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The ‘excellent’ team at Muckle LLP attracts praise for its ‘responsive, knowledgeable and pragmatic’ advice. Its expertise spans the full range of banking and real estate finance work for borrowers and lenders including HSBC, Lloyds, Santander, Clydesdale and Metnor Group. Louise Duffy leads the team, which includes Jessica Swindells; both individuals are rated for their ‘fantastic, responsive service’. Senior associate Nicola Nutley joined from Bond Dickinson LLP.

At Ward Hadaway, Julie Harrison advised the management of energy manufacturing company Process Combustion on the financing arrangements related to the company’s MBO. In addition to its borrower workload, the firm is retained on the national and regional panels of a number of banks.

Bond Dickinson LLP’s practice is jointly led by John Connor, who splits his time between Newcastle and Leeds, and John Ralph. Highlights included assisting with the £150m refinancing of a sub-group of Grainger plc. Other clients include Northumberland Council, Newcastle Building Society and Santander.

Highlights for DWF’s practice included acting for a national bank on the acquisition financing for the purchase of a food company and its subsidiaries by a private equity portfolio company. Other clients include Svenska Handelsbanken, Clydesdale and Tees Valley Unlimited. Newcastle-based Deborah Kirtley jointly leads the team with Jonathan Edwards in Manchester.

Watson Burton LLP’s banking practice advises on a wide range of loan facilities and security documentation, venture capital financing, and private equity investments. Duncan Reid acted for Business Growth Fund on its £6.3m investment in Broadband Satellite Services. Leeds-based Andrew Francey leads the team, which includes Tracy Hall in Newcastle.

Phil Broadhurst leads Hay & Kilner’s practice, which advised an Italian bank on FCA regulatory compliance issues concerning UK mortgage portfolios.

At Mincoffs Solicitors LLP, work highlights include acting for Lugano Group on the refinancing of its borrowings with Svenska Handelsbanken, using new facilities to be provided by NatWest. Practice head Paul Hughes and Ryan Bannon were involved in the matter.

Sintons LLP’s full-service banking and finance practice attracts praise for its ‘excellent service’. Team head Matt Collen has an extensive track record acting for financial institutions in financings of up to £50m. Chris Welch acted for Careline Lifestyles (UK) Limited as borrower on a multimillion-pound refinancing with Santander as the lender.

At Jacksons Law, Geoff Skeoch acted for a local agricultural merchant business on its refinancing, which involved the re-mortgaging of commercial properties, agricultural land, development properties, leasehold titles, and let properties. The practice also acts for a number of national and foreign lenders.

Tilly Bailey & Irvine’s team acted for the local branch of a Swedish bank on the refinancing of a business park and two investment properties. Martin Levinson and John Walters are the key contacts.

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