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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.

Legal 500, 2020 Top Tier Firm Freeths LLP 

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 13 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.


  • 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
  • Irish Bank Resolution Corporation
  • Leumi ABL
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • National Westminster Bank
  • Santander UK
  • Svenska Handelsbanken AB
  • The Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Redwood Bank
Meet the team

Banking & Finance Lawyers

Phil Baigent - Corporate Lawyer

Phil Baigent

0845 634 9799

Rosanna Brown, Solicitor

Rosanna Brown

0845 073 8550

James Cowell

James Cowell

0845 271 6751

Mallory Green

Mallory Coxe

0845 030 5823

James Dyson, Partner

James Dyson

0845 128 7995

Adam Edwards

Adam Edwards

0845 274 6909

Andy Francey - Corporate Lawyer

Andy Francey

0845 166 6252

Chris Freeston, Manageing Partner - Nottingham & National Head of Commercial

Chris Freeston
Managing Partner

0845 634 1725

Ed Hall - Banking and Finance Lawyer

Ed Hall

0845 073 8559

Jonathan Hambleton, Managing Partner - Milton Keynes

Jonathan Hambleton
Managing Partner

0845 271 6750

Charlotte Hartwright

Charlotte Hartwright

0845 126 3747

John Heaphy, Partner

John Heaphy

0845 634 9782

Katherine Hillier

Katie Hillier

0845 073 8551

Luke Hopkins, Partner

Luke Hopkins

0845 166 6317

Lucy Jackson, Director

Lucy Jackson

0845 404 1739

Helen Jones, Senior Associate

Helen Jones
Senior Associate

0845 274 6912

James Larmour, Partner

James Larmour

0845 017 1122

Daniel Meyer - Banking & Finance Lawyer

Daniel Meyer

0845 404 4147

Sarah Moore, Director

Sarah Moore

0845 050 3697

Ben Moylan

Ben Moylan

0845 126 3758

Ashika Patel

Ashika Patel

0845 073 8398

Nisa Patel

Nisa Patel

0845 030 5789

Anna Protheroe

0845 128 6983

Renata Rai - Corporate Director

Renata Rai

0845 272 5737

Gary Richardson, Solicitor

Gary Richardson

0845 128 7975

Gillian Roberts - Real Estate Lawyer

Gillian Roberts

0845 050 3611

Reema Sharma

Reema Sharma

0845 128 7969

Adel Shetty, Senior Associate

Adel Shetty
Senior Associate

0845 128 6994

Richard Williams, Partner

Richard Williams

0845 030 5737

Adam Wood

Adam Wood
Senior Associate

0845 271 6797

Related news

"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)

"Chris Freeston First ranked in Chambers UK 2014. He represents clients across the spectrum of corporate lending, specialising in project finance and property work. Sources affirm: ‘Chris is very easy to get on with and always on hand to give sound, pragmatic advice’."

(Chambers & Partners, 2018)

"’Very strong commercial lawyer’ and ‘is very strong on the banking and finance side’. John Heaphy has substantial experience handling corporate transactions across a host of sectors."

"[James] ... is legally aware and commercially astute enough to know when things really matter. He is not one for wasting client's time and money on points that are not commercially relevant, but he will ensure that you are aware of matters which he believes are relevant."

(Paul Andrews, Amber Infrastructure)

"Freeths LLP is ‘a firm clients want to work with."

(The Legal 500, 2019)

Clients commend the firm's collaborative approach: "They are focused, commercially aware and pragmatic. They understand their clients well and bring in experts from other fields as they need to." Others note: "They produce very high-quality work. They approach transactions pragmatically and with a commercial view, but equally ensure that our position is protected."

(Chambers & Partners, 2019)

The Legal 500, 2020 describe the Banking and Finance team as "very personable, knowledgeable and fast in providing solutions" and that they "offer superb out-of-the-box thinking". One client said "In many cases, other law firms fail to provide adequate advice around the legal documents and associated risks, whereas Freeths will properly advise as to how each point will affect us."

(The Legal 500, 2020)

"Always very helpful in discussing proposed complex corporate and property structures. The firm keeps you informed of the process and is very commercially minded in getting deals through", "Pragmatic, forward thinking and driven - the team gives an exceptional quality of advice, commercial insight and support."

(The Legal 500, 2020)

Clients say the team is "very capable on deals of all sizes."

(Chambers & Partners, 2020)

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 13 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?

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