly. He has a first-rate mind.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Christopher Stone - DevereuxVery smooth and charming, he is carving out a niche for himself as the revenue's go-to man.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Clerking

Responsive and helpful.’

Good depth- helpful clerks.

London Bar > Clinical negligence Tier 4

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'.

Leading Silks

Robert Glancy QC - DevereuxHe is an exceptional advocate and negotiator.
Ranked: Tier 2
Robert Weir QC - DevereuxA meticulously well-prepared silk with a superb brain.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Richard Cartwright - DevereuxOne of the strongest senior juniors at the clinical negligence Bar. He is wonderful with clients, and he has a particular skill in providing clear and cogent advice.
Ranked: Tier 1
Robert Hunter - DevereuxHis knowledge and understanding of the law is sublime. Clients feel safe in his hands.
Ranked: Tier 3
Colin Mendoza - DevereuxColin has a wealth of experience. His authority and gravitas come across clearly in his advice and advocacy.
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

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‘.

Clerking

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‘.

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance Tier 4

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.

Leading Silks

Colin Edelman QC - DevereuxIt is hard to know where to start with the superlatives. The star player at the Bar for insurance and reinsurance cases. He is clear in his guidance, willing to make time to explain difficult issues to clients, doesn’t sit on the fence, and is a brilliant advocate. Clients love him.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Burns QC - DevereuxHighly intelligent, client friendly, commercial and responsive.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Richard Harrison - DevereuxRichard is very familiar with his subject areas, thorough and into the detail, personable, and a pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 1
Alice CarseDevereuxShe is a source of clear, considered and well-structured advice, and always happy to discuss content and conclusions reached. Loved by insurer and insured clients for being accessible and empathetic.
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

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.

Clerking

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.

London Bar > Sport

Leading Juniors

Sebastian Purnell - DevereuxSebastian is very intelligent, well-versed in sports tax matters, and very approachable, taking time to share his expertise.
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Commercial litigation

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 4
Graham Read QC - DevereuxHis trial advocacy is robust and well-structured, and his straightforward and accessible manner during submissions at appellate and interim hearings is highly persuasive.
Ranked: Tier 5

Leading Juniors

Harriet Fear Davies - DevereuxOne of the most accomplished juniors of her generation, with great commercial sense, a complete understanding of the law, and a practical approach to problem-solving. She is also a fearless advocate.
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > IT and telecoms

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.

IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) - Leading Silks

Graham Read QC - DevereuxGraham Read's commercial and practical awareness are second to none.
Ranked: Tier 2

Telecoms (Regulatory) - Leading Silks

Graham Read QC - DevereuxGraham Read's commercial and practical awareness are second to none.
Ranked: Tier 1

Telecoms (Regulatory) - Leading Juniors

Georgina Hirsch - DevereuxGeorgina is a highly able barrister who works fantastically hard. Georgina is a dream to work with, being able to quickly master the intricate detail of a case and organise the legal issues into the optimum way for the client she represents. She is extremely client focused and able to fit into any legal team. One of the best telecoms lawyers around.
Ranked: Tier 1

Testimonials

Clerking

‘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.’

London Bar > Tax: corporate and VAT/indirect tax

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.

Tax: corporate - Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 2
Felicity Cullen QC - DevereuxVery, very clever - but more to the point, reliably commercial and clear when delivering the advice. A natural team player that clients love.
Ranked: Tier 2
Akash Nawbatt QC - DevereuxDetail oriented, calm and persuasive. Akash is great with clients and on providing practical and user-friendly advice on what can be complex tax issues.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3

Tax: VAT - Leading silks

Felicity Cullen QC - DevereuxVery, very clever - but more to the point, reliably commercial and clear when delivering the advice. A natural team player that clients love.
Ranked: Tier 2

Tax: corporate - Leading Juniors

Barrie Akin - DevereuxApproachable and effective, he provides clear advice.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Marika Lemos - DevereuxExtremely thorough, Marika misses nothing out while keeping sight of the purpose of the litigation. Also a very good team player, with other barristers as well as with clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2

Tax: VAT - Leading juniors

Marika Lemos - DevereuxExtremely thorough, Marika misses nothing out while keeping sight of the purpose of the litigation. Also a very good team player, with other barristers as well as with clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Barrie Akin - DevereuxApproachable and effective, he provides clear advice.
Ranked: Tier 2
Georgia Hicks - DevereuxGeorgia showcases a phenomenal commitment to those instructing her and their mutual clients. She is a real pleasure to work with and produces powerful, coherent arguments in conference and in Tribunal.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

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.’

Clerking

They are efficient and well organised.’

Great clerks, responsive and helpful.’

Quick and responsive.’

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.

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

Department Name Email Telephone
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)
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 Barrie Akin  photo Barrie Akin Barrie Akin’s practice takes him into all areas of revenue law and…
 Rachel Avery  photo Rachel Avery Rachel Avery specialises in commercial and employment law with extensive experience in…
 Kate Balmer  photo Kate Balmer Kate Balmer practices predominantly in the field of employment law, including employment…
 Nicholas Bard  photo Nicholas Bard Nicholas Bard specialises in professional negligence (solicitors, surveyors, architects, accountants, etc) –…
 Talia Barsam  photo Talia Barsam Specialises in all areas of employment law, including discrimination law, whistleblowing, industrial…
 Laura Bell  photo Laura Bell Laura Bell has a wide-ranging employment practice and regularly advises on everything…
 Timothy Brennan photo Timothy Brennan Timothy Brennan QC specialises in tax, finance, employment and public law in…
 Andrew Burns photo Andrew Burns Andrew Burns QC specialises in complex commercial, employment and industrial disputes, particularly…
 Jonathan Butters  photo Jonathan Butters Jonathan Butters is an experienced personal injury and clinical negligence practitioner. He…
 Bruce Carr photo Bruce Carr Bruce Carr QC practises predominantly in the field of employment law, but…
 Alice Carse  photo Alice Carse Alice Carse specialises in two areas: insurance and trade union, industrial relations and…
 Richard Cartwright  photo Richard Cartwright Richard Cartwright specialises in high value clinical negligence and personal injury claims,…
 Shaen Catherwood  photo Shaen Catherwood Shaen Catherwood specialises in commercial disputes, including in the energy field, telecommunications…
 Rory Cochrane  photo Rory Cochrane Rory has a broad commercial litigation and arbitration practice, with particular expertise…
 Thomas Cordrey  photo Thomas Cordrey Thomas Cordrey has extensive experience in the Court of Appeal, High Court,…
 Stephen Cottrell  photo Stephen Cottrell Stephen Cottrell has a busy nationwide practice predominantly comprising of personal injury…
 Jesse Crozier  photo Jesse Crozier Jesse Crozier has a busy practice spanning the breadth of employment and…
 Felicity Cullen photo Felicity Cullen Felicity Cullen QC practices in corporate partnership and business taxation of all…
 Colin Edelman photo Colin Edelman Colin Edelman QC specialises in high value complex commercial disputes with an…
 Peter Edwards  photo Peter Edwards Peter Edwards practices in all areas of employment, discrimination and industrial relations…
 Paul Emerson  photo Paul Emerson Paul Emerson undertakes a mixture of commercial work in the Chancery Division,…
 Harriet Fear Davies  photo Harriet Fear Davies Harriet Fear Davies specialises in Commercial Litigation, Energy & Natural Resources, Employment,…
 Robert Glancy photo Robert Glancy Robert Glancy QC focuses exclusively on personal injury, clinical negligence and professional…
 Lucinda Harris  photo Lucinda Harris Lucinda Harris specialises in all areas of employment law, including restrictive covenants…
 Richard Harrison  photo Richard Harrison Richard Harrison specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration, especially insurance and reinsurance…
 Georgia Hicks  photo Georgia Hicks Georgia Hicks’ practice areas are tax, employment, and sports law. She is…
 Georgina Hirsch  photo Georgina Hirsch Georgina Hirsch is ranked for both employment law and telecommunications regulation. She…
 Robert Hunter  photo Robert Hunter Rob Hunter is a highly regarded senior junior who has specialised in…
 Stephen Killalea photo Stephen Killalea Stephen Killalea QC has had one of the leading catastrophic brain and spinal…
 Marika Lemos  photo Marika Lemos Marika Lemos specialises in all aspects of revenue law. She also accepts…
 Alice Mayhew  photo Alice Mayhew Alice Mayhew is a specialist in employment litigation and advisory work involving…
 Colin Mendoza  photo Colin Mendoza Colin Mendoza specialises in complex high-value clinical negligence and personal injury cases,…
 Rebecca Murray  photo Rebecca Murray Rebecca Murray has a tax litigation and advisory practice in Private Client,…
 Aparna Nathan photo Aparna Nathan Aparna Nathan QC is a highly sought-after tax barrister. She has a…
 Akash Nawbatt photo Akash Nawbatt Akash Nawbatt QC’s principal areas of practice are employment and tax law.…
 Samuel Nicholls  photo Samuel Nicholls Barrister specialising in employment, personal injury, professional negligence and commercial law. Instructed…
 Sebastian Purnell  photo Sebastian Purnell Sebastian Purnell specialises in all areas of employment and discrimination law (both…
 Bayo Randle  photo Bayo Randle Bayo Randle has a busy and diverse practice in the areas of…
 Graham Read photo Graham Read Graham Read QC is a specialist in commercial law (including contract law;…
 Richard Royle  photo Richard Royle Richard Royle specialises in catastrophic brain and spinal injuries and in motor…
 Ishaani Shrivastava  photo Ishaani Shrivastava Ishaani Shrivastava’s principal areas of practice are employment, public, and tax law.…
 Christopher Stone  photo Christopher Stone Chris Stone is a highly rated barrister specialising in the areas of…
 Marianne Tutin  photo Marianne Tutin Marianne specialises in employment, tax and commercial litigation. Her practice covers all…
Mr Christopher Walker photo Mr Christopher Walker Christopher is a catastrophic personal injury specialist, instructed on behalf of both…
 Robert Weir photo Robert Weir Robert Weir QC is a highly regarded barrister dealing with personal injury…
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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.