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Chris Drabble

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Devonshires Solicitors LLP

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Property Securitisation


Chris advises funders and borrowers on security related transactions in the social and affordable housing sector such as syndicated and bilateral loan financings, private placements, bond issues, group restructurings and large-scale voluntary transfers. Chris is also recognised for his work in the PV/renewables industry, in which he has helped the Council of Mortgage Lenders formulate its guidance.


Prior to joining Devonshires in February 2017, Chris was a Legal Director at Addleshaw Goddard where he spent 16 years advising on all aspects of housing finance security work. He was their principal property practitioner on their complex or structured loan financings and led their housing finance security charging unit.


Chris spends his time outside the office running after and being a taxi service to his 6 year old twins and 4 year old son and providing well-earned respite for his wife, Claire!

London: Real estate

Social housing: finance

Within: Leading individuals

Chris Drabble - Devonshires Solicitors LLP

Within: Social housing: finance

Devonshires Solicitors LLP’s team has ‘a real can-do attitude and exceptional knowledge’, which ‘places it at the top of the social housing tree’. Julian Barker leads the firm’s banking team and the ‘incredibleSharon Kirkham heads up the firm’s securitisation practice; other key practitioners include ‘great advocateAndrew Cowan, whose ‘style of working and willingness to go the extra mile gives confidence not only in the advice given but in handling the ways forward’; Richard Sharpe, who regularly acts for registered providers; and Saghar Roya, who handles securitisation matters. Recent highlights include advising on the merger of Affinity Sutton Group and Circle Housing Group to create Clarion Housing Group, which included assisting with amendments and replacements to facility and hedging agreements totalling over £3.5m of debt across the groups; assisting A2Dominion Housing Group with the creation of a £1bn Euro Medium Term Note programme and subsequent bond issuance; and advising Trafford Housing Trust on four loans totalling £275m to be used to refinance debt and fund housing developments in Manchester. Tuntum Housing Association, Peabody and Radian Group are also clients. Chris Drabble joined the Leeds office from Addleshaw Goddard.

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