Richard Devall


Richard’s legal expertise and experience in employment, business immigration, inward investment into the UK and client global expansion programmes, means he provides advice at board level to his longstanding clients. He advises clients on employee engagement and talent management; the employment and immigration aspects of business transfers, mergers and acquisitions and outsourcing arrangements; governance, compliance and board reviews; international employee transfers; whistleblowing and discrimination and high-level litigation involving the enforcement of restrictive covenants and risk management.

He leads IBB’s international offering providing international legal management services to global organisations. He works closely with both the Department of International Trade and UK Chambers of Commerce to provide strategic advice to international businesses, investors and entrepreneurs wishing to set-up and/or invest in the UK. He is also head of IBB’s Business Immigration team acting for businesses, high net-worth individuals, sports people and entertainers from around the world.

Richard has a particular focus on the defence & security, technology, pharmaceutical, automotive and retail sectors.


Professional Memberships

Employment Lawyers Association.

Career History

  • Qualified as a solicitor with Pitmans LLP in April 1996 into the employment team;
  • Joined the Andersen Legal Human Capital team in Reading before it became part of Olswang;
  • Joined H2O Law in London as a Partner in 2003;
  • Returned to Pitmans LLP as a Partner in 2007;
  • Joined IBB as a Partner in 2016


  • United World College of South East Asia, Singapore (International Baccalaureate);
  • Queen Mary College, University of London (LLB Hons); and
  • College of Law, Lancaster Gate (Law Society Finals)


Richard enjoys keeping fit and travelling (with a particular passion for the wonderful continent of Africa); Supporting Reading Football Club and London Irish Rugby Football Club.

Legal 500 in 2018 says:

"IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) fields 'an extremely efficient' team that 'keeps clients informed at all times'. It acts for a number of household names, as well as the UK subsidiaries of multinational companies, on a wide range of employment issues arising from large-scale projects, such as TUPE issues and redundancy matters, in sectors including charities, construction, automotive, technology and pharmaceutical. Also recommended are Richard Devall, whose expertise includes the enforcement of restrictive covenants, and Robert Dixon".

"IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) handles an array of immigration matters, ranging from Tier 2 sponsor licensing, sponsor management system compliance, and acquiring Schengen visas, to advising on security clearance and leave to remain applications for key executives. Richard Devall heads the team, which includes Ed Marchant, who has a wealth of expertise handling applications under the points-based system". 

Legal 500 in 2017 says:

"Key figure Richard Devall specialises in business immigration, inbound investment and employment issues arising out of outsourcings and M&A activity; Devall, [along with solicitor Ed Marchant]  recently acted for the management team of Sabio in a management buyout totalling £50m, advising on leaver provisions, restrictive covenants and service agreements".

" Richard Devall, who joined from Pitmans LLP, heads the practice. The group recently advised Avata on several Tier 2 visa applications. Other key clients include Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, Goodman Real Estate Adviser and Hytera".

Chambers and Partners in 2019 says:

"Richard Devall regularly advises clients on a diverse range of employment matters, notably the immigration aspects of business transfers. A client says: 'He is outstanding and has a very reassuring manner'."

Chambers and Partners in 2018 says:

"Richard Devall is 'extremely commercial, very practical and reassuring, and very good at framing how matters are going to end,' according to interviewees. He assists clients with a wide range of employment matters and is also able to aid them with business immigration issues".

Chambers and Partners in 2016 says:

"Richard Devall moved to IBB from Pitmans in April 2016. As well as employment law, he also advises clients on business immigration matters."

Chambers and Partners in 2016 states: 

"Richard Devall...is experienced in advising on the full spectrum of employment law and business immigration matters, including executive appointments and exits, overseas employee transfers, restrictive covenant and discrimination cases at tribunal level. Clients report that 'he's very very good. Our clients need us to go at 100mph, and he's actually able to keep up'."

Team Employment and Business Immigration Based Capital Court - Uxbridge