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A message to our clients regarding Coronavirus/Covid-19

Here at Devonshires, we continue to follow Government advice and operate remotely during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Our teams in London, Leeds, and Colchester are working hard to deliver our usual high levels of service.

Our staff remain well, we’ve had very few incidences of illness reported over the past six weeks.

Like many businesses, we’ve had to look at our operations. Fortunately, we do so from a position of strength. But the reality is that with our offices closed, some roles are not required and will not be until we return to normal. As a result, some of our people have been furloughed.

Being committed to each other is a long-standing value of the firm and respect for our people is a key part of that; we look after each other. Our furloughed colleagues are all on full pay and we look forward to welcoming them back when our offices can reopen.

Many of our clients have turned to us for even greater support than usual and we’ve started to deliver pro bono workshops for some charities.

For our chosen charities, who need us more now than ever before, we are fundraising via the Legal Community Virtual Fitness Challenge. Our charities are:

  • Skyway: helping young people in inner-London to achieve their personal goals, realise their potential, and contribute positively to their community.
  • The Spitz Charitable Trust: a collective of London-based jazz musicians who use music to connect with isolated people.
  • St George’s Crypt: a Leeds-based charity helping the homeless, vulnerable, and those suffering with addiction.
  • Friends of the Elderly: assisting those aged 65 and over who suffer from loneliness and/or are at risk of isolation.

Rest assured, we remain committed to the wellbeing of our staff, maintaining our community, and navigating our clients through these challenging times.

While we may not be in our usual offices, we remain very much open for business.

Philip Barden, Senior Partner, Devonshires

Forward thinking legal services

We provide forward thinking legal services to our clients, who range from some of the world’s largest multinational corporations to private individuals. We also act for a significant number of charities, Registered Providers and Regulators. Our 175 year history has shaped Devonshires Solicitors in to one of the UK’s leading full service law firms. We group our work into 16 Core Strengths from Housing Management to Private Client – just click on one of the icons below to find out more.

Our strengths


Banking, Capital Markets & Property Charging

Our team sets the gold standard

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Construction & Engineering

Our team of specialists will help you build your business.

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Litigation & Dispute Resolution

A team of strategic thinkers that deliver great results.

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Social Housing

Decades of experience, built in.

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Information Law

Specialists advising on data protection and freedom of information issues.

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Debt Recovery & Insolvency

Recovering your monies pre and post insolvency

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Our thinking

The Future of Furlough – 1st release of the detail

Employers are already starting to think about their remobilisation plans and the news that ‘flexible furloughing' can happen from July rather than August will be welcome as employers start to scale up activities.

Update: Non-ACM Building Safety Fund – what should RPs next steps be?

The Government has issued its prospectus for the promised £1billion fund to remediate non-ACM cladding. RPs will need to decide before 31 July whether they (or, where applicable, a group entity) should register for the Fund.

D-BRIEF – Employment & Pensions Blog: Confidentiality as a COT3 condition

In Duchy Farm Kennels Limited v Graham William Steels, the High Court held that a breach of a confidentiality clause in a COT3 agreement was not a condition of the agreement and therefore its breach did not bring the agreement to an end.

Serious about Corporate Social Responsibility

Here at Devonshires Solicitors we take Corporate Social Responsibility very seriously. Our partners, staff, clients and charities continue to demonstrate goodwill, generosity and dedication to the CSR schemes that we operate. We are proud of our achievements. Last year over 40% of our partners and staff volunteered to give up their time to support our chosen charities and the Devonshires Foundation donated in excess of £40,000.