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Devereux Chambers - 12 Months - October 2021

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
Devereux Chambers
Head of Chambers:
Timothy Brennan QC
Address of chambers:
Devereux Court
London
WC2R 3JH
Chambers email:
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
Mixed
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
Circuits:
South eastern
Tenants:
53
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Four
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Two
Awards available:
Yes
Financial support level:
£60,000 - £100,000
Closing date:
7 February 2020 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
4 October 2021
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Reference:
10796/19/1858
Description
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 receives the highest accolades for its work, indicating its respected status within the profession. Most recently, Devereux has been awarded the title of Tax Set of the Year 2019 by Chambers UK and Legal 500 as well as being shortlisted for Chambers of the Year in the Lawyer Awards 2019. Individually, Richard Harrison won Insurance Junior of the Year at the 2019 Chambers UK Bar Awards and Robert Weir QC was shortlisted for Personal Injury Silk of the Year and Richard Cartwright for Clinical Negligence Junior of the Year. Jolyon Maugham QC was nominated for Barrister of the Year in the Lawyer Awards and in employment, Chambers UK has listed Bruce Carr QC as one of just three “Star Individuals” in the profession.

Pupillage

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. There is also exposure to commercial practice 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, is beneficial not just to aspiring tax lawyers but also to those with an interest in employment, personal injury or insurance, for example . 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, including a court of appeal judge.

Application details

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

Mini-pupillage

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 www.devereuxchambers.co.uk.
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. (250 words)
  4. What areas of practice are you interested in and why? (250 words)
  5. Give reasons for your choice of chambers. (250 words)
  6. Please state all oral advocacy experience that you wish us to take into account when assessing your application (1000 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.