Regulatory
information

Devonshires and Devonshires Solicitors are the trading names of Devonshires Solicitors LLP, registered in England and Wales with company number OC397401 authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority under registration number 0049857. The SRA’s Rules can be found in its Code of Conduct, available through the SRA website – www.sra.org.uk/handbook.

A list of members is available for inspection at the registered office at 30 Finsbury Circus, London EC2M 7DT.

Any reference to Devonshires or Devonshires Solicitors on this website refers to Devonshires Solicitors LLP.

These pages contain general information only. Nothing in these pages constitutes legal advice. You should consult a suitably qualified lawyer on any specific legal problem or matter.

Devonshires Solicitors LLP is registered for VAT purposes with VAT registration number 207 222 155.

Warning

Devonshires makes no warranties, representations or undertakings about any of the content of this website (including, without limitation, any as to the accuracy, quality, completeness or fitness for any particular purpose of such content), or any content of any other website referred to or accessed by hypertext link through this website (“Third Party Site”).

Devonshires does not endorse or approve the content of any Third Party Site, nor will Devonshires have any liability in connection with any of them (including, but not limited to, liability arising out of any allegation that the content of any Third Party Site infringes any law or the rights of any person or entity). Any enquiries should be directed to info@devonshires.co.uk.

Copyright Notice

The contents of these pages are © Devonshires 2015. You may download to a local hard disk and print extracts from this website for any non-commercial purpose. You may also copy materials on this site to third parties provided that any such copy is accurate and not misleading, is provided free of charge, acknowledges Devonshires as its source and prominently features both this limited right to copy and the www.devonshires.co.uk web address.

You may provide a link (but not a framed link) to this site from any other business information or business service website, but not (save with our prior written agreement) in any way which creates the impression that we are associated with or have approved such other site. Apart from this, you may not reproduce or store any part of this site on any other website without our prior consent.

Bribery Act

Devonshires Solicitors LLP has a zero tolerance policy towards bribery and corruption. The Firm is subject to the UK Bribery Act 2010 and has an anti-corruption policy which has been endorsed by its senior management. The policy applies to all of our employees, and prohibits making, offering or promising to make a payment or to transfer anything of value, including the provision of any service, gift or entertainment, on our behalf, by all or any of our employees, for any improper purpose or business advantage.

For more information about our anti-corruption policies and procedures, please contact us.

List of partners in alphabetical order by surname:

Barden, Philip – Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Barker, Julian – Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Billingham, Nick – Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Buckland, Paul – Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Cocklin, Matthew – Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Corris, Jonathan – Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Cowan, Andrew – Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Davis, Susannah – Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Drabble, Chris – Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Dunn, James – Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Grant, Nick – Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Grigor, Gary – Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Hall, Gareth – Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Hennessy-Gibbs, Matthew – Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Jarvis, Jonathan – Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Kelliher, Kris – Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Keya, Tom – Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Kirkham, Sharon – Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Kligerman, Kathryn – Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Lawlor, Neil – Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
London, Mark – Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Lyons, James – Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Maicha, Triya – Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
McCarthy, Donna – Legal Executive admitted in England & Wales
Moan, Dan – Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Mostowfi, Caroline – Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Roya, Saghar – Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Sharpe, Richard – Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Toner, Neil – Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Tong, Ronnie – Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Turner, Robert – Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Varley, James – Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Yasdi, Elad – Solicitor admitted in England & Wales

 

The information on this page is required by the Electronic Commerce (EC Directive) Regulations 2002.

The firm is authorised under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 to undertake exempt regulated activities without being authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority, provided that we comply with rules made by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Such rules specify the regulated activities which the firm may and may not undertake. We do not carry on mainstream financial services activities, which would require us to be regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. We are permitted to perform limited regulated financial activities in addition to our normal professional services, in the form of insurance mediation activities. This is broadly advising on, selling and the administration of insurance contracts. We may only conduct such activities where they are complementary and incidental to the provision of a particular professional service to a particular client.

Market Abuse Directive 2005

The Market Abuse Directive imposes obligations on listed companies concerning the disclosure and control of inside (i.e. price sensitive) information. We can, if you are a company listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange, assist you in complying with your obligations such as maintaining an insider list in accordance with the disclosure rules.

Complaints

Devonshires is committed to high quality legal advice and client care. If you are unhappy about any aspect of the service you have received or about the bill, please contact your Client Partner, or if you prefer, our Complaints Partner, whose details can be provided on request. We have a procedure in place which details how we handle complaints which is available on request.

We have eight weeks to consider your complaint. If we have not resolved it within this time, you may have the right to complain to the Legal Ombudsman. Please note that the Legal Ombudsman can only accept complaints from individuals, beneficiaries of an estate/trust, and small businesses and charities. The Legal Ombudsman cannot accept complaints from public bodies or corporate entities. If you would like to know whether you are eligible to complain to the Legal Ombudsman, then please contact it directly. The Legal Ombudsman can be contacted on 0300 555 0333 or can be contacted by email at enquiries@legalombudsman.org.uk.

Normally, you will need to bring a complaint to the Legal Ombudsman within six months of receiving a final written response from us about your complaint or within six years of the act or omission about which you are complaining occurring, or within three years from when you should have known about the complaint. You also have a right to object to a bill by applying to the court for assessment of the bill under Part III of the Solicitors Act 1974. If all or part of a bill remains unpaid, we may be entitled to charge interest.

Money Laundering

The Money Laundering Regulations 2007 and the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 impose a number of obligations on law firms in the United Kingdom as part of the UK Government’s measures to combat money laundering and the financing of terrorism.

This legislation is intended to provide a comprehensive system of client identification procedures, record keeping and mandatory reporting.

Upon taking instructions from a new client we are required to identify both our client and (if relevant) the ultimate beneficial owner of our client, and to verify that identity in a number of ways. We will need your assistance to satisfy these requirements and we will not be able to act for you if we cannot comply with these obligations.

As lawyers, we are under a general professional and legal obligation to keep your affairs private. However, we are required, by current legislation, to make a report to the National Crime Agency (NCA) where we know or suspect that a transaction involves Money Laundering or Terrorist Financing. By instructing us to act on your behalf in accordance with our Terms of Business you give us irrevocable authority to make a disclosure to NCA if we consider it appropriate.

Privacy Policy

To check the identity of new clients, to prevent fraud and money laundering and to help us make credit decisions about clients, we may, where we consider it necessary and appropriate, search the files of credit reference agencies who will record any credit searches on your file.

That information may be used by other credit grantors for making credit decisions about you and the people with whom you are financially associated, for prevention of fraud and money laundering, and occasionally for tracing debtors. Information used for these purposes will include publicly available information such as electoral roll, county court judgments, bankruptcy orders or repossessions. For the protection of all our clients we operate a money laundering reporting procedure. We may, in certain circumstances, disclose information to the appropriate authorities in relation to any suspicion of money laundering. Note that the checks outlined in this paragraph normally apply only where the client is instructing us in an individual capacity, as a partner in a business, or where the individual concerned is a senior officer in a company.

For marketing purposes, we may share your information with our business partners, in the legal or training sectors, for marketing purposes, or we may send you information about these other organisations’ goods and services. We or our business partners may contact you by mail, telephone, fax, e-mail or other electronic messaging service with offers of goods and services or information that may be of interest to you about legal services, materials, news or training. By providing us with your fax number, telephone numbers or email address you consent to being contacted by these methods for these purposes. If you do not wish to receive such information from us or our business partners, please contact info@devonshires.co.uk at any time. No further action is necessary if you have previously indicated to us that you do not want to receive such marketing material.

In some cases we need to process sensitive personal data, such as special dietary requirements for reasons of health or religion, for the above purposes. If you are our client your continuing relationship with us demonstrates your consent to this processing. Sometimes we may need to transfer your personal information to countries which do not provide the same level of data protection as the UK. If we do have a need to make such a transfer then we will put a contract in place to ensure that your information is adequately protected and your privacy respected.

When you give us information about another individual for business purposes, you do so on the basis that the other individual has agreed, and has consented to the processing of his or her personal data, including sensitive personal data, and to the transfer of his or her information abroad and to your receiving on his or her behalf any data protection notices.

To make sure that we follow your instructions correctly and to improve our service through training of our staff, we may monitor any communication between you and us. You are entitled to ask for a copy of your information (for which we may charge a small fee) and to correct any inaccuracies.

If your personal details change, if you change your mind about any of your marketing preferences or if you have any queries about how we use your information, please let us know at info@devonshires.co.uk

This data protection notice may change and therefore you should review it regularly.

Modern Slavery Statement

Although we are not obliged to provide a Modern Slavery statement we have provided this statement on a voluntary basis. This statement reflects our commitment to act ethically, with integrity and to comply with the principles of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

We are a provider of a range of legal services principally to clients within England and Wales. Our main office is based in London. We have an additional office in Colchester. Our business is organised into a number of different practice areas.

Our supply chain includes the sourcing of various facilities principally related to the provision of legal services.

We are committed to ensuring in so far as we reasonably can that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business. To mitigate the risks of modern slavery or human trafficking we have:-

  • Taken steps to ensure we maintain optimum control over the working environment of each office.
  • Policies and procedures in the workplace which encourage our staff to report concerns.
  • Limited the use of international supply chains.
  • Built relationships with suppliers.
  • Taken reasonable steps to ensure we contract with suppliers who:
    • Commit to abide by the same principals regarding equality and diversity and to abolish modern day slavery as we have.
    • Who have assured us that their staff are paid in accordance with the relevant legislation.
    • Share our values.

We expect each supplier to carry out their own due diligence on their own suppliers in so far as it is reasonably practical for them to do so.

To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business, all our Partners have been briefed on the matter.

In order to measure how effective we have been to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking part in our business or our supply chains we have appropriate HR, payroll and financial systems in place. Wherever possible we have personal contact with our suppliers over the compliance of our expectations.

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our slavery and human trafficking statement for the current financial year.