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 619881. 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 231 5013 62.

Complaints

We want to give you the best possible service. However, if at any point you become unhappy or concerned about the service we have provided then you should inform us immediately, so that we can do our best to resolve the problem.

In the first instance it may be helpful to contact the person who is working on your case to discuss your concerns and we will do our best to resolve any issues at this stage. If you would like to make a formal complaint, then you can read our full complaints procedure here. Making a complaint will not affect how we handle your case.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority can help you if you are concerned about our behaviour. This could be for things like dishonesty, taking or losing your money or treating you unfairly because of your age, a disability or other characteristic.

You can raise your concerns with the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

What to do if we cannot resolve your complaint

The Legal Ombudsman can help you if we are unable to resolve your complaint ourselves. They will look at your complaint independently and it will not affect how we handle your case.

Before accepting a complaint for investigation, the Legal Ombudsman will check that you have tried to resolve your complaint with us first. If you have, then you must take your complaint to the Legal Ombudsman:

  • Within six months of receiving a final response to your complaint

and

  • No more than six years from the date of act/omission; or
  • No more than three years from when you should reasonably have known there was cause for complaint.

If you would like more information about the Legal Ombudsman, please contact them at:

Website: www.legalombudsman.org.uk
Tel: 0300 555 0333 between 9am to 5pm.
Email: enquiries@legalombudsman.org.uk
Address: Legal Ombudsman PO Box 6806, Wolverhampton, WV1 9WJ

Legal Notices

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

List of partners in alphabetical order:

Name Admitted
Andrew Cowan Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Anna Buch
Asif Patel Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Caroline Mostowfi Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Chris Drabble Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Dan Moan Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Donna McCarthy Legal Executive admitted in England & Wales
Elad Yasdi Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Gareth Hall Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Gary Grigor Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
James Dunn Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
James Lyons Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Jim Varley Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Jonathan Corris Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Jonathan Jarvis Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Julian Barker Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Kathryn Kligerman Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Kirsty Thompson Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Kris Kelliher Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Mark London Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Matthew Cocklin Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Neil Lawlor Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Neil Toner Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Nick Billingham Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Nick Grant Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Paul Buckland Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Philip Barden Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Richard Anderson Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Richard Sharpe Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Robert Turner Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Ronnie Tong Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Saghar Roya Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Sharon Kirkham Solicitor admitted in England & Wales
Triya Maicha 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.

Regulatory Information

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.

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 additional offices in Leeds and 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.

Tax Evasion

Devonshires is committed to zero tolerance for tax evasion, and we are committed to a dedicated programme to counter the risk of any employee, contractor, business partner or representative of our firm engaging in the criminal facilitation of tax evasion.

SRA Transparency Rules

EMPLOYMENT

Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal

Simple case: £3,500.00-£12,000.00 (excluding VAT)

Medium complexity case: £12,000.00-£20,000.00 (excluding VAT)

High complexity case: £20,000.00-£40,000.00 (excluding VAT)

We generally charge on an hourly rate basis.  These estimates are based on our current standard hourly rates which are: £100.00 for a trainee, £195.00 – £260.00 for a qualified solicitor and £315.00 for a partner.  All hourly rates are stated excluding VAT.  We have people of different seniority in our team, ranging from newly qualified to 15  years’ experience.  All are qualified solicitors who are registered with the Law Society and have worked on many Employment Tribunal claims.  The team is assisted by a trainee solicitor.

Factors that could make a case more complex:

  • Events leading up to the dismissal which go back a long time
  • If it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim
  • Defending claims that are brought by people who don’t have their own qualified representative to help them
  • Making or defending a costs application
  • Preliminary issues such as whether the claimant has enough service to bring a claim
  • The number of witnesses and documents
  • If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g. the dismissal is said to be because the person ‘blew the whistle’
  • Having to have a separate hearing to decide what compensation should be awarded if the claim is successful

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

We use a barrister (also known as Counsel) for hearings at a Tribunal.  Counsel fees for preparation time can range from £650.00 to £5,000.00 excluding VAT (depending on the level of advocate).  For each hearing day, Counsel’s fees can be between £650.00 to £2,000.00 per day excluding VAT (depending on experience of the advocate).

Key stages

The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of a claim:

  • Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on merits and likely compensation (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and subject to change)
  • Entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached;
  • Preparing claim or response
  • Reviewing and advising on claim or response from other party
  • Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process
  • Preparing or considering a schedule of loss/counter schedule of loss
  • Preparing for (and instructing Counsel to attend)  Preliminary Hearing(s)
  • Preparing the list of documents, exchanging documents with the other party and reviewing their documents
  • Taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content with witnesses
  • Preparing the trial bundle
  • Reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements
  • Agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list
  • Preparation and Counsel’s attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel

A hearing for wrongful dismissal would typically be completed within 1 day. A hearing for unfair dismissal would typically take 1 or 2 days depending on complexity and the number of witnesses, but it can take longer for example if it is about whistleblowing.  Normally a wrongful dismissal or unfair dismissal case can be dealt with in a single hearing, but sometimes there has to be an preliminary hearing first to decide something essential about the claim, or it might be necessary to have a separate hearing to decide what compensation should be awarded if the Tribunal runs out of time to do so at the main hearing.  There would be extra Counsel costs if additional hearings were required.

We would charge extra if someone from our team was to attend the hearing as well as Counsel.  This would usually be £100.00 per hour  excluding VAT, but the actual hourly rate will depend on the seniority of the individual attending.

The stages set out above are an indication and if some of stages above are not required, the fee will be lower. You may wish to handle the claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages. This can also be arranged on your individual needs.

How long will my matter take?

The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter depends largely on the stage at which your case is resolved and when the tribunal has capacity to hear the claim. If a settlement is reached before a claim has to be issued, your case is likely to take 4-6 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 4-10 months. This is just an estimate and we will of course be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses.

DEBT RECOVERY

UNDISPUTED DEBT RECOVERY

These costs apply where your claim is in relation to an unpaid invoice which is not disputed and enforcement action is not needed. If the other party disputes your claim at any point, we will discuss any further work required and provide you with revised advice about costs if necessary, which could be on a fixed fee (e.g. if a one off letter is required), or an hourly rate if more extensive work is needed.

Hourly Rates
Robert Edge (RJE) £235.00
If colleague required:
Partner £285.00 – £425.00
Assistant Solicitor £170.00 – £270.00
Trainee Solicitor £120.00
Paralegal £110.00

 

We can also arrange with you to charge a percentage (10-30%) of the sum recovered.

Anyone wishing to proceed with a claim should note that:

  • The VAT element of our fee cannot be reclaimed from your debtor.
  • Interest and compensation may take the debt into a higher banding, with a higher cost.

Our fee includes:

  • Taking your instruction and reviewing documentation
  • Undertaking appropriate searches
  • Sending a letter before action
  • Receiving payment and sending onto you, or if the debt is not paid, drafting and issuing the claim
  • Where no Acknowledgement of Service of Defence is received, applying to the Court to enter Judgment in default
  • When Judgment in default in received, writing to the other side to request payment
  • If payment is not received within an agreed specified timeframe, providing you with advice on next steps and likely costs

Matters  usually take 2-6 weeks from receipt of instruction from you to receipt of payment from the other side, depending on whether or not it is necessary to issue a claim. This is on the basis that the other side pays promptly on receipt of Judgment in default. If enforcement action is needed, the matter will take longer to resolve.