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Irwin Mitchell

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Andrew Watson

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Irwin Mitchell

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Banking and finance, business legal services division.


Partner – national head of Irwin Mitchell’s banking and finance team. Undertaking a wide range of finance transactions for lenders and borrowers alike but with particular expertise in the facility and security documentation used to support receivables financing and asset based lending transactions, having specialised in that area for over 25 years. With expertise in product development, portfolio transfers and mergers and acquisitions in the asset-based lending arena, Andrew has been widely acknowledged for many years as one of the leading lawyers in this field. Andrew’s recent clients include UK clearing banks and their subsidiaries, independent specialist financiers, US and European asset-based Lenders. He is regularly invited to speak at industry conferences and has also undertaken training courses for clients in-house, for the UK Asset Based Finance Association, for the International Factors Group and for the US Commercial Finance Association. Has been awarded the Asset Based Finance Association’s ‘Lecturer of the Year’ award.


Trained at Wildes 1988-90, partner Wildes 1995-2001; finance law department Hammonds LLP; LLP board of Hammonds; head of banking and finance Irwin Mitchell LLP 2013. Publications of note: author ‘Legal Aspects of Asset Based Lending’.




Fettes College, Edinburgh (1982); Kingston Polytechnic (1986 LLB Hons).


Family; scuba diving; skiing; cycling; classic cars; pretending to be a marathon runner now and again.

London: Finance

Asset based lending

Within: Asset based lending

The 'efficient and personable' team at Irwin Mitchell is 'extremely knowledgeable' and provides a 'responsive and cost-effective' service to an impressive range of clients including ABN Amro Commercial Finance, Hitachi Capital, Investec Bank and Arbuthnot Commercial Asset Based Lending, across the full spectrum of transactions, as well as advice on product development, litigation and restructuring/insolvency. Birmingham-based partner Jon Bew has 'vast industry knowledge' and regularly teams up with 'impressive' senior associate Natalie Barnes; Barnes and Bew recently advised core client Shawbrook Bank on a £45m refinance and syndication with Wells Fargo of the Arlington group of companies as part of the acquisition by Arlington of Magal Engineering. The 'excellent' Andrew Watson is also recommended and in his role as national head of banking and finance regularly handles ABL, invoice finance, inventory finance, supplier finance and distribution finance matters. The team is rounded out by Stephen George, who has significant experience advising on restructuring and insolvency issues in the ABL market.

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