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Sarah Willshire

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Partner and Head of Banking, Sarah Willshire joined Burnetts in March 2017 and leads the firm’s Banking Team, based in Newcastle.

Partner Sarah Willshire joined Burnetts in March 2017 and leads the firm’s specialist Banking and Property Finance team based in Newcastle.

An Oxford graduate, Sarah qualified as a solicitor in September 2006 and has over a decade’s experience in commercial property and secured lending, having worked at both Bond Dickinson and Watson Burton LLP in Newcastle.

Sarah acts for lenders and their customers, taking legal charges over a wide variety of properties including:

  • residential portfolios (including HMOs);
  • offices and industrial units;
  • retail units;
  • pharmacies;
  • dental and GP surgeries;
  • care homes;
  • agricultural properties; and
  • development sites (including advice on collateral warranties)

Sarah also deals with other security (such as debentures, guarantees, charges over shares and Deeds of Priority or Postponement) as well as drafting facility agreements and variations. 

Sarah combines impressive technical legal expertise with the ability to take a commercial view to drive the transaction forward.       

Outside of work, Sarah is a mum to two young children.  Her spare time is mostly filled with birthday parties and trips to the soft play area. She is a member of a local gym and swims with her family every weekend.