Neil spent over four years working in-house at two of London’s largest housing associations, during which time he was exposed to all elements concerning social housing finance. Neil worked extensively on property charging, including securing properties to high street lenders, private placements and group bonds. He was heavily involved with the sector’s second and third ever retail bond, in which he coordinated the association’s first ever credit rating (and renewed the same the following year).
During his time in-house, Neil also managed the various parties involved in several stock disposal programmes, which resulted in a sizeable surplus for the associations.
Neil then headed back into private practice in order to increase his expertise of property charging work and asset registers. During his time at Devonshires Solicitors LLP he secured properties to all forms of finance imaginable and worked extensively on asset registers and property pre-charging. It was also during this time that Neil was responsible for setting up the firm’s first satellite office, in which he recruited and managed 12 people by the end of the process.
Examples of Recent Work
- Acting for various banks on the property due diligence lending into the charity sector.
- Preparing over 36,000 properties for a refinancing exercise of over £1 billion for a northern registered provider.
- Completion of a financing exercise from the governmentally backed Affordable Housing Finance fund.
- Preparation of asset registers for a number of registered providers in England to comply with Homes and Communities Agency requirements.
- £120 million retail bond for a G15 registered provider.
- Advised FM Conway Limited on its acquisition of United Asphalt.
Qualifications and Career
- June 2015 – June 2016 Devonshires LLP
- July 2012 – June 2015 A2Dominion Housing Association
- October 2010 – July 2012 Notting Hill Housing Association
- Cardiff University 2007-2008 Legal Practice Course - Commendation
- Cardiff University 2004-2007 LLB Law - 2.1
Pro Bono, Memberships and Appointments
Chair of the Board of Trustees for St Mary Abbott Rehabilitation and Training (SMART) which is a charity aiming to help those who suffer from poor mental health remain in work or retrain and find work.