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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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The ‘responsive and knowledgeable’ team at Browne Jacobson LLP ‘has its clients’ interests at heart’. The core areas of expertise are transactions in the healthcare sector, real estate finance, including in the social housing sector, and asset-based lending. ‘Outstanding’ practice head Paul Ray splits hits time between the Nottingham, Birmingham and Manchester offices and recently led in advising Santander Corporate & Commercial on the financing of the management buyout of Clamason Industries backed by Connection Capital. Shaun McCabe led the advice for Investec Bank regarding term and revolving credit facilities to fund the private equity backed acquisition of Valideus. Lloyds, RBS and Svenska Handelsbanken are also clients.

Freeths LLP specialises in acquisition and property finance, with a particularly strong track record of transactions in the healthcare sector. Other key areas of expertise include project finance and distressed finance transactions. Borrower work forms the heart of the practice, but the team also receives instructions from major banks. John Heaphy, who splits his time between Nottingham and Birmingham, Chris Freeston and Phil Baigent are the main players in the group.

The ‘very strong’ practice at Gateley Plc delivers ‘fantastic service’ and demonstrates strength across a range of transactions, including corporate finance, asset-based lending, credit lending, real estate and mezzanine finance, and private equity investment. The team advises a varied client base that includes banks, fund-based lenders and a diverse range of businesses such as real estate developers. Key figures include ‘excellent’ practice head Anna Mayfield, and Andy Matthews, who heads the real estate finance arm. Mayfield recently led advice to Lloyds Banking Group on the refinancing of Sandicliffe Motor Holdings and its subsidiaries. Another highlight was acting for National Westminster Bank on the funding of joint venture vehicles for the development of retail parks in the UK. Other clients include HSBC, Clydesdale Bank and RBS.

Geldards LLP combines ‘a high level of partner-led service’ with a ‘commercial approach’, making the team a ‘reliable partner’ for its clients. The group acts for both funders and businesses in need of funding, and has a unique focus on the German market, giving it ‘a remarkable capability to impart knowledge on UK law to non-UK clients’. ‘Particularly thorough’ practice head Jenny Chatten is especially well-versed in transactions from the franchise, care home and pharmacy sectors, while David Watson excels in real estate finance.  Recent highlights include advising Santander on the refinance and review of the banking arrangements of EOTH, the holding company of major outdoor equipment player Equip Outdoor Technologies, which involved putting in place a new loan and security. In a major international highlight, the group assisted Arrma Durango with the banking arrangements with the group’s US lenders to reorganise US funding in the lead-up to the bankruptcy of parent group Hobbico. Other clients include HSBC and Allied Irish Bank .

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 commercial’ Neil 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.

Lauded for its ‘robust general knowledge’, Nelsons Solicitors Limited acts for lenders and borrowers on acquisition and property finance, asset finance and refinance issues. The team’s portfolio of expertise includes bilateral and syndicated funding, including corresponding securities and subordination issues. Finance litigation work is another key pillar. Michael Lodge heads the practice, which includes Davinder Jaspal, David Kaplan and Simon Trees. In a recent highlight, the team advised National Westminster Bank on the financing of its acquisition of Cobb Burgin by HSKS Greenhalgh. The client list also features Nottingham Building Society, RBS Invoice Finance and Svenska Handelsbanken.

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