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John is a Partner within our Dispute Resolution team with an extensive background in commercial litigation.  

Background and Expertise: 

John began his career as a trainee at Davies Wallis Foyster (formerly Foysters) in Manchester, where he developed his skills before qualifying as a solicitor in 1990. Following his early years as a solicitor at DWF and some part time lecturing at Salford University, John went to Malaysia working as a law lecturer from 1992-1996 for NCUK, the Northern Consortium of UK Universities. 

In February 1997, John returned to private practice in England and brought his wealth of experience to Aaron & Partners as an assistant solicitor and was promoted to Partner in 1999. Specialising in Commercial Litigation, John is adept in contractual and tortious claims involving property, professional negligence, insurance, and company/partnership disputes. His clientele ranges from multinational corporations to sole traders and individuals, reflecting his adaptability and expertise across diverse organisational structures. 

Specialisations and Personal Achievements: 

John has earned a reputation as a highly regarded litigator with his clients and is recognised by the Legal 500 as a "Leading Individual" and “Recommended Lawyer.” John’s experience includes successfully pursuing a multi-million-pound arbitration claim against an overseas state, and several matters which have reached the appellate courts, as well as many smaller but equally interesting cases involving a broad range of legal disputes.  

John serves as a Director and Trustee of The Hammond, a specialised co-educational school focusing on dance and musical theatre. 

Highlights of recent work: 

  • G&GB Hewitt Ltd v SA Namur Assurances du Credit (1999),  
  • US Mortgage Finance II v Dew (2015), 
  • Global TSL International Ltd v Diplomatic Services Company, The Libyan Intelligence Service and the Presidential Council of the Government of National Accord of the State of Libya (2020). 

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Please pass on my thanks to John for a pragmatic and extremely understanding approach. John will definitely be my first thought should I have future personal or business maters which require legal advice.
I am extremely grateful to Mr Devoy for his very professional but very personally reassuring advice in these difficult times. John’s advice was first-rate throughout and both issues we faced have now been resolved. I would like to thank John most wholeheartedly for his professional and personal support during this worrying business, it has helped to take a whole weight off my shoulders.
Fr Paul. St Werburgh’s
John Devoy is a first-rate litigator with very good client skills.
The Legal 500
I have known John in a professional capacity for a number of years - having first become acquainted with his firm during my time in Bangor. Having moved to London, where there is a dearth of Law Firms to choose from, I remained in contact with John as my trusted "go to" adviser because of his strongly pragmatic approach and detailed knowledge of things like commercial law and IP etc. John combines a strong and certain approach with a clearly balanced appreciation of all the fine detail and, in this, he generates 'high quality' and 'good value' advice which compares favourably with any legal competitor. A really strong example of professionalism.
Phil Ryan - CEO of the International Compliance Association
John Devoy is a renowned litigator in the Chester area and across the North West. He is particularly noted for his focus on professional negligence work.
Chambers & Partners
Bryony and John, just to say thank you for another year of work. Yet again your responsiveness and efficiency excels.
John Devoy is listed as a recommended individual for Dispute Resolution - Commercial Litigation - Elsewhere in the Northwest.
The Legal 500
John Devoy is experienced in professional negligence cases.
The Legal 500
John Devoy will always be held in high regard in our business.
That's incredible. Thanks very much John. Without trying to sound too condescending you've done a fantastic job there. Very much appreciated.
Neil Short, Director - Enviroclear Site Services Ltd
Thank you so much Mr Devoy. I will be eternally grateful for your hard work, dedication and belief.
A fantastic result… The last two and half years have been extremely difficult as you know but I wouldn’t have had the result I got if it hadn’t been for you.
Mr. John Devoy has been remarkable in his conduct and exceptional in the outcomes he has attained for us. Mr. Devoy has a track record of success in managing complex legal matters, client needs and achieving outstanding results. He is practical in his approach and transparent with his clients about their matters. His deepest strength is the trust that he gains with his client and the peace of mind they have that their best interest will always be at the centre of his focus.
I know how powerfully & forcibly you would argue our case.
John and Bryony, Thank you for your excellent work throughout the year. It really is so good to work with such competent and extremely responsive people.