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Philip Barden

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Devonshires Solicitors LLP

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Litigation/dispute resolution.


Philip is currently retained in the following matters: acting for an employer in a procurement fraud in which there was a detailed pre-action investigation which involved accessing defendants bank accounts in secret to trace monies and then obtaining freezing injunctions; defending a fraud claim for a third party supplier accused of conspiracy to provide false invoices; advising in an international investigation into the ownership of offshore assets; assisting in relation to litigation in Guernsey and the BVI regarding off shore trust disputes; representing various companies in contractual disputes; handling various PFI disputes within the leisure, NHS and prison sectors; acting as an intervention agent for the Solicitors Regulatory Agency; assisting soldiers in various police enquiries being under taken in Northern Ireland; undertaking investigations into fraud and also to identify anonymous bloggers abusing social media sites; defamation claims; insolvency matters; coroners inquests. Devonshires are advocates of a solutions based approached. Philip was named as CEDR mediator of the year 2010 and he continues to represent clients in mediations. Devonshires regularly appear before all courts and tribunals and have considerable experience in adjudication, arbitration and ADR. It is a hands on firm with a high rate of repeat instructions.


Payne Hicks Beech 1987-90; Theodore Goddard 1990-95; partner Devonshires 1995.


Bedford School; Leicester University.

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil

Within: Fraud: civil

Devonshires Solicitors LLP's disputes team works almost exclusively for companies outside the banking sector, giving it an edge on other firms looking to litigate against banks. The practice is jointly led by 'highly effective litigator' and firmwide senior partner Philip Barden and James Dunn; Barden focuses on complex commercial disputes in the UK's highest courts, while Dunn specialises in fraud, regulatory and inquiry work. Fellow partner Anna Buch is also praised for her 'phenomenal presence in this market'.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Devonshires Solicitors LLP's 'pragmatic, economic and client-focused practice' is  well known for its large client base of housing providers. The team's disputes experience includes insolvency, debt recovery, fraud, regulatory issues and private finance initiatives. Philip Barden, James Dunn and Jim Varley are the key contacts.

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