Kitsons demonstrates continued success in leading legal directories

Leading Devon law firm Kitsons has been praised in the South West chapters of the latest editions of the Legal 500 and Chambers UK – the most prestigious guides to the UK legal profession.

Legal 500 2021:

A total of nine lawyers are mentioned by name in the Legal 500 UK commentary for their standout contribution. Kitsons Partner Jayme Nicholson, is listed as a ‘Leading Individual’ for a second year for receiving constant praise by clients and continued excellence. Associate Rory Wakeling, has been listed in the ‘Rising Stars’ group after building up a varied client base and, David Turner, has been listed in the directory’s elite ‘Leading Lawyers’ group.

A further six lawyers have achieved recommendations as leaders in their fields: Rhodri Davey, Stuart Mathews, Corri Pedrick, James Cross, Nicholas Johnson and Tony Hunt.


Kitsons has a strong track record advising clients on the employment aspects of corporate transactions. Practice head Jayme Nicholson, who is based in Exeter, specialises in employment status issues and is particularly known for her work in the security, construction and sales sectors. Other strengths of the team include the enforcement of confidentiality and post-termination restrictions, and handling TUPE transfers. In addition, employment tribunal cases are also on the increase at the firm. In Plymouth, Managing Partner Rhodri Davey, is active in a broad cross-section of employment law matters. Associate Rory Wakeling, has built up a varied client base.

Commenting on the rankings, Partner and Head of Department, Jayme Nicholson said: “We are delighted with our ranking in the Legal 500 again this year, the recognition across the department reflects the time we invest in developing relationships with our clients, our high level of service and our straightforward approach. To have maintained our Tier Two standing and to have two individual awards, given the large geographic area covered, is a real accolade.”

Commercial Litigation

Kitsons’ Dispute Resolution group is split across Torquay, Exeter and Plymouth and counts property, leisure, financial services and insurance sector litigation among its areas of expertise. Exeter-based David Turner focuses on financial services litigation, insurance disputes and mis-selling claims, and jointly leads the practice with James Cross in Torquay, whose experience ranges from multiparty disputes to debt recovery and real estate litigation. For professional negligence claims, Nicholas Johnson in Exeter is a key contact.

Corporate and Commercial

Kitsons brought in the former Managing Partner of Ashfords LLP’s Torquay office, Stuart Mathews, who brings with him substantial corporate experience. The team includes Corri Pedrick, whose practice spans commercial contracts and corporate transactions.


Kitsons has a strong client base across Devon and Cornwall. The Family team’s work includes divorce, cohabitation agreements, collaborative law and domestic violence cases. The highly experienced Tony Hunt head up the team from Plymouth and specialises in financial proceedings on divorce and cohabitation disputes.

Chambers UK 2021:

The annual Chambers & Partners UK Guide independently ranks law firms and individuals based on client interview feedback, research and firm submissions. A total of five lawyers have been endorsed for their work across the practice; Rhodri Davey, Tony Hunt, James Cross, David Turner and Cameron Caverhill.


What the team is known for: Advising construction clients on a broad range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters. Also acts for clients in the education, leisure and healthcare sectors. Offers support on the employment aspects of corporate transactions, restructurings and large redundancies. Further strength advising on claims brought before the Employment Tribunal and senior executive departures.

Notable practitioners: Rhodri Davey has notable experience handling contentious matters involving whistle-blowing and discrimination claims as well as compliance investigations. He also advises on employee transfers.


What the team is known for: Efficient team which acts for domestic clients on a broad range of contentious matters, including commercial, property and insurance disputes, as well as professional negligence claims. Often advises on financial services disputes, particularly financial mis-selling claims. Counts a number of public bodies among its clients and also acts for companies from the construction and education sectors, as well as charities and private individuals.

Strengths: “They are great at keeping the lines of communication open and are always on hand to help,” reports one client, who adds that the lawyers are also “transparent with their advice and costs.”

Notable practitioners: Exeter-based David Turner has notable expertise in financial services disputes. “He always gives sensible, practical, down-to-earth advice,” says one client, adding: “He never fails to keep our broader commercial necessities in a dispute in mind when advising us on litigation, and balances risk and reward very sensibly.”

James Cross is the Head of the firm’s Litigation department and Chairman of the firm. Interviewees describe him as “realistic, concise and accurate with his advice.”


Notable practitioners: Family Partner Tony Hunt received ‘Band 1’ recognition. He is experienced in advising on complex financial remedy proceedings, and further assists with private law children cases. “He was open, straightforward and spoke in layman’s terms,” reports one client, adding: “The worry and tension was removed from the situation by his calming comments and attitude. His obvious experience in divorce cases left me fully confident in everything I had to go through.”

Real Estate

Notable practitioners: Cameron Caverhill acts on property transactions, residential development projects and landlord-tenant matters. He is Head of the firm’s property team.