Devonshires recognised again by Legal 500 for our expertise

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The latest Legal 500 guide has been published and we are delighted to have been recognised again for our excellent work in a number of our core practice areas.

Legal 500 provide independent, trusted and intensively-researched rankings of law firms in the UK and beyond and provide a reliable guide to the best firms to consult on a wide range of different legal areas and client sectors.

We are delighted that our Debt Recovery practice, headed by Partner Matthew Hennessy-Gibbs, has been promoted to Tier 2 in this new edition.

We are also pleased to have secured our rankings in this current edition as per below:

Tier 1 for Social Housing – Finance:

Devonshires Solicitors LLP is praised for its teamwork and bespoke service. The practice acted opposite Allen & Overy LLP and Addleshaw Goddard LLP in advising Swan Housing Group on its £250m bond issue and £340m refinancing. Banking head Julian Barker has ‘cutting-edge knowledge of contemporary market practice’. Other key individuals include head of securitisation Sharon Kirkham, senior partner Andrew Cowan (who ‘always pushes to get the last yard in a negotiation’) and Richard Sharpe – Legal 500 2016

Tier 2 for Social Housing:

Devonshires Solicitors LLP has ‘a tremendous background and tradition in the social housing field’, and its team ‘works very well together where there are multiple issues’. Key figures include senior partner Andrew Cowan, who has ‘good overall knowledge of a wide range of sector issues’; Nick Billingham, who has ‘a wealth of experience’; and Donna McCarthy, who is ‘well known for her commitment, pragmatism and impressive track record’. Clients include London and Quadrant Housing Trust, Home Group and Hyde Housing Association – Legal 500 2016

Tier 2 for Debt Recovery:

Devonshires Solicitors LLP advised fine food importer and distributor Vincenzo on recovering debt owed by a high-profile chef. Matthew Hennessy-Gibbs’s team also receives regular instructions from Kone and was re-appointed to Sodexo’s debt recovery panel – Legal 500 2016

Tier 4 for Fraud Civil:

Headed by ‘tenacious litigator’ Philip Barden, the team at Devonshires Solicitors LLP acts primarily on behalf of claimants. Barden is handling litigation in Guernsey and the BVI involving offshore trusts disputes – Legal 500 2016

Tier 4 for Clinical negligence – Claimant:

Devonshires Solicitors LLP is ‘a specialist firm with a solid reputation in high-value catastrophic claims’. The ‘experienced’ Nick Grant is recommended along with ‘outstanding lawyer’ Nicola Bould and Liz Bryant, who specialises in cases involving serious nerve damage – Legal 500 2016

Tier 5 for Construction:

Mark London is recommended at Devonshires Solicitors LLP and is handling a range of disputes on behalf of social housing providers and local authorities. Susannah Davis is the name to note on the advisory side – Legal 500 2016

If you would like to contact any of our leading teams, please speak to any of the following:

Civil Fraud – Philip Barden, 020 7880 4280,

Clinical Negligence – Daniel Clifford, 020 7880 4251,

Construction – Mark London, 020 7880 4332,

Debt Recovery – Matthew Hennessy-Gibbs, 020 7065 1863,

Social Housing – Andrew Cowan, 020 7880 4350,

Social Housing: Finance – Julian Barker, 020 7880 4365,


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