National law firm Bevan Brittan has continued the rapid expansion of its Housing team with the addition of its sixth senior hire already in 2024.

Respected property portfolio specialist Rebecca Gibson has become the latest new recruit to the growing team. She joins from Trowers & Hamlins as a Legal Director based in London and will be working nationally across the firm’s client base. 

Rebecca brings particular expertise in property portfolio acquisitions, sales and swaps. In her career of more than two decades, she has worked for a large number of registered providers in the portfolio transactions and stock swap market, on over 80 transactions acting on both the seller and acquirer side, and advised at a senior level on some of the largest portfolio transactions and stock swaps in the sector. 

Rebecca also works on property sales, acquisitions and development projects including affordable housing projects, extra care schemes, care homes and key worker and student accommodation. 

Bevan Brittan had already added a quintet of senior hires to its highly-respected Housing team earlier this year, with the arrival of two Partners, a Legal Director and two Senior Associates. The firm also already has extensive expertise in the portfolio and stock swap advisory area, thanks to Emma Holmes, Julie Cowan-Clark and Richard Stirk.

Notable recent work by the team includes advising L&Q Group on the tenanted stock transfer of around 260 units in Essex to Moat Homes. They worked closely with L&Q and CBRE on the project, which also required input from Bevan Brittan’s experts in housing management, data protection and commercial.

Louise Leaver, Partner and joint head of the Housing team at Bevan Brittan, said: “Rebecca is a renowned and experienced expert in this field and enhances even further the experience we have in the team. This positions us exceptionally well to provide this highly specialised advice to a growing range of clients.  

“Rebecca’s arrival is the latest example of us being able to attract high quality, highly experienced senior people in an extremely competitive recruitment market. It adds to the five excellent new colleagues we brought into the Housing team earlier this year and shows that the combination of our hybrid working model and the investments we make in colleagues’ careers is helping us attract the people we need to grow our team and our business further.”

As well as Rebecca’s arrival, the team is also celebrating the recruitment of two new experienced housing finance and portfolio paralegals - Ezi Omoduemuke and Samia Mohamed.

Earlier this year, Katie Dyer joined Bevan Brittan as a Partner from Trowers & Hamlins in London, where she co-led its national Real Estate Security team. She joined Legal Director and housing finance expert Yvonne Mao, who moved from the same firm.

The Housing team’s ranks were also bolstered by the arrivals of Birmingham-based corporate and regulatory Partner Rose Klemperer, as well as two Senior Associates and housing management specialists Ross Lloyd and Sarah Orchard.

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