Deveral is a Professor of Law, the Dean of Leeds Law School and a door tenant at Trinity Chambers; he joined Trinity Chambers in 2008 after the completion of his pupillage. He is an academic member of Chambers.

Deveral joined Leeds Law School in 2015 and has been involved in Higher Education for over 20 years. As a barrister, in both civil and criminal law, Deveral has appeared in courts across the North of England. As a legal academic he has taught on undergraduate, postgraduate and professional courses and published widely on legal education, legal skills and eCommerce law.

Deveral has had significant input into the development of legal education and training in the UK. Between 2011 and 2013, he sat on the steering committee for the Legal Education and Training Review, the largest review of legal education since 1971. Deveral is currently a member of the Future Bar Training Task Group and helped draft the Bar Standard Boards consultation paper setting out how barristers might be trained in the future.

As an expert in Quality Assurance, Deveral has a broad understanding of academic review and quality processes. He is an experienced external examiner, including lead external examiner, for all types of academic award. He has also been a member of Institutional inspecting panels on behalf of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board.

Between 2008 and 2013 he was a member of the Advocacy Training Council and has been an eLearning consultant for Oxford University Press.

Deveral currently provides support for master’s dissertations and has a number of different research interests including legal education, legal skills and eCommerce Law.



  • Parliament’s response to the Millennium Bug, New Law Journal 16th July 1999;

  • E-Conveyancing: the future of property transfer, New Law Journal 8th June 2001;

  • Conveyancing in the 21st Century; An outline of Electronic Conveyancing and Electronic SignaturesThe Conveyancer and Property Lawyer 2002, September–October;

  • You’ve got mail, New Law Journal 25th June 2003;

  • Electronic Mail and the Postal Rule International Commercial and Company Law Review, 2004, 15, 7; 

  • A Blueprint for the Future, the Barristers’ Exempting Degree, Counsel, February 2005;

  • Mastering the skills of the Bar, The Barrister,September 2005, co-author;

  • Legal Qualifications for Doctors: The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, The British Medical Journal Bulletin 6th May 2006, co-author;

  • Court Appearance, Jane’s Police Review, 30 July 2010;

  • A time for change? The Legal Education and Training Review, The Barrister, October 2011;

  • Vulnerable Witnesses and Defendants, North-Eastern Law Society Updater, November 2011;

  • Back to the drawing board, Counsel, March 2012; and

  • Fitting a quart into a pint pot: the legal curriculum and meeting the requirements of practice Digital Evidence and Electronic Signature Law Review, 10 (2013).


  • A Practical Guide to Lawyering Skills, 3rd ed, 2005, Cavendish Publishing, London, (joint author);

  • The Law of Electronic Commerce, Northumbria Law Press, September 2005;

  • Osborn’s Concise Law Dictionary, Contributor, Sweet and Maxwell, London, 2001;

  • The Law Student’s Handbook, Contributor, Oxford University Press, 2010; and

  • The Legal Academics Handbook, Chapter Contributor, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016


  • Delivering Lectures Electronically – Northumbria ConferenceNorthumbria University July 2003;

  • Information Technology and the Bar Vocational Course – Bar Providers ConferenceBrighton, July 2003;

  • The Web Audio Generator and its uses within education - Northumbria University`s E-Learning Forum November 2003;

  • Recording your lectures and making them available to all – Northumbria University Seminar January 2006;

  • Developing Legal Education in Uganda -Commonwealth Legal Education Association Conference, Durban, SA, April 2013;

  • Breaking the Mould: the Legal Education and Training Review - Commonwealth Legal Education Association Conference, Durban, SA, April 2013;

  • Coming Next ... Legal education after LETR - SLS Conference, Edinburgh, September 2013;

  • Feedback to Feed-forward: advocacy training on vocational courses in England and Wales – The International Advocacy Conference, Nottingham, June 2014 and

  • Immersive Learning and Hydra: Critical thinking and decision making, DEAP learning conference, Leeds Beckett University, June 2015.