Devonshires eyes real estate expansion as partner relocates to Leeds

Devonshires eyes real estate expansion as partner relocates to Leeds

The Leeds office of national law firm Devonshires is expanding following the relocation of leading real estate partner Elad Yasdi from London. 

Yasdi is the fifth partner to move to the firm’s growing Leeds base and is currently recruiting for solicitors to join his team. 

He brings significant experience in leading complex development and regeneration projects as well as large-scale property stock transfers. A number of his recent projects have been valued in excess of £100 million, making them some of the largest of its kind in the social housing sector.

Yasdi (pictured) said: “Despite the current challenges being faced by businesses everywhere, there is a real buzz about the Leeds office because of its significant growth prospects as evidenced by our recent panel appointments and our large northern client base.”

“As such, we are looking to expand the real estate team further and hope to be able to announce new arrivals shortly to further bolster our offer to clients.” 

The Devonshires 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.  

The office, which is part of the firm’s strategic commitment to better serve its northern client base, is led by partners Chris Drabble and Gary Grigor, who joined the firm from Addleshaw Goddard in 2017. 

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

Devonshires is an active supporter of Leeds’ St George’s Crypt, participating in several events in the region since opening in the city to raise funds and promote the work of the homeless charity. 

In December 2020, to further support the charity, Devonshires donated £10,000.

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