Devereux Chambers is not a legal entity (unlike a company or a law firm) and does not provide legal services.
Each individual member of Devereux is a barrister in independent practice registered with and regulated by the Bar Council and the Bar Standards Board of England and Wales. This means that each member of Devereux Chambers is authorised to practise as a self-employed barrister in England and Wales. They are sole practitioners, not partners or employees. You can download or search the Bar Standards Board Barristers’ Register, which holds the details of all barristers authorised to practise in England and Wales, by clicking here.
Members of Devereux Chambers are sometimes instructed to act on behalf of opposing parties to a case. From time to time they also appear before other members or former members of Devereux Chambers in their capacities as Judges, Deputy Judges, Arbitrators, Mediators, and other similar positions. Strict protocols are in place to preserve client confidentiality.
Administrative, operational and support functions are provided to members of Devereux Chambers by Devereux Chambers Services Limited (“DCSL”), a private company limited by guarantee incorporated in England and Wales (number 08939089). DCSL’s registered office is Devonshire House, 1 Devonshire Street, London, United Kingdom, W1W 5DR and its VAT number is GB 127 1046 46.
Neither Devereux Chambers nor Devereux Chambers Services Limited provides legal services.
Chambers is governed by a written constitution. The Head of Chambers is elected for a fixed five year term. The current Head of Chambers is Andrew Burns QC.
We are committed to providing a first class service to all our clients however, should you have cause to complain, the procedure to follow is set out here. Any complaint should be addressed to Andrew Burns QC, Head of Chambers, who will confirm receipt and initiate the process. A lay client may complain directly to Devereux without going through a solicitor or other intermediary. Within 6 months of the conclusion of that complaints procedure, a complainant may take a complaint to the Legal Ombudsman, who can be contacted through http://www.legalombudsman.org.uk, by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or by telephone (0300 555 0333). Alternative complaints bodies (such as Ombudsman Services, www.ombudsmen-services.org) exist which are approved to deal with complaints should both parties wish to use such a scheme.
Confidentiality and Data Protection
Our Standard Contractual Terms permit members of Chambers to share confidential information provided to them with pupils (including mini-pupils), who are subject to strict contractual obligations of confidentiality. Members of Chambers will only share this information on a case by case basis where they consider it is appropriate to do so.
Members of Chambers are data controllers under the Data Protection Act 1998 and must process data in a manner which is compliant with the Act. In instructing members of Chambers on the terms set out above, you permit sharing of personal data and sensitive personal data with pupils and mini-pupils for training purposes. Professional clients should bring to their lay clients’ attention the fact that confidential information may be shared in this way.
Any professional or lay client should contact the member of Chambers or the practice managers if he or she does not wish confidential information or data to be treated in this way. Individual members of Chambers remain personally responsible for confidentiality and data security.
Delivery of services
We are happy to estimate or agree a timescale for the provision of your service or services. However, you should be aware that external factors can affect timings, such as the approach the opposing party takes to the dispute, how busy the courts or tribunals are and changes to the law. Factors such as barrister availability and the quality of the material you provide to support your case can also lead to a change in the timetable.
At the start of any legal dispute it is important to know how much it is likely to cost. Our practice managers are happy to discuss the likely fees for your case.
A number of factors will be taken into account when estimating or agreeing the fees for your case, including the complexity and nature of your case and the seniority of the barrister you choose to instruct.
We can use a number of different methods when agreeing the fees for your case and our practice managers will help you work out which is most appropriate for you and your case. These could include, but are not limited to fixed fees, capped fees or hourly rates.
In many cases we can confirm an estimate once your barrister has had the opportunity to review all the material you have provided.
Long running cases are much more difficult to predict, particularly at the early stages. In these instances we often agree the fees for each stage of the dispute prior to commencing work on that stage.
In all cases it is important that you provide us with all the relevant information. Not providing all the relevant information can severely affect the accuracy of estimates.
In personal injury cases for claimants we accept cases with merit on a no win, no fee basis (Conditional Fee Agreement) via an instructing solicitor.
In commercial cases which meet a number of specific criteria, we may be able to assist you in obtaining funding for your case via a litigation funder or enter into a mixed (or hybrid) conditional fee agreement, which would mean you would pay less than the standard fees for your case on an ongoing basis and the remaining fees plus an additional fee will be charged when your case is successful.
How to Instruct us
Instructing a Barrister
There are three main routes of access to a barrister.
(1) Professional Client Access
The following people may instruct barristers either on behalf of clients or on their own account:
In any matter for all types of work:
• Other authorised litigators
• Parliamentary agents, patent agents, trademark agents and Notaries
• European lawyers registered with the Law Society
• Employed barristers and/or European lawyers registered with the Bar Council
• Legal Advice Centres designated by the Bar Council
In limited areas of work:
• Licensed conveyancers in matters in which they are providing conveyancing services
• Foreign lawyers for advice only
(2) Public Access
Members of the public, and commercial and non-commercial organisations, are able to instruct barristers directly on most civil matters if they accept public access work. To discuss which barristers at Devereux Chambers accept public access work, please contact the clerks.
Please see the section on Public Access for more detailed information.
(3) Licensed Access
There are a number of professional organisations and individuals who are able to instruct a barrister using the Licensed Access Scheme. The scheme allows professionals to instruct a barrister to conduct a case in an area in which they are a specialist, such as insurance or accountancy, without the need to also instruct a solicitor.
A list of the organisations and individuals who have a license can be found on the Bar Standards Board website by clicking here.
For further information about instructing a barrister, see the Bar Council website.
As self-employed barristers, members of Devereux Chambers are required to obtain professional liability insurance from the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund Limited (the “Bar Mutual”) with a minimum level of cover of £500,000. The website address of the Bar Mutual is http://www.barmutual.co.uk. The postal address of the Bar Mutual is 90 Fenchurch Street, London EC3M 4ST. Territorial coverage is world‐wide, subject to the terms of cover of the Bar Mutual, which may be downloaded from the Bar Mutual website.
Management of Chambers
Our modern attitude to business relationships is reflected in the management of Chambers. The management of Chambers is headed by our Chambers Director, Vince Plant. He leads a team of practice managers who are responsible for the day to day running of the practices of our barristers, and a team of business services staff who look after the financial, marketing and administrative aspects of our business. The management of Chambers is overseen by a Chambers Supervision Committee.
Public Access (instructing a barrister directly)
The consequences of receiving sub-standard professional service can be devastating to both individuals and businesses, be it financially or reputationally.
The Public Access scheme allows members of the public to instruct a barrister directly. In the past it was necessary to use a solicitor to instruct a barrister. Some of our barristers accept instructions from businesses or the public directly under scheme.
A useful guide published by the Bar Standards Board can be accessed by clicking here.
The majority of cases which our members accept under the Public Access Scheme are employment cases which are heard in the Employment Tribunal.
A number of factors will be taken into account when estimating or agreeing the fees for your case including the complexity and nature of your case, the seniority of the barrister you choose to instruct and whether the hearing will take place in London or elsewhere in the country.
To give you an idea of what to expect we have provided some examples of the likely costs of your case.
If your claim is reasonably straight forward, will be heard at a tribunal within the M25 and the hearing will last no more than a day we would expect the hearing fees to be as follows:
A barrister of 1-5 years call £1250 - £2500 plus VAT
A barrister of 6-10 years call £2500 - £4000 plus VAT
The barrister’s year of call is based on the date they were ”called to the bar”. In other words, when they officially became a barrister.
If your matter is more complicated and requires more preparation and a hearing of 1 - 2 days, the fees are likely to be as follows:
1-5 years call Brief fee £2000 - £3000 with £1000/£1250 refresher fee
6-10 years call Brief fee £3000 - £4500 with £1250/£1750 refresher fee
11-15 years call Brief fee £4500 - £5500 with £2000/£2500 refresher fee
All fees are plus VAT and assume the hearing takes place in London.
A brief fee is the fee for the barrister to prepare for the hearing and includes the first day of the hearing. A refresher fee is charged for each day of the hearing that follows the first.
If you have a complex claim which is likely to last for 4-5 days, probably involving a number of witnesses, the fee are likely to be as follows:
1-5 years call Brief fee £3500 - £6500 with £1000/£1250 refreshers
6-10 years call Brief fee £6000 - £10,000 with £1250/£1750 refreshers
11-15 years call Brief fee £9000 - £15,500 with £2000/£2500 refreshers
These fees also include a meeting with you in the run up to the hearing. All fees are plus VAT and assume the hearing is taking place in London.
If you require additional assistance, such as additional meetings or drafting of documents this work this will attract additional fees. This work would normally be charged by reference to the barrister's hourly rate. The hourly rates are likely to be as follows:
1-5 years call £75 - £125 per hour
6-10 years call £125 - £200 per hour
11-15 years call £200 - £300 per hour
Our practice managers would be happy to help you choose the right barrister for your case.
Register of People with Significant Control
Devereux Chambers Services Limited: The company knows or has reasonable cause to believe that there is no registrable person or registrable relevant legal entity in relation to the company (6 April 2016).
(Register of People with Significant Control Regulations 2016; Companies Act 2006, Part 21A).
Standard Contractual Terms
Unless otherwise agreed in writing, individual members of Chambers accept privately funded instructions from authorised persons on the Standard Contractual Terms for the Supply of Legal Services by Barristers to Authorised Persons 2012 (the “Standard Contractual Terms”).
The Standard Contractual Terms are available here.
Conditional Fee Agreements
For most CFA cases undertaken by Chambers, members use the latest Association of Personal Injury Lawyers/Personal Injury Bar Association (APIL/PIBA) model agreement.
Please click here to view the current terms and conditions and CFA template.
Modified terms can be agreed for the purposes of work being undertaken under a CFA when solicitors are acting under a CCFA. For further information please contact Vince Plant.
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