‘Approachable, professional and efficient’ as recognised by Chambers UK 2010

Devereux Chambers recognised by Chambers UK 2010 edition

Members of Devereux Chambers received a total of 36 individual listings across 14 practice areas in Chambers UK 2010 edition, which has just been published.

3 members received new entries and 11 rose a rank.  Devereux Chambers are also recommended in the 'Leading Set' rankings in EmploymentInsurancePersonal Injury and Clinical Negligence.

Full list of entries - Chambers UK 2010: 

Clinical Negligence – recognised as a leading set 

Robert Glancy QC

Robert Weir QC

Richard Cartwright

Described as "approachable, professional and efficient," this set maintains a strong standing in the marketplace. Robert Glancy QC, “He is very personable and a pleasure to work with” “pays great attention to detail and fights hard on the client's behalf”. Richard Cartwright, "He is a tough negotiator who always ensures that the client achieves a good settlement." Robert Weir is "dogged and persistent in his handling of cases for claimants." "he inspires the confidence of clients in negotiations, as he takes no prisoners."


Oliver Hyams

Oliver Hyams has the "ability to translate legal points to the client in a way that gives the latter a better understanding."

Employment - recognised as a leading set 

Timothy Brennan QC

Ingrid Simler QC

Bruce Carr QC

Nicholas Randall  

Peter Edwards

Andrew Burns

Mohinderpal Sethi  

Akash Nawbatt  

Shaen Catherwood

Sophie Belgrove

Timothy Brennan QC is an expert in employment and tax law, "delivering helpful and above all cogent advice" on these difficult topics. Ingrid Simler QC's particular forte is work on restrictive covenants.  "thorough and effective" manner, and is popular with solicitors for being "responsive" and for having "a great eye for detail." Bruce Carr QC  Famed for his "ability to correctly interpret the grey areas of the law".  They also favour Nicholas Randall, who is regarded as a heavyweight in the employment arena on account of his "excellent judgement and fine cross-examination skills."  Akash Nawbatt, "a straight-talking, no-nonsense barrister who oozes confidence, much to the delight of his clients." Sources applaud Mohinderpal Sethi's "clever and insightful handling of complex discrimination matters," ..." Andrew Burns, meanwhile, scores well for his "ability to keep the lid on cases when emotions are running high." Tariq Sadiq, who is known around the country for his involvement in high-value and widely reported discrimination cases. Clients appreciate him not only for his evident legal skills, but also for his "fresh and unpompous manner.” Fellow junior Peter Edwards is "able to turn a weak matter into a strong case." Others who win market praise here include Joanna Heal, "a fierce opponent" who is noted for her work on matters involving the application of employment law in disparate jurisdictions. Sophie Belgrove "gets to grips with complex cases quickly and adopts a commercial and calm approach." Shaen Catherwood, who has recently been acting in a case regarding the employment status of members of LLPs.

Health & Safety

Stephen Killalea QC

Stephen Killalea QC of Devereux Chambers has an impressive trinity of qualities: "tactical acumen, an ability to build a rapport with clients and awe-inspiring performances in court" are all present in the make-up of this hugely popular advocate.

Insurance recognised as a leading set 

Colin Edelman QC

Colin Wynter QC

Sources are unanimous in their praise of Colin Edelman QC, stating that he "stands head and shoulders above many other silks” at the Bar for insurance matters. He is an eminently experienced practitioner in the field whose creativity is considered second to none. Colin Wynter QC He is a well-respected silk who "really steps to the plate.” He is at all times “strong in his advocacy, yet an approachable figure to the client.”

International Arbitration (Commercial and Insurance)

Colin Edelman QC

Colin Edelman QC of Devereux Chambers has the appeal of having experience as both counsel and arbitrator in insurance cases. “He handles disputes with sensitivity, skill and efficiency,” remark sources.


Nicholas Randall

Nicholas Randall of Devereux Chambers is appreciated for his "good, clear advice" on employment-related pensions matters.

Personal Injury – recognised as a leading set 

Robert Glancy QC

Stephen Killalea QC

Robert Weir

Bruce Silvester

Colin Mendoza

Devereux Chambers is "home to some of the most respected personal injury practitioners in the capital." The "superb" Robert Glancy QC displays "impeccable attention to detail." Stephen Killalea QC is similarly highly regarded and is "the personal injury silk of choice" for many interviewees. Fellow barristers believe Robert Weir  to be "fiercely intelligent." A match for most, he "produces advice on catastrophic injury work that is absolutely top-drawer." The "brilliant and sensible" Bruce Silvester, an expert on brain and spinal injury cases. Colin Mendoza's practice is split evenly between acting for claimants and defendants. Sources see him as "a safe choice if you want a good junior to go up against a silk."

Professional Negligence

Colin Edelman QC

"You just can't go wrong" with Colin Edelman QC of Devereux Chambers. He is a doyen of the Insurance Bar and is equally heralded for his negotiation of a professional negligence practice that focuses on claims involving insurance and reinsurance brokers.

Sports Law

Nicholas Randall

Nicholas Randall “quietly effective, understated advice” proves popular with sports clients. He is acting on behalf of Kevin Keegan in his dispute against Newcastle United FC arising from his resignation.


Timothy Brennan QC

Ingrid Simler QC

Timothy Brennan QC He earns enthusiastic praise for his advocacy skills, and is applauded for the fact that he is "extraordinarily quick at responding to questions, and is a particularly effective cross-examiner." At the same set, Ingrid Simler QC has expertise in employment tax and litigation, with particular knowledge of law relating to corporate and individual residence. She has recently handled a lot of non-domiciliary related work.


Graham Read QC

Peers and clients admire the "extreme pragmatism, approachability and willingness to go the extra furlong" demonstrated by Devereux Chambers' Graham Read QC. He acts for many operators including BT, Orange and O2 and brings "excellent technical knowledge and a down-to-earth, clear style." Such is his grounding in his subject that one client commented: "He knows our business better than we do."


Bruce Silvester

Bruce Silvester of Devereux Chambers is viewed as "highly effective, forthright and aggressive." Often instructed by top claimant firm Irwin Mitchell, he is an ideal choice for multiparty actions.

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