Clarke Willmott LLP

Social Housing: Finance Department

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What the team is known for Handles a wide range of social housing finance matters, particularly out of its Cardiff office. Experienced in advising a range of housing associations and their funders in relation to projects in Wales, but also equipped to advise on developments nationwide. Areas of expertise include private placements, bilateral and syndicated loans, and revolving credit facilities.

Strengths According to clients, this is a "well-run, practical, down-to-earth firm that does a great job."

Work highlights Advised a subsidiary of L&Q in connection with its £125 million fixed rate government-guaranteed loan facility. Work included property due diligence as well as advice on security and charging matters.

Notable practitioners

Fraser Macrae regularly advises social housing sector borrowers and lenders on funding arrangements such as bilateral and syndicated loans and private placement bonds.

Head of the firm's social housing finance team Vicky Kells routinely advises housing associations and lenders on revolving credit facilities and property charging, as well as securities matters arising out of private placements. She attracts praise from clients for her pragmatic approach and commercial awareness.