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Shepherd and Wedderburn

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551970 EDINBURGH-53
Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London

Patrick Bell

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Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Banking & Finance


Patrick is a leading transactional finance lawyer and a partner in the banking & finance practice. His clients include a number of commercial and investment banks as well as funds, corporates, sponsors and developers. Having advised both lenders and borrowers, Patrick has wide experience of the issues faced by different parties to transactions and his international experience (in South East Asia, and in central and Eastern Europe) means that he is particularly adept at dealing with issues in bringing complex cross-border transactions to completion. Patrick’s practice encompasses mainstream corporate lending, acquisition finance, infrastructure & project finance and real estate finance.


Trained Linklaters; qualified 1993; assistant solicitor Linklaters, London and Singapore 1993-98; managing associate London 1998-2001; partner Warsaw 2001-05; partner McClure Naismith 2005-07; partner Shepherd and Wedderburn 2007 to date


Law Society (England and Wales).


St Chad’s College, Durham (1988 BA History); Guildford Law School (1989 CPE; 1990 Law Society Finals).


Fishing, tennis.

London: Real estate

Property finance

Within: Property finance

Though split evenly between lenders and borrowers, Shepherd and Wedderburn’s ‘very responsive, knowledgeable’ and ‘commercial’ department won some high-profile lender clients in 2016. ‘Calm, collected, highly experienced’ practice head Jonathan Rickard acted for Deutsche Hypo on its £20m loan to Falcon Group to finance its purchase of 60-62 Lombard Street, London, and advised Bayerische Landesbank on its £16m financing of IDI Gazeley’s acquisition of a distribution warehouse in Lutterworth. Sponsor-side clients include TJAC London Cambridge and Scarborough Group. Philip Knowles, Stephen Hubner, Sally Morris-Smith, Patrick Bell and associate Lucy Hall are also recommended.

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Scotland: Finance

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s ‘flexible and client-focused’ group ‘really knows its stuff’ in infrastructure finance, property finance, asset finance and receivables finance. The diverse practice also covers debt restructurings, fund finance, debt capital markets financings and loan portfolio transactions, addressing the needs of a broad client base, which includes corporate borrowers, commercial and investment banks, and investment funds. Fiona Buchanan’s team includes Andrew Kinnes and Hamish Patrick, who have a first-rate reputation in securitisations, and Clare Foster and Patrick Bell, who have vast experience of project finance transactions. Bell and Paul Hally led separate teams which acted for Bank of Scotland and HM Treasury respectively in the £86m financing to Countesswells Development Limited (a subsidiary of Stewart Milne Group) of an infrastructure and housing project on the outskirts of Aberdeen. Another highlight for the firm involved acting as Scottish law counsel to HSBC as arranger of Greene King Finance’s £340m issuance of commercial mortgage-backed notes. Consultant Graham Burnside is a renowned Islamic finance expert. Roderick MacLeod, Iain Wishart, Peter Alderdice and Neil Cowan are also recommended.

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