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The Devant Team, Autumn 2023

About Devant

Strategic commercial guidance
Tactical contract support

20 years of experience helping businesses like yours get in front of the rest

We’re a team of experienced commercial contract specialists who help you create and deliver profitable deals. We understand that being in business is risky – our job is to ensure you only take the risks you choose, to get the results you want. Since we were established in 2003, we’ve developed extensive experience across the technology sector, and in engineering, health, and professional services. Of course, we make sure our team stays up to date with changing legislation and case law. But the thing that makes Devant clients stick with us, and recommend us to their friends, is our powerful combination of legal expertise and business acumen.

Candid photos of a Devant team meeting.

In August 2015, Devant was thrilled to receive its certification for ISO 9001 from BSI, reflecting our commitment to quality, consistency and excellence in customer service.

 
“Devant are very responsive and agile, and we have total confidence in their experience.”

The Team

Tiffany Kemp

Founder
and CEO

Tiffany’s commitment to building great business relationships through contracting stems from her experience in engineering, project management and sales.

Since 2003, Devant’s clients have appreciated her ability to get to the heart of commercial issues, negotiating workable deals with grace and authority. A popular business speaker, she uses stories and analogies to bring the world of commercial contracts to life.

Suzanne Dodd

Operations
director

Suzanne manages and develops the business’s internal processes during this time of growth. Suzanne has great experience in the legal sector, giving her a good understanding of our clients’ needs.  She has the skills to provide effective administrative support to our team so they can deliver efficient and quality customer service.

Also as a point of contact for new and existing clients, Suzanne is looking forward to greeting you with enthusiasm and cheer!

Alison Mayfield

client services
director

An experienced private practice and in house solicitor, Alison brings a valuable mix of technical excellence and commercial pragmatism.

She has built a reputation for delivering practical legal and commercial advice. With a combination of deep compliance knowledge and extensive business experience, she leads Devant’s consulting team and supports our clients with complex transactions, commercial planning and high-stakes negotiations.

Miranda Punter

Principal
Consultant

Miranda’s experience in private practice and as in-house counsel has developed her capabilities to support Devant’s clients with a range of commercial contracting challenges and corporate transactions. She has particular expertise in trade mark and intellectual property protection, helping Devant’s clients cement value in their businesses through their IP portfolio. A collaborative lawyer with a keen interest in equality and diversity, Miranda’s focus is on delivering positive, workable outcomes for all.

Emma Atkins

Principal
Consultant

Emma joined Devant having gained broad experience across multiple in-house legal teams within the entertainment sector including the video gaming, e-sports and live music event industries.

Having worked on numerous commercial matters including sponsorship, intellectual property, and privacy/GDPR, Emma has had exposure to a wide variety of commercial contracts and brings with her confidence and commitment to supporting Devant’s clients.

Roberta Savino

Principal
Consultant

Roberta is a bilingual lawyer with significant experience in EU and UK law. Since 2014 she has helped foreign entrepreneurs expand their businesses in the UK by assisting in the internationalisation process and CoSec work.

Before joining Devant as Principal Commercial Consultant, M&A and CoSec, she worked at two prestigious law firms in Chancery Lane, the heart of legal London.

Jess Aldridge

information & knowledge
manager

Whilst completing her postgraduate work following her degree, Jess gained invaluable skills in the dissemination and organisation of information and knowledge. She’s now joined our team to improve the organisation of Devant’s prodigious knowledge and information database to benefit our clients, existing and new.

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Azra Akhtar

Senior
Consultant

Azra is a seasoned lawyer with extensive experience in drafting and reviewing a wide range of commercial contracts, and advising on data protection matters.

With previous roles as an in-house solicitor at large financial institutions, Azra has a deep understanding of the unique challenges businesses face, and is confident in tailoring legal solutions to the specific needs of clients.

Janine Scott

Principal
Consultant - Quality

Janine joined Devant following a successful consultancy and project management career in the City.

Janine’s breadth of experience enables her to support our clients, ensuring they have robust, contracts in place to help them achieve their business objectives. From simple NDAs through to complex company transactions, her knowledge and attention to detail makes her an important member of the team.

Thomas Addy

financial
controller

Thomas is Devant’s long standing financial controller. He takes care of the financial and accounts side of things here. Always courteous and friendly,

Thomas will be able to help you with any invoice queries that might arise. Thomas also supports the board with financial modelling, forecasting and reporting.

 
 
 
 

Catherine Drew

Principal
Consultant

Catherine’s expertise is in company acquisitions & disposals, management buyouts, corporate restructurings, joint ventures and commercial tie-ups generally, with a particular focus on owner-managed businesses.  Catherine started her career as an M&A lawyer in the City before leaving the City when her children were small to work for two big regional law firms.  She joined Devant’s team in 2019.

Our values

Our values are core to how we think, how we act and what we do. It’s essential to us that all members of our team demonstrate these values in each engagement with our customers, suppliers and partners.

We only do work where we can add real value


We will not spend our time and your money if they are not going to fulfil your needs. We will create bespoke, workable solutions that directly address your requirements.

We are down to earth

We will speak (and write) in plain business English, making our communications to you, our contracts and all other documents we produce, clear and understandable.

We will share our experience

With over 100 years of commercial contracting experience in the Devant team , we will ensure you benefit from our knowledge and know-how in all our dealings with you. Developing your knowledge and expertise is core to each engagement we have with you.

We will challenge you 🙂

If you are proposing to do something we feel is not in your best interests, or will not meet your needs, we will question you. We will encourage you to think of alternatives and will provide candid support to you during your decision-making process.