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Freeths - Law firm

Banking & Finance

Specialist pragmatic support for complex transactions

What is involved?

We understand that our clients need practical solutions. Our commercially minded team work for some of the biggest names in finance, including HSBC Bank, Lloyds Banking Group, Santander UK and The Royal Bank of Scotland. Using our legal-services we offer a range of specialist services tailored to support both funders and borrowers on banking and finance transactions.

Our experienced team is routinely involved in corporate banking, acquisition finance, structured finance, development finance, real estate finance, asset backed lending, invoice finance, restructuring, syndicated lending and finance litigation.

Our team is regularly involved in cross border finance transactions, supporting our UK borrower clients with the international elements of their banking and finance transactions.

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Why choose Freeths?

  • Our banking and finance team is ranked in the legal directories. This reflects the views of our clients who benefit from our extensive experience and pragmatic approach. The quality and volume of our solutions-based work in corporate, real estate and development finance is well recognised.
  • Banking and finance transactions are partner led supported by teams of specialist lawyers depending on the circumstances of the transaction (tax, mergers & acquisitions, real estate etc.). This means our funder and borrower clients receive pragmatic solutions from an experienced, specialist team.
  • Having a network of 12 offices across most regions of England & Wales means we have good contacts and strong representation with funders in the markets in which we operate. We also recognise that there can be regional differences across those markets.
  • Our capable team provide pragmatic and straight-talking advice. Working with you, our commercially focussed advice is tailored to providing recommendations and not simply options.

Clients

  • Ahli United Bank (UK)
  • Allied Irish Bank
  • Bank of Ireland
  • Cambridge & Counties Bank
  • Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks
  • Habib Bank AG Zurich
  • HSBC Bank
  • ICG Longbow
  • Santander UK
  • Svenska Handelsbanken AB
  • The Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Redwood Bank

Key contacts

Chris Freeston

Chris Freeston
National Head of Banking & Finance and Managing Partner - Nottingham

0345 634 1725

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Meet the team

Banking & Finance Lawyers


Chris Freeston

Chris Freeston
Managing Partner

0345 634 1725

Jonathan Hambleton
Managing Partner

0345 271 6750

Phil Baigent

Phil Baigent
Partner

0345 634 9799

James Dyson

James Dyson
Partner

0345 128 7995

Adam Edwards

Adam Edwards
Partner

0345 274 6909

Andy Francey

Andy Francey
Partner

0345 166 6252

Ed Hall

Ed Hall
Partner

0345 073 8559

John Heaphy

John Heaphy
Partner

0345 634 9782

Katherine Hillier

Katie Hillier
Partner

0345 073 8551

Luke Hopkins

Luke Hopkins
Partner

0345 166 6317

Tom Johnson
Partner

0345 128 7974

James Larmour

James Larmour
Partner

0345 017 1122

Sarah Moore

Sarah Moore
Partner

0345 050 3697

Ben Moylan

Ben Moylan
Partner

0345 126 3758

Gillian Roberts

Gillian Roberts
Partner

0345 050 3611

Richard Williams

Richard Williams
Partner

0345 030 5737

James Cowell

James Cowell
Director

0345 271 6751

Lucy Jackson

Lucy Jackson
Director

0345 404 1739

Helen Jones
Director

0345 274 6912

Banking & Finance

Michelle Wilkinson
Director

0345 030 5853

Mallory Coxe
Managing Associate

0345 030 5823

Gary Richardson

Gary Richardson
Managing Associate

0345 128 7975

Rosanna Brown
Senior Associate

0345 073 8550

Daniel Meyer
Senior Associate

0345 404 4147

Banking & Finance

Amy Weir
Senior Associate

0345 404 1725

Charlotte Beddows
Associate

0345 404 1722

Chloe Frances
Associate

0345 272 5708

Louise Kelly
Associate

0345 050 3283

James Lapham
Associate

0186 578 1291

Anna Protheroe
Associate

0345 128 6983

Isabel Protheroe
Associate

0186 578 1016

Daniel Seely
Associate

0345 030 5656

Billy Shaw
Associate

0345 634 9795

Lewis Whalley
Associate

0345 404 1716

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Testimonials

"The support that we received from Freeths was fantastic. They got to grips with the key issues very quickly and dealt with these in a no nonsense way. We have been very impressed with the quality of work and advice from Freeths and wanted to record a note of our appreciation. I know that others on this transaction have also commented on the superb performance of the whole banking side of this deal."

(Director, Acquisition Finance, Lloyds Banking Group)

"The team at Freeths are a key business partner with a tremendous amount of expertise to call upon. They have consistently delivered high standards on their property finance work for the Bank, particularly with a number of large and indeed complex healthcare developments, which I have funded over the past few years. I really value the ongoing support provided by Freeths as this has been instrumental in helping me grow my business."

(Relationship Director, The Royal Bank of Scotland)

“Freeths is always able to provide insight and strong commercial awareness.”

(Chambers & Partners, 2023)

“The team is also happy to share this and help educate others.”

(Chambers & Partners, 2023)

"James (Dyson) is the best banking lawyer I have ever come across, with capabilities and expertise unrivalled in his market.”

(Chambers & Partners, 2023)

"Always readily available to chat through potential and progressed cases and give early guidance. Pragmatic and commercially sensible advice given. Fee quotes always in line with end billed costs. Friendly, sociable team who communicate well with businesses of all size and backgrounds."

(The Legal 500, 2021)

"Knowledgeable, experienced, commercial, pragmatic. Always receive detailed responses. Quick to respond and always available. Well known and respected in the local market."

(The Legal 500, 2021)

"Deep technical knowledge complimented by commercial instinct. Act with ease on multi-layer structured finance including senior, junior, mezz, pref equity, equity, deep discounted securities."

(The Legal 500, 2022)

"The team is highly innovative and responsive to needs. Rather than merely tell me the law they understand what I want to achieve and come to me with solutions." Another client commented that "They have also been supportive in structuring fees and payments to suit the transaction."

(The Legal 500, 2022)

One client enthuses: "The response timings are great, they understand the urgencies of the business. What I'm particularly impressed about is that they provide advice on every step of the way." Another interviewee agrees: "They are very responsive. They deliver on time, are reliable and provide anything you would want. They are also very user-friendly, pragmatic and commercial."

(Chambers & Partners, 2022)

Notable Work
  • Advising Clydesdale Bank on the provision of acquisition finance and working capital facilities to support the institutional buy-out of Motion Finance and Ikon Aluminium.
  • Advising Lloyds Bank on its financing of a £50 million expansion plan for a care home operator.
  • Advising Santander UK on transactions in the healthcare sector with aggregate facilities in excess of £33 million.
  • Advising Cambridge & Counties Bank on real estate finance transactions.
  • Advising private equity clients, including Lloyds Development Capital, on the terms of acquisition finance and unitranch facilities in support of sponsor backed management buy-outs.
  • Advising The Alumasc Group on its £30 million revolving credit, term and accordion facilities from HSBC Bank and Barclays Bank.
  • Advising a household name public company on the restructuring of its financing arrangements with facilities in excess of £150 million.
  • Acting for a FTSE-listed business on its £20 million syndicated facility.
  • Advising West Register (part of The Royal Bank of Scotland Group) on in excess of 100 transactions comprising a mix of development sites, partially completed sites and investments.

Client service

‘Doing the right thing’ is at the heart of Freeths. Find out more about our excellent client service and the strong set of values that guide the way we work.

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Freeths are a leading national law firm with 12 offices across the UK. If you have a query about our services or just want to find out more, why not give us a call?

Contact: 03301 001 014

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