There are a few bad reviews about deVere online, most of it undoubtedly by the competition but I am sure at least some of it is from people who have been contacted by deVere. I noticed none of the comments are by actual clients though...
hmmm. Much like stating "the steaks at XXXXX restaurant are terrible, as is the service... I mean I've never had the steak or even been there, I don't even know where they are, for all I know XXXXX could be a sushi restaurant, but they definitely offer the worst steaks ever. I know because I read it once online, plus someone I met once went to another restaurant in the same area and the steak there really was terrible".
That said there very well may be some clients who have had a bad experience, what do you expect with the worlds largest IFA firm. At the end of the day they are humans doing a job, they won't get it right 100% of the time and not all the advisors will be as focused on 'best advice' as they should be even if they are independent. But my comment to you is this, bearing in mind that for large corporations image is VERY important, if deVere are good enough to be the partner of choice for Goldman Sachs (with all their due diligence and compliance requirements), I'm pretty sure they're good enough for you. My experience with Acuma has been excellent.
I have met a few of their advisors and so far they all seem genuine and good willed people. I hope this helps put things in perspective for anyone reading.
Reason of review: Good quality.