Neil Harpham > Hewitsons > Northampton, England > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Corporate department


Heads Hewitsons’ banking and finance group. Partner in corporate department, based in Northampton and Milton Keynes, dealing with a wide range of company law; specialising in the acquisition and disposal of companies and businesses, group reorganisations, joint ventures, banking and security and other related corporate finance matters. Neil also works from the firm’s Milton Keynes office. Practice areas: banking.


Trained Theodore Goddard; qualified 1994; in-house lawyer NatWest Group Legal Services, London 1994-95; company and commercial department Mills & Reeve, Cambridge 1995-97; corporate department Hewitsons 1997; partner 2003.


Haileybury College, Hertford; Leeds University (1983 BA English Hons); College of Law, London.


Music (choral), theatre, riding, cycling, gardening, parish councillor and trustee of two local charities.

Lawyer Rankings

East Midlands > Finance > Banking and finance

Hewitsons‘ banking and finance offering operates on a cross-office, multidisciplinary basis, supporting clients on a wide range of transactions. The firm sits on a number of regional bank panels, such as Lloyds, Santander and AIB. It is also highly regarded on borrower-side mandates. Under the leadership of banking head Neil Harpham, the practice covers property finance, corporate and acquisition finance, and construction finance, among other areas. Sector specialisation is a core feature of the practice, with strengths including agricultural finance and financing for the charities and education sectors. Tim Middleton is experienced in transactions connected with residential property development.

East Midlands > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the East Midlands

Hewitsons primarily handles corporate transactions and commercial matters for SMEs, but it also has a significant client following among larger UK and overseas-based corporates. In addition, it acts for public bodies, family-owned businesses and individuals. David Browne leads the Northampton team, which includes Neil Harpham, and whose recent work included high-value share and asset sales and acquisitions, corporate reorganisations and advice on company constitutional and governance issues. On the commercial front, Kevin Fletcher is the name to note for assistance with partnership and limited liability partnership agreements, supply and partnership agreements, and agency and distribution agreements. Fletcher is particularly knowledgeable about commercial agreements involving technology-related and intellectual property issues. Elsewhere, the firm generates work from clients in sectors such as agriculture, healthcare, automotive and charities.

East Anglia > Finance > Banking and finance

The finance practice at Hewitsons is led from Northampton by Neil Harpham but the firm’s Cambridge office has corporate, agricultural and real estate partners who handle high-value financings for their clients. James Lawrence handles corporate and acquisition finance, Deborah Sharples handles agricultural finance, James Simpson focuses on real estate finance, and Tim Middleton advises on residential property finance. Much of the firm’s work centres on secured lending and bank funding in the education and charity sectors.