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Firms To Watch: Banking and finance

Working in combination with its Birmingham office, Shoosmiths LLP‘s Nottingham-based team advises on leveraged and acquisition finance, general corporate banking, venture debt and real estate finance. Birmingham based David Adams is the main contact.

Banking and finance in East Midlands

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP maintains its enviable position as a top finance practice for acquisition, real estate finance, asset based lending and restructuring. Private equity transactions comprises a significant portion of the instructions, particularly in the healthcare sector. Shaun McCabe heads the Nottingham based department, and is a trusted advisor to numerous lenders, private equity houses and corporate borrowers. Mark Lewis lends complementary expertise in property finance. Senior associate James Busby is another integral member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Shaun McCabe

Other key lawyers:

Mark Lewis; James Busby


‘The commitment of some individuals often goes above and beyond to ensure that deals are completed in the most efficient way for our business.’

Key clients


Virgin Money/Clydesdale












Work highlights

  • Refinance of Bridge Farm Nurseries with senior debt provided by Shawbrook Bank and mezzanine debt by Beechbrook.
  • Advised Apiary Capital in connection with the management buy out of XVR Stimulations in the Netherlands and Learnpro in the UK including senior debt finance from Santander.
  • Advising Shawbrook Bank on a sizeable asset based lending facility to United Tooling Solutions Limited providing working capital and acquisition finance for 4 acquisitions by UTS.

Freeths LLP

A leading choice for East Midlands based lending and finance work, Freeths LLP is particularly skilled in healthcare finance, real estate, acquisition and public sector financing. It also routinely acts for UK-based challenger banks and major foreign institutions, including several Middle-Eastern banks, owing to Katie Hillier ‘s knowledge of Islamic compliant financing structures. Real estate finance specialists Chris Freeston and Hillier are supported by managing associate Gary Richardson on development finance, loan restructuring and work-outs. Corporate finance expert, John Heaphy is another integral figure. As part of the Baker Tilly International network, the firm is able to leverage cross-border capabilities and grow its portfolio of foreign-based clients.

Practice head(s):

Chris Freeston

Other key lawyers:

John Heaphy; Katie Hillier; Gary Richardson

Key clients

Allied Irish Bank

Santander PLC

Lloyds Banking Group

Clydesdale Bank/Yorkshire Bank

Beechbrook Capital

Redwood Bank

Cambridge & Counties Bank

Frontier Development Bank

ICG Longbow

Work highlights

  • Advised Beechbrook Capital on the provision of a mezzanine finance facility to United Tooling Solutions to support its simultaneous acquisition of two complementary businesses.
  • Advised Santander UK plc on the provision of acquisition finance facilities to BDR Group to support its ‘buy and build’ strategy.
  • Advised Cambridge & Counties Bank on the provision of real estate supported acquisition finance facilities to MAC Waste Management UK in support of its acquisition of ACL Quarries and Drygon8.

Gateley Plc

At Gateley Plc‘s Nottingham office, Anna Mayfield specialises in acquisition finance, acting for many of the major UK clearing banks and corporate borrowers. The firm is well-equipped to advise on development finance, healthcare lending, and syndicated and bilateral borrowing.

Practice head(s):

Anna Mayfield

Geldards LLP

Jenny Chatten and David Watson co-head Geldards LLP's banking group, which is experienced in acting for UK lending banks and advising individuals and corporates on re-financing, equity release and MBO’s. The firm has a strong emphasis on public sector financing and counts Derby City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council, among its roster of clients. As a key figure of the German desk, Chatten frequently supports German clients and law firms, while real estate finance lawyer, Watson focuses on lending transactions in the development, retail and healthcare sectors.

Practice head(s):

Jenny Chatten; David Watson

Key clients

Clowes Developments (UK) Limited


Lloyds Bank PLC

Loscoe Chilled Foods Limited

Santander UK plc

Burnley Council

Newark & Sherwood District Council

Derby City Council

Wrekin Products Limited

Nexa Finance Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Clowes Developments (UK) Limited on the finance arrangements relating to a multi-million-pound deal to develop four logistics facilities in the East Midlands.
  • Advised Wilten Construction Limited on the finance for the purchase of their new premises in Market Harborough.

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP‘s banking team is divided between its Leicester and Northampton offices and offers specialist expertise in acquisition financing transactions in the automotive, food and drink, healthcare, manufacturing and technology sectors. Haydon Simmonds and Lucy Lord , a real estate finance specialist, are its leading partners.

Practice head(s):

Haydon Simmonds

Other key lawyers:

Lucy Lord


‘Haydon Simmonds is great when it comes to service, collaboration, support and engaging. They are always there to connect and work with us and are very proactive to support clients.’

‘Communication is always clear, mutual clients speak highly of the service and transparency of any dealings. Nothing seems too much trouble for the partners I work with (available almost at all hours)’

‘Howes Percival are very active in the market and their advice is second to none and always provide feedback.’

‘Having a dedicated Banking and Finance practice in the East Midlands is fairly rare, and the HP team have a good quality offering.’

‘Haydon Simmonds is highly engaged in the local market and seems to be building a strong reputation locally.’

‘Great knowledge and experience across the team. Very commercial & pragmatic. Good at keeping all parties informed.’

Key clients

HSBC UK Bank plc

National Westminster Bank plc

Santander UK Plc

Handelsbanken Plc

RQ Capital Limited

Barclays Bank plc

Lloyds Bank plc

Bank of Scotland plc

Cambridge and Counties Bank plc

Randall Parker Food Group Limited

Euro Food Brands Limited

Cadman Capital

Mulberry Property Developments

Connells Limited

Longwall Venture Partners

Leicestershire County Cricket Club

Work highlights

  • Advising HSBC Bank UK plc in relation to acquisition finance facilities supporting the MBI of an East Midlands based packaging company.
  • Advising a regionally based multinational plc in relation to the financing arrangements for a cross border joint venture and related restructuring and acquisition.
  • Advising HSBC Bank UK plc in relation to the refinancing of a large East Midlands based care home group, plus acquisition finance facilities for an additional asset.

Nelsons Solicitors Limited

Chris Rees at Nelsons Solicitors Limited is instructed by leading banks on corporate banking, re-financing and property backed lends. He is also experienced in representing private and overseas lenders and in syndicated loan arrangements, particularly those connected to the property and development sector. James Coningsby is the key contact for real estate and development finance. Both are located in Leicester while over in Derby, David Kaplan is the lead partner.

Practice head(s):

David Kaplan; Chris Rees

Other key lawyers:

James Coningsby