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Devon Chambers Recognised Again in the Legal 500 2020

Devon Chambers is delighted to have yet again been recognised within the Legal 500 for 2020.


In Criminal Law, Joanna Martin QC is listed as a Leading Silk and is described as “thorough, hardworking and tactical.”. With Jason Beal (Head of Chambers) and Piers Norsworthy (Head of the Crime Team) both listed as Leading Juniors. Jason Beal is described as “A very measured, calm advocate who prepares thoroughly” and Piers Norsworthy as “A pugnacious advocate”.

“Devon Chambers remains one of the strongest sets for criminal law matters in Devon and Cornwall, thanks to its members’ extensive experience in both the prosecution and defence of serious criminal offences. In one representative instruction, Joanna Martin QC recently defended in [R v L], a murder case in which the victim’s body was never found.”

In Family Law, Victoria Hoyle is reviewed as “Quickly builds a natural rapport with clients and always goes the extra mile” and Sally Daulton is described as “Fantastic on children matters” with both listed as Leading Juniors.

“Devon Chambers 'are rapidly developing a skilled team, particularly in private and public law children proceedings’ according to one instructing law firm. Team head Victoria Hoyle is particularly experienced in children law matters involving vulnerable parents, while Sally Daulton is the name to note for finance related work.”

The Barristers at Devon Chambers are particularly pleased to see that their superb Clerking Team has been recognised for their hard work, commitment and can do attitude. Within the Overview section it states “Devon Chambers covers a range of crime and family work, as well as employment, personal injury, and property, amongst other practice areas. The ‘really helpful clerks’ room includes senior clerk Rachael Duchnowski, who oversees the civil and family teams, and Schannine Dobson clerks the criminal practice. Regulatory crime is another area of activity.”

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