Winckworth Sherwood

Social Housing: Finance Department

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What the team is known for Provides counsel to registered providers on a wide range of finance and charging matters. Also able to advise lenders and institutional investors. Regularly handles multimillion-pound financings. Offers further notable experience handling private placements.

Strengths One client remarks: "Winckworth Sherwood are approachable, helpful and very knowledgeable. They have great understanding of what I'm trying to achieve."

Another client says: "I am pleased with their performance. They have a clear understanding of the issues affecting the sector."

According to a source, "they're friendly, they work well with other lawyers and they find solutions."

Work highlights Advised Network Homes on its £175 million private placement funded by a combination of US and Canadian investors, for the development of 3,000 homes.

Notable practitioners

Gemini Cecil routinely assists social housing borrowers in securing funding for their projects. Her recent work in this area has involved advice on loan facilities, private placements and revolving credit loans.

Patricia Umunna routinely advises registered providers, charitable institutions and corporates on joint venture arrangements. According to clients, she is a "very good and very professional lawyer" who "knows her stuff."

Ruby Giblin advises large institutional lenders on an array of financing and security issues, including bond issues, private placements and property charging. Clients appreciate her "clear understanding of the issues affecting the sector and experience in security matters."