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Deveral Capps

About Deveral Capps

Deveral is the Dean of Leeds Law School. He joined Leeds Beckett 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 and is a door tenant at Trinity Chambers in Newcastle upon Tyne. 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 panel for the Legal Education and Training Review, the largest review of legal education since 1971. He has particular expertise in barristers training and was a member of the Bar Standards Board’s Future Bar Training Programme Board between 2017 and 2019 and is a member of the Curriculum and Assessments Review group examining how barristers will be trained in the future. He was also a panel member for the subject pilot of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

As an expert in Quality Assurance, Deveral has a deep understanding of academic quality and assurance processes. He is an experienced external examiner, including lead external examiner, for all types of academic and professional awards and solicitors' Higher Rights of Audience. He has also been a member of Institutional inspecting panels on behalf of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board.  Outside of law, Deveral is a board member and trustee of Ballet LORENT, the leading contemporary dance company in the North East.

Current Teaching

Deveral provides support for master’s dissertations.

Transforming law: "We must ensure that our legal education keeps pace with social, economic, technological and political evolution." - Deveral Capps - Leeds Law School

Research Interests

Deveral has a number of different research interests including legal education, legal skills and eCommerce Law.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (14)

  • Capps DC; Stec V; Tighe M; Tinkler H (2018) Training for the Bar: educational (r)evolution
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  • Capps DC (2013) Fitting a quart into a pint pot: the legal curriculum and meeting the requirements of practice
  • Capps DC (2012) Back to the drawing board
  • Capps DC (2011) Vulnerable Witnesses and Defendants
  • Capps DC (2011) A time for change? The Legal Education and Training Review
  • Capps DC (2010) Court Appearance
  • Capps DC (2006) Legal Qualifications for Doctors: the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth
  • Capps DC; Gray J (2005) Mastering the skills of the Bar
  • Capps DC (2005) A Blueprint for the Future, the Barristers' Exempting Degree
  • Capps DC (2004) Electronic Mail and the Postal Rule
  • Capps DC (2003) You've got mail
  • Capps DC (2002) Conveyancing in the 21st Century; An outline of Electronic Conveyancing and Electronic Signatures
  • Capps DC (2001) E-Conveyancing: the future of property transfer
  • Capps DC (1999) Parliament's response to the Millennium Bug

Books (1)

  • Boyle F; Capps D ed. (2019) A Practical Guide to Lawyering Skills. Practical Guides 4th Oxford: Routledge.
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