Andrew Cowan

Andrew Cowan

Partner Head of Social Housing


Areas of Expertise

Andrew is a partner and is our Head of Social Housing. He also leads the banking and governance team. His work in the sector spans nearly 25 years. He is known for anticipating change, structuring transactions and dealing with problem cases. He is a regular conference speaker and has been a member of the NHF’s Finance Policy Advisory Group and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) Advisory Panel.

Andrew is noted for his work on constitutional matters. He advised the HCA on the new Housing & Regeneration Act. He has also worked on social housing projects in Australia, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, understanding different policy environments and opportunities.

His main clients include some of the largest providers of social housing in the UK, including London & Quadrant, Circle and One Housing.


Experience

Andrew joined Devonshires Solicitors in 1990.


Directories

Andrew is ranked in Band 1 in Chambers and Partners directory for both Social Housing and Social Housing: Finance.

He is also recognised as a leading individual in Social Housing in the Legal 500 directory.


Conferences


Education


Personal

Andrew is a board member at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, which delivers exciting and diverse work reflecting the experiences of the local community in East London. He is also the trustee for Swan Mountain Trust, which provides grants to organisations assisting the fields of mental health and penal affairs. Andrew is a keen sportsman undertaking a number of running, cycling and swimming challenges (often for our Corporate Social Responsibility team). He also supports Fulham FC (for his sins).


Professional Membership

Andrew is a member of the Law Society and the City of London Solicitors Company.

Andrew is a member of the Charity Bank Advisory Panel.

Testimonials


Get in touch


020 7880 4350
07932105318
andrew.cowan@devonshires.co.uk
LinkedIn
London Office
Devonshires Solicitors LLP
30 Finsbury Circus
London
EC2M 7DT

PA: Nicki Thompson
020 7880 4354
nicki.thompson@devonshires.co.uk

Notable Cases

Andrew advised on the merger of City South and Eastlands, two of the largest LSVTs in Manchester.

Andrew advised on the merger of Raglan and Jephson; and creation of Stonewater, one of the UK’s most significant social housing providers in terms of properties owned and geographical spread.

Andrew is advising on the potential new partnership between Gwalia and Seren in Wales.

Andrew advised on the restructure of Curo Group.

Andrew provided key advice to Cosmopolitan on its ‘rescue’, one of the most significant matters in the social housing sector, raising issues of governance and regulation whose implications are still relevant today.

Andrew advised on the termination of a significant joint venture.

Andrew advised on the registration of new Registered Provider for Grainger PLC.

Andrew advised on the creation and funding of new long term joint ventures by (separately) Notting Hill and Spectrum.

Andrew advised on the creation of (and funding for) new special purpose vehicles for private market rent and the development of new homes for sale and related restructuring.

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