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Furnival Chambers (Chambers of Oliver Blunt QC & Sally O'Neill QC), Tim Devlin, London, ENGLAND

Tim Devlin

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Furnival Chambers (Chambers of Oliver Blunt QC & Sally O'Neill QC)

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Serious crime.


Tim Devlin is regularly instructed by the Crown on his own or as leading Junior in multi-handed cases. He frequently appears opposite Queens Counsel or senior juniors in complex cases or case of gravity. He is a CPS Grade 4 and a rape specialist counsel. Tim Devlin is also instructed by the department of work and pensions in benefit frauds, the revenue and customs prosecution office (now part of CPS) and the department of business, innovation and skills in relation to bankruptcy and Company regulation. He is also instructed by local authorities in London. Tim has acted alone in cases of bank and tax fraud, insurance fraud and frauds by deception on his own against multiple counsels for the defence, securing convictions. Frequently this is achieved by thorough preparation reducing complicated facts to simple admissions and schedules. Tim’s experience of serious sexual offences trials is impressive and extensive. His sympathetic and sensitive approach makes him particularly adept at dealing with young or vulnerable witnesses. Tim is also fully aware of diversity issues, having prosecuted sexual cases involving the Muslim, Hassidic Jewish, catholic, protestant, baptist, evangelical, and other religious communities. Some of the more high profile cases have been reported in the national and local media. Tim Devlin recently led Chloe Fordham in the successful prosecution of ten men chanting racist slogans on a train in south London, shortly after the verdicts were given in the Stephen Lawrence murder case. He is currently dealing with varied matters such as attempted murder, kidnapping, causing death by dangerous driving, sexual interference with children and the mentally ill, and rape. Tim’s varied career has also included being MP for Stockton South from 1987-1997 and PPS to the Attorney General from 1992-1994. He is an elected member of the Bar Council, and vice-chairman of the EU Law Committee. He is also a pupil supervisor, advocacy trainer in Lincolns Inn, and a prize winning yachtsman. Member of the SE circuit and the CBA.


Called 1985. Formerly on Northern Circuit. Leading junior for Crown. Member of Parliament for Stockton South 1987-97; Private Parliamentary secretary to Attorney-General 1992-94; senior expert for the TACIS Programme in Kiev, Ukraine 1998-99; deputy chairman NHS Tribunal.


Criminal Bar Association; European Bar Association; South Eastern Circuit.

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