Richard Williams > Freeths LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Freeths LLP

Work Department

Banking and finance.


Richard advises both lenders and borrowers on all aspects of real estate investment and development debt finance across all asset classes, including residential, commercial, retail, light industrial, student accommodation, hotels and care homes. He also acts for clients in relation to real estate debt acquisitions and disposals and in connection with CMBS and debt servicing matters. Richard has a strong reputation amongst his clients for providing pragmatic and commercial advice to enable them to achieve the most appropriate outcomes for their business. He has particular expertise in development finance and financings involving mezzanine debt and intercreditor relationships. He acts for a number of debt funds, property investors and large private equity clients.


Qualified 2004; partner 2014. Richard recently joined from Nabarro LLP where he spent over ten years (over two separate periods) in the banking, finance and restructuring team. He was previously a vice president at Apollo Real Estate Advisers (now part of ARES Management) where he was responsible for their real estate debt investments and fund structuring. Partner, Freeths LLP (London) 2014-date; senior associate, Nabarro LLP (London) 2010-14; vice president, Apollo Real Estate Advisers (London) 2008-09; legal counsel Stoneleigh Capital (London) 2008; paralegal/trainee solicitor/associate, Nabarro Nathanson (London) 2000-06.


Law Society.


Grange Grammar School, Hertford, Chesire; Nottingham University (1996 BA (Hons) Chemistry 2(1)); College of Law, Chester (1998 Common Professional Exam, 1999 Legal Practice Course (commendation)).


Golf, running and skiing.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Real estate > Property finance

Freeths LLP is particularly active in advising debt funders in the healthcare sector, as well as advising on the financing of major mixed-use developments. Richard Williams focuses on the aforementioned areas with additional expertise in the hotel and leisure sectors. Chris Freeston, who works from the Nottingham and London offices, is notably strong in handling student accommodation and hotel developments.