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Devereux Chambers - 12 Months - October 2020

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
Devereux Chambers
Head of Chambers:
Timothy Brennan QC
Address of chambers:
Devereux Court
Chambers email:
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Employment and industrial relations; Employment; Personal injury; Clinical negligence; Tax; Insurance; Telecommunications; Commercial; Professional negligence
Specialist services:
Arbitration; Mediation; Pro bono; Public access work
South eastern
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Awards available:
Financial support level:
£60,000 - £100,000
Closing date:
11 February 2019 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
October 2020
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Type of work undertaken

Devereux is a top civil set and its members are recognised as leaders in their fields by both Legal 500 and Chambers UK. We are friendly and forward-looking and have an excellent reputation for the quality of our work.

Our core areas of practice are: employment; personal injury; clinical negligence; tax (acting for both HMRC and the taxpayer); and commercial litigation and arbitration (including insurance, reinsurance, professional negligence and telecommunications).

Devereux and its members regularly receive nominations for various legal awards spanning our core practice areas. Most recently, Alice Mayhew was shortlisted for Employment Junior of the Year and Devereux was nominated for Tax Set of the Year. Colin Edelman QC won Insurance Silk of the Year at the 2017 Chambers UK Bar Awards and Bruce Carr QC won Employment Silk of the Year in 2016. Other recent nominations include Tax Set of the Year, Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Silk of the Year, Insurance Junior of the Year, and Insurance Set of the Year.

We want our pupils to succeed. In line with our reputation as a progressive set, we have developed a well-structured and challenging pupillage programme. Our aim is to ensure that a pupillage with us is stimulating and interesting and that pupils receive the support necessary to fulfil their potential. In recent years the vast majority of our pupils have successfully applied for tenancy at the end of their 12 months programme.

The assessed pupillage includes three rotations, each supervised by trained pupil supervisors, in employment, tax, and personal injury / clinical negligence with exposure to commercial practice also provided at various points during the year. No prior experience of tax law is expected or required – applicants unfamiliar with this area should not be daunted. A grounding in tax law, as provided by this seat, will provide pupils with a valuable advantage in future practice at the Bar over barristers unfamiliar with this area. There is the possibility of a fourth unassessed seat in the final three months, allowing the pupil to gain expertise in a fourth practice area or a deeper knowledge of one of the three areas already assessed.

Typical responsibilities during pupillage include working on client papers, undertaking legal research, drafting advices, pleadings and skeleton arguments, as well as joining pupil supervisors in client conferences and accompanying them to court. Pupils also have the opportunity to work with other members of Chambers thus benefiting from varied feedback and gaining insight into a wide range of practice areas and ways of working.

In the second six months pupils start to take on their own cases, usually in tribunals and the county court. We encourage our pupils to join the Free Representation Unit (FRU) to gain additional advocacy and case management experience.

An important part of the pupillage programme is the completion of a number of pieces of assessed written work and the participation in two advocacy exercises in front of former members of Chambers who are now judges.

Application details
In selecting our pupils we look for potential tenants: graduates who can demonstrate incisive analysis, strong advocacy skills and academic excellence. Common sense, practicality and the ability to get on with people are also key requirements. We are offering up to three 12-month pupillages, each carrying an award of £60,000, £15,000 of which can be advanced for the BPTC year. Please visit for the most up-to-date details and terms relating to the pupillage award. Applications for pupillage should be made through the Pupillage Gateway,

We have around 15 mini-pupillage places available each year. We do not require pupillage candidates to complete a mini-pupillage with us as part of our application process. However, mini-pupillages are a good way of learning more about the work and atmosphere of Chambers. To be considered, please complete and submit the application form on the ‘Join Us’ section of
Application Questions

The following questions will form the Pupillage Application Questionnaire section of the application form for this pupillage vacancy. These are included here to allow you to prepare in advance.

  1. Why do you wish to become a barrister? (200 words)
  2. Why do you believe you will make a good barrister? In your answer, please identify any relevant experiences or skills that you believe may help you in your career. (200 words)
  3. Please identify any additional experiences/skills gained that you believe may help you in your career. (200 words)
  4. What ares of practice are you interested in and why? (200 words)
  5. Give reasons for your choice of chambers. (200 words)
  6. Please state all oral advocacy experience that you wish us to take into account when assessing your application. (1000 words)
  7. In addition to its two vacancies for pupillage commencing in October 2020, Devereux Chambers has one vacancy for a twelve month pupillage commencing in October 2019. Would you wish to be considered for a pupillage commencing in October 2019 in addition to being considered for a pupillage commencing in October 2020? (100 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.