James Linforth > Stephenson Harwood > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Stephenson Harwood

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James heads up the firm’s banking team. His expertise lies in debt funded transactions with a focus on corporate borrowing, real estate finance and acquisition finance. James is popular with clients who say he has the right balance of knowing the law and finding a solution.

James spends most of his time advising borrowers and lenders on a wide variety of real estate finance and acquisition finance transactions, usually with a cross-border element.  James’ clients consist of funds, joint venture vehicles, corporates and banks and their deals are often highly structured, so James is regularly advising different parties in the capital stack on complex inter-creditor issues.

James is popular with clients for his hands-on and approachable style. He was recently appointed head of the firm’s banking team, which is characterised by its high quality and its down to earth approach. According to Chambers UK, “they actually give an opinion – they tell you what they would do as well as giving the advice”.

In real estate finance, James has recently been involved in some very high profile financings of super prime residential development sites in central London.  James has also been busy advising Wells Fargo on a number of significant investment financings of individual commercial offices as well as large portfolios.

James has also played an instrumental part in developing the firm’s real estate fund clients over recent years, and he has acted on many real estate financings for funds managed by Schroders and LaSalle.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Finance > Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans

Benefiting from ‘a deep appreciation of both the lender’s and borrower’s perspective‘, by virtue of its work for a balanced roster of banking and corporate clients, Stephenson Harwood displays a ‘pragmatic‘ approach across a range of work, including public and private acquisition finance, through to funds finance and corporate lending matters. Team head James Linforthtakes a fair, measured and calm approach to find solutions which are mutually acceptable to all parties.’

London > Real estate > Property finance

(Leading individuals)

James LinforthStephenson Harwood

The real estate finance team at Stephenson Harwood acts on investment and development financings for lenders and borrowers involving urban centres, logistics properties and overseas assets. The team is also active in the ESG arena. James Linforth leads the practice and advises both lenders and borrowers on acquisition financings in the UK and in other jurisdictions. Paul Hayward-Surry is active in the commercial real estate, housing, hotels and leisure sectors, and the ‘very commercial‘ Jonathan Proctor is adept at investment and development financing transactions. Other notable team members include Jayesh Patel and George Vaughton, who has strengths in advising bank and non-bank lenders.