Devonshires celebrates five years in Leeds

Chris Drabble and Gary Grigor

Leeds, Yorkshire Law firm Devonshires is celebrating its fifth birthday in the city.

Since opening in Leeds following the arrival of partners Chris Drabble and Gary Grigor from Addleshaw Goddard, the team has grown to 21, including six partners, and is actively recruiting new solicitors with plans for further expansion.

In addition to Gary Grigor (banking) and Chris Drabble (property securitisation), other partners include Richard Anderson, construction & engineering; Kirsty Thompson, employment & pensions; Elad Yasdi, real estate & projects; and Richard Sharpe, property securitisation.

Other notable recruits within the past 12 months include: Amy Lees from Knights, Zoe McLean-Wells from Walker Morris and Geri Batchelor from DWF. The office also currently houses three trainees on seat rotations.

The office, which is part of the firm’s strategic commitment to better serve its northern client base, moved into new premises at No 1 Whitehall Riverside in 2020 on a long-term lease to cement its commitment to the region. In the same year, the firm won the Banking and Finance Law Award at the Yorkshire Legal Awards.

The firm is also listed in The Times’ Best Law Firms 2022, and a team led by Leeds-based partner Elad Yasdi is shortlisted in the prestigious Lexis Nexis Legal Awards 2022 for ‘Deal of the Year’.

The office is jointly led by Gary Grigor and Chris Drabble. Gary Grigor said: “We have come so far in such a short space of time, but our appetite to continue our growth and recruit even more talented solicitors remains at the forefront of our ambitions.”

Chris Drabble added: “Leeds has an active and vibrant business community and we’re pleased to be making a real contribution to the city. As we celebrate our fifth anniversary, I want to thank all those clients and staff who have supported us as we look forward to growing the office further.”

The office houses a broad range of practice areas including banking, property securitisation, regulatory, governance, employment & pensions, construction & engineering, real estate and projects, but in time the plan is for the firm to replicate the ‘full-service’ offering of its London office.

Since opening in the city the firm has been an active supporter of Leeds’ St George’s Crypt, participating in several events to raise funds and promote the work of the homeless charity.

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