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Fraudsters Purporting to be Bailiffs
We have become aware of a fraud being perpetrated which involves fraudsters, purporting to be bailiffs with a lawful warrant, attending the premises of an organisation and seeking to seize goods to satisfy an unpaid debt.
Devonshires’ Social Housing Team Ranks Highly in 2019 Chambers and Partners Legal Guide
The 2019 Chambers and Partners Legal Guide has been published, and we are delighted to have maintained our Band 1 positions in Social Housing and Social Housing: Finance.
Time to review your PFI portfolio
Phillip Hammond’s third budget as Chancellor, announced to the House of Commons yesterday, has confirmed that there will be no new PFI projects.
Devonshires secures new ranking in 2018 Legal 500 Guide
The 2018 Legal 500 Guide has been published and we are delighted to have secured a new ranking for Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP).
My journey into corporate law
Newly qualified solicitor Nazneen Patel describes what it’s like to be a trainee at Devonshires and why she is excited to begin her career as a corporate lawyer. 
Social Housing Pension Scheme 2017 Valuation Results – What are your options?
Last week saw the publication of the Social Housing Pension Scheme (SHPS) 2017 valuation results. These showed that in keeping with the previous valuation results from 2014, the funding deficit had increased, to £1.52bn.
Leading Construction Lawyer Joins the Devonshires Team
We are delighted to announce that leading Construction lawyer, Richard Anderson, today joins Devonshires as a Partner in our Construction & Engineering Department.
Onward restructures to create foundation for growth
To improve financial and operational efficiency, the Onward Group has restructured, consolidating subsidiaries Hyndburn Homes, Ribble Valley Homes and Peak Valley Housing Association.
Cryptocurrency Fraud is Rising and so is Litigation
Devonshires has been instructed by a private investor who has been scammed by an FCA regulated FX trader during the sale of £1 million of Bitcoins.
Case Law Round Up – Litigants in Person
In March 2018, Sir Terence Etherton identified that permission to appeal applications made by litigants in person (“LiPs”) in the civil division of the Court of Appeal stood at 42% of all applications for the 12 months ending 31 January 2018.
A Beginner’s Guide to Inquiries and Investigations
In public and commercial situations there is an almost infinite variety of inquiries or investigations that might be carried out when something has, or is perceived to have, gone wrong.
Does Artificial Intelligence Hold the Key to Tackling Fraud?
Rapid changes in technology are creating new vulnerabilities for fraudsters to exploit but it is often the simplest frauds that can cost companies thousands of pounds or more.