Professor Deveral Capps, Dean of School

Professor Deveral Capps

Dean of School

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.

Research Interests

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

Professor Deveral Capps, Dean of School

Selected Outputs

  • Capps DC; Stec V; Tighe M; Tinkler H (2018) Training for the Bar: educational (r)evolution. The Law Teacher, 52 (4), pp. 499-512.

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

  • Capps DC (2012) Back to the drawing board. Counsel

  • Capps DC (2011) Vulnerable Witnesses and Defendants. Nort-Eastern Law Society Updater

  • Capps DC (2011) A time for change? The Legal Education and Training Review. The Barrister

  • Capps DC (2010) Court Appearance. Jane's Police Review

  • Capps DC (2006) Legal Qualifications for Doctors: the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. The British Medical Journal Bulletin

  • Capps DC; Gray J (2005) Mastering the skills of the Bar. The Barrister

  • Capps DC (2005) A Blueprint for the Future, the Barristers' Exempting Degree. Counsel

  • Capps DC (2004) Electronic Mail and the Postal Rule. International Commercial and Company Law Review

  • Capps DC (2003) You've got mail. New Law Journal

  • Capps DC (2002) Conveyancing in the 21st Century; An outline of Electronic Conveyancing and Electronic Signatures. The Conveyancer and Property Lawyer

  • Capps DC (2001) E-Conveyancing: the future of property transfer. New Law Journal

  • Capps DC (1999) Parliament's response to the Millennium Bug. New Law Journal