Our specialist team of barristers has been consistently rated as one of the leading chambers specialising in personal injury law. We have a long-established reputation for dealing with all types of accident and disease cases, from the simplest traumas to 'unparalleled expertise in certain niche areas', including spinal cord and brain injury’ (Personal Injury, Legal 500 2020).
Solicitors come to us not only for our significant expertise but also for our reputation for excellence coupled with our professional, but friendly approach. The team, which includes three Queen’s Counsel, are large enough to provide in depth expertise at all levels, but at the same time we take great care to provide a personal and sensitive approach to our clients and their families. The advice and representation we provide is clear, practical and delivered in a way that is down-to-earth, unstuffy and easy to understand.
Whilst our reputation is built on high-value catastrophic work, our senior and junior barristers offer a broad range of experience covering the full range of claims, including:
- Road Traffic Accident claims (the entire gamut, including LVI, fraud, credit hire);
- Serious Injury claims (including Neurotrauma and Spinal Injury);
- Employers’ Liability claims;
- Public Liability claims;
- Disease litigation (particularly asbestos related disease);
- Accidents Abroad & International Travel claims;
- Psychiatric injury claims;
- Health & Safety prosecutions;
- Military claims;
- Civil actions against the police.
Our members are regularly instructed to appear on novel and difficult cases raising points of law. We have considerable expertise in settling cases at joint settlement meetings and mediations, but first and foremost we are litigators and advocates. We are recognised for our excellence in trial advocacy on both liability and quantum issues and our strategic advice on how to get the best result for our clients and their families.
Devereux has 8 members on the Spinal Injuries Association’s approved list of personal injury and catastrophic injury barristers.
Our members contribute to specialist publications such as PIBULJ, JPIL and PILJ and give lectures and seminars both externally and as part of our own continuing education programme.
Our team will consider undertaking work on conditional fee agreements in appropriate cases.
Recent examples of our work include:
- Farah v Abdullahi and others  EWHC 358 (QB): win for pedestrian claimant in two car assault;
- Cape Intermediate Holdings v Dring  3 WLR 429: successful Supreme Court case permitting asbestos support group, non-party to litigation, to access relevant documents from the court;
- X v Kuoni  UKSC 37: holiday claim referred to Court of Justice of European Union; and see CA decision at  1 WLR 3777;
- ATX (A Child by her Litigation Friend ATY) v CRS and DPS: an unprecedented settlement in a child catastrophic injury road traffic accident case that is the highest-ever personal injury award in the UK. A lump sum of £3.1 million and a Periodical Payment Order (PPO) of £950,000 per annum;
- Lungowe v Vedanta Resources plc  UKSC 20,  2 WLR 1051: successful appeal to SC on issues of jurisdiction and parent company liability for Zambian nationals;
- Shelbourne v Cancer Research UK  PIQR P16: appeal on liability for accident at Christmas party based on direct and vicarious liability;
- AB (representing the late GH) v KL  EWHC 611 (QB), fatal accident claim;
- Noel Wilkinson v Micran and others, a case concerning a Claimant who was rendered tetraplegic following a building site loading accident in London and was then repatriated to Belfast;
- A mother accompanied her son to the Defendant’s trampoline park. While waiting for him she bounced on a ‘web bed’ or Olympic trampoline, but due to the power of the springs she was flipped over backwards landing with her head folded under her body weight, suffering a broken neck and tetraplegia;
- Michael Gilchrist (A Protected Party by his Mother and Litigation Friend) v. Greater Manchester Police  EWHC 1233 (QB), representation of the successful Claimant who was repeatedly tasered and subjected to CS spray by Officers from the Greater Manchester Police who attended an incident in the early hours of the morning when he was suffering from a psychotic episode. Unreasonable use of force found;
- Asif Ahmed v Leon Maclean, The Claimant, a partner in a firm of solicitors, suffered a catastrophic spinal injury leading to paraplegia in a Mountain biking accident when under instruction by the Defendant. Liability was denied. The claim proceeded to trial on liability in the High Court before Mr Justice Jeremy Baker and was successful.
Please refer to individual barristers’ profiles for further details of experience, recent and significant cases.