Set Profile > Devereux > London, England

Chambers of Timothy Brennan QC
Devereux
QUEEN ELIZABETH BUILDING, TEMPLE
LONDON
EC4Y 9BS
England

International arbitration: arbitrators Tier 1

Colin Edelman QC - DevereuxIn a nutshell, he's absolutely outstanding - he's phenomenally bright, very quick and very fair but at the same time tough.

Personal injury

Leading Juniors

Christopher Walker - Devereux ChambersHe’s excellent in his analysis of the evidence and knows exactly how to coordinate a team of experts to produce the strongest case. He’s very engaging and puts clients at their ease with his easy charm and obvious empathy. His advocacy is very sharp, and judges respond to his concise arguments and helpful manner.
Ranked: Tier 1

Professional negligence

Leading Silks

Colin Edelman QC - DevereuxHe has an extremely sharp legal mind.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Richard Harrison - DevereuxHe is very knowledgeable and a skilled advocate.
Ranked: Tier 4

Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)

Leading Silks

Robert Weir QC - DevereuxExceptionally bright with great knowledge of travel law. Not afraid to take on very difficult and ground-breaking cases, and generally wins.
Ranked: Tier 1
Stephen Killalea QC - DevereuxVery strong client care and good instincts for tough cases.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Bruce Silvester - DevereuxVery thorough and detailed drafting, and very persuasive written advocacy. Incisive.
Ranked: Tier 2
Robert Hunter - DevereuxHe is very responsive and provides prompt, detailed, considered advice.
Ranked: Tier 3

Employment Tier 2

Devereux's employment team consistently acts in complex and groundbreaking employment disputes and its members have strong appellate practices that cover both the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. The set represents blue chip multinationals, trade unions, and governments, and regularly handles high-profile Metropolitan Police cases. 'Skilled advocateBruce Carr QC represented the Royal Mail Group in the first appellate case to address interference in the voting process, under section 230 of The Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992. Andrew Burns QC successfully upheld an EAT decision in the Court of Appeal, which argued that maternity leave was not comparable to leave for childcare purposes. Clients admire the 'fighting spirit and sound commercial advice' provided by rising star Marianne Tutin.

Rising stars

Marianne Tutin - DevereuxA superb junior who is no doubt on her way to great achievements. Her in-depth knowledge and up-to-date advocacy on employment status issues is second-to-none at her level.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Bruce Carr QC - DevereuxA real heavy hitter in the employment world. He is a skilled advocate and tenacious at representing his client’s interests.
Ranked: Tier 1
Timothy Brennan QC - DevereuxA highly knowledgeable, bright advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Burns QC - DevereuxVery pleasant to deal with, responsive and a go-to person for industrial relations work.
Ranked: Tier 3
Akash Nawbatt QC - DevereuxVery hardworking and diligent, and invests the time to understand matters in depth. He also handles clients well and is an excellent advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Talia Barsam - DevereuxTalia has excellent client care skills and is a strong advocate, who is able to adapt very quickly to situations and adjust her approach accordingly.
Ranked: Tier 3
Thomas Cordrey - DevereuxTechnically excellent and very quick thinking on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 3
Peter Edwards - DevereuxHe is very thorough and has an exceptional level of knowledge.
Ranked: Tier 3
Christopher Stone - DevereuxExtremely hardworking, an excellent team player, and good on paper and in court.
Ranked: Tier 3
Kate Balmer - DevereuxRobust and impressive in cross-examination. Diligent, sharp and good with clients; it is also evident just how much she cares.
Ranked: Tier 4
Laura Bell - DevereuxHugely bright and great with clients. She is a master of detail and uses this to great effect when cross-examining. Laura also gets the big picture and the objectives of the client - her advice is therefore commercial and relevant.
Ranked: Tier 4
Alice Carse - DevereuxAn unshakeable, levelled and precise advocate. She is excellent with clients and translates complex legal matters into commercially focused solutions, enabling decisions to be made.
Ranked: Tier 4
Jesse Crozier - DevereuxVery good with clients, strikes up a good rapport with judges, and has a good grasp of very technical areas of law.
Ranked: Tier 4
Lucinda Harris - DevereuxShe is excellent with clients and extremely knowledgeable.
Ranked: Tier 4
Georgia Hicks - DevereuxReally hardworking, well prepared and persuasive. Doesn't leave a stone unturned.
Ranked: Tier 4

Georgina Hirsch - Devereux ‘Pragmatic, responsive, and works well as part of the team. Clients like her, and trust her judgement and that she has their best interests at heart.

Ranked: Tier 4
Alice Mayhew - DevereuxHas a good understanding of clients' particular characteristics, is good with witnesses and technically sound.
Ranked: Tier 4

Sebastian Purnell - Devereux ‘Very responsive, good at thinking on his feet, engenders confidence, good with clients, and a great advocate. Very much across the detail of his matters and very bright.

Ranked: Tier 4
Bayo Randle - DevereuxA team player, with huge attention to detail and good strategic skills.
Ranked: Tier 4

International arbitration: counsel

Leading Silks

Colin Edelman QC - DevereuxGreat brain, excellent presentational skills and knowledge on reinsurance matters above all else.
Ranked: Tier 2

Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud Tier 2

Devereux has 'a wealth of experience in personal injury and industrial disease' and offers 'superb barristers at every level', showing particularly 'significant strength and depth in the field of catastrophic injury claims'. Robert Weir QC was successful for the claimant, the chair of the Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum, in the Supreme Court in Dring v Cape Intermediate Holdings Ltd. Weir QC's other recent highlights include representing an insurer claimant in the Court of Appeal case Liverpool Victoria Insurance Co. v Khan, which challenges the sentence handed down to a medical expert held guilty for contempt of court.

Industrial disease - Leading Silks

Robert Weir QC - DevereuxAn astute tactician who knows exactly where to set case trajectory and inspires supreme confidence.
Ranked: Tier 1

Personal injury - Leading Silks

Robert Weir QC - DevereuxAn astute tactician who knows exactly where to set case trajectory and inspires supreme confidence.
Ranked: Tier 1
Robert Glancy QC - DevereuxBrilliant to have on board when the going gets tough.
Ranked: Tier 2
Stephen Killalea QC - DevereuxAn exceptional advocate who rises to the challenge however formidable or complex the case may be and invariably with great success.
Ranked: Tier 2

Personal injury - Leading Juniors

Bruce Silvester - DevereuxPrepared to fight the toughest of cases and exudes confidence and belief.
Ranked: Tier 1
Richard Cartwright - DevereuxHas superb judgement and an ability to take a step back from a case and look at the issues in the round.
Ranked: Tier 2
Colin Mendoza - DevereuxVery approachable and provides extremely thorough explanations to clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Christopher Walker - Devereux ChambersAlways takes a practical and pragmatic approach to cases allied with good judgement.
Ranked: Tier 3
Peter Edwards - DevereuxHas a great understanding of the medical and legal complexities in high value cases which ensures exceptional results.
Ranked: Tier 4
Robert Hunter - DevereuxAlways adds value to a case and is particularly strong in fatal accident claims.
Ranked: Tier 4
Jonathan Butters - DevereuxVery sharp, quick thinking and highly intelligent.
Ranked: Tier 5
Stephen Cottrell - DevereuxKnows how to talk to opponents and set out a client's case forcefully but without alienating opponents.
Ranked: Tier 5

Private client: personal tax Tier 2

Devereux has ‘numerous high-quality individuals.’ The chambers has ‘a huge depth of talent in this area and we can always get someone who has the appropriate experience.’ Members of this set's thriving tax practice include Aparna Nathan QC who is acting as sole counsel for the HMRC in David Beadle v HMRC. This case is looking at the issue of Partner Payment Notice penalties. In other highlights, Marika Lemos is advising the Revenue in Ardeshir Naghshineh v HMRC in an Upper Tribunal on the issue of sideways loss relief for farming losses. HMRC is seeking clarification in this case on the ‘reasonable expectation of profits’ test.

Leading Silks

Felicity Cullen QC - DevereuxFirst-class brain and technical knowledge but capable of delivering advice of great clarity to any audience. Always well prepared, practical and pragmatic and answers the questions you ought to have asked, but overlooked.
Ranked: Tier 2
Akash Nawbatt QC - DevereuxHMRC's top choice for residence and domicile matters.
Ranked: Tier 3

2019 Silks

Aparna Nathan QC - DevereuxIs the go-to person for all contentious non-dom cases. She combines intellectual rigour with a superb knowledge of how HMRC think.

Leading Juniors

Marika Lemos - DevereuxVery knowledgeable and very thorough - leaves no stone unturned. Also works well as part of a team (and in holding the team together).
Ranked: Tier 1
Barrie Akin - DevereuxHas a very succinct analytical style and is able to 'translate' the complexities of UK pensions tax so that it is intelligible to non-tax specialists.
Ranked: Tier 3
Rebecca Murray - DevereuxAn outstanding junior.
Ranked: Tier 3
Christopher Stone - DevereuxHas unrivalled litigation and advisory experience in many areas of personal tax including employment tax (in particular IR35), residence and domicile.
Ranked: Tier 3

Clinical negligence Tier 4

Devereux is an 'excellent set' with 'responsive and efficient clerks' and practitioners who are 'very strong at all levels'. The set handles all aspects of clinical negligence work, with a particular focus on high-value claims, including birth trauma, brain injury, and cerebral palsy. As well as representing claimants, barristers from this set also act for a wide range of defendants, including NHS trusts and health authorities, along with insurers and individual healthcare professionals. The 'phenomenal' Robert Glancy QC and 'superstar silk' Robert Weir QC are the senior counsel to note, while at the junior end, 'fantastic advocate' Richard Cartwright, 'extremely knowledgeable' Colin Mendoza, and 'tireless worker' and newly ranked Robert Hunter are the names to highlight.

Leading Silks

Robert Glancy QC - DevereuxA phenomenally bright trial advocate who is a pleasure to work with on all birth injury cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Robert Weir QC - DevereuxA fantastic mind and ability to cut through to the key issues notwithstanding volumes of evidence and material.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Richard Cartwright - DevereuxMakes excellent judgement calls and is completely trusted by clients and solicitors alike.
Ranked: Tier 1
Robert Hunter - DevereuxHe works tirelessly on his cases and the pleadings and paperwork he produces are second to none. He is excellent with experts and clients alike and, as a solicitor, it is a joy to work alongside him on a case. He isn't afraid of tackling the tricky cases.
Ranked: Tier 4
Colin Mendoza - DevereuxExtremely knowledgeable and informative, as well as courteous and helpful.
Ranked: Tier 4

Insurance and reinsurance Tier 4

Devereux is 'a really good set' that is regularly involved in all aspects of insurance and reinsurance-related disputes, both domestically and internationally, including arbitrations. Insurance dispute clients also benefit from the set's experience in complementary areas of work, such as professional negligence, personal injury, tax, employment, sport and pensions. Frequently brought into actions at Court of Appeal or Supreme Court stages, Colin Edelman QC acted for Travelers Insurance Company in a case that allowed the Supreme Court to review the principles concerning third-party costs orders; Andrew Burns QC acted on appeal for the excess layers reinsurers of Port of New York, which was in relation to 9/11 claims.

Leading Silks

Colin Edelman QC - DevereuxA great brain, with excellent presentational skills - he is the insurance/reinsurance barrister of the moment and a go-to QC for complex coverage advice.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Burns QC - DevereuxVery client focused and highly commercial.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Richard Harrison - DevereuxApproachable and user-friendly, tailored advice, with impressive drafting skills.
Ranked: Tier 2

Sport

Leading Juniors

Sebastian Purnell - DevereuxVery knowledgable and thorough in his analysis of the case. Very good cross-examination. Calm and deliberate manner and very helpful in preparing to answer queries from the other side.
Ranked: Tier 4

Commercial litigation

Leading Silks

Colin Edelman QC - DevereuxSimply exceptional, in both his written work and in advocacy - he is a dream to watch on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 4
Graham Read QC - DevereuxHe consistently demonstrates immense clarity of thought in his analysis and instils unwavering confidence whilst advising on issues that are inherently challenging.
Ranked: Tier 6

Leading Juniors

Harriet Fear Davies - DevereuxAn absolutely excellent barrister to work with - she has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the case and was genuinely indispensable.
Ranked: Tier 5

Education

Leading Juniors

Talia Barsam - DevereuxAn excellent advocate: professional and direct while also being supportive
Ranked: Tier 5

IT and telecoms

'Leading telecoms setDevereux fields notable expertise across regulatory and non-regulatory telecoms work, and has set itself out as a key name for Electronic Communications Code cases. In a notable highlight, 'go-to silkGraham Read QC and Shaen Catherwood are representing the claimants and Mobile Broadband Network, the infrastructure company for EE and Hutchinson 3G, in EE Limited and Hutchinson 3G v The Meyrick Trust following the Meyrick Trust's objection to the granting of new Code rights to the claimants. Read and Rory Cochrane have also been active in artificial inflation of traffic cases.

IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) - Leading Silks

Graham Read QC - DevereuxHe consistently demonstrates immense clarity of thought in his analysis and instils unwavering confidence whilst advising on issues that are inherently challenging.
Ranked: Tier 2

Telecoms (Regulatory) - Leading Silks

Graham Read QC - DevereuxHe consistently demonstrates immense clarity of thought in his analysis and instils unwavering confidence whilst advising on issues that are inherently challenging.
Ranked: Tier 1

IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) - Leading Juniors

Shaen Catherwood - DevereuxShaen is attentive and very commercial. He is quick and always available - an asset to our team and our go-to barrister on telecoms.
Ranked: Tier 3
Rory Cochrane - DevereuxHe has a specific expertise in the field of so-called "multi-site agreements" and the application of the Electronic Communications Code to those.
Ranked: Tier 4

Telecoms (Regulatory) - Leading Juniors

Georgina Hirsch - DevereuxShe is a good team player, very popular with clients and wonderful to work with.
Ranked: Tier 1

Set overviews: England and Wales

A multi-specialist set, Devereux has particular strength in the fields of employment, personal injury, and tax law fields. In recent news, Robert Glancy QC was appointed to the Premier League Judicial Panel and Joshua Carey, formerly of 2 Hare Court, joined the set's tax team.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Always very responsive , they run a tight ship.

An impressive clerking operation that understands the commercial needs of solicitors.

Chris Downes and Cyrus Biggs are always extremely professional and understanding

Chris Downes is excellent. Not only is he responsive in finding appropriate counsel, he also thinks proactively about contacting us with developments. He really is exemplary in showing how clerks are developing out of the traditional role into true practice managers.

Clerking service is very responsive and friendly, especially Zoe Hamilton.

Clerks are fantastic and always at the end of the phone to help. James Hudson is great.

Chris Downes and Cyrus Biggs are very responsive and always keen to offer assistance

Easy to deal with. Interested in a long-term relationship.

Find Laurence Willicombe and Cyrus Biggs are extremely helpful. Very responsive.

Glenn Billenness, Chris Downes and James Hudson all excellent.

Glenn Billenness is the Senior Practice Manager and one of my two ‘go to’ clerks whenever I am looking to instruct counsel. He is exceptionally good and I always feel confident that he and his team understand the needs of my clients.

Head and shoulders about the competition. Good at meeting with instructing solicitors and broadening the relationship, constantly looking of opportunities to develop relationship with us. Glenn Billenness and Cyrus Biggs are great assets to the team.

James Hudson is always extremely helpful. Nothing is ever too much trouble and he is always well organised. A prompt response is always received.

The clerks are always extremely helpful and have a wide knowledge of procedures. The clerking is slick and responsive. James Hudson is particularly adept at working the diaries to accommodate the needs of instructing solicitors.

They have a good understanding of procedures and they make the set very user friendly. James Hudson is worthy of mention for his enthusiasm and slick clerking.

The extent of my communications with the clerks has been professional, pleasant and effective. The clerks have always been understanding, prompt and provided exactly what was required. Laurence Willicombe was in particular very helpful.

Cyrus Briggs stands out for exceptional service as a clerk.

Glenn Billenness and Cyrus Biggs in particular strive to see this as almost a consumer industry and accordingly work hard to make sure instructing solicitors are looked after.

Set:

A top ranking set for high value Claimant PI work.

Devereux are still in my opinion the go to chambers.

Devereux Chambers have a wealth of experience in personal injury and industrial disease with superb barristers at every level. They are particularly well placed to deal with complex cases. I have worked with barristers at QC, Junior and pupil level and the breadth and depth of knowledge is impressive at each level.

Dealing with this set is inevitably a pleasant experience, with impressive counsel and attentive clerks. They are all people you wouldn’t mind being stuck in a lift with.

Generally I find Devereux Chambers to offer a great combination of excellent barristers and value. The quality of Counsel is excellent, but they are also cost-effective to use. Counsel to well to make themselves available and they will do that on new matters on an ad hoc basis even before instructed.

Devereux is the foremost premier set. Its Counsel and clerks are unrivalled.

We are aware that the Chambers has a huge depth of talent, so we can always get someone who has appropriate experience.

We regularly use Devereux and consider them to be an excellent set. Their fees are often more competitive than some of the top employment sets, but their barristers are always reliable and provide good value.

Tax: corporate and VAT/indirect tax

Devereux is 'a good set with great strength in depth' has a sophisticated revenue-side practice, which sits alongside the strong taxpayer-side instructions in relation to both direct and indirect tax. Employment taxes are a major area of expertise for many members, with Timothy Brennan QC handling a high-level employment status case. Akash Nawbatt QC, who is instructed by HMRC and taxpayers, represented the revenue in Credit Suisse v HMRC, relating to the one-off bank payroll tax following the 2008 financial crisis. Aparna Nathan QC continues to represent the revenue in a number of high-profile cases including Walewski v HMRC, the first litigation on the mixed membership rules applying to LLPs.

Tax: corporate - Leading Silks

Timothy Brennan QC - DevereuxHis strengths include very strong legal analysis and excellent strategic thinking.
Ranked: Tier 2
Felicity Cullen QC - DevereuxProvides consistent, practical commercial advice.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jolyon Maugham QC - DevereuxA very clear and logical thinker and persuasive speaker.
Ranked: Tier 2
Akash Nawbatt QC - DevereuxA popular and long-standing choice for HMRC.
Ranked: Tier 2

Tax: VAT - Leading silks

Felicity Cullen QC - DevereuxProvides consistent, practical commercial advice.
Ranked: Tier 2

Tax: corporate - 2019 Silks

Aparna Nathan QC - DevereuxVery eloquent and particularly good at handling offshore matters.

Tax: corporate - Leading Juniors

Barrie Akin - DevereuxApproachable, commercially aware and has a collaborative approach.
Ranked: Tier 2
Kate Balmer - DevereuxA great advocate who is diligent, sharp and hard-working.
Ranked: Tier 2
Marika Lemos - DevereuxShe has excellent client handling skills and is building a fantastic litigation practice. She is a clear, fluent and excellent advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Rebecca Murray - DevereuxVery clear in her advice and very easy to work with.
Ranked: Tier 2
Christopher Stone - DevereuxHe is hard-working and has an excellent grasp of the law.
Ranked: Tier 2

Tax: VAT Leading juniors

Marika Lemos - DevereuxShe has excellent client handling skills and is building a fantastic litigation practice. She is a clear, fluent and excellent advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Barrie Akin - DevereuxApproachable, commercially aware and has a collaborative approach.
Ranked: Tier 2
Georgia Hicks - DevereuxA very articulate advocate in court.
Ranked: Tier 2
Kate Balmer - DevereuxA great advocate who is diligent, sharp and hard-working.
Ranked: Tier 3
Rebecca Murray - DevereuxVery clear in her advice and very easy to work with.
Ranked: Tier 3
Sebastian Purnell - DevereuxVery practical, pragmatic, and excellent when engaging with clients.
Ranked: Tier 3

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Personal injury

Leading Juniors

Christopher Walker - Devereux ChambersHe’s excellent in his analysis of the evidence and knows exactly how to coordinate a team of experts to produce the strongest case. He’s very engaging and puts clients at their ease with his easy charm and obvious empathy. His advocacy is very sharp, and judges respond to his concise arguments and helpful manner.
Ranked: Tier 1

Devereux Chambers is one of the UK’s leading civil and commercial sets with 58 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 commercial litigation, insurance, reinsurance, professional negligence, IT and telecoms, contentious and non-contentious tax, employment and industrial relations, clinical negligence and personal injury. 

The set: 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 continuing professional development 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 the set’s core practice areas. Members regularly deal with complex and high-value disputes in domestic, as well as international, jurisdictions. The set also acts before and as arbitrators and mediators.

In each area of expertise, stellar silks are supported by a large team of excellent juniors. Both are backed up by experienced practice managers and knowledgeable business services staff.

At Devereux, you find excellent barristers who truly add value, offering clear and robust legal advice and outstanding advocacy while remaining approachable.

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: in solicitors’ firms, as part of strategic management consultants, with industry federations, for Ofcom or the Competition Commission. This brings an understanding of the pressures of the competitive environment you 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 BRENNAN QC, Timothy (1981/2001)
Member of Chambers EDELMAN QC, Colin (1977/1995)
Member of Chambers GLANCY QC, Robert (1972/1997)
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 BURNS QC, Andrew (1993/2015)
Member of Chambers MAUGHAM QC, Jolyon (1997/2015)
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 SILVESTER, Bruce (1983)
Member of Chambers MENDOZA, Colin (1983)
Door Tenant ROYLE, Richard (1983)*
Member of Chambers EMERSON, Paul (1984)
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 VONBERG, Thomas (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 PETER, David (2012)
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)
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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 Talia Barsam specialises in all areas of employment law, including discrimination law,…
 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 complex industrial relations and employment claims and insurance…
 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 specialises in commercial litigation, with a focus on banking disputes (including…
 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…
 Jolyon Maugham photo Jolyon Maugham Jolyon Maugham QC has a largely court based practice, predominantly in the…
 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…
 David Peter  photo David Peter David Peter accepts instructions in Chambers’ core areas of practice: employment, general…
 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.…
 Bruce Silvester  photo Bruce Silvester Bruce Silvester is an extremely experienced personal injury, health and safety, and…
 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…
 Thomas Vonberg  photo Thomas Vonberg Tom Vonberg is a specialist in complex or high value injury litigation,…
 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.