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Sarah Day

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Sarah Day is Head of Finance & Markets in the UK for DLA Piper. Finance lawyer with 25 years' experience, Sarah's stated career aim is, "to make a difference", whether that is getting a local or cross border transaction done quickly, finding an innovative solution to an issue, developing a new product, or training best in class lawyers. Highly experienced in Debt Finance, Sarah is also a leading lawyer in Asset Based Lending, a market she has been at the forefront of developing as it has moved from bilateral to syndicated, receivables to all assets and domestic to international over the past two decades.


Trained Hammond Suddards; qualified 1992; assistant with Hammond Suddards from 1992 (spent last seat as a trainee with the unit) based first in Leeds then in Manchester from June 1996 and re-established the banking team; joined Dibb Lupton Alsop (now DLA) as partner 1998; location head for finance team in Yorkshire 2000 to 2010; DLA Piper international board 2010 to 2013; managing partner for DLA Piper Leeds 2013 to 2017.


French, German.


New College, Oxford (1988 BA Hons Modern Languages – French and German); College of Law, Chester (1990 LLB (First class Hons)).


Church warden for local parish, travel (India a particular favourite at the moment), dogs, and good books.

London: Finance

Asset based lending

Within: Leading individuals

Sarah Day - DLA Piper

Within: Asset based lending

Co-headed out of Leeds and Manchester by the ‘highly commercial and practical’ Sarah Day and Joseph Frew, respectively, DLA Piper is ‘exceptionally knowledgeable about the ABL market’, both at the front end of deals and in the event of distress. Leveraging strong ties with the ABL arms of clearing banks, independents and alternative credit providers, the firm’s lender-side profile ensures that it is exposed to a wide range of deals, from relatively commoditised ones (involving supply chain finance), through to more challenging structured mandates, from both a domestic and international perspective. Frew is appreciated by clients for his ‘experience across more bespoke ABL transactions’ and is also regularly instructed by funders to draft and develop template documentation for ABL facilities.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Finance

Banking and finance

Within: Leading individuals

Sarah Day - DLA Piper UK LLP

Within: Banking and finance

The team at DLA Piper UK LLP's Leeds office handles debt finance, real estate finance, project finance and asset-based lending work with clients praising its 'vast relevant industry knowledge'. It is able to leverage the firm's national and international network to assist with cross-border transactions, with clients appreciating the combination of its local strength and global depth. Noteworthy individuals include real estate finance expert Kirstie Allerton, debt finance specialist and UK head of finance and markets Sarah Day, Anna Robson, who focuses on debt finance and asset-based lending; and legal director Laura Gordon, who has key expertise in renewable energy sector financings.

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United Kingdom: Lending & Secured Finance

April 2019. By Sarah Day, Partner

This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to lending and secured finance laws and regulations that may occur in the  United Kingdom . This Q&A is part of the global guide to Lending & Secured Finance. [Continue Reading]

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