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Devereux > The Legal 500 Rankings
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 advocate' Bruce 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.
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.’
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.
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.
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.
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 telecoms set' Devereux 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 silk' Graham 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.
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.
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.
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.
Devereux > Set Profile
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.
|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)|
|Barrie Akin||Barrie Akin’s practice takes him into all areas of revenue law and…||View Profile|
|Rachel Avery||Rachel Avery specialises in commercial and employment law with extensive experience in…||View Profile|
|Kate Balmer||Kate Balmer practices predominantly in the field of employment law, including employment…||View Profile|
|Nicholas Bard||Nicholas Bard specialises in professional negligence (solicitors, surveyors, architects, accountants, etc) –…||View Profile|
|Talia Barsam||Talia Barsam specialises in all areas of employment law, including discrimination law,…||View Profile|
|Laura Bell||Laura Bell has a wide-ranging employment practice and regularly advises on everything…||View Profile|
|Timothy Brennan QC||Timothy Brennan QC specialises in tax, finance, employment and public law in…||View Profile|
|Andrew Burns QC||Andrew Burns QC specialises in complex commercial, employment and industrial disputes, particularly…||View Profile|
|Jonathan Butters||Jonathan Butters is an experienced personal injury and clinical negligence practitioner. He…||View Profile|
|Bruce Carr QC||Bruce Carr QC practises predominantly in the field of employment law, but…||View Profile|
|Alice Carse||Alice Carse specialises in complex industrial relations and employment claims and insurance…||View Profile|
|Richard Cartwright||Richard Cartwright specialises in high value clinical negligence and personal injury claims,…||View Profile|
|Shaen Catherwood||Shaen Catherwood specialises in commercial disputes, including in the energy field, telecommunications…||View Profile|
|Rory Cochrane||Rory specialises in commercial litigation, with a focus on banking disputes (including…||View Profile|
|Thomas Cordrey||Thomas Cordrey has extensive experience in the Court of Appeal, High Court,…||View Profile|
|Stephen Cottrell||Stephen Cottrell has a busy nationwide practice predominantly comprising of personal injury…||View Profile|
|Jesse Crozier||Jesse Crozier has a busy practice spanning the breadth of employment and…||View Profile|
|Felicity Cullen QC||Felicity Cullen QC practices in corporate partnership and business taxation of all…||View Profile|
|Colin Edelman QC||Colin Edelman QC specialises in high value complex commercial disputes with an…||View Profile|
|Peter Edwards||Peter Edwards practices in all areas of employment, discrimination and industrial relations…||View Profile|
|Paul Emerson||Paul Emerson undertakes a mixture of commercial work in the Chancery Division,…||View Profile|
|Harriet Fear Davies||Harriet Fear Davies specialises in Commercial Litigation, Energy & Natural Resources, Employment,…||View Profile|
|Robert Glancy QC||Robert Glancy QC focuses exclusively on personal injury, clinical negligence and professional…||View Profile|
|Lucinda Harris||Lucinda Harris specialises in all areas of employment law, including restrictive covenants…||View Profile|
|Richard Harrison||Richard Harrison specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration, especially insurance and reinsurance…||View Profile|
|Georgia Hicks||Georgia Hicks’ practice areas are tax, employment, and sports law. She is…||View Profile|
|Georgina Hirsch||Georgina Hirsch is ranked for both employment law and telecommunications regulation. She…||View Profile|
|Robert Hunter||Rob Hunter is a highly regarded senior junior who has specialised in…||View Profile|
|Stephen Killalea QC||Stephen Killalea QC has had one of the leading catastrophic brain and spinal…||View Profile|
|Marika Lemos||Marika Lemos specialises in all aspects of revenue law. She also accepts…||View Profile|
|Jolyon Maugham QC||Jolyon Maugham QC has a largely court based practice, predominantly in the…||View Profile|
|Alice Mayhew||Alice Mayhew is a specialist in employment litigation and advisory work involving…||View Profile|
|Colin Mendoza||Colin Mendoza specialises in complex high-value clinical negligence and personal injury cases,…||View Profile|
|Rebecca Murray||Rebecca Murray has a tax litigation and advisory practice in Private Client,…||View Profile|
|Aparna Nathan QC||Aparna Nathan QC is a highly sought-after tax barrister. She has a…||View Profile|
|Akash Nawbatt QC||Akash Nawbatt QC’s principal areas of practice are employment and tax law.…||View Profile|
|Samuel Nicholls||Barrister specialising in employment, personal injury, professional negligence and commercial law. Instructed…||View Profile|
|David Peter||David Peter accepts instructions in Chambers’ core areas of practice: employment, general…||View Profile|
|Sebastian Purnell||Sebastian Purnell specialises in all areas of employment and discrimination law (both…||View Profile|
|Bayo Randle||Bayo Randle has a busy and diverse practice in the areas of…||View Profile|
|Graham Read QC||Graham Read QC is a specialist in commercial law (including contract law;…||View Profile|
|Richard Royle||Richard Royle specialises in catastrophic brain and spinal injuries and in motor…||View Profile|
|Ishaani Shrivastava||Ishaani Shrivastava’s principal areas of practice are employment, public, and tax law.…||View Profile|
|Bruce Silvester||Bruce Silvester is an extremely experienced personal injury, health and safety, and…||View Profile|
|Christopher Stone||Chris Stone is a highly rated barrister specialising in the areas of…||View Profile|
|Marianne Tutin||Marianne specialises in employment, tax and commercial litigation. Her practice covers all…||View Profile|
|Thomas Vonberg||Tom Vonberg is a specialist in complex or high value injury litigation,…||View Profile|
|Robert Weir QC||Robert Weir QC is a highly regarded barrister dealing with personal injury…||View Profile|
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Legal 500 UK Bar Awards win – extra tab on our microsite, in which we can speak on our experience in our winning practice area & any developments in the last 12 months.
With some of the most experienced tax advisors and litigators at the Bar, our tax team is perfectly placed to deal with all areas of tax impacting both corporate and private clients. Our members act for the taxpayer, as well as for the government, with twelve members on the Attorney General’s panel of junior counsel.
All of our barristers have an excellent reputation for combining in-depth analytical expertise, an ability to deal with highly complex issues, robust advocacy and advisory services, and skill in offering clear and practical advice to professional and lay clients.
Given our expertise in Devereux’s other core areas of law, such as employment, fraud and professional negligence, our barristers are ideally placed to advise on the cross-over of tax with any of these areas.
Our team has unrivalled expertise at the bar for employment related tax matters. Our members are often the first port of call for issues relating to employment status, advising on the IR35 regulations for example, and have been involved in some of the leading cases in this field. We also have a wealth of expertise on matters relating to Employee Benefit Trusts.
In particular, Devereux is recognised for first-class advice and litigation concerning all tax issues relating to:
- Companies, partnerships and other unincorporated businesses
- Taxation of private individuals (Income Tax, Capital Gains Tax, Inheritance Tax)
- Employment and service provisions (including “IR35” issues)
- Residence and Domicile (individual and corporates)
- Trusts and foundations
- Pension funds
- Real estate
- Structured tax planning
- Statutory investigation powers and assessment procedures (civil or criminal)
- VAT, Customs Duties and other indirect taxes
- Stamp Duty, Stamp Duty Land Tax and Stamp Duty Reserve Tax
Recent notable cases over the last 12 months have included:
- Pertemps Limited v HM Revenue & Customs  UKFTT 0369 (TCC): No taxable supply on salary sacrifice adjustment
- SSE Generation Ltd v HM Revenue & Customs  UKFTT 416 (TC): FTT allowed the appeal in part, finding that most of the relevant items qualified for capital allowances under the Capital Allowances Act (CAA) 2001
- Professional Game Match Officials v HM Revenue & Customs  UKFTT 528 (TC),  UKFTT B1 (TC): landmark decision for umpires across all sporting codes, the specialist First-tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber) has decided that ‘National Group’ referees in the Premier League, FA Cup and Football League are self-employed
- AN Checker v HMRC  UKUT 292 (TCC): Successful in the Upper Tribunal in the VAT appeal
- Nader and others v HMRC  UKFTT 294 (TC). Successful challenge to an inheritance tax avoidance ‘death-bed’ scheme involving excluded property trusts
- Christa Ackroyd Media LTD v HMRC TC/2016/04992: the first of a series of appeals concerning the application of the intermediaries legislation (IR35)
- R (Haworth) v HM Revenue & Customs  EWHC 1271 (Admin): High Court dismisses challenge to follower notice
- R (Amrolia) v HM Revenue & Customs  EWHC 1688 (Admin): High Court rejects judicial review of recovery of provisional tax repayments
- HMRC v Higgins  UKUT 280 (TCC): Upper Tribunal determined a point of law on the application of principal private residence relief (PPRR)
- Banks v HMRC  UKFTT 617: an appeal by the UKIP donor that inheritance tax rules were a breach of his human rights. FTT found that IHTA 1984 s 24 was incompatible with the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) but dismissed the appeal on the basis that it did not have jurisdiction to rewrite the provision
- Executors of the estate of Charles Deville v HMRC, in which the appellant sought to argue (unsuccessfully) that the jurisdiction of the first-tier tribunal allowed it to hear public law challenges
- J Dickinson and others v HMRC  EWCA Civ 2798 CA: Court of Appeal upheld the High Court’s decision not to grant judicial review of APNs (FA 2014 s 219) issued by HMRC
- R (on the application of Derry) (Respondent) v Commissioner for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (Appellant) UKSC 2017/0127: Respondent issued judicial review proceedings arguing that the incorrect procedures and provisions had been relied on to open the enquiries undertaken by HMRC into his tax returns
- Root2Tax Judicial Review proceedings: Appellants refused permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal
- Sole tax counsel due to appear in the Supreme Court on behalf of the taxpayer in Routier v HMRC [April 2019]
- Knibbs v HMRC: Sole tax counsel appearing on behalf of HMRC in the Court of Appeal in 2019. HMRC was successful below; this is a hearing of the Claimants’ appeal (a claim involving more than 500 claimants)
Devereux has a friendly workplace culture and professional work ethic. We are an equal opportunities employer and are fully committed to providing equality of opportunity and to eliminating discrimination on grounds of race including colour, ethnic or national origins, gender, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age and disability.
We believe it is important to support charities, offer pro-bono work and contribute to the legal community in general where and whenever possible.
Since 2019, 20 Devereux members have provided pro bono services across the employment, tax, and personal injury practice areas.
Devereux is a long standing supporter of Advocate, “the Bar’s national charity”. Advocate “match members of the public who need free legal help with barristers who are willing to donate their time and expertise in deserving cases for those who are unable to obtain legal aid and cannot afford to pay.” Devereux supports this charity both financially and by reviewing and undertaking pro bono cases for those in need.
Devereux is a member of Pro Bono Connect, a project set up to establish a network of barristers and solicitors willing to work together on pro bono cases for individuals, charities and community groups who cannot afford to pay for legal advice/representation and for whom public or alternative means of funding are not reasonably available.
Devereux participates in the Pegasus Access Scheme and agree to take a number of work experience placements every year. Inner Temple launched the unique scheme in 2011 with the stated aim of improving access to the profession and to support high achieving students from under-represented backgrounds by providing the experiences they need to be able to thrive at the Bar.
XTop Tier Set Rankings
- London Bar International arbitration: arbitrators
- London Bar Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)
- London Bar Professional negligence
- London Bar Employment
- London Bar International arbitration: counsel
- London Bar Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud
- London Bar Private client: personal tax
- London Bar Clinical negligence
- London Bar Insurance and reinsurance
- London Bar Sport
- London Bar Commercial litigation
- London Bar Education
- London Bar IT and telecoms
- Regional Bar Set overviews: England and Wales
- London Bar Set overviews: England and Wales
- London Bar Tax: corporate and VAT/indirect tax