Devereux has a friendly workplace culture and professional work ethic. We are an equal opportunities employer and are fully committed to providing equality of opportunity and to eliminating discrimination on grounds of race, colour, ethnic or national origins, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age and disability. A full copy of our Equal Opportunities and Anti-discrimination policy is available on request.
We believe it is important to support charities, offer pro-bono work and contribute to the legal community in general where and whenever possible.
Contribution to the Legal Profession
Members contribute in multiple ways to the development and promotion of a strong and independent Bar and to the legal profession in general.
Colin Edelman QC was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund Ltd as of 1 April 2013. He has been a Director of Bar Mutual since 2007 and a Deputy Chairman since 2009.
Colin Edelman QC and Stephen Killalea QC are both engaged in Middle Temple’s Advocacy Training programmes which trains students, pupils, new practitioners and new trainers during residential and non-residential weekend programmes and evening workshops. Colin Mendoza is an instructor and examiner at the Inns of Court School of Law, and contributor to the Schools Manuals on the skills of opinion writing and drafting skeleton arguments.
Robert Weir QC was elected as the Personal Injuries Bar Association chair from 2016 to 2018.
Alice Carse was elected to the Combar Executive Committee from 2016 to 2018.
In addition to the above we participate in scholarship interviews to attract the best talent to the Bar.
Devereux offers equal opportunities and we take our responsibility to collate and provide Diversity Data seriously. The most recent figures were collected in January 2020 and published in February 2020. The survey was conducted anonymously and participation was voluntary: 70 questionnaires were sent to both members and staff and resulted in a 63% response rate. The numbers relating to those who did not complete the questionnaire, ticked ‘prefer not to say’ or omitted to answer the question, are reflected under the heading ‘Not available’. Click here to view the results.
Further information on Equality and Diversity Rules and the BSB Equality Strategy are available on the Bar Standards Board website.
We recognise the impact that business has on the environment and we are committed to sustainability, responsible management of resources and social impact. We buy all our office stationery products from a company that was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise and Sustainable Development: an accolade for commercially successful products, services and management that benefit the environment, society and the economy. We only buy recycled paper for all our printers and copiers. Our goal is to ensure printing is kept to a bare minimum.
We recycle paper, cardboard, plastic and glass. We carbonate our own water for use in meetings and sanitise reusable bottles.
We donated our old telephone system, handsets and mobile phones to charities for the homeless and guide dogs and do not send any refuse to landfill such as furniture.
Living Wage Employer
Devereux is a living wage employer and was amongst the first Chambers to pay its staff at least the London living wage. The living wage is an informal benchmark set independently and updated annually, based on the cost of living in the UK and is some 20% higher than the national minimum wage.
Pegasus Access Scheme
Devereux participates in the Pegasus Access Scheme and agree to take three work experience placements per year. Inner Temple launched the unique scheme in 2011 and provides work experience for university students with the aim of encouraging diversity and social mobility at the Bar.
Devereux members are actively engaged in pro bono work across the employment, tax, and personal injury. In 2019, 11 members provided pro bono services across the tax, employment and personal injury practice areas.
Devereux is a long-standing annual supporter of advocate, the pro bono charity of the bar which acts as a clearing house, matching barristers prepared to undertake pro bono work with those who need their help. We do so both financially and through undertaking pro bono cases for those in need.
Devereux supports the charity Free Representation Unit (FRU) through volunteering and donating annually. Individual members give up their own time, free of charge, to support the FRU. They provide legal advice, case preparation and advocacy in tribunal cases for those who could not otherwise obtain legal support.
Devereux is an active member of Pro Bono Connect, a project to establish a network of barristers and solicitors willing to work together on pro bono cases for individuals, charities and community groups who cannot afford to pay for legal advice/representation and for whom public or alternative means of funding are not reasonably available.
A number of our members also participate in the Foreign Office Human Rights Pro Bono Lawyers' Panel.
Social Mobility Foundation Bar Placement Scheme
Devereux is proud to support the annual Social Mobility Foundation Bar placement scheme. The scheme was set up to give talented students from low income backgrounds a flavour of life at the Bar. The scheme allows participating students to spend a week experiencing life at the Bar which includes 3.5 days with a nominated barrister.
The members and staff at Devereux support a wide range of organisations through individual donations and charitable activities. They help charities raise money by playing a part in a variety of activities such as walks, fun runs and cycling contests. They participate in charity quiz nights, which raise money for people in need, and take tables at events such as the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) Legal Dinner which raises money for spinal cord injured people.
As a Chambers, Devereux has a yearly charity budget which supports organisations that promote access to justice.
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