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James McNeil

Partner - Banking & Finance

My experience

I am the head of the Corporate, Commercial and Finance department within Paris Smith and I am also the head of the Banking and Finance team. I have spent over a decade of my career in the banking & finance teams of leading US and UK international law firms in London before joining Paris Smith LLP in order to develop its banking and finance practice in 2007. I now lead a dedicated group of 15 finance lawyers, split into specialist teams.

I regularly act for the main banks (such as Santander UK PLC and National Westminster Bank PLC) as well as some of the region’s highest profile corporate clients (such as The Ageas Bowl, Haskins Garden Centres, Millbrook Industries and Yacht Havens) on all manner of acquisition, asset, project and property finance transactions.

I am able to advise and assist on any transaction which involves the use of debt and/or the grant of security. I have extensive experience acting for clients in the agricultural sector whether in respect of their primary agricultural business or in respect of all types of businesses which they have diversified into. I also act for a number of national clients who are involved in the horticulture sector.

I always try to help my clients to obtain their goal by providing concise and commercial legal advice in a time frame which doesn’t slow their deals down.

I am also a Notary Public and I advise companies and individuals on cross border matters which require the involvement of a Notary Public.

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How I’ve helped our clients

One source says "James is always responsive and information is relayed in an understandable manner", whilst another says "James is always pragmatic and commercially aware."

Chambers Legal Directory 2024

A referee says "James always makes himself available regardless of whether it is a 2 minute or 30 minute conversation. His advice is always well founded from years of experience, we see him as a very valuable extension of the team".

Legal 500 2024 Edition

A referee said "He's a really good banking lawyer."

Chambers & Partners 2023 - Referee Comments

Clients commend James McNeil for being "very detailed and knowledgeable, with a commercial view." He advises lenders and borrowers on a variety of matters including term loan facilities, debt refinancing and project finance.

Chambers & Partners Legal Directory 2021

One source comments “James McNeil is quick to respond and drive a deal forward. He has a very comprehensive and detailed approach.” Another client states “James McNeil is a very thorough partner, demonstrating a strong legal awareness and knowledge and providing easy to understand guidance.”

Legal 500 - 2021 Edition
Legal 500