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Devonshires Solicitors LLP

Work Department

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!

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

(Hall of Fame)

Chris DrabbleDevonshires 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.