Banking and finance in North West

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard offers in-depth experience across a range of banking and finance mandates. Corporate banking, leveraged finance, project finance, and real estate finance are key areas of expertise, and the team particularly stands out for its proficiency in asset-based lending and asset finance (equipment leasing and finance) instructions. With borrower and major lender clients, the team is active across transactions in the energy, finance, health, transport and retail and consumer sectors. Department head Martin O’Shea is a 'leading light for North West banking and finance'; Andrew Maskill heads the firm's asset finance practice; Simon Prendergast specialises in asset based lending and receivables financing; Richard Oman has a particular focus on corporate lending and leveraged acquisition finance matters; and Katie Ridehalgh specialises in real estate finance. Legal directors Caroline Gray and  Ben Edwards are also key figures.

Practice head(s):

Martin O’Shea

Testimonials

Commercially strong

One of the best banking and finance practices in the region

The team demonstrates a commitment to client service and has a strong work ethic

The team has good attention to detail and clear recognition of commercial considerations that need to balance legal opinions in the ‘real world’

Martin O’Shea is readily available, supportive and has built a capable and knowledgeable team around him

Ben Edwards is reliable, capable and highly experienced

The best adviser to leasing and asset finance providers in the sector by a considerable margin

Has a genuine understanding of the client’s business and business needs, which makes the information provided relevant and timely

The individuals within the team have a high level of expertise in their particular areas and a high level of attention to detail

Katie Ridehalgh is exceptional

 

Key clients

Allied London

JD Sports

Dechra Pharmaceuticals

Radius Payment Solutions

HSBC Group

Investec Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised The Hut Group on its $1bn funding requirement, provided by a total of 15 lenders, to enable further expansion.
  • Advised JD Sports Fashion and its subsidiaries on the refinance of its revolving credit facility with four banks, as part of its acquisition of US retailer Finish Line Inc.
  • Acted for Allied London on the financing of the redevelopment of Manchester’s Grade-II listed London Road Fire Station.
  • Advised Dechra Pharmaceuticals on the provision of a £350m term loan facility to fund certain acquisitions by the group.
  • Instructed by Huws Gray and Inflexion on the acquisition of Ridgeons.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper UK LLP stands out for its debt finance and asset based lending expertise, and it is experienced in alternative and complex debt structures. Real estate finance and large corporate transactions are a mainstay of the practice and it is adept at handling complex cross-border instructions. The team acts for numerous banks, borrowers, funds and sponsors. Department head Matthew Christmas  is 'exceptional' and the 'strong' Joseph Frew leads the asset based lending practice in the North West and co-heads the firm's national ABL team. Rebecca Williams handles asset finance matters, while senior associates Charles Weems, who regularly advises on alternative debt structures and Alastair Carruthers, who is experienced in ABL work, are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Christmas

Testimonials

The team delivers considered advice and a consistent service

It always does an excellent job

Matthew Christmas is outstanding and a real market leader

Charles Weems is a star of the future

Joseph Frew is excellent on ABL mandates

 

Key clients

Booths

Five Guys

HSBC Bank and HSBC Global Trade and Receivables Finance and HSBC REF

Lloyds Bank

Matalan

NSG UK Co

Permira Debt Managers

Pemberton Capital

Royal Bank of Scotland plc and RBS Asset Based Lending and RBS REF

Santander UK

Tosca Debt Capital

Maslow Capital

Bibby Financial Services

Work highlights

  • Advised Five Guys on its private credit unitranche funding, from Goldman Sachs, to fund its continental expansion.
  • Acted for Tosca Debt Capital on its £25m funding to part fund the £42.5m public to private acquisition of Styles & Wood Group.
  • Represented Matalan on its 2018 refinancing.
  • Acted for Chess Telecom on its new syndicated facilities.
  • Advised Ardent Hire Solutions on the refinancing of its multi-bank ABL facilities.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP is active across real estate finance, corporate lending, acquisition finance, public sector lending, debt capital markets, asset based lending and education finance mandates. The team acts for a raft of major banks, public sector bodies, sponsors and borrowers on complex domestic and international transactions. Team head Matthew Morgan acts for lenders and borrowers on real estate finance, corporate finance and acquisition finance mandates, while Samantha Rollason is experienced in advising on the restructuring of UK and international real estate transactions and UK and overseas real estate funds, and Tim Fearn specialises in corporate finance, acquisition finance and asset based lending. Senior associate Sarah Jay and legal director Pippa Whitmore are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Morgan

Testimonials

Matthew Morgan is an exceptional lawyer, and he has vast experience and is very visible in the market

The team is adept at handling complex transactions

Tim Fearn is experienced across corporate finance, acquisition finance and asset based lending work

Samantha Rollason is brilliant

Sarah Jay is a star of the future

Key clients

HSBC Bank

RBS

Select Property Group

Permira Debt Capital

Tyman plc

PJ Livesey Group

N M Rothschild & Sons

European Metal Recycling

Clydesdale Yorkshire Bank

Quint Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for Tyman plc on its £240m refinancing.
  • Advised Select Property Group on the £180m refinancing of three student accommodation schemes.
  • Advised a group of lenders on a £325m facility forPZ Cussons.
  • Advised agroup of lenders on the £150m refinancing of Johnson Service Group.
  • Acted for Permira Debt Capital on the refinancing of an acquisition facility.

Hill Dickinson LLP

Based across its Manchester and Liverpool offices, the team at Hill Dickinson LLP regularly handles corporate and property finance transactions, and acts on a number of asset based lending and private equity mandates. The team is instructed by a range of lender and borrower clients and has particular experience across the leisure, transportation, real estate, construction, retail and financial services sectors. Liverpool-based banking and finance head Richard Capper is a 'fantastic lawyer', while Alasdair Mackinnon heads the banking practice in Manchester, where Chris Johnston, who heads the property finance team, is also based.

Practice head(s):

Richard Capper

Other key lawyers:

Chris Johnston; Alasdair Mackinnon; Deepak Purushothaman; Helen Penfold; Emma Howard; Rebecca Layton

Testimonials

Richard Capper is outstanding and a strong player in the Liverpool market

Alasdair Mackinnon is exceptional and is leading the firm’s growing Manchester presence

The team is highly skilled

The lawyers within the team are very experienced and deliver excellent attention to detail

Key clients

RBS Group (including Nat West and Ulster Bank Ireland)

Lloyds Banking Group

Bibby Financial Services

Betfred Goup

Regency Entertainment Leisure & Tourism

Hyde Park Finance

Stobart Group

Bank of Ireland

Lendinvest

Arbuthnot Latham & Co

Coutts & Co

Oblix Capital Ltd

Ingenious Real Estate Finance

Banks & Clients

Northgate

Wilmington Trust Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Regency Entertainment Group on its €480m financial restructuring.
  • Advised Stobart Group on the amendment, restatement and extension of its existing revolving credit facilities with Lloyds Bank and Allied Irish Bank.
  • Acted for HSBC on the funding of the management buy-out of Fullex Locks by Maven Capital Partners with a mixture of term facility and invoice discounting.
  • Advised The Governor and Company of the Bank of Ireland on the provision of facilities to Uniphar for the acquisition of Sisk Healthcare.
  • Acted for Lloyds Bank on the £30m refinancing and group reorganisation of Elite Group.

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs is active across real estate finance, corporate lending, leveraged finance, project finance and asset based lending transactions. The team acts for a range of lender and borrower clients, and regularly handles complex domestic and cross-border instructions. Department head Claire Shepherd handles property finance, asset based lending, acquisition finance, project finance, restructuring and general corporate lending mandates. Matthew Ingram is 'experienced' and is regularly instructed on cross-border matters. Debra Cooper is 'excellent on real estate finance mandates'.

Practice head(s):

Claire Shepherd

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Ingram; Debra Cooper; Graham Ball

Testimonials

The team has a professional and pro-active approach and is praised for its overall speed of delivery

Debra Cooper provides a very impressive, high quality service, as well as all round assistance and advice

Matthew Ingram is first-rate

Claire Shepherd is an excellent operator

 

Key clients

Allied Irish Banks

Deutsche Pfandbriefbank

NM Rothschild & Sons

Clydesdale Bank

Manchester City Council

Leeds City Region Revolving Investment Fund LP

Frontier Development Capital

PNC Business Credit

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Work highlights

  • Acted for Polypipe Group on the refinancing of its senior revolving credit facilities of £300m with an additional uncommitted accordion facility of up to £50m. The facilities were provided by a five bank syndicate.
  • Advised Findel on the refinancing of its senior revolving credit facilities of £100m, which were provided by a six bank syndicate.
  • Acted for FDC on the provision of mezzanine loans to Inprova Finance for the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Energy & Carbon Management Ltd.
  • Advised Manchester City council on the provision of senior development finance borrower Capital and Centric to fund two separate apartment blocks near Piccadilly station in central Manchester.  
  • Advised On The Beach Group on the financing for its £20m acquisition of Classic Collection Holidays.

Brabners LLP

Brabners LLP's banking and finance department acts for lenders and borrowers on a range of instructions such as acquisition finance, property investment and development finance, as well as bridging and mezzanine finance mandates. The housing and sports sectors are key areas of focus for the 'hardworking and efficient' team. Manchester-based Tony Harper and Liverpool-based Andrew O’Mahony head the team.

Practice head(s):

Tony Harper; Andrew O’Mahony

Other key lawyers:

Matthew O’Brien; Helen Burns

Testimonials

The team is adept at handling a range of banking and finance transactions and it offers in-depth experience for lender and borrower clients

 

Key clients

National Westminster Bank

Santander

Royal Bank of Scotland

Yorkshire Bank

Arbuthnot Latham & Co

Svenska Handelsbanken

Hope Capital

Merseyside Loan and Equity Fund

Liverpool Mutual Homes

Brown Shipley

Work highlights

  • Acted for RBS on the provision of acquisition finance facilities to Anderbury to refinance existing borrowings and to enable it to acquire the entire issued share capital of Rowton Hall Hotel.
  • Advised RBS on the provision of loan facilities to BJ (201) Ltd and BJ (202) Ltd in relation to the financing of The Corn Exchange Building, Liverpool.
  • Advised Railway Housing Association and Benefit Fund in relation to new facilities from Clydesdale Bank.
  • Acted for Alpha in relation to secured loan facilities of £15.65m from Lloyds Bank.
  • Acted for Rochdale Textile Supplies on the £8m refinancing of its banking facilities.

DWF

Operating across the firm's Liverpool and Manchester offices, the team at DWF stands out for its corporate banking expertise; it regularly acts for borrowers and lenders, and boasts a growing alternative lender client base. Public sector finance and automotive sector finance mandates are particular areas of expertise for the department. The team is headed by James Szerdy and includes Paul Brown who acts for lenders and borrowers on both public and private sector funding.

Practice head(s):

James Szerdy

Other key lawyers:

Paul Brown; Eleanor Cook; Katherine Tyas; Alasdair Mackinnon

Testimonials

James Szerdy has a strong reputation in the market

Paul Brown is experienced in public sector finance matters

Key clients

National Westminster Bank/RBS

HSBC Bank

Santander UK

Clydesdale/Yorkshire Bank

Homes and Communities Agency

Lendinvest

NextGear Capital UK

First Rand Bank

Blue Motor Finance

Lombard North Central

Nationwide Building Society

Work highlights

  • Advised NWF on the negotiation of the renewal of its banking facilities.
  • Represented Greater Manchester Housing Fund (Manchester City Council) on an £11m development finance facility.
  • Represented Progress Housing Group on the amendment and restatement of its core finance facilities.
  • Acted for Homes England on range of transactions to fund residential developments.
  • Advised HSBC Bank on the provision of finance to an existing client.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP stands out for its strong corporate borrower following and handles a raft of high-profile transactions. The team is also developing its bank side practice and counts several major banks as clients. Real estate finance and education finance are key areas of expertise, as are care home finance and renewable energy finance. Department head Jason Wurzal and  Taslima Salam who specialises in in corporate banking and real estate finance, are key figures.

Practice head(s):

Jason Wurzal

Other key lawyers:

Taslima Salam; Richard Cowan

Key clients

Perwyn LLP

Qualtex UK

Globus (Shetland)

Augustus Regis

Romaco

SimplyBiz

Advanced Medical Solutions Group

Charles Street Commercial Investments

Barchester Healthcare

Peel Media

Footasylum

Cadogan Estates

UC Group

Santander UK

Aeriance Investments

Triodos Bank

Together

Eurohotels

Christies International

Marshall of Cambridge

Begbies

Next

N Brown Group

Marshalls

Renold

RBS

Lloyds Banking Group

API Group

Topps Tiles

Morses Club

LNT Group

Work highlights

  • Advised N Brown Group on the£625m refinancing of its securitisation and revolving credit facilities.
  • Acted for Topps Tiles on its £50m refinancing with Barclays and RBS.
  • Advised SimplyBiz Group on its AIM float
  • Advised Perwyn on the funding arrangements for its purchase of a majority stake in Lowe Rental.
  • Advised Morses Club on its revolving credit facility of £50m and on a further £5m mezzanine facility.

Gateley Plc

The team at Gateley Plc acts for a range of major UK high street banks, owner managed businesses, entrepreneurs, borrowers and local private equity houses, mezzanine lenders and debt funds. Acquisition finance is a key area of expertise, as is real estate finance, and the team stands out for its specialist experience in acting for asset based lenders and surety houses. Richard Sealy heads the team and senior associate Christopher Lister is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Richard Sealy

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Lister

Testimonials

Richard Sealy is excellent and a well known figure in the market

The team is experienced in a range of banking and finance work

 

Key clients

Beechbrook UK SME Credit Ltd

HSBC Bank

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Work highlights

  • Advised HSBC Bank on a facility agreement to Otium Properties (Coppins Bridge) to fund and assist with the purchase and development of a retail park in the Isle of Wight.
  • Advised Argonaught Holdings on a facility agreement for the purpose of refinancing property and future property acquisition and developments.
  • Acted for Rainy City Investments on a revolving credit facility.
  • Reorganisation and Financing of Leathwaite International LLP. Solicitors to the Funder, Beechbrook Capital UK SME Credit Ltd.
  • Amendment and Restatement of facilities for 4Most Group Holdings Limited from Beechbrook UK SME Credit Ltd, to allow the creation of an employee ownership trust scheme. Solicitors to the Funder.

gunnercooke LLP

gunnercooke LLP acts for leading financial institutions and corporate clients across corporate banking, real estate finance, leveraged finance, asset based lending and treasury transactions. With an experienced team, led by Rob Fawke and Georgina Tripp , it handles both domestic and cross-border instructions. Real estate finance lawyer Jill Parker and Simon Baum are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Rob Fawke; Georgina Tripp

Other key lawyers:

Jill Parker; Simon Baum

Testimonials

The banking team is unique because it comprises only of senior lawyers

The team is unique because of its accessibility – there is no hierarchy

Rob Fawke is extremely approachable, personable and helpful and he always makes time to talk through transactional issues.

Rob Fawke is very experienced, is a class act and is really top drawer; he has an excellent understanding of the wider picture of any transaction, and he is able to give clear, focused, detailed and practicable advice

Rob Fawke is very responsive, turns requests around quickly, and is commercial in his approach

Key clients

Santander UK

AIB Group (UK)

Israel Discount Bank

Secure Trust Bank

Tradebe Environmental Services Limited/Grupo Tradebe Medio Ambiente

Delek Group

Principality Building Society

Aldermore Bank

Mizrahi Tefahot Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised AIB Group (UK) on the provision of loan facilities to Westward Capital Holdings for the purpose of financing the acquisition of Westward Care Homes, Access Housing and its subsidiaries.
  • Acted for Leeds Building Society in its capacity as issuer in relation to the issuance of £200m callable fixed rate reset notes.
  • Acted as English legal counsel for Grupo Tradebe Medio Ambiente SL and its English subsidiaries in relation to the amendment and extension of its global syndicated term loan facilities of €325m by a banking syndicate led out of Barcelona.
  • Acted for Santander UK on the provision of loan facilities to Linley & Simpson, in conjunction with a £10m investment LDC.
  • Acted for Santander UK on the restructuring of loan facilities of £19.5m to GRIF048 Limited (a wholly owned subsidiary of Ground Rents Income Fund).

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP handles a range of banking and real estate finance mandates in the mid-market and SME sectors, and is strong on corporate finance transactions. The team, which is led by George MacMillan, is noted for its experience in acting for lenders and borrowers in debt finance transactions; and for its experience in advising property developers, investors and asset managers on real estate finance, and acting for banks on development finance mandates. The healthcare sector is a key area of focus.

Practice head(s):

George MacMillan

Other key lawyers:

Alison Kellett; Christopher Hardy; Jan Winstanley; Meave O’Neill

Testimonials

The knowledge of the team is first-class

The firm stands out because the client has a partner dealing with them rather than a junior colleague

The team puts the client first, makes it simple and delivers a first-class service

It has a strong commercial, problem-solving, focus; George MacMillan, Alison Kellett and Meave O’Neill are experienced problem solvers who provide quality and timely advice that enables the client to do business

George MacMillan is easily accessible; he picks up the phone to discuss rather than long email trails and he understands when transactions are urgent and strict deadlines need to be met

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP is a very forward thinking firm, with a clear focus on business development and generating reciprocal business

Turnaround times are second to none; it defines the term ‘trusted advisor’

 

Key clients

Atom Bank

Santander

Investec Bank

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Roma Finance

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP is best known for its specialist real estate finance expertise, and the team is also active across leveraged finance and general corporate lending mandates. The team, led by Liz Sweeney, regularly acts for banks, borrowers and large corporates and is active across the student accommodation, hotel, leisure, healthcare, infrastructure, education, energy, marine and retail sectors. It is increasingly instructed on offshore mandates, in addition to standard domestic banking and finance transactions. The 'brilliant' Tim McNamara is also a key figure.

Practice head(s):

Liz Sweeney

Other key lawyers:

Tim McNamara

Testimonials

The team is quick to respond to enquiries and questions

A team of excellent communicators

Achieves tight deadlines without issue

Has a practical approach

Delivers a high level of professional service provided by experienced lawyers, as opposed to newly qualified lawyers

Liz Sweeney and Tim McNamara are stand out individuals

Key clients

Allied London

Select Property Group (Holdings)

Park Lane Properties

Mint Bridging

Lesmoir, Gordon-Boyle

Alliance Real Estate LLP

Greater Manchester Housing Fund

Assetz Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Allied London on a £300m funding partnership with Aviva for the development of Enterprise City at the new St John’s neighbourhood in Manchester.
  • Advised Vita Satellite 2 and Vita Birmingham 1 (Select Property Group companies) on £54m senior funding from Lloyds Bank and Wells Fargo Bank, and £30m mezzanine funding from Pramerica Real Estate Capital to finance the acquisition and development of two luxury student accommodation schemes.
  • Advised Select’s new brand Origin Homes on two separate facilities from challenger bank OakNorth Bank to fund its flagship purchase and development in Manchester.
  • Advised Affinity Living Trinity on an initial £7m term facility from Close Brothers Property Finance to assist with refinancing existing indebtedness and funding the construction works of a 35-storey luxury apartment block.
  • Acting for a leading UK clearing bank on initial facilities of £6.3m and on subsequent amendment and restatement to connected companies registered in England and the BVI for the purpose of refinancing an established property portfolio and acquiring a number of additional properties.

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP is experienced across a range of acquisition finance, corporate banking, leveraged finance, property finance, asset based lending and debt restructuring mandates.  The team, led by Jonathan Edwards , particularly stands out for its peer-to-peer lending expertise, the healthcare sector is also a key focus.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Edwards

Testimonials

Jonathan Edwards is a very experienced banking and finance lawyer; he is a strong name in the Manchester market

Key clients

Clydesdale/Yorkshire Bank

National Westminster Bank

Santander UK

HSBC Bank

Clydesdale Bank

Secure Trust Bank

Innospec Inc

Arlington Industries

Assetz Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Santander Structured Finance and Santander Asset Based Lending on the refinancing of its facilities to GRI UK Group (formerly the de Poel Group).
  • Acted for NatWest on the refinancing of its £18m facilities to the Perspective Financial Group.
  • Advised Santander UK on its facilities to assist the acquisition of BT Cables.
  • Advised Clydesdale Yorkshire Bank on an accordion drawdown and group restructuring following the £40m Palatine backed secondary buyout of the Verdant Leisure Group.  
  • Advised Arlington Industries on the amendment and restatement of its £45m ABL facilities made available by Wells Fargo and Shawbrook.

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher was recently bolstered by the arrival of Charlotte Round from Brabners LLP. The team acts for borrower clients, such as plcs and SMEs, and lenders, including a number of clearing banks, private banks and bridging funders. The Manchester-based team also handles real estate finance mandates.

Practice head(s):

Philip Abbott (London)

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte Round

Testimonials

Charlotte Round is a talented individual and her arrival has enhanced the firm’s banking and finance offering in Manchester

 

Key clients

Lloyds Bank

Marlowe plc

Restore plc

Standard Chartered Bank

OakNorth Bank plc

Amicus Finance

Gusbourne plc

Jaywing plc

Santander UK plc

Bridgeco Limited (trading as Octopus Property)

Work highlights

  • Advised Marlowe on its initial £30m (plus £15m accordion) of revolving facilities provided by National Westminster Bank and HSBC UK Bank.
  • Advised the private banking arm of a leading international bank on its funding of £28m to assist in funding the £43m purchase of a property in Berkeley Square, Mayfair.
  • Acted for Jaywing on the renewal of its facilities from Barclays Bank.
  • Acted for Gusbourne on the renewal of its facilities with Barclays Bank.
  • The firm acted for SUSD Victoria Avenue Limited on their development funding from OakNorth Bank plc, to be used to build housing in Finchley, London. The firm negotiated the facility and security documents, as well as an intercreditor deed dealing with deferred consideration.

Irwin Mitchell

Led by Dean Gormley , the team at Irwin Mitchell is instructed by lenders and borrowers on a range of commercial and corporate banking matters. Asset based lending, secured lending, leveraged and acquisition finance are key areas of expertise, as is real estate finance work where the team acts for sponsors and investors. The team is increasingly active in China-led mandates.

Practice head(s):

Dean Gormley

Other key lawyers:

Hayley Johnson

Testimonials

The team is very friendly and willing to give its time

The team has great knowledge of the ABL market

Dean Gormley and Hayley Johnson are excellent

 

Key clients

Select Property Group

Arora Group

HSBC

Lloyds Bank/ Lloyds Bank Commercial Finance

RBS/NatWest

Rothschild & Co

Arbuthnot Latham

Work highlights

  • Acted for Heathrow T2 Hotel (part of the Arora Group) on the financing of a new hotel at Terminal 2, Heathrow.
  • Advised Select Property Group on senior and mezzanine facilities, provided on a syndicated basis by Barclays Bank and Pramerica, regarding a major new student accommodation building (a 19 storey tower) in Leeds.

TLT

TLT 's banking and finance team is regularly instructed by banks and other financial institutions on complex real estate finance and social housing finance transactions. The team is also noted for its corporate lending practice, and the team acts for both lenders and borrowers. Department head Paul Crighton is a 'technically talented lawyer but combines this with personal charm and straightforward communication'.

Practice head(s):

Paul Crighton

Other key lawyers:

Paul Brock

Testimonials

The team is knowledgeable, diligent and capable and it produces high-quality work

Paul Crighton takes the time to find out what it is that the client really wants, and then works with that in mind

Paul Crighton does not shy away from a hard negotiation where required but executes transactions in a collaborative manner wherever possible

Paul Brock is highly recommended

 

Key clients

Lloyds Banking Group

HSBC Bank

Royal Bank of Scotland

Santander UK

The Co-operative Bank

Bank of Baroda

Work highlights

  • Advised Bank of Baroda and Canara Bank on a £200m development financing loan for a new luxury Mandarin boutique hotel and 79 apartments in Mayfair.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP is best known for its property finance expertise and housing finance is a key area of strength for the department; the team acts for a range of clients on a range of mandates such as property investment finance, development finance, bridging finance and finance from institutional investors. Neil Waller heads the team which also includes the 'brilliant' Eleanor James .

Practice head(s):

Neil Waller

Other key lawyers:

Eleanor James

Testimonials

A strong banking and finance department with excellent experience in housing finance

The team acts quickly when instructed

The department is always on hand to pick up the telephone and deal with any issues or questions

Eleanor James is first-rate

Key clients

Peabody

L&Q

Orbit

Catalyst

Accent

Naissance Capital Real Estate

MHS

Work highlights

  • Advised Greater Manchester Pension Fund on the provision of a mezzanine facility agreement to Select Property Group to finance the Circle Square residential development.
  • Advised Peabody Trust on the refinancing of 417 legacy loan agreements into nine primary bank facilities.
  • Advised Karbon on all aspects of its maiden £250m bond issue.
  • Acted as UK counsel on a private placement for mhs homes.
  • Advised Orbit Capital on its second bond issue.

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP stands out for its experience in advising on the establishment of European Funds. The team is headed by the 'outstanding' Patricia Grinyer and acts for banks and borrowers on bilateral and syndicated facilities. It regularly handles public sector finance and is particularly strong in the education sector, while property finance is also a key area of expertise.

Practice head(s):

Patricia Grinyer

Testimonials

Patricia Grinyer is a fantastic lawyer and is well known for her experience in the establishment of funds

Key clients

Progressive Living

Bluesky

FSE

FRP Advisory

Santander

North West Fund European Fund

BCRS

Business Enterprise Fund

Allied Irish Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised FSE on the establishment of the £40m Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Investment Fund.
  • Advised Business Enterprise Fund in connection with the establishment of the Community Investment Enterprise Fund.
  • Advised BCRS on the establishment of the CIF fund.
  • Advised AIB Bank on the £5m funding for the acquisition of a care home.
  • Acted for GDS Holding on the transactions contemplated by a $7.5m secured senior credit facility agreement which was subject to the laws of the State of New York.