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Neil Harpham

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Heads Hewitsons’ banking and finance group. Partner in corporate department, based in Northampton and Milton Keynes, dealing with a wide range of company law; specialising in the acquisition and disposal of companies and businesses, group reorganisations, joint ventures, banking and security and other related corporate finance matters. Neil also works from the firm’s Milton Keynes office. Practice areas: banking.


Trained Theodore Goddard; qualified 1994; in-house lawyer NatWest Group Legal Services, London 1994-95; company and commercial department Mills & Reeve, Cambridge 1995-97; corporate department Hewitsons 1997; partner 2003.


Haileybury College, Hertford; Leeds University (1983 BA English Hons); College of Law, London.


Music (choral), theatre, riding, cycling, gardening, parish councillor and trustee of two local charities.

East Anglia: Finance

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Hewitsons has 'a responsive team with decent strength in depth'. The firm's practice spans its entire office network and is led from Northampton by Neil Harpham, but the Cambridge office has significant expertise in the form of corporate partner James Lawrence, commercial real estate partner James Simpson and residential property partner Tim Middleton. The firm handles a broad range of secured lending work, particularly in deals in which property is used as security, as well as acquisition finance and debt funding transactions for SMEs. Among its lender clients are domestic banks, multi-national companies and private investors, and it also acts for numerous borrowers. It is on the panels of Santander UK, Lloyds Bank and Svenska Handelsbanken. A highlight from 2017 was its work for both the lender and the borrower in a multimillion-pound mortgage deal secured against a large portfolio of residential properties.

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East Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the East Midlands

Within: Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the East Midlands

Hewitsons’ ‘accurate’ and ‘trustworthy’ team is known for its strength in mid-market transactions and ‘delivers an excellent service across the board’. With its ‘wide range of knowledge and experience’, the team is able ‘to deal with any eventuality’ and enjoys a reputation as a ‘strong player in the Northamptonshire market’. The group’s broad sectorial scope and special expertise in the healthcare, motor industry, packaging industry, charities and agricultural sectors allow for a varied caseload that mainly consists of share and asset sales and acquisitions, complex business reorganisations (especially in the commercial property and agricultural sectors), refinancing transactions involving multiple lenders, and an increasing amount of employee share option work. Technology and intellectual property matters form the bulk of the commercial workload, with agency and distribution agreements, supply agreements and partnership agreements at the forefront. The team is led by the ‘first-classDavid Browne  and includes the ‘highly experiencedNeil Harpham. Kevin Fletcher is the main commercial practitioner. Recent highlights include advising Medigold Health Consultancy on a £9.5m investment by BGF and the related acquisitions of Industrial Medical and Safety Services and Hampton Knight. Perrys Motor Sales, Fencor Packaging Group and Intamac Systems are also clients.

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East Midlands: Finance

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Hewitsons is active in a broad spectrum of secured lending work, especially in the property sector, though acquisition finance, debt funding and construction and development finance including collateral warranties and step-in rights for lenders are also areas of strength. Another stand-out feature is the group’s expertise in agricultural funding, including finance in the renewable energy sector. The ‘approachable and commercialNeil Harpham heads the team. In addition to assisting a major bank on the redemption of a security from an important client and the refinancing of the client by another bank, the group also acted for a foreign bank on the UK law issues pertaining to a proposed security over UK assets. The Agricultural Mortgage Corporation, Homes England and Santander are also clients.

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