Banking and finance in West Midlands

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s Birmingham banking and finance team forms part of the firm’s wider European finance department and as such, routinely acts on high-magnitude cross-border transactions; examples include leveraged, venture and real estate finance, syndicated corporate finance and syndicated asset-based lending. Stephen Bottley is a star name locally for corporate group financings, financial sponsor-based acquisitions, growth finance and key bank documentation projects. The team benefits from formidable strength in-depth beyond partner level locally as exemplified by Gemma Rooney, an associate well-versed in real estate finance, and legal director Gemma Lawrence who demonstrates a capacity for leveraged and large corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Martin Bartlam; Sarah Day

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Bottley; Gemma Lawrence; Will Sherwin; Gemma Rooney

Testimonials

An extremely diverse and collaborative team. ’

‘Stephen Bottley was very accommodating. The associates on the transaction were happy to arrange several calls to discuss some of the more technical aspects to get the deal over the line.’

‘They are always keen to engage – Stephen Bottley is an outstanding lawyer. He is ably supported by Gemma Rooney. ’

‘Stephen Bottley is very well known in the Midlands market and has strong interpersonal skills and depth of knowledge in relation to both syndicated facility structures and private equity processes.’

Key clients

RPS Group plc

Clinigen Group plc

Silicon Valley Bank

CVS Group PLC

Work highlights

  • Advised the RPS Group on the amendment and restatement of a £160m multicurrency syndicated revolving facility entered into between the borrower and lenders to provide for adjusted financial covenant ratios, extend the availability of the £60m liquidity facility and amend the purpose clause to allow the facilities to refinance financial indebtedness under the Pricoa facility and make a number of other changes to reflect the impact of and recovery from Covid trading conditions.
  • Advised Clinigen Group plc on the amendment and restatement of an original facilities agreement to allow the Royal Bank of Canada to increase its Facility B Commitment (RCF) by £25m and to allow the Governor and Company of the Bank of Ireland to accede as Lender and lend £30m as part of the Facility A Commitment (term loan) (increasing the total aggregate amount available to the Company to £430m).
  • Advised the Silicon Valley Group on the entry into of a US law loan and security agreement to the Verona group, providing $30m of loan facilities in three tranches, supported by a guarantee and debenture over the assets of the UK parent company.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has expertise covering a range of corporate, real estate and leveraged finance matters. Patrick Davis leads the local practice, which is closely integrated with the wider firm’s expansive national and international networks; both he and Ben Tumelty directs their focus towards acquisition finance, restructurings, refinancing and a wealth of lending matters.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Davis

Other key lawyers:

Ben Tumelty; Kate Clarke

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG's team handles a wide variety of banking and finance matters, from traditional banking matters, such as bilateral and syndicated transactions, through to private equity, corporate and project finance, funds work and debt capital market affairs. Practice head Chris Brierley has notable prowess in balance sheet corporate lending and off-balance sheet project financing which he supplements with strong sector-specific knowledge in the health, social housing, franchising and renewable energy fields. The other key partner locally is Navin Prabhakar whose practice spans acquisition, social housing and general corporate finance transactions. The group generates a considerable amount of work locally in addition to routinely supporting its London and overseas-based colleagues on matters of national and international significance.

Practice head(s):

Chris Brierley; Navin Prabhakar

Other key lawyers:

Angela Rawlins; Richard Crawley

Testimonials

‘The team are always available when needed and provide prompt responses. Their key strength is to manage projects through to conclusion within a given timeframe. ’

‘They have developed a deep understanding of our business so are able to react and support quickly to our needs. They provide practical and sensible advice to reach rapid and meaningful conclusions.’

Key clients

Sanctuary Group

Triplepoint Social Housing REIT plc

The Midcounties Co-operative Group

Warwickshire County Cricket Club

Lloyds Development Capital

CBPE Capital

Daiwa Capital Markets Europe Ltd

CBRE/The North West Evergreen Fund

AIB Group (UK) plc

HSBC UK Bank plc

Thomas Miller Insurance

Harvey and Thompson Limited

State Bank of India

Work highlights

  • Acted for LDC on its significant investment to acquire a minority stake in Solid Solutions, a market leading reseller of 3D design software.      
  • Acted for Warwickshire County Cricket Club on its financing arrangements with Macquarie Bank.
  • Advised Sanctuary Group on its latest £350m secured bonds issue.

Pinsent Masons LLP

At Pinsent Masons LLP, ‘there is always a good depth of personnel to cope with the rigours of a complex deal’. The firm’s workload revolves around corporate, leveraged and real estate finance, asset-based lending, syndicated and securitisation transactions, as well as debt capital markets work. Spearheading the offering is David Doogan, a lawyer who ‘goes the extra mile’; he has been particularly busy over the last year advising banks and borrowers alike in relation to government-backed lending schemes. The team is also made up of structured finance experts, Victoria Baker and Edward Sunderland, along with legal director Esther Parkes who is proficient in corporate acquisition finance transactions and senior associate Oliver Morgan who ‘smoothly guides transactions‘. A key point of differentiation for the group is its leading expertise in a number of industries, namely education, advance manufacturing, technology, healthcare and travel.

Practice head(s):

David Doogan

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Baker; Edward Sunderland; Esther Parkes; Oliver Morgan; Luke Whitehead

Testimonials

‘They are personable, reliable, knowledgeable, highly available, give clear commercial advice and work at the relationship even when there are no active transactions in play. It is a pleasure to deal with them.’

‘David Doogan is an expert in his field, very personable, extremely calm, unflappable, strong on critical negotiating points, firmly focused on the final outcome.’

‘Oliver Morgan is a very capable and highly personable chap – he exercises a smooth guiding hand over our transactions. Esther Parkes is also very capable and always highly detail-led.’

‘The banking team are easy to work with; transparent and easily understood. They provide good value for money and turn work around in an efficient manner.’

‘We have a good relationship with both Luke Whitehead and David Doogan in the banking team. They have a friendly approach and go the extra mile to assist us with both existing and prospect client relationships.’

‘A true partner-led firm with accessible colleagues to answer questions.’

‘The team is very collaborative on transactions and they will go out of their way to problem solve to drive transactions forward. The team is really well versed across the spectrum when it comes to experience – LMA, restructuring, leveraged, acquisition and ABL specialisms and corporate generalists mean the team have depth of experience they can draw on for any given situation – and they often do. ’

‘I have worked on a number of transactions with Victoria Baker; she leads from the front on transactions. This partner-led approach really sets Pinsents aside from its competitors. Her breadth of experience and collaborative approach really pays dividends on fast-paced transactions.’

Key clients

Allied Irish Bank

Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank

Frontier Development Capital

HSBC Bank plc

National Westminster Bank Plc

Orders of St John Care Trust

Police Mutual Assurance Society

RBS Invoice Finance Limited

Specialist Motor Finance Limited

The Royal Bank of Scotland plc

Work highlights

  • Advised the lenders on a refinancing of Marshall Motors Group to support the growth plans of the business.  
  • Acted for Clydesdale Bank on the acquisition by CET Infrastructure of Card Geotechnics Limited.
  • Acted for Shawbrook Bank in respect of an asset based lending agreement (comprising of a receivables, inventory, P&M and real property facility) to Esterform Packaging Limited.

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc’s banking and finance practice is tailor-made to handle matters relating to private equity, acquisitions and structured finance, with a particularly prominent reputation in the field of asset-based lending. Andrew Madden fronts the local department and is a specialist in leveraged buy-outs, project finance and restructuring, leveraging his past experience as a corporate and private equity transaction lawyer. Carol Betts spearheads the real estate finance offering while Chris Jones’s experience in aviation and rail-related asset finance is a critical point of differentiation. Beyond partner-level, 'thorough and detailed' associate Alison Davidson-Cox is an up-and-coming name for sponsor-backed acquisitions.

Practice head(s):

Anna Mayfield; Andrew Madden

Other key lawyers:

Carol Betts; Chris Jones; Alison Davidson-Cox

Testimonials

‘Their approach is highly personable, knowledgeable, commercial and direct which me and my colleagues like and value which is why we deal with them on a regular basis. They are readily available when needed, and instil high levels of confidence in us, as the client. Gateley remain one of the most innovative and active law firms in the market when it comes to the wider aspects of business development and brand marketing. It is always a please to deal with the Gateley team.’

‘Andrew Madden’s calm and measured approach has remained consistent for 20 years. Totally reliable for clear and concise advice, either transaction specific or on general points on an ad hoc basis.’

‘Alison Davidson-Cox is very thorough and detailed whilst at the same time efficient and commercial.’

‘Chris Jones is very committed and diligent, detail-focused.’

They are able to call upon internal colleagues from diverse disciplines to deal with multi-faceted complex issues.’

Key clients

HSBC UK Bank plc

Santander UK plc

Lloyds Bank plc

Clydesdale Bank plc

The Royal Bank of Scotland plc/ National Westminster Bank plc

AIB Group (UK) plc

Lloyds Development Capital

Maven Debt Finance

Shard Credit Partners Limited

Leumi ABL Limited

NorthEdge Capital LLP

Connection Capital LLP

BGF Investments LP

United Tooling Solutions

Breal Zeta CF Limited

HWSIL Finance Co Limited

TA Education Group Limited

Beechbrook Capital LLP

Palatine Private Equity LLP

Intrinsic Equity Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Shard Credit Partners Limited on three acquisition financings within a month, including advising on Shard’s first investment in Scotland with the completion of a £12m senior secured unitranche financing in support of a £15m management buy-in of JST Services (Scotland) Ltd.
  • Advised Leumi ABL Limited on the provision of a multi-million pound facility comprising invoice discounting, plant and machinery and property finance to leading arable farmers Lincolnshire Field Products, which refinanced away from a traditional clearing bank to Leumi ABL.
  • Advised on the pre-pack acquisition of the TeacherActive Group which had significant indebtedness owing to Tosca Debt Capital (TDC) and to loan note holders following a management buy-out in 2018. Advised the buyer on the novation, amendment and restatement of the TDC facilities, providing the buyer and the acquired target with a much stronger balance sheet position than previously together with the banking facilities needed to re-commence its growth.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

At Shakespeare Martineau LLP, Naomi Tudor acts on a wealth of corporate and property finance matters in addition to syndicated transactions; she is supported by debt finance specialist Christopher Gayle, along with John Rice who has been principally busy in the field of short-term and bridge financing of late. Elsewhere, Helen Readett is the key contact for healthcare and development lending while Mohammed Saqub fronts the Islamic finance offering which is primarily active on commercial property investment and development fronts. Beyond its transactional support, the group also has the capacity to support lending clients with risk and governance, credit policy and security functions issues.

Practice head(s):

Naomi Tudor; Mohammed Saqub

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Gayle; John Rice; Helen Readett; Andrew Rushfirth

Testimonials

‘The team are experienced, offer sound advice and are easy to deal with, being happy to discuss ongoing and potential cases.’

‘Helen Readett is very easy to deal with, always very approachable and professional. Helen has a vast knowledge and is extremely experienced, whilst at the same time being practical and offering pragmatic solutions. One of her many key strengths is explaining in simple terms without the use of jargon. Helen is always someone I personally recommend if colleagues are looking for legal input. Helen is an asset to Shakespeare Martineau.’

‘A firm that is always open for when you need them. Answers every call, almost always the person I actually dialled. If a message is taken, it is always returned.’

‘Very knowledgeable and professional but moreso acts with good speed. If I need a quote or some urgency on a case, it is given professionally with haste and understanding of the situation.’

‘Extremely knowledgeable, always helpful, very respectful and overall just someone that you wish to have your team.’

Key clients

AIB Group (UK) Ltd

Santander UK Plc

Shawbrook Bank

The Charity Bank Limited

Yorkshire Bank

Habib Bank AG Zurich

Handelsbanken

Leumi ABL

United Trust Bank Plc

Aldermore Bank Plc

Gatehouse  Bank Plc

Work highlights

  • Advised a borrower in relation to a £18.666m senior and mezzanine development facility, to be used in relation to a 300 property residential development.
  • Advised the corporate banking team of a major high street bank on a £20m refinancing of a revolving credit facility.
  • Assisted a bank with setting up an Islamic finance practice. This practice included drafting the templates for finance documents and setting the bank’s standard property requirements.

Shoosmiths LLP

A ‘diverse team with experienced partners and associates’, Shoosmiths LLP is home to a lender-focused practice with wide-reaching expertise, acting on a range of matters including acquisition, real estate, project, education and pensions finance in addition to asset-based lending and general corporate banking. Practice head Jon Bew is extensively experienced in international and syndicated transactions in addition to domestic bilateral facilities; he is closely supported by Natalie Barnes and the pair are praised as ‘at the absolute top of their profession’. David Adams is another partner of prominence and is noted for ‘adding value to transactions with a capacity to work through challenging scenarios’.

Practice head(s):

Jon Bew

Other key lawyers:

Natalie Barnes; Nick Iliff; David Adams

Testimonials

‘For a regional team, there are two very experienced partners who are at the absolute top of their profession. This allows engagements to be managed with flexibility and the team is very responsive.’

‘Natalie Barnes and Jon Bew are both commercial, diligent and pragmatic which allows deals to be done quickly with the material points covered.’

‘A diverse team with experienced partners and associates which means despite challenges of Covid-19 are able to provide exceptional service. A strong bank-side law firm for transactions and are extremely helpful in support a transaction being completed especially where other law firms involved have limited experience.’

‘David Adams is vastly experienced in property and banking lending. He uses this experience to add value in his transactions and has the ability to work through challenging scenarios.’

Key clients

Woodsford TradeBridge

Arbuthnot Commercial Asset Based Lending Limited

Edison Finance Limited

Investec Bank Plc

Oakfield Capital Partners LLP

Shawbrook Bank Limited

Aero Services Global Group Limited

Forest Garden Limited

Hilco Capital

Octopus Ventures

Work highlights

  • Advised Hilco Capital on a £15m working capital facility to British Retailer, French Connection.
  • Acting for ABN AMRO on a £11m facility to support ground engineering contractor Van Elle.
  • Acting for Forest Garden Limited on a £20m refinancing with NatWest and RBS Invoice Finance Limited.

Squire Patton Boggs

Roy Grist is Squire Patton Boggs’s key finance partner in Birmingham; he is highly acclaimed for his proficiency in asset-based, real estate and acquisition finance, as well as general bank lending. His practice is fully integrated with both the firm’s national and international banking and finance department, which is also particularly formidable in terms of cross-border corporate acquisition finance, leveraged and sponsor-backed acquisition finance and the amendment and restructuring of existing facilities, among other matters. The firm enjoys an excellent reputation within the education, sporting and pensions sectors.

Practice head(s):

Roy Grist

Testimonials

‘They are proactive, commercial and good to work with. Their services are priced well vs competitors.’

‘Roy Grist is approachable, professional and very knowledgeable.’

‘They take ownership, respond promptly and collaborate with other members of their team well.’

Key clients

Lloyds Banking Group

National Westminster Bank Plc

ThinCats

Frontier Development Capital

Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club

Gordon Brothers

The PNC Financial Services Group Inc

Barclays Bank Plc

Miss Group

Envirogen Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Lioncroft Holdings Limited in connection with financing its acquisition of the East End Foods Cash & Carry business.
  • Advised HSBC Invoice Finance (UK) Limited and RBS Invoice Finance Limited in connection with bespoke, syndicated sponsor-backed inventory finance facilities to Cinch Cars, backed by TDR Capital LLP.
  • Advised Endless LLP in connection with financing its acquisition of, and investment into, a substantial part of the international operations of Party City.

Browne Jacobson LLP

At Browne Jacobson LLP, the banking and finance practice is founded upon three key pillars - the first of which is private equity transactions, handled on behalf of banks, private equity houses and management teams; the second is property finance work which is centred around both development and investment transactions, principally those in the residential housing space. Lastly, West Midlands practice head Emma Hinton is an expert in the field of healthcare financing, complementing the firm’s transactional, property and regulatory activity in the sector.

Practice head(s):

Emma Hinton; Paul Ray

Other key lawyers:

Paul Hill

Testimonials

‘They take a highly joined-up approach. You can always be sure that a conversation with one lawyer, will be passed onto all. A key point of difference is the significant partner attention that clients get.’

‘Paul Ray is an excellent lawyer; he points out areas to think about that others would miss. Always presents a problem with a series of solutions, which is quite rare. The service is first class, every time.’

‘Emma Hinton is always a joy to work with. Ruthlessly efficient, gets things right first time, and always comes up with solutions to problems rather than waiting for the client to solve. A first-class lawyer.’

Key clients

HSBC UK Bank plc

National Westminster Bank plc

Homes England

Investec Bank plc

Clydesdale Bank plc (CYB)

Northedge Capital

Shawbrook Bank Limited

Belvoir Lettings plc

Wise Living/Shepherd Direct

RCapital

Santander UK plc

Work highlights

  • Advised First Sentier Investors in connection with its £995m acquisition of certain EfW assets from SSE plc.    
  • Advising leading electric car subscription business, Onto Holdings on the raising of finance from Lombard to further expand its fleet with 1,100 additional Renault Zoes.
  • Advised on debt raising and equity finance to support the development of AFC Wimbledon’s new stadium at Plough Lane.

Freeths LLP

James Dyson is the key Birmingham-based contact at Freeths LLP; he caters to all market players including banks, funders and borrowers and pays particular attention to structured finance and corporate lending transactions such as leveraged buy-outs and general commercial lending. The national practice demonstrates notable sector expertise in the healthcare, public sector and real estate sectors and is especially well-versed in project, acquisition and mezzanine financing transactions.

Practice head(s):

James Dyson

Other key lawyers:

Ashika Patel

Testimonials

‘The team is highly innovative and responsive to needs. Rather than merely tell me the law they understand what I want to achieve and come to me with solutions. The team have also been supportive in structuring fees and payments to suit the transaction,’

‘James Dyson is attentive and has a high level of attention to detail. What makes James stand out is his commercial understanding both of what the client wants to achieve but also what works for funders and how to get to a solution that works for all parties. James is always approachable, communicates in a no-nonsense way and focuses on pragmatic solutions.’

Key clients

Allied Irish Bank

Santander

Lloyds Banking Group (including Lloyds Development Capital)

Clydesdale Bank / Yorkshire Bank

Alhi United Bank

Redwood Bank

Cambridge & Counties Bank

Frontier Development Capital

ICG-Longbow

Chancerygate

Leumi ABL

West Midlands Combined Authoruty

Work highlights

  • Advised Clydesdale Bank plc on the provision of a senior term loan acquisition finance facility to Cloudthing Group Limited.  
  • Advised Reflex Group on the provision of asset based lending facilities by ABN Amro.
  • Advised West Midlands Combined Authority on the provision of a term loan to Coventry City Council to support the growth and development its wholly owned SPV, UK Battery Industrialisation Centre Limited.

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP is engaged for a large amount of acquisition finance and debt transaction work; David Varnham, a structured and corporate finance transaction specialist, leads the banking & finance team in Birmingham. Varnham also fronts the firm’s international finance department and is therefore primarily active on the cross-border front, notably acting for a number of US-based banks. Other distinguishers for the practice include its proficiency in representing university, public body and charity clients.

Practice head(s):

David Varnham

Other key lawyers:

Amandip Dhillon; Faye Harvard-Jones

Testimonials

‘A strong team with a good number of lawyers at all levels. Work is staffed appropriately.’

‘Very experienced team, able to advise on market practice as well as legals. They take full ownership of transactions and are reliable to drive financings through.’

‘David Varnham is an excellent lawyer and really knows his stuff.’

‘Partners and associates are very proactive, knowledgeable and reliable.’

Key clients

Wells Fargo

ASR / Tate & Lyle Sugars

HSBC UK Bank plc

Key Assets Group

University of Nottingham

Imperial College, London

University of Leeds

Folkes Holdings

Metropolitan Borough of Stockport

Work highlights

  • Advised The Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine on the negotiation and completion of a revolving credit facility with Lloyds Bank plc, including advising on specialist HE matters.
  • Advised HSBC in relation in relation to the term loan and revolving credit facilities made available to Morgan Motor Company Limited towards its refinancing with HSBC, general corporate and working capital purposes and capital expenditure.
  • Acted as English law counsel advising ASR Group on the global refinancing of the New York law governed credit agreement with Cooperatieve Rabobank, including assisting with a corporate restructure and putting in place English law security.

Aaron & Partners LLP

At Aaron & Partners LLP, Shrewsbury-based Hugh Strickland leads the banking and finance practice which sits within the firm’s wider corporate and commercial division; his team has been particularly active on the borrower front of late, handling refinancing and additional finance transactions in addition to working on CBILS and bounceback loans.

Practice head(s):

Hugh Strickland; Stuart Scott-Goldstone

Testimonials

‘Excellent legal knowledge and first class-service.’

‘They always go the extra mile to help us meet our goals. We have had a busy few years, and Aaron & Partners have never let us down.’

‘Hugh Strickland is excellent.’

Work highlights

  • Advised Tritech Group on its entry into a new inventory facility, together with all associated finance and security documents.    
  • Handling corporate and commercial work for Santander UK, including a steady stream of security and loan work such as  secured lending.
  • Worked closely with dog food business Different Dog during its latest funding round, which saw existing investors, new investors and a crowd-funded round via Seedrs raise over £1.25m.

DWF

Richard Holmes is DWF’s key contact in Birmingham for banking and finance matters; he is principally focused on commercial real estate and hospitality finance, both development and investment-related, and enjoys a prominent reputation for distressed property transactions. A distinguished of note is the group’s tendency to act for challenger banks in addition to alternative and non-bank lenders.

Practice head(s):

Richard Holmes; Iain Shurwood

Key clients

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group

Lloyds Banking Group

Unity Trust Bank plc

ICICI Bank

Nationwide Building Society

West Bromwich Commercial Limited

NM Rothschild & Sons Limited

Ashall Group of Companies

LendInvest Limited

Cannock Developments

Work highlights

  • Advising a lender on a £25m term loan facility secured against a portfolio of English and Scottish properties.
  • Acting for a syndicate of lenders in connection with a £34m term loan facility secured against a portfolio of properties.
  • Advising a syndicate of lenders on the restructure of three development finance facilities exceeding £40m .

George Green LLP

Operating from Cradley Heath, Philip Round fronts George Green LLP’s banking and finance offering with a particular focus on short-term lending and bridge finance. The group is also engaged for all varieties of cashflow and asset-based lending including real estate and acquisition finance, as well as growth capital. The other key partner is Alex Jayne-Lowe, a specialist in commercial and residential real estate development lending.

Practice head(s):

Philip Round

Other key lawyers:

Alex Jayne-Lowe

Key clients

Ortus Secured Finance

OakNorth Bank plc

Stondon Capital Limited

CapitalRise Finance Limited

Catalyst Property Finance

West Bridging Limited

Kelgate Limited

Hollyblue Healthcare

IMX Group

Build Finance Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised CapitalRise Finance Limited on the provision of a facility for the acquisition of an undeveloped plot of land in a desirable commuter town in Surrey.  
  • Advised OakNorth Bank PLC on an extension to a facility for the acquisition of a portfolio of properties involving the preparation of complex loan variation and debt restructuring documents.
  • Advised Stondon Capital Limited on the refinance of an existing facility secured over a property in Plymouth, which had formerly been used as a chemical company warehouse, and was in the process of being converted into a commercial helipad for use by the Royal Navy.

Hawkins Hatton Corporate Lawyers Limited

At Hawkins Hatton Corporate Lawyers Limited, Dudley-based Colin Rodrigues represents several prominent banking clients and supports on their activities in the manufacturing, IT, leisure, hospitality, pharmaceutical and care home fields; prominent examples from the workload include real estate secured lending, corporate acquisitions and MBOs.

Practice head(s):

Colin Rodrigues

Testimonials

‘Hawkins Hatton as a firm are very flexible in their approach; they have the expertise to complete with the big firms but make time to be a local, friendly firm. The firm offers great value to our clients and they always keep to their promise.’

‘Colin Rodrigues has been fantastic over the years, He absolutely wants to get involved in discussion with the customer and he shows great enthusiasm and empathy towards clients. I rely on Colin to provide innovate solutions to meet complex problems. Colin’s strengths, include his ability to negotiate, accessibility, ability to give advice rather than sit on the fence and his ability seek out innovative commercial solutions.’

‘Exceptional customer service; always willing to go the extra mile and puts the client at the forefront of everything it does.’

‘The practice works exceptionally well together with good communication between themselves and also with ourselves as funders. As a result there is always someone who is able to provide updates, opinions and advice.’

‘The partners are arguably the most commercially minded lawyers I have worked with. This is an approach they clearly like to engender within their staff too.’

The client experience is absolutely paramount to the Hawkins Hatton partners, and the firm”s entire team are entirely focused on this. The team work collaboratively with its clients, and associated professionals e.g. bankers, accountants, other legal firms with outstanding communication to deliver the right legal outcome. We have had a longstanding and highly effective partnership with Hawkins Hatton and have no hesitation in recommending the firm to our clients.’

‘Colin Rodrigues is an outstanding communicator whose client-focused approach gives us absolute confidence.’

Key clients

HSBC  (UK) Bank Plc

Royal Bank of Scotland Plc

NatWest Bank

Lloyds Bank Plc

Finance Birmingham

Frontier Development Capital

Metro Bank

Barclays Bank

CAPC UK Limited

Invest & Fund

Work highlights

  • Acted for HSBC in respect of its £13m lend on its customers purchase of a large farmland.
  • Acted for Finance Birmingham on its instruction on behalf of Birmingham City Council in respect of a £6m grant for the construction of a hotel in Birmingham.
  • Acted for Holy Cross on its refinance of 12 care home properties for £6m.

Wright Hassall LLP

Wright Hassall LLP's team  is primarily known for its real estate finance work including development and social housing funding, in addition to financial restructuring work such as asset-based and receivables finance. The ‘exceptionalLucie Byron fronts the department, handling a range of non-transactional matters such as template and precedent documents, as well as security structures.

Practice head(s):

Lucie Byron

Other key lawyers:

Myles Bennett

Testimonials

‘Simply my firm of choice in all areas.’

‘I work closely with Lucie Byron and Myles Bennett on most cases. They have exceptional qualities, and this results in positive feedback from the customers that we work with. I regularly receive complimentary feedback which aids the growth and sustainability of relationships for all parties.’

Key clients

Lloyds Bank plc

HSBC Bank plc

ThinCats

Cynergy Bank Limited

The Royal Bank of Scotland plc

Merchant Money Limited

Clydesdale Bank plc

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Merchant Money on a refinance of its existing funding line and a new funding line from the same funder, to fund its CBILS loans.
  • Worked with Merchant Money to gain its CBILS accreditation.
  • Advised ThinCats on the financing of Herleva Properties Limited, including creating the framework of facility, security and borrower facility and security agreements that ThinCats will use for its future financings.