Our trainer is a highly experienced and sought-after lawyer, advisor, educator, mentor and writer. For almost 30 years and across several different industries, he has written and delivered a wide range of bespoke training courses for individuals, businesses, professional associations and educational establishments.
Over a 20-year legal career, he has advised banks & financial institutions, asset and receivables financiers, alternative lenders, large and SME corporates, private equity houses, property developers, pension trustees, regulators, government departments, directors and private individuals on a wide range of banking and finance related matters.
These have included UK and international cross-border syndicated, club and bilateral finance transactions with individual values exceeding £5 billion. His experience spans across many specialisms including global loans, investment grade lending, leveraged finance, real estate investment & development finance, asset and receivables finance, bridge finance, private wealth finance, project finance, securitisations, bond issues, social housing finance, trade finance, higher education finance, intragroup lending, director and shareholder loans, guarantee & security packages and netting and cash pooling arrangements in addition to general advisory work. He has also advised on refinancings and restructurings involving complex multi-layered intercreditor arrangements and directors’ duties related issues.
As an English law qualified solicitor, our trainer has worked in private practice at Denton Wilde Sapte (now Dentons), Gowling WLG, Wragge & Co and Cobbetts and he is currently a partner at gunnercooke.
As in-house counsel, he worked for several years at Barclays Bank PLC in their Sales Finance and Trade & Working Capital Finance teams, advising on a wide range of UK and international receivables finance, inventory finance, securitisation and other asset finance matters (including invoice discounting, factoring, recourse and non-recourse financing, selective receivables finance, supply finance and full asset-based lending agreements). He has also worked on secondment with the HSBC (UK) Invoice and Equipment Finance legal and business teams, advising on UK and cross border receivables and asset based lending transactions, including hire purchase, lease finance and asset purchase finance.
During his time at Gowling WLG our trainer worked as PSL Legal Director and provided education, training and advice on complex areas of law across the firm. He was also responsible for risk monitoring and developing and maintaining knowhow, precedents and practice & briefing notes, in addition to assessing, piloting and implementing various legal technology tools.
He has written and delivered banking and finance related and legal training for lawyers and non-lawyers alike of all levels of experience and for several professional associations including the Loan Market Association. Having worked both in private practice and in-house with leadership, sales, relationship, risk, compliance, legal, transaction management, operations and product teams, he understands the obstacles that need to be overcome on transactions and how to get deals over the line successfully. Consequently, his training focuses on providing participants with the essential foundations, commercial awareness and thought processes necessary to manage and run transactions effectively and with minimum risk.
Our trainer writes regularly on banking and finance and legal technology related topics and he sits on the editorial board for Butterworths’ Journal of International Banking and Financial Law. He was also a member of the PSL advisory board for Lexis PSL’s banking and finance module from 2017 to 2023 and has also sat on the ABFA (now UK Finance) legal and technical committee.
He has participated in numerous major law reform projects and consultations including the University of Oxford led Secured Transactions Law Reform Project, the City of London Law Society’s Secured Transaction Code Project, the UK Jurisdiction Taskforce consultation on crypto-assets, distributed ledger technology and smart contracts and the England & Wales Law Commission’s calls for evidence on smart contracts and digital assets. He has also provided input into several UK Government legislative consultations.
As a mentor, he has helped the development of many lawyers and young professionals and he has also been a member of the law firm panel at Barclays Eagle Labs Legal Tech Hub, London providing help, support and pro-bono advice to a wide range of new start-up legal-tech businesses from the UK and overseas.