Gary Grigor > Devonshires Solicitors LLP > Leeds, England > Lawyer Profile

Devonshires Solicitors LLP

Work Department

Banking, Governance & Corporate


Gary has extensive experience in advising borrowers, issuers, lenders, bondholders and trustees alike on a range of financial arrangements, including syndicated and bilateral loan facilities; facility restructurings; group collapses; interest rate derivatives and private shelf facilities, but is particularly renowned (in the legal directories and amongst clients) for his extensive experience of high-value private bond issues. Gary also advises on security arrangements and works very closely with the firm’s securitisation team.


Prior to taking up Partnership at Devonshires, Gary was a Legal Director in the Banking Team at Addleshaw Goddard.


Gary graduated from Durham University with BA (Hons) in Economics and Politics, before completing his CPE at the College of Law in York and the LPC at BPP in Leeds.

Lawyer Rankings

Yorkshire and the Humber > Real estate > Social housing

The cross-departmental team at Devonshires Solicitors LLP is praised for its ‘gold-plated reputation in the social housing sector’ and acts for a range of registered providers, such as The Riverside Group, as well as numerous housing associations. Gary Grigor, who is noted for his expertise in financing arrangements and private bond issues, jointly heads the Leeds practice alongside Chris Drabble, who handles all aspects of security-related transactions. Elad Yasdi advises on development site acquisitions, property stock transfers and rationalisation projects, while Kirsty Thompson and Richard Anderson are also key contacts in the group.

London > Real estate > Social housing: finance

(Leading individuals)

Gary GrigorDevonshires Solicitors LLP

Devonshires Solicitors LLP is particularly known for acting on the borrower side of social housing finance matters and is hailed for the ‘detailed knowledge and understanding‘ of the sector. The practice frequently advises the largest registered providers in the UK on the raising of debt finance, the issuance of own name bonds, private placements and borrowing from specialised social housing funds or local authorities as well as the charging of property as securities for loan facilities. ‘Knowledgeable, personable and practicalJulian Barker heads the banking and capital markets team, and specialises in all types of finance options for registered providers. Sharon Kirkham is the head of the securitisation team and has a specialism in providing advice on the property aspects of giving security. Gary Grigor, Chris Drabble, Alice OvertonAndrew Cowan  and Natalie Swales are further key practitioners with specialisms in the financing arrangements of mergers, property charging issues, bond issues and constitutional social housing matters respectively.