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Louise Leaver

Position: Partner

Core Areas: Social Housing & Finance

Chambers UK 2016 - Louise Leaver  Legal 500 - Leading Individual 2016

Louise has specialised in banking and finance law for over 15 years, initially at Clifford Chance, acting for lenders and since October 2010, as head of the banking practice at Winckworth Sherwood. She has significant experience acting for both borrower and lender clients especially in the housing and projects sectors on all types of funding and security transactions.

Over the last few years Louise has also used her city expertise and understanding of the sector to help clients such as M&G Investments and Metro Bank Plc to evolve and document new funding structures.  Louise and the team advise a variety of clients of all sizes, including some of the largest housing associations (11 of the G15), charities, corporate borrowers and funders.  They also advise on innovative alternative finance structures, including equity funding and SPV structures as well as joint arrangements with local authorities, developers and third party investors.


Recent experience

  • Acting on behalf of Hightown Praetorian & Churches Housing Association in relation to their debut Retail Charity Bond issue
  • Acting for L&Q in relation to structuring and funding their PRS portfolio
  • Acting for M&G in relation to over £500m of privately placed notes issued by RPs
  • Acting for A2 Dominion in relation to the funding of several JV development sites
  • Acting for Genesis Housing Association as co-sponsor of a new funding model with LINQ Housing
  • Acting for Barratt in relation to the joint venture funding for the acquisition and development of Aldgate Place
  • Acting for various schools, charities and leisure providers in relation to funding arrangements

Client testimonial

"Louise is very good, very knowledgeable and responsive. She is well-known, respected, sensible and calm"

Professional memberships

Law Society of England & Wales

Work history

2010 to present, Partner, Winckworth Sherwood
2005 to 2010, Senior Associate, Clifford Chance, London 
2002 to 2004, Associate, Clifford Chance, Amsterdam 
1998 to 2002, Associate, Clifford Chance, London
1996 to 1998, Trainee Solicitor, Clifford Chance, London 

Personal interests

Louise enjoys photography, cooking, and playing the piano.

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Upcoming Events :

Planning for Housing Delivery - implications of the White Paper and the CIL Review

Thu 30 Mar 2017

Minerva House, 5 Montague Close, London SE1 9BB

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"The firm is very good to work with."

Chambers and Partners UK, 2016