Banking and finance in East Midlands

Browne Jacobson LLP

Leveraging its national reach, Browne Jacobson LLP's team predominantly advises large national banks and investors on private equity transactions, property finance, and asset-based lending. Shaun McCabe has notable expertise acting for lenders, investors and borrowers on project financing, refinancing and asset-based lending. Mark Lewis leads the firm's property finance team, which focuses on secured lending. The Nottingham team is part of a larger group in the Midlands, which includes Birmingham-based partner Paul Ray. In a standout matter, the firm advised HSBC on its funding package to facilitate the management buy-out of Tetenal Limited.

Other key lawyers:

Mark Lewis (Nottingham)


‘The practice has a real understanding of our business and the industry and this has been a huge help guiding us through the rapid growth of the business.’

‘Paul Ray is very experienced and approachable and quickly identifies key issues in a transaction, proposing pragmatic solutions to any issues that may arise.’

Key clients


NatWest Bank

Homes England

Investec Bank Plc

Clydesdale Bank

Northedge Capital

Shawbrook Bank

Belvoir Lettings

Wise Living


Work highlights

  • Advised Wise Living on obtaining a £33m development finance facility for homes to let developments in the UK,  provided by ICG Longbow.
  • Advised Palatine Private Equity on the secondary buy out of CET supported by senior facilities from Clydesdale Bank and mezzanine facilities from Beechbrook Capital.
  • Advisd Little Fish on the management buyout of Little Fish support by Lloyds Development Capital and HSBC.

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP's 'focused and pragmatic' team in Nottingham primarily advises lenders and investors engaged in the healthcare and real estate industries. Its broad expertise includes project finance, acquisition finance, mezzanine finance and public sector finance transactions. Chris Freeston specialises in advising banks and private lenders on real estate and project finance transactions of considerable value. Katie Hillier is well-versed in investment and development finance, as well as debt and corporate restructuring. John Heaphy has a wealth of expertise in acquisition finance. Associate Gary Richardson is another notable individual. Partners Ed Hall and Ben Moylan joined the firm in 2019 from Gowling WLG and Eversheds Sutherland, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Chris Freeston


‘Freeths offer commercial insight into transactions and help parties overcome issues to get deals done.  They work well as a team – both internally and with different advisors – to get the job done.’

‘Chris Freeston has a strong commercial insight, a drive to get things done and a pragmatic approach to dealing with issues and finding solutions.’ 

‘Katie Hiller is easy to get on with, has a good grasp of the commercial issues of transactions and an awareness of when to bring people in to get things done to ensure that the best interests of her clients are served.’

Key clients

Allied Irish Bank


Lloyds Banking Group

Clydesdale Bank/Yorkshire Bank

Ahli United Bank

Redwood Bank

Cambridge & Counties Bank

Frontier Development Capital

ICG Longbow


ZSL Capital

Reditum Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Redwood Bank on over 50 lending transactions in the course of a year, designed to support SMEs across the UK.
  • Advised Chancerygate on obtaining a £9m development finance facility from Chrysalis Limited Partnership and Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.
  • Advised MACC Care Developments on securing a £26m acquisition, development and refinance facility from Forwell Capital.

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc's team advises large banks, investment firms and other clients engaged in private equity transactions, acquisition financing, real estate financing and asset-based lending, among other areas. Anna Mayfield primarily advises creditors providing facilities to borrowers in the healthcare and higher education sectors. Associate Megan Kirby provides support to Mayfield in a wide variety of transactions for major banks.

Practice head(s):

Anna Mayfield

Other key lawyers:

Megan Kirby


The banking team just get on with it and complete the work in a prompt and practical manner. They liaise very well internally with other departments and save the client a lot of pain in doing this! Megan Kirby is great to work with. Very practical and knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Lloyds Bank Plc

KBC Bank N.V., London Branch

HSBC UK Bank plc

BGF Investments

Clydesdale Yorkshire Bank

Lloyds Development Capital

Shard Credit Partners

Maven Debt Finance

The Royal Bank of Scotland plc/ National Westminster Bank plc

Leumi ABL Limited

Santander UK plc

Urban Exposure

Work highlights

  • Advised Santander UK plc on the provision of facilities to and the taking of security from a charity.
  • Advised Maven on advancing numerous facilities for various companies in various sectors for the purpose of growth capital.
  • Advised HSBC UK Bank plc on term and revolving facilities to residential care home operator in England in connection with various corporate acquisitions.

Geldards LLP

Geldards LLP's Nottingham practice advises lenders and borrowers, including large banks, on management buy-outs, refinancing arrangements, project financing and funding that facilitates M&A. The team also has expertise in public sector financing, where they act for a range of clients including local councils. Jenny Chatten is particularly experienced in advising banks and private lenders on transactions in the healthcare and franchising industries. David Watson specialises in property finance. Associate Sarah Bailey is particularly strong in assisting clients with facility and security agreements.

Practice head(s):

Jenny Chatten; David Watson

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Bailey

Key clients

Stamps Holdings Limited

HSBC UK Bank plc

Loscoe Chilled Foods Limited

Edward Ryde & Sons

Lloyds Banking Group

Allied Irish Bank plc

National Westminster Bank plc

Santander UK plc

Wrekin Products Limited

Leumi ABL Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised creditor HSBC Bank on legal due diligence in relation to numerous transactions ranging from £500k to £2 million and above.
  • Advised Stamps Holdings on its multimillion-pound facility agreement and security documents with HSBC UK Bank in order to help fund an MBO.
  • Advised Santander on an agreement to extend the loan facilities offered to HEP (Jersey) No. 1 Limited, a property investment company.

Howes Percival LLP

With its main office in Leicester, Howes Percival LLP's banking and finance practice specialises in real estate finance and management buy-outs. Haydon Simmonds advises lenders (including large banks) and borrowers on leveraged and acquisition finance, corporate banking and real estate transactions. Simmonds co-heads the practice with Ian Ilersic, who was hired from Deutsche Bank in 2019 and is based in Milton Keynes.

Other key lawyers:

Harriet Rogers; Matthew Thompson


Very visible and available. Highly polished and well-known in their local markets.’

Key clients

HSBC UK Bank plc

National Westminster Bank plc

Santander UK Plc

Handelsbanken Plc

RQ Capital Limited

Barclays Bank plc

MMPV Holdings Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised a leading regional housebuilder in relation to its £24,000,000 refinancing.
  • Advised a leading regional property investment company in relation to its £21,000,000 refinancing.
  • Advised a multinational investment house in relation to its £30,500,000 refinancing of certain UK-domiciled assets.

Nelsons Solicitors Limited

Nelsons Solicitors Limited's Leicester practice handles a wide ambit of work for borrowers and lenders, including acquisition finance, asset finance, property funding, development funding and refinancing transactions. Chris Rees has vast experience in this field, and has notable specialisms in corporate banking, refinancings and property-backed lending. David Kaplan, who is based in Derby, has particular strengths in asset-based lending and funding arrangements. The 'tenacious' James Coningsby and associate Peter Rees often advise clients on property finance transactions.

Practice head(s):

David Kaplan; Chris Rees

Other key lawyers:

James Coningsby; Peter Rees


‘Chris Rees provides an outstanding service. His ability to cut through to the key issues and provide practical, solution orientated advice has been paramount to getting numerous transactions over the line.’ 

‘Paul Hinchliffe is one of the best property experts I have come across in over two decades of banking.’


Key clients

National Westminster Bank PLC

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Svenska Handelsbanken

Prime Life Limited

Rushcliffe Care Limited

Ultimate Asset Finance Limited

Cambridge & Counties Bank Limited

4Syte Structured Finance Limited