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Devereux Chambers - 12 Months - October 2023

AETO information
Name of AETO:
Devereux Chambers
Head of AETO:
Timothy Brennan QC
Address of AETO:
Devereux Court
AETO's 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:
Financial support level:
£60,000 - £100,000
Closing date:
9 February 2022 at 2:00 PM
Pupillage start date:
2 October 2023
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
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-thinking 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, Colin Edelman QC has been nominated for Barrister of the Year at The Lawyer Awards 2021, and Marika Lemos has been nominated for Tax Junior of the Year at the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2021. Previously, Devereux was nominated for Personal Injury Set of the Year at the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2020, and won Tax Set of the Year at the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2019 and Legal 500 Awards 2019. Devereux was shortlisted for Chambers of the Year at The Lawyer Awards 2019. Individually, Richard Harrison won Insurance Junior of the Year at the 2019 Chambers UK Bar Awards.

Chambers UK Bar 2021 has ranked Colin Edelman QC and Bruce Carr QC as Star Individuals. Colin Edelman QC is the sole Star Individual in Chambers UK Insurance rankings. He is also ranked as a Star Individual in Arbitration: Arbitrators. Bruce Carr QC is one of only seven Employment Star Individuals.

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: 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 and 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 current members of Chambers and former members of Chambers who are judges.

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 £65,000, £20,000 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.

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 Pupillage section of our website

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. BC1: 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)
  2. Please state all oral advocacy experience that you wish us to take into account when assessing your application (1000 words)
  3. What areas of practice are you interested in and why? (250 words)
  4. Give reasons for your choice of chambers. (250 words)
  5. Please identify any additional experiences / skills gained that you believe may help you in your career. (250 words)
  6. Why do you wish to become a barrister? (200 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.