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Chambers of Timothy Brennan QC

QUEEN ELIZABETH BUILDING, TEMPLE, LONDON, EC4Y 9BS, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7353 7534
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Fax 020 7353 5150
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349 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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Web:
www.devereuxchambers.co.uk

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Devereux has an β€˜excellent range of counsel available, all of whom you are able to put in front of a very wide range of lay business stakeholders without fear’. The set is recommended for a range of practice areas, including personal injury, employment, telecoms regulation and it β€˜now stands as one of the strongest tax sets’ in the market. The β€˜standout clerking team’ has β€˜grown considerably under strong leadership’ of chambers director Vince Plant, and is praised for being β€˜one of very few chambers who take the time to understand the client and its industry’. Senior practice manager Glenn Billenness is β€˜knowledgeable and always helpful’. Practice manager Lawrence Willicombe β€˜understand the pressures placed on in-house counsel’; Tom Keiller, Cyrus Biggs and Chris Downes β€˜provide an excellent clerking service’. Offices in: London

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London Bar

Clinical negligence
Clinical negligence – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Devereux

Devereux β€˜has an excellent selection of counsel in the field’ specialising in high-value brain and spinal cases. Members act for defendant NHS Trusts and Health Authorities, in addition to doctors and consultants, dentists and individual healthcare professionals. On the claimant side, the set has expertise in high-value cases and its members regularly act on publicly and CFA-funded matters.

Clinical negligence – Leading silks

Robert Glancy QC - Devereux β€˜Quite simply one of the finest counsel in the field.’

Ranked: tier 2

Robert Weir QC - Devereux β€˜He has a sharp intellect and gets to the nub of an issue very quickly and skilfully.’

Ranked: tier 2
Clinical negligence – Leading juniors

Richard Cartwright - Devereux β€˜He is one of the strongest senior juniors at the Bar with a phenomenal intelligence providing fantastic advice on all issues of liability and quantum.’

Ranked: tier 1

Colin Mendoza - Devereux β€˜He is a fantastic junior and has a very good manner with clients putting them at ease, whatever the difficulty of the issues under discussion.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Colin Edelman QC - Devereux β€˜A brilliant cross-examiner.’

Ranked: tier 4

Graham Read QC - Devereux β€˜A powerful advocate, excellent on the detail and a real team player.’

Ranked: tier 6

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Education
Education – Leading juniors

Oliver Hyams - Devereux β€˜He is a brilliant and hardworking counsel.’

Ranked: tier 1

Talia Barsam - Devereux β€˜She is technically excellent, great to work with and has an incredible work ethic.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Employment
Employment – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Devereux

Devereux is β€˜fantastic for employment disputes’ and β€˜you would not hesitate to put one of its barristers before a client’. In the Court of Appeal Bruce Carr QC recently acted for the British Airline Pilots Association in British Airline Pilots Association v Jet2.com and Akash Nawbatt QC represented Pimlico Plumbers in a test case regarding the employment status of its plumbers.

Employment – Leading silks

Bruce Carr QC - Devereux β€˜He is very impressive and easy to work with.’

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Burns QC - Devereux β€˜He commands respect and is a firm advocate when on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 4

Timothy Brennan QC - Devereux β€˜He regularly handles worker status and remuneration cases.’

Ranked: tier 4
Employment – 2017 silks

Akash Nawbatt QC - Devereux β€˜A tenacious advocate who has taken the jump to silk in his stride.’

Ranked: tier 1
Employment – Leading juniors

Peter Edwards - Devereux β€˜He is approachable and works well with vulnerable clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

Alice Mayhew - Devereux β€˜She is clearly on top of her game.’

Ranked: tier 4

Alice Carse - Devereux β€˜A brilliant advocate for industrial relations work.’

Ranked: tier 4

Christopher Stone - Devereux β€˜A bright and clear thinker who is calm and measured in his strategy.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jesse Crozier - Devereux β€˜He has notable expertise in appeals, whistleblowing and discrimination claims.'

Ranked: tier 4

Laura Bell - Devereux β€˜Her cross-examination is excellent.’

Ranked: tier 4

Talia Barsam - Devereux β€˜She is technically excellent and has an incredible work ethic.’

Ranked: tier 4

Thomas Cordrey - Devereux β€˜He has a good eye for the detail but also keeps the bigger picture in mind.’

Ranked: tier 4

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IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory)
Telecoms (regulatory) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Devereux

Singled out as β€˜a first choice for telecoms-related work’, Devereux offers β€˜a full range of expertise’ of regulatory matters, and is praised for β€˜making an effort to work to client timescales when urgent’. Its members tend to act for communications providers in a full-spectrum of cases. In one work highlight, Graham Read QC and Georgina Hirsch are acting for BT in a claim alleging a breach of its obligation for cost-orientated Ethernet pricing.

IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) – Leading silks

Graham Read QC - Devereux β€˜He has vast experience and is a tenacious advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3
Telecoms (regulatory) – Leading silks

Graham Read QC - Devereux β€˜A genuine telecoms expert.’

Ranked: tier 1
IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) – Leading juniors

Shaen Catherwood - Devereux β€˜He is very knowledgeable in telecoms work and very commercial in his approach.’

Ranked: tier 3
Telecoms (regulatory) – Leading juniors

Georgina Hirsch - Devereux β€˜She has real telecoms experience and is hugely liked by very significant clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

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

Devereux

The β€˜highly recommended’ Devereux is home to the insurance sector’s β€˜stand out silk’, Colin Edelman QC. Edelman was successful before the Supreme Court in the significant B Atlantic case in March 2018. The court held there to be no cover under standard war risks policy for vessels used to smuggle drugs Richard Harrison is also instructed in multiple high-profile, high-value insurance coverage disputes for blue-chip clients.

Insurance and reinsurance - Leading silks

Colin Edelman QC - Devereux β€˜A commanding and an effective advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Burns QC - Devereux β€˜First class; he is cogent, succinct and has real presence in court.’

Ranked: tier 4
Insurance and reinsurance – Leading juniors

Richard Harrison - Devereux β€˜A highly regarded senior junior with a focus on insurance and reinsurance practice.’

Ranked: tier 2

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International arbitration: arbitrators
International arbitration: arbitrators – Leading individuals

Colin Edelman QC - Devereux β€˜Highly recommended for major insurance arbitrations.’

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International arbitration: counsel
International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

Colin Edelman QC - Devereux β€˜Fights tooth and nail for the client, even when the odds are stacked against him.’

Ranked: tier 2

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

Devereux

β€˜The excellent and modern’ Devereux has a β€˜small but niche personal injury practice’. Nevertheless, β€˜the expertise overall is very high’ allowing the set to β€˜make up for the profile of other chambers with quality’. The focus of the β€˜extremely good in the field’ barristers is high-value catastrophic injury cases, including spinal and brain injuries and those which raise difficult points of law.

Personal injury – Leading silks

Robert Weir QC - Devereux β€˜Technically, the most gifted and talented barrister on the circuit, head and shoulders above the rest.’

Ranked: tier 1

Robert Glancy QC - Devereux β€˜He is a phenomenal trial lawyer, both in terms of his high-skilled cross-examination and his relationship with judges.’

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Killalea QC - Devereux β€˜Probably one of the best negotiators at the PI Bar; he is fearless and thinks outside of the box.’

Ranked: tier 2
Personal injury – Leading juniors

Bruce Silvester - Devereux β€˜He is a fierce advocate who focuses hard on evidence, tackles complicated liability issues and runs the most difficult cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Cartwright - Devereux β€˜Extremely good with figures, able to adapt to all clients and very knowledgeable in the area.’

Ranked: tier 2

Colin Mendoza - Devereux β€˜A larger than life character who inspires confidence and has a good command of every case.’

Ranked: tier 3

Robert Hunter - Devereux β€˜He is responsive, always has a good grasp on the detail and knows the subject very well.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jonathan Butters - Devereux β€˜He is very personable and thorough’

Ranked: tier 5

Peter Edwards - Devereux β€˜He gives sensible and well-thought advice.’

Ranked: tier 5

Stephen Cottrell - Devereux β€˜Key counsel who is extremely good in the field.’

Ranked: tier 5

Tom Vonberg - Devereux β€˜He has an excellent eye for a realistic prospect and is very good on his feet’

Ranked: tier 5

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

Devereux

Devereux is strong on contentious and non-contentious tax issues. Members regularly advise individuals, trustees, companies and other entities. Marika Lemos acted in HMRC v Peter Drown and Leadley, which centred around the issue of whether claims for relief could be made after death by the personal representatives in relation to assets that had become of negligible value and loans that had become irrecoverable before death.

Private client: personal tax – Leading silks

Felicity Cullen QC - Devereux β€˜She is exceptionally calm, astute and thorough.’

Ranked: tier 2
Private client: personal tax – 2017 silks

Akash Nawbatt QC - Devereux β€˜His technical knowledge is first rate.’

Ranked: tier 1
Private client: personal tax – 2019 silks

Aparna Nathan QC - Devereux β€˜She is incredibly incisive.’

Ranked: tier 1
Private client: personal tax – Leading juniors

Marika Lemos - Devereux β€˜She is thorough and knowledgeable.’

Ranked: tier 1

Barrie Akin - Devereux β€˜Very knowledgeable.’

Ranked: tier 3

Christopher Stone - Devereux β€˜He has excellent judgement and strategic and tactical insight.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence – Leading silks

Colin Edelman QC - Devereux β€˜Highly skilled.’

Ranked: tier 1
Professional negligence – leading juniors

Richard Harrison - Devereux β€˜Very user friendly.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Set overviews: England and Wales

Devereux has an β€˜excellent range of counsel available, all of whom you are able to put in front of a very wide range of lay business stakeholders without fear’. The set is recommended for a range of practice areas, including personal injury, employment, telecoms regulation and it β€˜now stands as one of the strongest tax sets’ in the market. The β€˜standout clerking team’ has β€˜grown considerably under strong leadership’ of chambers director Vince Plant, and is praised for being β€˜one of very few chambers who take the time to understand the client and its industry’. Senior practice manager Glenn Billenness is β€˜knowledgeable and always helpful’. Practice manager Lawrence Willicombe β€˜understand the pressures placed on in-house counsel’; Tom Keiller, Cyrus Biggs and Chris Downes β€˜provide an excellent clerking service’. Offices in: London

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Sport
Sport – Leading juniors

Sebastian Purnell - Devereux β€˜Thorough, calm and creative, with excellent experience in complex sports tax cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Tax: corporate and VAT
Tax: corporate – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Devereux

β€˜Under strong leadership’, Devereux β€˜stands out as one of the strongest tax sets’, with able members at both silk and junior level; furthermore, its clerks are noted as β€˜superb’. Members routinely act for both HMRC and taxpayers, for which they handle both contentious and non-contentious tax matters. Jolyon Maugham QC represented Tottenham Hotspur against HMRC, successfully arguing that payments to two players were not from employment. Members were also involved in R (Glencore) v HMRC and Marathon Oil v HMRC.

Tax: VAT – Leading silks

Felicity Cullen QC - Devereux β€˜She is exceptionally astute, calm, quick and thorough.’

Ranked: tier 3
Tax: corporate – Leading silks

Felicity Cullen QC - Devereux β€˜A super bright and hugely experienced corporate tax lawyer.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jolyon Maugham QC - Devereux β€˜He is a first-class litigator and an outstanding advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Timothy Brennan QC - Devereux β€˜He provides very strong legal analysis and excellent strategic thinking.’

Ranked: tier 3
Tax: corporate – 2017 silks

Akash Nawbatt QC - Devereux β€˜Excellent legal analysis and advocacy.’

Ranked: tier 1
Tax: corporate – 2019 silks

Aparna Nathan QC - Devereux β€˜Very eloquent and particularly good and handling offshore matters.’

Ranked: tier 1
Tax: VAT – Leading juniors

Marika Lemos - Devereux β€˜She is becoming a notable practitioner in the tax litigation field.’

Ranked: tier 1

Georgia Hicks - Devereux β€˜She is becoming a notable practitioner in tax litigation.’

Ranked: tier 2

Barrie Akin - Devereux β€˜He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law.’

Ranked: tier 3

Kate Balmer - Devereux β€˜Always well prepared.’

Ranked: tier 3

Sebastian Purnell - Devereux β€˜He has carved out a niche in sports-related tax matters.’

Ranked: tier 3
Tax: corporate – Leading juniors

Barrie Akin - Devereux β€˜One of the brightest, most technically able barristers at the tax Bar.’

Ranked: tier 2

Christopher Stone - Devereux β€˜He is a strong advocate who is developing a real profile in employment taxes.’

Ranked: tier 2

Kate Balmer - Devereux β€˜She is an effective barrister.’

Ranked: tier 2

Marika Lemos - Devereux β€˜She will leave no stone unturned in getting to the answer.’

Ranked: tier 2

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