About The Set
A multi-specialist set, Devereux does some of the most interesting and varied work you’ll find at the bar. Recent cases include Cox v Ministry of Justice, in which the Supreme Court decided on the vicarious liability of prisoners, P v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, which saw the Court of Appeal confirm immunity of the Police Misconduct Panel, and various high value serious injury claims reported widely in the press.
Devereux’s roster of 11 QCs and 39 juniors specialise in, among other areas, commercial litigation, insurance, reinsurance, professional negligence, IT and telecoms, tax, employment, clinical negligence and personal injury. One of its most high profile members, the barrister and blogger Jolyon Maugham QC, fronted the main legal challenge to prevent the invoking of Article 50 without the approval of parliament.
What The Junior Barristers Say
Devereux may be full of renaissance men and women juggling sexy human rights cases with big-money commercial instructions, but it’s also a notably friendly place. “Most people are very willing to have a chat when I’m trying to work out an answer to a difficult point, or just commiserate after a hard day,” one rookie barrister tells us. Another adds: “It’s a great team. People help each other rather than helping themselves.”
The happy vibe pervades pupillage, which is reportedly “excellent” albeit with the caveat that “there’s nothing that can really prepare you for practice except practice itself”. The programme is one of the more organised at the bar, with formalised assessments and advocacy exercises conducted before real judges. There’s also an informal element to the training which sees barristers of varying levels of seniority pass on their pearls of wisdom to pupils. It’s worth noting that Devereux doesn’t pit its pupils against each other – if they are good enough, all are offered places as tenants.