James Dunn > Devonshires Solicitors LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Devonshires Solicitors LLP

Work Department

Commercial litigation


James is a partner in the litigation and dispute resolution department and undertakes a wide variety of litigation. His particular specialisms are fraud, regulatory and inquiry work. James represents public and private businesses, individuals and regulators who have been the victim of fraud, carrying out detailed investigations and recovering assets. He also acts for the defence – those who are being investigated or pursued for assets. Of particular use is his accountancy background, which allows him to work effectively as part of a team of investigators, and gives him an understanding outside the traditional legal framework. James also undertakes a wide variety of commercial and other litigation and investigation cases, including disciplinary proceedings, judicial review, public inquiries, criminal investigations, negligence and contractual disputes.

Recent cases include: regularly instructed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority as an intervention agent and in litigation and disciplinary cases; acting for over 80 former soldiers in numerous inquiries, investigations and prosecutions in Northern Ireland, including Bloody Sunday.


Trained Devonshires; qualified 1999; partner 2007.


James is a member of the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers


Charterhouse School; University of Exeter.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market

Housing providers comprise a large part of Devonshires Solicitors LLP‘s client base. In addition to day-to-day commercial disputes work, the ‘fantastic‘ team focuses on insolvency, debt recovery, public inquiries and coroners inquests. James Dunn is a fraud, regulatory and inquiry specialist, while Philip Barden is a commercial disputes expert.

London > Real estate > Social housing: local authorities and registered providers

Devonshires Solicitors LLP fields ‘a wide range of experienced partners who can assist with matters that arise across the affordable housing and RP sectors‘. The team acts for a plethora of housing associations and registered providers on social housing issues and can and boasts ‘great strength in terms of areas of expertise and levels of experience‘. Andrew Cowan specialises in banking and governance work in the social housing sector. ‘FantasticDonna McCarthy heads the housing management and property litigation team and is particularly experienced in acting in public law, human rights, and Equality Act challenges, while Sharon Kirkham heads the property charging work. The cross-departmental team also features banking specialist Julian Barker, dispute resolution lawyer James Dunn, construction specialist Mark London as well as Triya Maicha, Neil Toner and Jonathan Corris, who head the real estate and projects team. The unit was further strengthened with the arrivals of Matthew Waters and Katie Fung. Former housing management and property head Nick Billingham retired in April 2022 but continues to support the team on a consultancy basis.

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil

Devonshires Solicitors LLP has noteworthy expertise in acting for as well as against regulators in matters relating to fraud. Other areas of expertise are the housing sector and litigation against banks. The team’s w expertise covers fraud, cross-border investigations and regulatory work. Philip Barden‘s experience also spans the insurance, IT, PFI and supply chain arenas. Practice head James Dunn has an accountancy background, and David Pack knows offshore jurisdictions well.