Devlin was born on 13 June 1959. He was educated at Dulwich College, an all-boys public school in London. He studied at the London School of Economics, the City University London, and the Inns of Court School of Law.
Devlin was first elected the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Stockton South constituency in the 1987 general election, when he defeated Ian Wrigglesworth. From 1992 to 1994, he was Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Attorney-General.
Tim Devlin, while a Tory MP, helped arrange a meeting on 28 January 1993 in which Customs was ordered to drop drug-smuggling charges against Middlesbrough drug trafficker Brian Charrington. The case was dropped when it emerged that Charrington was a paid informant for HM Customs officers. All the accused, including Charrington and Curtis Warren, were acquitted of all charges.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 5)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "Tim Devlin". Furnival Chambers. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
- Barnes, Tony; Richard Elias; Peter Walsh. 2003 Cocky: the rise and fall of Curtis Warren, Britain's biggest drug baron ISBN 978-0-9530847-7-7
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- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Timothy Devlin
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