Strategic commercial guidance
Tactical contract support
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.
We help businesses like yours get in front of the rest
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.
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.
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.
Janine joined Devant in 2007 following a successful consultancy and project management career in the City and a break to raise her family.
Janine’s breadth of experience enables her to support our many different clients, ensuring they have robust, effective contracts in place to help them achieve their business requirements and objectives. From simple NDAs through to complex company transactions, her knowledge and attention to detail makes her an important and valued member of the Devant team.
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.
Kelly brings Devant’s clients her 20+ years of experience in the global technology and telecommunications sector as senior in-house legal counsel and trusted business advisor. She has structured and negotiated deals from both the sales and procurement side, delivering improved profitability, bottom line savings and efficiencies.
Youth counselling and coaching are among Kelly’s passions outside of the office. She has not-for-profit leadership experience through her voluntary work as Chair of the Trustee Board of a youth counselling charity.
Richard brings a rare combination of technical and legal expertise to support Devant’s clients. He has excellent problem solving skills, and has blazed many contractual trails to deliver pragmatic, value-generating solutions to difficult commercial problems. These included complex PFI contracts, multi-national negotiations and commercial process improvement.
Richard is also the owner of Ollie, the office dog, whose enthusiastic welcome and ability to always find the sunny spot in the office have endeared him to the Devant team and clients alike.
Ana graduated in 2018 with a BA(QLD) in Law and Business from Warwick University, and brings a fresh perspective and great enthusiasm to the Devant team.
Her undergraduate experience as the leader of two pro-bono projects has helped her develop her creative thinking and teamwork skills, while managing client expectations in sensitive real-life legal challenges.
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.
Polly has experience supporting business clients in various roles prior to joining Devant, most recently as Legal Counsel within the financial services sector. She trained and qualified as a solicitor in-house, so understands the commercial and legal challenges faced by businesses on a daily basis. Polly is excited to be working as a commercial contracting specialist, focussing on delivering practical, results-focussed support to Devant’s entrepreneurial client base.
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.
Suzanne manages and develops the business’s internal processes during this time of growth. Suzanne is an experienced Office Manager in the legal sector, giving her a good understanding of our clients’ needs and 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!
Natasha joined Devant to provide administrative support to our team of consultants. After running a successful business for 10 years, she chose to study law part time, with Devant providing the perfect opportunity to obtain experience in the commercial legal sector.
With her hands-on business experience and as a mum of two busy and active teenage boys, Natasha takes great care of our team and our clients, with enthusiasm and a big smile!
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.