The Banking & Finance team is split into three teams:
- Property Finance
- Acquisition Finance
- Project/Asset Finance
As a Notary, I am primarily concerned with the authentication and certification of signatures, authority and capacity relating to documents for use abroad, whether this is for commercial firms engaged in international trade or for private individuals.
James McNeil is the lead partner who has a reputation for delivering transactions on time and is known for his commerciality. Clients enthuse that he “offers extra value-added advice over and above what we usually ask for and helps us with understanding the issues”. He leads a highly respected team of lawyers with a strong pedigree, which in terms of numbers of lawyers in a single location is larger or equal to regional firms with offices in and around Southampton.
- Process agent clauses in credit agreements
- Does an equitable assignee need to give notice?
- Is it reasonable to comply with a reasonable endeavours obligation?
- Lloyds Bank plc v McBains Cooper  EWHC 2045 (TCC)
- How can you be bound by something you haven’t even signed?
James McNeil is praised for providing “very clear instruction in complex situations.” He has extensive experience advising major UK banks and borrowers on cross-border property and project finance matters. A source comments: “He is very thorough,” adding: “His speed of response is quick, and issues and risks are explained in a clear manner.“
Chambers and Partners 2020
James McNeil is a very thorough partner, demonstrating a strong legal awareness and knowledge and providing easy to understand guidance.
Legal 500 2020
James McNeil is well regarded for his asset-based, property and debt finance practice. A client reports “He is prepared to negotiate hard on your behalf and see things from both parties’ point of view and anticipate what the other party might see“.
Chambers & Partners Legal Directory 2019
Clients enthuse that he “offers extra value-added advice over and above what we usually ask for and helps us with understanding the issues.”
Chambers & Partners Legal Directory 2018
‘Goes beyond the call of duty to meet client deadlines’. Practice head James McNeil has ‘outstanding commercial and legal acumen’.
Legal 500 2017
Recommended for his expertise in leveraged finance and real estate finance, and is the firm’s relationship partner for major lender clients such as The Co-operative Bank and Santander. He is noted as “straightforward, friendly and easy to deal with”.
Chambers & Partners Legal Directory 2017