Mike was a Partner at Flint and Holmes Solicitors who merged with Stephensons in 1998. Mike is Head of Family Law and is based at the Manchester office. Mike is a specialist in the law relating to children.
Mike is the vice president of the Manchester Law Society. He has also been a member of the Law Society Children Panel (now Solicitors Regulation Authority Children Panel Accreditation Scheme) since its inception in 1984.
Mike has a very busy practice representing parents, children, local authorities and other interested parties in care proceedings, adoption cases, residence and contact disputes and applications in wardship and the exercise of Inherent Jurisdiction of the High Court. He has been involved and reported in several high profile cases.
In addition to this he has for many years provided training to social workers, lawyers, doctors and other professionals working in the field of child law.
Mike is credited in the Legal 500 as a child law specialist. In the 2017 edition they said:
"Stephensons Solicitors LLP has a ‘large and strong team’ that is led by Mike Devlin, who runs a ‘tight, efficient and client-focused ship’. Devlin has a ‘good reputation for his knowledge and skill in the area of care and children work in particular’"
For several years he has been listed in the Chambers Directory of the Legal Profession as a "leader in the field."
In 2012 Mike was presented the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year award at the Manchester Legal Awards in recognition of the excellent work carried out by himself and his team.
In the 2016 edition of Chambers and Partners Mike was recognised as a notable practitioner: "Michael Devlin leads the firm's family law team and comes recommended for his industry-leading expertise in children matters such as care proceedings. Interviewees describe him as "a leader in his field of childcare work" and "one of the stars in Manchester family law."
Mike is a legal advisor to After Adoption's adoption panel and the Chairman of the Salford Diocesan Child Protection Commission.
In the media
Should parents face fines for taking their child out of school? Mike Devlin & Nick Ferrari discuss the issue on LBC - Click below to listen: