Birketts’ Banking and Finance Team expands with promotions and new hires
27 September 2023
UK Top 50 law firm, Birketts, has announced the expansion of its top ranked Banking and Finance Team.
As a marker of this growth, Partner Devreaux Gravell has become Head of Real Estate Finance. Devreaux joined Birketts in 2019 and has extensive experience of advising both lenders and borrowers on all aspects of real estate finance transactions and corporate lending.
Partner Alex Schaafsma will continue to lead the firm’s Banking and Finance Team, which has also welcomed two new lateral hires this month.
Tom Berisford has joined the Banking and Finance Team as a Partner from Osborne Clarke. With experience of a wide range of financing transactions, Tom’s practice focuses on corporate lending and acquisition finance, and he is a trusted adviser to a range of clients from banks and alternative lenders to borrowers and private equity firms.
Susan Mitchell has joined the Team as a Legal Director. Arriving from Charles Russell Speechlys, Susan advises lenders (including institutional and non-bank lenders, and high net worth investors) and borrowers on a wide range of finance transactions, including corporate lending, acquisition finance, real estate finance and art finance.
On the growth of the Banking and Finance Team, Alex Schaafsma, Partner and Head of Banking and Finance, said: “I’m delighted to be sharing the news of our team’s expansion. This growth comes after a significant increase in instructions from new and existing clients. Not only has this meant that Devreaux has taken over the role of Head of Real Estate Finance, but also that we’re attracting high calibre talent like Tom and Susan to our team. I’m looking forward to working closely with them all as we continue to strengthen Birketts’ reputation in the banking and finance sector.”