Devonshires appoints new head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution


James Dunn is named our new head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution.

James takes over from senior partner Philip Barden, who headed the 19-strong team for 26 years and is now stepping aside to focus on his senior partner role.

James joined the firm 24 years ago as a trainee, having previously worked there during university vacations. Since then, he has grown a renowned practice working on behalf of regulators, housing associations and veterans.

James is regularly instructed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to close law firms and has led many of the most significant closures in the last decade, namely Blavo Solicitors, Malik Law Chambers and Kingly Solicitors.  He has also acted for over 100 former soldiers in investigations, inquests and prosecutions relating to the Troubles in Northern Ireland.  These cases include Bloody Sunday, Joe McCann and the Ballymurphy Inquest.

The Litigation and Dispute Resolution team at Devonshires handle a comprehensive range of litigation, dispute resolution, arbitration and mediation relating to projects and PFI, insurance, insolvency, debt recovery, shipping, card payments, crypto currency, regulation of professionals and inquests.

James says: “I’ve already enjoyed a long and successful career at Devonshires, seeing the firm grow fivefold since I started. Philip has created a strong and ambitious team in litigation and dispute resolution and I am looking forward to this latest chapter in my Devonshires career and growing the team further.”

Philip Barden says: “I can think of no one better suited to take over the team. James is at the very top of his game and sets a fine example for those he leads. I wish him all the best.”


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