With some of the most experienced tax advisors and litigators at the Bar, our tax team is perfectly placed to deal with all areas of tax impacting both corporate and private clients. Our members act for the tax payer as well as for the government, with five members on the Attorney General's panel of junior counsel.
Devereux is ranked as a leading tax set by Chambers High Net Worth, Chambers Global, Chambers UK and Legal 500, with 4 silks and 5 juniors recommended as leading barristers in this field. Devereux was nominated for ' Tax Set of the Year' by Chambers UK Bar Awards 2017, having previously been nominated by Chambers UK 2016 and The Legal 500 UK Bar 2017, an award we won at The Legal 500 UK Bar Awards in 2015.
Recognised for our expertise and client service, Devereux has a "strong reputation as a leading set for tax law." The set advises wealthy individuals on tax and estate planning matters, including pensions, offshore trusts and Capital Gains Tax. It is also noted for its members' experience acting for HMRC in tax litigation cases. "They have some serious depth," notes a fellow barrister, adding: "They have some very good people there."
"The clerks are particularly responsive and they're a great help," reports one legal insider. Another comments that "the clerking is excellent, they're very easy to deal with." Assistant practice manager Tom Keiller and practice manager Chris Downes are both singled out for praise by interviewees. - Chambers High Net Worth 2018
'Devereux is highly regarded as a set for its private client tax work, specifically for tax litigation. "They do an awful lot of proper private client tax work and they’re obviously brilliant at it," says one interviewee. Members of the set represent the Revenue and taxpayers in weighty tax matters, including a significant caseload of international ultra high net worth work. "They are very high up in the ranking of tax chambers that I use, and is generally the first port of call when counsel’s advice is required," reports one market insider. "They also provide much appreciated added value by way of tax seminars and events."
The clerks are praised as being "very helpful," with one interviewee enthusing: "They are amazing – I love their clerks." Glenn Billenness and Will Jackman are the senior practice managers.' - Chambers High Net Worth 2017
'Devereux is uniquely positioned to deal with cases involving crossover employment or professional negligence matters. Known for being "user-friendly", the set has used its capabilities in litigation and advisory work to continuously strengthen its profile in the tax space.' - Tax (Corporate), Legal 500 2017
Ranked as a leading set for Tax, 'Devereux has "gained a lot of profile" for its private client tax work and is particularly active in the tax residence and domicile cases. Acting for both taxpayers and the Revenue, the set has wide-ranging specialisms in both litigious and advisory work.' - Tax (Private Client), Legal 500 2017
'Devereux is a set making a real push in the tax market that distinguishes itself from the competition by having a distinct focus on tax litigation. Whilst many sets handle bulk advisory or tax planning work, this chambers offers individuals with strong advocacy skills, a number of whom are on the Attorney General's panel of junior counsel. Members are well versed in a number of tax areas and have a distinct specialism in employment-related tax matters. Recent high-profile cases handled by them include Eclipse Film Partners v HMRC, and John Mander Pension Scheme Trustees Limited v HMRC, an employment pension scheme case heard at the Supreme Court.' - Tax, Chambers UK 2016
In particular, Devereux is recognised for first-class advice and litigation concerning all tax issues relating to:
- Companies, partnerships and other unincorporated businesses
- Residence and Domicile (individual and corporates)
- Trusts and foundations
- Pension funds
- Real estate
- Employment and service provisions (including “IR35” issues)
- Structured tax planning
- Statutory investigation powers and assessment procedures (civil or criminal)
- VAT, Customs Duties and other indirect taxes
- Stamp Duty and Stamp Duty Land Tax
All our barristers have an excellent reputation for combining in-depth analytical expertise, an ability to deal with highly complex issues and their skill to offer clear and practical advice to professional as well as lay clients.Our members are widely acknowledged as having a real feel for the effective preparation and presentation of factually and legally complex and sensitive cases.
Given our expertise in Devereux’s other core areas of law such as employment, proceeds of crime, fraud and professional negligence, our barristers are ideally placed to advise on the cross-over of tax with any of these areas.
Barristers with this Expertise
- Timothy Brennan QC
- Felicity Cullen QC
- Jolyon Maugham QC
- Akash Nawbatt QC
- Barrie Akin
- Aparna Nathan
- Marika Lemos
- Rachel Avery
- Lucinda Harris
- Christopher Stone
- Ryan Hawthorne
- Kate Balmer
- Sebastian Purnell
- Ishaani Shrivastava
- Bayo Randle
- David Peter
- Georgia Hicks
- Rory Cochrane
- Marianne Tutin
- Katya Hosking
- Colm Kelly