Devereux Chambers elects new head

Devereux Chambers has elected Timothy Brennan QC as its new head of chambers to replace Ingrid Simler QC, who is joining the High Court bench.

Brennan will step into the role on 21 October after Simler was appointed to the bench last week, marking the latest in a stream of judicial appointments this year (7 October 2013).

Brennan’s appointment cements the chambers’ current focus on contentious tax advice, driven by a rise in the number of HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) investigations.

Last month, chambers hired Jolyon Maugham from 11 New Square, who has particular expertise in employment taxation, ‘scheme’ transactions, intangible property, legitimate expectation, and film financing (17 September 2013).

Brennan’s main focuses are tax, commercial litigation, judicial reviews and public law litigation, employment and discrimination.

Devereux has seen a flurry of new hires and departures in recent months. Simler’s exit this month follows Beverly Landais’ decision to step down as chambers chief executive to move to financial adviser Saunderson House (2 October 2013).

Both Landais and Simler leave big shoes to fill. Landais was the chambers’ first chief executive, overseeing a period of dramatic change in the set while Simler appeared in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 last year for her work in the judicial review of HMRC’s £10m settlement deal with Goldman Sachs.

Brennan held the Attorney-General’s appointment as junior counsel to the Inland Revenue and is currently authorised to sit as a deputy High Court judge.