Kitsons Praised in 2020 Chambers Directory

Leading Devon law firm Kitsons has been praised in the South West chapters of the latest edition of 2020 Chambers Directory UK – the most prestigious guide to the UK legal profession.

As a result of independent client and peer interviews, the directory ranks firms and solicitors based on the quality of their work.

Kitsons are delighted to of maintained all 3 of the previously-ranked practice areas, with a total of five lawyers being recognised for their skills and expertise across the firm, with recommendations in their fields: James CrossRhodri Davey, David Turner , Cameron Caverhill and Anthony Hunt, Family lawyer, retains his ‘Tier 1’ status in the Chambers edition.

Rhodri Davey, Managing Partner at Kitsons said: “Chambers UK is highly respected by clients and referrers. I am, therefore, extremely proud that the high quality service that our teams provide to our clients has been recognised in this way.”

Since 1990, Chambers has published the world’s leading guides to the legal profession and has built a reputation for in-depth, objective research.

Chambers has a team of 100 highly qualified full time researchers who conduct thousands of interviews with lawyers and their clients worldwide. They identify and rank the world’s best lawyers (i.e those who perform best according to the criteria most valued by clients – such as technical expertise, business acumen, prompt delivery, value for money).

Chambers UK 2020 says:


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 A client says: “The team guided us with no-nonsense, jargon-free advice from day one, carefully considering each stage of the litigation process and helping us decide the best course of action.”

Another client singles the team out for its “caring and direct approach, excellent client care and second-to-none scope of knowledge.”

Work highlights Advised Staffordshire County Council on bringing a restitution claim for £1 million against Siemens.

Notable practitioners

David Turner regularly acts on financial services litigation and other disputes for companies, public sector clients and private individuals. One client considers him the “full package,” saying: “He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of which buttons to press tactically at every stage of the litigation process to get the best outcome. He is an expert negotiator and knows what makes a business tick and what we need from a litigation lawyer.”

James Cross is praised by one client for “immediately taking charge of a situation that could have easily become out of control,” as well as being “candid and straightforward while maintaining a very human approach.” He advises on matters as diverse as directors’ breach of fiduciary duty claims, breach of covenant claims, land disputes and IP breaches.

Real Estate

What the team is known for Offers expertise in residential development work, acting for both developers and landowners. Also well versed in landlord and tenant work for retail and other commercial clients. Fields specialists in licensed leisure and caravan and chalet parks. Also able to advise landowners on solar farm schemes. Regularly handles acquisitions and disposals, as well as issues surrounding promotion and option agreements.

Work highlights Advised a care home operator on the purchase of two homes in Devon valued at £2.5 million.

Notable practitioners

Cameron Caverhill offers his clients expertise in commercial transactions, residential development projects, and landlord and tenant matters. Clients describe him as “professional, experienced, thorough and communicative.”


What the team is known for Advises construction clients on a broad range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters. Also acts for clients in the education, leisure and tourism sectors. Offers support on the employment aspects of corporate transactions, restructurings and large redundancies.

Strengths A client says: “They are very customer service focused and work hard to achieve the best result for us.”

Sources say: “They bring everything down to earth for their clients and are very clear in their advice.”

Notable practitioners

Rhodri Davey advises on the full spread of contentious and non-contentious employment law matters. A client praises him for being “very approachable and excellent at looking for solutions.”


Notable practioners

The “phenomenal” Anthony Hunt has an impeccable reputation for his work on high-value matrimonial finance cases and private children disputes. A source describes him as a “standout family lawyer in Plymouth” and adds: “He gets to the heart of a matter, concentrates on what is relevant and doesn’t get sidetracked.”