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Patrick Bell

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Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Banking & Finance


Patrick is a leading transactional finance lawyer and a partner in the banking & finance practice. His clients include a number of commercial and investment banks as well as funds, corporates, sponsors and developers. Having advised both lenders and borrowers, Patrick has wide experience of the issues faced by different parties to transactions and his international experience (in South East Asia, and in central and Eastern Europe) means that he is particularly adept at dealing with issues in bringing complex cross-border transactions to completion. Patrick’s practice encompasses mainstream corporate lending, acquisition finance, infrastructure & project finance and real estate finance.


Trained Linklaters; qualified 1993; assistant solicitor Linklaters, London and Singapore 1993-98; managing associate London 1998-2001; partner Warsaw 2001-05; partner McClure Naismith 2005-07; partner Shepherd and Wedderburn 2007 to date


Law Society (England and Wales).


St Chad’s College, Durham (1988 BA History); Guildford Law School (1989 CPE; 1990 Law Society Finals).


Fishing, tennis.

London: Real estate

Property finance

Within: Property finance

The 'excellent' team at Shepherd and Wedderburn has continued to strengthen its borrower client base, handling transactions for Accrue Capital and Scarborough Group; practice head Jonathan Rickard, who 'can be relied upon to provide insightful and effective advice', acted for the former in relation to its £42m acquisition of eight Isle of Man-incorporated SPVs, and Patrick Bell advised the latter on a senior development facility from a syndicate of lenders in relation to the development of the Middlewood Locks site in Manchester. The firm also boasts an established lender-side practice; the team recently acted for key client ICG-Longbow Debt Investments on the £50m refinancing of the Cornbow Shopping Centre near Birmingham. Banking clients include Santander and Deutsche Hypothekenbank, which Philip Knowles advised on the £43.5m financing of the acquisition of the Capella Building in Glasgow. Stephen Hubner, Sally Morris-Smith, newly promoted partner Lauren McLeod and 'highly effective' senior associate Lucy Hall are also noted.

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Scotland: Finance

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Shepherd and Wedderburn undertakes high-end, big-ticket banking and finance transactions on a Scotland and UK-wide basis. Rod MacLeod, Hamish Patrick and Andrew Kinnes have an outstanding reputation in the funds finance space, and the latter two individuals are also well-known for their securitisations experience. In addition, the firm assists clients with real estate finance, leveraged finance, asset-based lending and debt capital markets transactions. In 2017, Patrick Bell and senior associate Lucy Hall acted for FairBriar in the £94.7m financing of the development of the 24.5 acre Middlewood Locks mixed-use scheme in Salford, Greater Manchester. Iain Wishart and senior associate Peter Alderdice advised Gatehouse Bank (a wholly Shariah-compliant investment bank) on the Islamic financing aspects of its circa £60m acquisition of Consort House and Bridge View in Aberdeen; this was one of the largest Islamic finance deals in the Scottish market in 2017. Practice head Fiona Buchanan led a team which acted as sole Scottish counsel to Cerberus European Investments as the seller in a £968.5m securitisation of residential mortgage-backed notes issued by Towd Point Mortgage Funding 2017-Auburn 11 Plc. Clare Foster heads up the clean energy and project finance practices. Senior associate Neil Cowan is also recommended.

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