We take pride in the quality and speed of delivery of our advice, our innovative thinking and, most importantly, our commercial awareness.  Our aim is to achieve creative, practical and above all commercial financing solutions to get the deal done.

Our real estate finance lawyers act for a wide variety of commercial lenders as well as well known borrowers from across the public, private and third sectors.

We believe that the draw down of funds on time, in any secured lending transaction, goes hand in hand with taking a commercial approach, providing concise advice, and fundamentally, highlighting problems as they arise. To achieve this, we provide solutions which are commercial and innovative.

We offer a fully transparent range of scale fees to our clients. By knowing the legal fees in advance you can present your client with a complete package of costs at the outset.

We advise on:

  • acquisition and investment financing;
  • refinancing;
  • development and construction financing;
  • mezzanine financing;
  • preparation of certificates/reports on title; and
  • perfection of security.

In addition to our general real estate financing expertise we offer specialist services in the following areas:

  • Housing association finance
  • Healthcare finance

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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