Louise Leaver > Bevan Brittan LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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: finance

(Hall of Fame)

Louise LeaverBevan Brittan LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP acts predominantly for borrowers on the negotiation of new loans, the reorganisation of existing facilities and joint venture arrangements. In addition, the firm is also active in lender-side mandates, with its team advising on private placements and public bond issues, among other matters. The housing finance practice is led by the ‘highly personable and effective professionalLouise Leaver, who specialises in advising on innovative funding initiatives, such as off-balance sheet delivery models. The department is supported by the property charging team, which is jointly lead by Wendy Wilks and Richard Stirk, and acts for lenders dealing with large portfolios being charged by housing associations. David Moore is experienced in financings and refinancings of complex transactions. Jessica Church joined from Trowers & Hamlins LLP. In another development, Sarah Greenhalgh made partner.

London > Public sector > Healthcare

Bevan Brittan LLP advises major NHS providers and over 170 independent and social care organisations on a full range of healthcare matters, including joint ventures and partnering arrangements, governance, regulatory matters, and PFI issues. During the Covid-19 pandemic it has been involved in the formation of the Nightingale hospitals as well as testing and vaccination programmes. Sharon Renouf leads the team, while Rosemary Jago deals with major structurings, fundings, and procurements for NHS clients. Vincent Buscemi focuses on governance arrangements, Carly Caton advises on commercial projects, while Hannah Taylor deals with issues including  medical law and human rights. Additionally, Monica Macheng advises care homes, dentists, and medical suppliers on corporate law. Partners Sarah Skuse and Siwan Griffiths joined from Capsticks LLP in October 2020,  while partners Louise Leaver and Deborah Rowntree joined from Winckworth Sherwood LLP in April and May 2020, respectively.

London > Public sector > Local government

With teams working across Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, and London, the large team at Bevan Brittan LLP advises clients on tribunals, regeneration, and procurement matters, as well as on more intricate governance and reorganisation work. Practice head David Hutton advises on transportation, environmental disasters, procurements, and PPPs and PFIs, while Steven Smith focuses on local authority development and regeneration matters. Dispute resolution expert Virginia Cooper frequently advises local authorities on cross-border matters and general public law disputes. In Leeds, Nadeem Arshad is noted for his expertise in waste, energy and renewables projects. The team was strengthened through the 2020 additions of partners Louise Leaver and Deborah Rowntree , who specialise in housing finance and finance respectively, from Winckworth Sherwood LLP. Well-regarded partner Judith Barnes retired in May 2021.

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

Bevan Brittan LLP‘s full-service social housing practice offers ‘a seamless service from associate up to partner‘ advising on corporate governance, finance, property development and housing management. The ‘collaborative and solution-focused‘ team is noted for its work on joint venture schemes and has additional experience in section 106 and “golden brick” acquisitions, as well as shared ownership sales. Louise Leaver has taken over as head of housing from Jonathan Turner, who continues to advise on housing-led development and regeneration schemes. Housing lead partners Wendy Wilks and Andrew Shaw act for both for-profit and not-for-profit registered providers covering property development, finance and mergers.