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Bevan Brittan LLP

Work Department

Banking and Finance


Louise is a specialist housing finance lawyer and is recognised for providing commercial and pragmatic advice to clients. She has been acting for borrowers and lenders for over 20 years, and represents a broad range of clients including corporate borrowers, registered providers, charitable entities, property developers, banks and institutional investors.

She has experience advising on all types of loan agreements, security documentation, intercreditor and security trust arrangements, swap transactions and capital market issues. Louise specialises in supporting and advising clients in the social housing sector to raise funds, whether through short-term revolving credit facilities or longer-term private placements and bond issuance. She also advises on development finance, acquisition finance, off-balance sheet delivery models, joint venture arrangements and restructurings. She used her experience acting for borrowers and lenders to evolve and document new funding structures.

Recent Experience

o Advising a leading housing association on the first unsecured revolving credit facility in the social housing sector.
o Lead lawyer advising a large London housing association on their debut US private placement with a novel mix of secured and unsecured tranches.
o Acting for institutional investors in relation to over £1billion of private placements.
o Supporting a large housing association through a £250m bond issuance, merger and subsequent group restructure and related refinancing.
o Lead lawyer advising a large G15 housing association on structuring their PRS portfolio and accessing funding through the PRS Government Guarantee scheme.
o Advising a G15 housing association on their role in a large regeneration project structured through a contractual joint venture with a nationwide developer.


Trained Clifford Chance; qualified 1998; Associate Clifford Chance 1998-2002; Associate Clifford Chance, Amsterdam 2002-04; Senior Associate Clifford Chance 2005-10; Partner Winckworth Sherwood 2010-2020; Partner Bevan Brittan 2020-to date.


Law Society of England and Wales


East Anglia University

Lawyer Rankings

London > Real estate > Social housing: local authorities and registered providers

Bevan Brittan LLP acts for a broad array of clients on social housing matters, including housing associations, local authorities, developers and funders. The ‘extremely knowledgeable, personable, pragmatic and efficient‘ team advises on matters pertaining to housing management, property development as well as litigation, and has recently expanded its footprint in the areas of funding and corporate governance. Louise Leaver heads the team nationally and specialises in social housing finance work. ‘InnovativeAndrew Shaw and Wendy Wilks jointly lead the London offering, and specialise in housing development matters. Social housing finance focused Jessica Church joined from Trowers & Hamlins LLP in March 2021.

London > Real estate > Social housing: finance

(Hall of Fame)

Louise LeaverBevan Brittan LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP provides advice to both borrowers and lenders in the social housing market. The team is particularly well-known for its advice to local authorities lending and investing into social housing, supporting them with the formation of wholly owned registered providers, joint ventures and long-term investments. The practice, headed by ‘excellentLouise Leaver, a specialist for social housing finance matters, is complemented by the security taking team which is led by ‘well-versedJessica Church, Wendy Wilks and Richard Stirk. David Moore is known to provide ‘excellent advice on a number of funding deals’ and clients appreciate the ‘excellent service’ of the team generally.