Double hire for Devonshires as Leeds expansion continues

Our Leeds office has recruited two new Solicitors to its growing team in the city.

Joining us are Zoe McLean-Wells from Walker Morris, and Geri Batchelor from DWF.

Housing Management and Litigation specialist Zoe spent 10 years with Walker Morris previously. She is the first recruit in our Leeds office to specialise in Housing Management.

Construction Solicitor Geri Batchelor joined us in late 2020 from DWF. Geri will work closely with Richard Anderson, a Construction and Engineering Partner who joined in 2018 from Gateley.

Our Leeds office now houses 16 staff and offers a broad range of practice areas including Banking, Securitisation, Regulatory, Governance, Housing Management and Litigation, Employment, Pensions, Construction and Engineering, and Real Estate and Projects.

Our Leeds office is led by partners Chris Drabble and Gary Grigor, who joined the firm from Addleshaw Goddard in 2017. Social Housing specialists Chris and Gary advise borrowers, funders and trustees on all aspects of security-related transactions and financial arrangements in the social and affordable housing sector respectively.

Chris Drabble says: “It is great to be marking the fourth anniversary of Devonshires’ office in Leeds with new hires. I welcome Zoe and Geri to the team and I expect us to be able to announce further hires in the coming months as we look to significantly expand our footprint in the north.”

Gary Grigor says: “Both Zoe and Geri are welcome additions to our growing team here in Leeds, with Zoe bringing a wealth of valuable experience in housing management and Geri bolstering our construction offering.  I wish them both every success in their Devonshires careers, and look forward to working alongside them in our office once Covid restrictions are lifted.”

The news comes a week after we announced that Partner Elad Yasdi has relocated to Leeds.



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