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Chambers of Timothy Brennan QC

QUEEN ELIZABETH BUILDING, TEMPLE, LONDON, EC4Y 9BS, ENGLAND
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www.devereuxchambers.co.uk

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

The ‘incredibleDevereux is ‘a very strong set of personal injury barristers, with a broad range and level of experience’ as well as having ‘a strength in depth in the field of telecoms disputes’, while, in the employment arena, solicitors note that 'there is a specialist in every complex area of law that you might need’, and it continues to be ‘a strong chambers in the tax market’. The set has ‘significant figures both at silks and senior junior levels’ who are ‘approachable, pragmatic, technically sound, and understand the pressures that instructing solicitors are under’. ‘It feels like you are working as a team; they do not undermine solicitors in front of clients or propose unreasonable deadlines.’ Members are ‘so client-friendly, unpretentious, and all-round excellent at their craft’. In recent news, Aparna Nathan QC took silk in 2019 and Rebecca Murray joined from Temple Tax Chambers. Meanwhile, Oliver Hyams recently left to take up a full-time position as an employment judge. The set’s management is led by chambers director Vince Plant. The clerks are ‘quick to respond, helpful, and always available when you need them’. Practice managers Cyrus Biggs and Chris Downes are ‘will track down a response from counsel if you can’t and they feel like part of the team’. Offices in: London

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London Bar

Clinical negligence
Clinical negligence - Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

Devereux

Devereux has 'significant figures, both silks and senior juniors, who have proven strength and ability' and provide 'excellent advice' in relation to clinical negligence matters. Typical instructions include birth trauma, brain injury and cerebral palsy claims, which raise challenging issues in relation to liability, quantum and causation.

Leading Silks

Robert Glancy QC - DevereuxHe has great eye for detail and brilliant client care skills.

Ranked: tier 2

Robert Weir QC - DevereuxHe combines incredible legal intellect with outstanding advocacy and is excellent at foreseeing risk.

Ranked: tier 2
Leading Juniors

Richard Cartwright - DevereuxHis ability to take a step back from a complex case and look at the issues in the round is impressive.

Ranked: tier 1

Colin Mendoza - DevereuxHe has a great capacity for detailed analysis of a case, including anticipating risk.

Ranked: tier 4

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Commercial litigation
Leading Silks

Colin Edelman QC - DevereuxWell known across the insurance market.

Ranked: tier 4

Graham Read QC - DevereuxAn outstanding advocate who really takes his time to understand the issues.

Ranked: tier 6

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Education
Leading Juniors

Talia Barsam - DevereuxAn excellent advocate: professional and direct while also being supportive.

Ranked: tier 5

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Employment
Employment - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Devereux

'Incredibly strong' Devereux is 'a great all-rounder set for employment litigation' with 'strength in depth across their employment practice, including connected areas such as tax and national minimum wage issues', according to instructing solicitors, who also note that chambers are considered a 'go-to set for trade union matters'. Bruce Carr QC  was involved in the landmark Timis v Osipov, in which the Court of Appeal, for the first time, found two individual directors liable for whistleblowing-related detriment in a case following a disclosure by a company's CEO surrounding its oil business in Niger. Elsewhere, Akash Nawbatt QC acted for British Airways securing a High Court injunction to prevent pilots going on strike over the summer.

Leading Silks

Bruce Carr QC - DevereuxHe is a first-class act with an assured manner and quiet confidence that leaves clients at ease and the other side scrabbling for a response.

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Burns QC - DevereuxCombines huge intellect with a commercial and strategic approach.

Ranked: tier 3

Timothy Brennan QC - DevereuxHe is very knowledgeable and an expert in the national minimum wage area.

Ranked: tier 3

Akash Nawbatt QC - DevereuxA future star of the Bar who is very good on detail, very hardworking, easy to deal with and great with clients.

Ranked: tier 4
Leading Juniors

Christopher Stone - Devereux‘An extremely impressive technical lawyer, who is an excellent choice for a respondent facing a discrimination claim or litigant in person.’

Ranked: tier 3

Peter Edwards - DevereuxHis experience on trade union matters and related legal issues is invaluable.

Ranked: tier 3

Thomas Cordrey - DevereuxHighly impressive up and coming junior counsel. He prepares thoroughly and is clear, positive and confident in the delivery of his advice.

Ranked: tier 3

Talia Barsam - DevereuxHer manner with opposing counsel and the tribunal is calculated to give her client the best possible chance at any hearing.

Ranked: tier 3

Alice Mayhew - DevereuxAn exceptional senior junior who knows when to charm and when to strike, ensuring nothing less than the best result for clients.

Ranked: tier 4

Alice Carse - DevereuxShe has a confident manner which instills confidence in clients.

Ranked: tier 4

Georgina Hirsch - DevereuxA great in-depth commercial knowledge of the politics and legalities of trade union cases.

Ranked: tier 4

Jesse Crozier - DevereuxClients really like him for his strong cross-examination skills and excellently prepared skeleton arguments.

Ranked: tier 4

Kate Balmer - DevereuxExtremely diligent and all over the detail as well as really good and patient in cross-examination.’

Ranked: tier 4

Laura Bell - DevereuxCalm under pressure, clear commercial advice, very personable and approachable as well as impressive during hearings.

Ranked: tier 4

Sebastian Purnell - DevereuxAn excellent advocate who is calm and fair but nonetheless very robust, and is particularly good when dealing with litigants in person.

Ranked: tier 4

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IT and telecoms
Telecoms (Regulatory) - Leading Sets - ranked: tier 2

Devereux

Attracting praise for delivering ‘concise, easy to understand and sensible advice’, the ‘excellent team’ at Devereux has been highlighted by clients as the ‘first choice for work relating to the new Telecoms Code’. In a recent work highlight, Graham Read QC was instructed by EE Limited and Hutchinson 3G Limited in a dispute against The Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Islington for the rights, under the New Electronic Communication Code, to erect a replacement mast following redevelopment at a former mast site.

IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) - Leading Silks

Graham Read QC - DevereuxA true heavyweight of the telecoms Bar.

Ranked: tier 3
Telecoms (Regulatory) - Leading Silks

Graham Read QC - DevereuxA true heavyweight of the telecoms Bar.

Ranked: tier 1
IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) - Leading Juniors

Shaen Catherwood - DevereuxHis technical knowledge of the telecoms sector is very impressive.

Ranked: tier 3
Telecoms (Regulatory) - Leading Juniors

Georgina Hirsch - DevereuxA very skilled advocate that is very experienced in proper, heavyweight telecoms work.

Ranked: tier 1

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Insurance and reinsurance
Insurance and reinsurance - Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

Devereux

Devereux has an 'excellent reputation for insurance and reinsurance disputes' and is home to 'several leading experts'. Colin Edelman QC led Richard Harrison in UKI Insurance Limited v R&S Pilling, a high-profile dispute which examines the UK’s compulsory motor insurance regime and whether this is enlarged by virtue of EU law. Allianz Insurance Plc v Tonicstar was a notable matter for Andrew Burns QC.

Leading Silks

Colin Edelman QC - DevereuxHe is the greatest barrister at the insurance Bar.

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Burns QC - DevereuxHe is a very talented advocate.

Ranked: tier 4
Leading Juniors

Richard Harrison - DevereuxExtremely solutions-focused, a creative thinker, and has in-depth knowledge of insurance.

Ranked: tier 2

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International arbitration: arbitrators
Leading arbitrators

Colin Edelman QC - DevereuxTop choice for major insurance disputes.

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International arbitration: counsel
Leading Silks

Colin Edelman QC - DevereuxA leading barrister in the arbitration field.

Ranked: tier 2

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Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud
Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Devereux

Devereux is 'a very strong personal injury set', according to instructing solicitors. Members demonstrate 'far-reaching knowledge of catastrophic injury cases' and have 'client care skills to match'. The set has 'unparalleled expertise in certain niche areas', including spinal cord and brain injury. Severe psychiatric injury and cases that raise challenging points of law are other areas of specialist interest for the set's barristers. Robert Weir QC represented the claimant in the Court of Appeal case Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Ltd, which held an employer vicariously liable for an assault committed by its managing director at a work party. Robert Glancy QC predominantly acts for brain damages and paralysed claimants, while Bruce Silvester has extensive experience in group litigation.

Personal Injury - Leading Silks

Robert Weir QC - DevereuxUnsurpassable advocate who communicates highly complex issues in a straightforward effortless way.

Ranked: tier 1

Robert Glancy QC - DevereuxA silk that is head and shoulders above the rest in respect of technical legal issues.

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Killalea QC - DevereuxA gifted advocate who is excellent at cross-examination and always one step ahead.

Ranked: tier 2
Personal injury - Leading Juniors

Bruce Silvester - DevereuxExtremely thorough in terms of preparation of the claim.

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Cartwright - DevereuxExtremely good with figures and pleading of schedules.

Ranked: tier 2

Colin Mendoza - DevereuxMethodical, good with clients and extremely knowledgeable on all aspects of personal injury law.

Ranked: tier 3

Peter Edwards - DevereuxVery diligent, client-friendly and commercial.

Ranked: tier 4

Robert Hunter - DevereuxHe is unfailingly well-prepared, delightful with his clients and forensic with the evidence.

Ranked: tier 4

Jonathan Butters - DevereuxHe is extremely intelligent, articulate and understands highly complex issues.

Ranked: tier 5

Stephen Cottrell - DevereuxHe builds a great rapport with clients and takes a very sensible approach.

Ranked: tier 5

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Private client: personal tax
Private client: personal tax - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Devereux

Devereux has a thriving personal tax practice with a ‘great ethos and a really good mix of different types of technicians, both in terms of skill and personality'. Aparna Nathan QC acted as junior counsel for HMRC on the important issue of whether a taxpayer can force a loss of relief claim into the wrong year by simply calculating his own tax liability. Members of the set who are ‘top of their game’ regularly advise individuals, trustees, companies and other entities.

Leading Silks

Felicity Cullen QC - DevereuxA very strong technical lawyer who delivers her advice with charm.

Ranked: tier 2
2019 Silks

Aparna Nathan QC - DevereuxA very incisive tax silk.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Marika Lemos - DevereuxCuts straight to the point and considers the issue from every angle – thorough and concise.

Ranked: tier 1

Barrie Akin - DevereuxHas an encyclopaedic knowledge of the tax acts.

Ranked: tier 3

Christopher Stone - DevereuxHas unrivalled experience of advising and litigating on individual residence and domicile status.

Ranked: tier 3

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Professional negligence
Leading Silks

Colin Edelman QC - DevereuxHe has an extraordinary ability present easy to understand solutions to complex problems.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Richard Harrison - DevereuxHe is very knowledgeable and a skilled advocate.

Ranked: tier 4

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Set overviews: England and Wales

The ‘incredibleDevereux is ‘a very strong set of personal injury barristers, with a broad range and level of experience’ as well as having ‘a strength in depth in the field of telecoms disputes’, while, in the employment arena, solicitors note that 'there is a specialist in every complex area of law that you might need’, and it continues to be ‘a strong chambers in the tax market’. The set has ‘significant figures both at silks and senior junior levels’ who are ‘approachable, pragmatic, technically sound, and understand the pressures that instructing solicitors are under’. ‘It feels like you are working as a team; they do not undermine solicitors in front of clients or propose unreasonable deadlines.’ Members are ‘so client-friendly, unpretentious, and all-round excellent at their craft’. In recent news, Aparna Nathan QC took silk in 2019 and Rebecca Murray joined from Temple Tax Chambers. Meanwhile, Oliver Hyams recently left to take up a full-time position as an employment judge. The set’s management is led by chambers director Vince Plant. The clerks are ‘quick to respond, helpful, and always available when you need them’. Practice managers Cyrus Biggs and Chris Downes are ‘will track down a response from counsel if you can’t and they feel like part of the team’. Offices in: London

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Sport
Leading Juniors

Sebastian Purnell - DevereuxThe go-to junior for work on sports tax issues.

Ranked: tier 4

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Tax: corporate and VAT/indirect tax
Tax: corporate and VAT/indirect tax - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Devereux

Members of Devereux are instructed in contentious and non-contentious direct and indirect tax cases. Able to draw on their wider expertise in employment law, commercial disputes, and professional negligence in cross-over matters, the set is able to assist clients in matters involving the minimum wage and employment status, as well as on the tax aspects of negligence claims against promoters of fraudulent tax schemes. Members have been involved in several standout cases, including HMRC v Higgins, where Christopher Stone appeared for the Revenue before the Upper Tribunal, in a case concerning the application of principal private residence relief from capital gains tax on the disposal of a main residence. In PGMOL v HMRC, a case in which Jolyon Maugham QC and Georgia Hicks appeared for the taxpayer, they successfully argued before the First-tier Tribunal that 'National Group' referees in major sporting leagues are self-employed   Felicity Cullen QC is a key name, with a client list that includes a number of owner-managed businesses. Aparna Nathan QC took silk in 2019.

Tax: VAT Leading silks

Felicity Cullen QC - DevereuxA genuine pleasure to work with and produces extremely thorough opinions and solutions.

Ranked: tier 2
Tax: corporate - Leading Silks

Akash Nawbatt QC - DevereuxParticularly strong on issues of public law as applied in a tax context.

Ranked: tier 2

Felicity Cullen QC - DevereuxA genuine pleasure to work with and produces extremely thorough opinions and solutions.

Ranked: tier 2

Jolyon Maugham QC - DevereuxA very clear and logical thinker and persuasive speaker.

Ranked: tier 3

Timothy Brennan QC - DevereuxHe has an ability to review detail and cut to the nub quickly and accurately.

Ranked: tier 3
Tax: corporate - 2019 Silks

Aparna Nathan QC - DevereuxExtremely knowledgeable, very client focused and responsive, fantastic manner with lay clients.

Ranked: tier 1
Tax: VAT Leading juniors

Marika Lemos - DevereuxShe is extremely capable, very hardworking and sensitive to the needs of significant litigation.

Ranked: tier 1

Barrie Akin - DevereuxHe has a wide skillset that means he transverses many areas of expertise.

Ranked: tier 2

Georgia Hicks - DevereuxShe makes a real contribution to a case team and is highly rated as an advocate.

Ranked: tier 2

Kate Balmer - DevereuxOnce she enters the room, she is a ferocious advocate.

Ranked: tier 3

Rebecca Murray - DevereuxShe has a very keen mind, is incredibly hard-working and driven.

Ranked: tier 3

Sebastian Purnell - DevereuxHe is very client friendly and a real team player.

Ranked: tier 3
Tax: corporate - Leading Juniors

Barrie Akin - DevereuxHe has a wide skillset that means he transverses many areas of expertise.

Ranked: tier 2

Christopher Stone - DevereuxHe has a good, succinct writing style and is very user-friendly from the client’s perspective since he is always efficient and responsive.

Ranked: tier 2

Kate Balmer - DevereuxOnce she enters the room, she is a ferocious advocate.

Ranked: tier 2

Marika Lemos - DevereuxShe is extremely capable, very hardworking and sensitive to the needs of significant litigation.

Ranked: tier 2

Rebecca Murray - DevereuxShe has a very keen mind, is incredibly hard-working and driven.

Ranked: tier 2

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Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)
Leading Silks

Robert Weir QC - DevereuxVery thoughtful and good on his feet.

Ranked: tier 1

Stephen Killalea QC - DevereuxVery strong client care and good instinct for tough cases.

Ranked: tier 2
Leading Juniors

Bruce Silvester - DevereuxHe is a very bright junior.

Ranked: tier 2

Robert Hunter - DevereuxHe is very responsive and provides prompt, detailed, considered advice.

Ranked: tier 3

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