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Chris Johnston

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Hill Dickinson LLP

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Partner leading the property finance team in Manchester.


Trained at McKeags (Newcastle Upon Tyne); qualified 2007; made partner at Hill Dickinson 2014.


Childwall Comprehensive School 1992-99; Liverpool University 1999-2002, College of Law, Chester 2003-05.


Everton FC.

North West: Finance

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Hill Dickinson LLP¬†is active across a range of corporate and real estate finance transactions, and asset-based lending and private equity are key areas of activity for the department. It¬† acted for Soda Software Labs on its transformative debt package from Clydesdale Bank and on the accompanying equity investment made by NVM Private Equity; advised Hyde Park Finance on a ¬£16m facility made available to Ivy League Devco Birmingham to fund the cost of a student residence in Birmingham; and advised Halewood International on its ¬£50m refinance from Lloyds to RBS Invoice Finance. Advising Downing, on the funding of its ¬£439m student accommodation joint venture with European Property Investors Special Opportunities, was another key highlight. HSBC Bank, RBS, Lloyds Banking Group and Bibby Financial Services are also clients. In Liverpool, the ‚Äėfantastic‚Äô Richard Capper¬†heads the firm‚Äôs banking and finance team, where legal director Deepak Purushothaman, who joined in 2017 from Riverview Law, legal director Helen Penfold¬†and associates Rebecca Layton¬†and Emma Howard¬†are also based. Alasdair Mackinnon¬†heads the Manchester-based team, which includes real estate finance specialist Chris Johnston. Beverley Bentley left the firm in 2017 for an in-house role.

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North West: Real estate

Commercial property: Manchester

Within: Commercial property: Manchester

Hill Dickinson LLP‚Äôs ‚Äėknowledge is second to none‚Äô and its ‚Äėresponse times are very fast‚Äô. Property investment and real estate finance matters are key strengths, and the team is noted for its experience in the retail, transport and logistics sectors. It also acts for a number of friendly societies. National head of construction and property Jim Purves¬†advised DHL on a number of matters including the site acquisition for a warehouse development at Central Park, Avonmouth, and on the re-gearing of the leases for the NHS England warehouse distribution network. Purves also advised Rhenus Logistics on lease and construction and planning matters relating its new depot at Port Salford. Michael Blakey¬†advised Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society on the ¬£3.2m acquisition of a 62-bed hotel in Huddersfield from CRT Property Investments and advised Oliver Valves on the ¬£33.5m sale of 17 acres of land at Parkgate, Knutsford to Chancerygate (Uxbridge). Jonathan Dover¬†advised Selbourne Group on the development of a Kids Allowed nursery in Altrincham and Darren Hamer¬†advised M20 Property Group on the ¬£17m sale of six office buildings to Seneca Property Investments. Chris Johnston¬†is ‚Äėdynamic, focused¬†and¬†driven‚Äô and senior associates David Herbert¬†and Alison Batchelor¬†are also recommended.

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