Our recruitment drive in Leeds continues apace with latest hire

We welcome real estate specialist Amy Lees to our growing team in Leeds.

Amy Lees joins from Knights, formerly Shulmans. She is the third solicitor to join our Leeds office this year following the arrival of Zoe McLean-Wells from Walker Morris and Geri Batchelor from DWF last month.

Amy will work closely with real estate partner, Elad Yasdi, who recently moved from our London office to expand the real estate team in Leeds.

Amy acts for landowners and regional and national housebuilders and is experienced in land acquisitions and disposals, as well as in the negotiation of conditional contracts, option agreements, coverage provisions, infrastructure and access arrangements and setting up development sites for plot sales.

She also has specialist experience in the negotiation of affordable housing sale contracts and in setting up estate management arrangements involving one or more developers.

Elad Yasdi, who leads the firm’s real estate team in Leeds, says: “Amy is a welcome addition to our growing team in Leeds. We’re very excited by the growth prospects we see in the north and I expect to see further hires over the next 12 months as we look to increase our offering to our large northern client base.”

Amy says: “Devonshires has a great reputation nationally and I am excited to be part of such a large firm with an ever-growing presence in Leeds and the north. I look forward to working on some exciting projects with leading experts in my field.”

Our Leeds office, which moved into new premises at No 1 Whitehall Riverside last February, is making a name for itself in the region. In December, the office was recognised at the Yorkshire Legal Awards, winning the Banking and Finance Law Award. We were also listed, for the first time, in The Times’ ‘Best Law Firms 2021’ list.

The office, which is led by partners Chris Drabble and Gary Grigor, who joined the firm from Addleshaw Goddard in 2017, now houses 17 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.

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