Pinsent Masons

Banking & Finance Department

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What the team is known for Highly experienced lender-focused practice which maintains strong relationships with major clearing banks. Specialises in corporate lending, real estate finance and large asset-based lending transactions. Also possesses notable expertise in refinancing transactions, working capital mandates and acquisition finance. Noted for also representing non-bank lenders, such as investment funds, as well as borrowers. Draws on the strength of its international network to assist clients with multi-jurisdictional banking matters.

Strengths Sources say the team consists of "first-class lawyers working in a commercially focused way."

A client adds: "I like the fact you can have a sensible conversation with them and they get the spirit with what we're trying to achieve within the transaction."

Work highlights Acted for Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank on financing a secondary MBO and an enhanced funding round for Cameron Price.

Notable practitioners

David Doogan
is highly regarded in the market and has a wealth of experience advising lenders on a wide range of banking and finance matters, including property finance, acquisition finance, development finance and refinancing. Clients praise his communication skills, noting that he is "personable, practical and talks using non-technical language."

Edward Sunderland
has specialist knowledge of credit facilities and asset-based lending and regularly advises corporate clients on these matters. One client reports that he is a "great person to work with. I felt he led the project with great knowledge and understanding of what we required as a client."

Esther Parkes
is a well-established and well-regarded practitioner in the banking and finance market. She has a wealth of experience advising borrowers and lenders on a range of banking and finance matters relating to refinancing and development finance.

Oliver Morgan
acts for traditional lenders and corporate clients on acquisition finance and leveraged finance matters. One client attests: "I always find him most helpful; he is pragmatic and has a can-do attitude. He also takes the time to explain matters without using legal jargon, so that all parties can understand, which is an important attribute."

Victoria Baker
acts for both borrowers and lenders on asset-based lending transactions and revolving facilities. One client attests: "She's an excellent person to work with; she has very good knowledge and experience."