Real estate assets form a core part of the business strategy of many lenders, investors and trading businesses. Our leading real estate finance lawyers have a diverse range of experience in all aspects of real estate finance, to ensure that you receive specialist, tailored advice to guide you through your transaction.

We take pride in the quality and speed of delivery of our advice, our innovative thinking and, most importantly, our commercial awareness. We provide creative, practical and commercial solutions to get your real estate finance deal done.

We advise on:

  • acquisition and investment finance;
  • refinance;
  • development and construction finance;
  • mezzanine finance;
  • preparation of certificates/reports on title;
  • intercreditor arrangements; and
  • perfection of security.

Our team acts for a wide variety of commercial lenders and well known borrowers from across the public, private and third sectors. The team has advised clients in respect of lending secured against a range of property assets including:

  • buy to let assets and portfolios (from one property to portfolios with in excess of 60 properties);
  • stadiums, sports grounds and leisure complexes;
  • retail shops and shopping centres;
  • car dealerships;
  • petrol stations;
  • mixed-use properties;
  • pubs, restaurants and hotels;
  • residential healthcare sites and care homes;
  • pharmacies, doctors and dental surgeries;
  • commercial and office spaces; and
  • manufacturing sites, warehouses and light industrial units and estates.

We aim to facilitate draw down of funds on time by taking a commercial approach, providing concise advice, and fundamentally, anticipating and highlighting problems as early as possible in every transaction.

We offer a fully transparent range of scale fees to our clients provide a clear, complete package of costs at the outset of every instruction we receive.

Key contact

Dominic is a partner and head of the banking and finance team. He has extensive experience of investment and development real estate finance deals in the UK market across a wide range of sectors. He has advised on the refinance of some significant commercial property portfolios. Dominic is a vastly experienced banking and finance lawyer who, since joining Hugh James in 2010 has grown and developed the banking team into a leading player, acting for high street banks, challenger banks, financial institutions and building societies.

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Dominic Marshall heads the banking and finance practice and receives praise from clients for his "calm, friendly and efficient manner," with one source noting that "he has been fantastic at explaining things very clearly." He frequently advises on matters relating to corporate banking, real estate finance and development finance.

Chambers and Partners UK


…they are absolutely top-notch.

Chambers and Partners UK


Hugh James provides an ‘excellent service’ to lenders and borrowers in the private and public sectors

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