Richard Miller (Partner and Head of Property) is our dedicated Banking client partner. His role is to develop and maintain the best possible relationships with our clients. Richard is ultimately responsible for the legal services we provide to lenders and their customers and his focus is on ensuring that we are the “go to” firm for banking work across all sectors. Richard also has a hands-on role providing expertise on complex agricultural matters.
Sarah Willshire (Partner and Head of Banking and Property Finance) is the day to day point of contact for all lending matters and for general advice about potential deals or structures. With a background in both property and banking, Sarah combines impressive technical legal expertise with the ability to take a commercial view in order to drive the transaction forward. She is also our construction expert and regularly reviews building contracts and advises on collateral warranties for development deals.
Vaughan Jones (Partner and Head of Corporate) has over 30 years’ experience of banking and corporate transactions. His sensible and practical approach allows us to identify and cover-off potential issues at the outset. Vaughan’s input is invaluable on deals involving share purchases, partnerships and complex corporate structures (particularly in the healthcare sector).
Caroline Swift (Senior Associate) joined the team in March 2020, bringing with her a wealth of corporate and healthcare experience, gained over the past 20 years working as a solicitor. Having previously worked at a specialist healthcare firm, Caroline is a recognised expert in this sector, with an impressive knowledge of regulatory matters and a unique understanding of the marketplace.
Rebecca Joy (Senior Associate) has focused on secured lending work since she qualified in 2007. She is experienced in handling both commercial and residential property refinances and purchases, including dealing with foreign companies, new developments and healthcare matters. Her great efficiency means that she is particularly adept at dealing with large portfolios. As an expert on trust structures, Rebecca also handles lending for agricultural matters.
Marc Caffrey (Banking Consultant) joined the team in June 2018 from Lloyds Bank, where he worked for 30 years, with the last 12 years spent in SME Banking. Having been both a Relationship Manager and an ARD, Marc has extensive experience of all Lloyds’ processes and systems (from writing and submitting the credit proposal through to drawdown of funds). Marc’s experience has enabled us to adapt and streamline our internal systems to provide the best possible service to our lender clients.
Jane Jubb (Paralegal) combines almost 20 years’ experience of working within a Bank’s Securities Centre with 10 years as a paralegal. Jane’s role is to liaise with the valuer, the lender and the customer’s solicitors to line up completion and to ensure that funds are released within the required timescales. She is also responsible for protecting the lender’s security after completion (by registration at Companies House and the Land Registry).
Sara Riddlesden (Paralegal) has worked in the Banking team since 2016. She was originally our secretary/legal assistant, and was then promoted to a paralegal role in September 2021. Her focus is on getting our deals ready for completion and making sure that everything runs smoothly on the completion date. She also handles post completion tasks, including liaising with Companies House and the Land Registry to ensure registration of security documents.