The department is split into three specialist groups, meaning that transactions are resourced by carefully selected teams:
The department has a proven track record of handling high value and complex debt finance work in the region. It certainly finds itself on the region’s highest profile deals and it also has a reputation of “punching above its weight”.
Some of the department’s notable clients include Santander UK PLC, National Westminster Bank PLC, Metro Bank plc (the firm has recently been appointed to their panel), Svenska Handelsbanken AB (PUBL), Haskins Garden Centres Limited, Yacht Havens Limited, The Ageas Bowl and developers such as Reilly Group, Doswell Projects, Ocea Life and Alfred Homes Limited.
2018 has been another strong year for the department in terms of the volume and value of transactions handled evidenced by the fact that the team acted on matters involving in excess of £750m of debt. The department has strong relationships with retail banking groups and a number of higher education institutions. In addition, the department is legal provider to a number of challenger banks, such as InterBay Funding Ltd and Hampshire Trust Bank PLC, and has a growing presence in this area (Axis Bank UK Ltd and Proplend Ltd being two recent appointments in this sector).
The team is focused on delivering a service which is:
Our lawyers, praised by clients for their “easy to communicate with” and “personal approach”, offer a depth of expertise and experience that is unrivalled in the region.
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.”
The team advises on a wide range of issues including:
We also advise on all issues which may arise including the drafting and negotiation of loan and security documentation, intercreditor arrangements, release of existing security and review of existing loan and security documentation.
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James not only has excellent expertise but is very commercially minded and always determined to secure the right result. His ability to resolve issues laterally leads to swift solutions.
- Mike Donaldson, Santander UK Plc
“This practice is well equipped to handle acquisition, construction, real estate and corporate finance for both borrowers and lenders. On the corporate finance side, the team is noted for its particular expertise in MBOs…James McNeil comes recommended for his expertise in leveraged finance and real estate finance, and is the firm’s relationship partner for major lender clients.”
- Independent legal directory Chamber & Partners
Paris Smith LLP has noted a substantial uptick in instructions to handle property financing. The ‘very good’ James McNeil leads the team, which advises clients including Santander, Lloyds Bank and Alfred Homes.
- Legal 500 2016
“Paris Smith LLP’s ‘high-quality’ team is led by the ‘thorough, proactive’ James McNeil, and in 2014 advised lenders and borrowers, including Santander, on a steady flow of transactions, with Stuart Allen particularly active in real estate finance.”
- Legal 500
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