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Solicitor- Banking & Finance- Leeds (2224)

We’re a national law firm with a local reach. Our philosophy is ‘Expert Hand, Human Touch’ – something you’ll find in the way we work with our clients and how we support our teams. But, we’re more than just a law firm – we’re a team, working together to help individuals and businesses navigate life’s ups and downs.

Whichever team you join, working here you’ll feel a part of our friendly and inclusive environment. We’ll value you for who you are and what you bring. We support each other and push boundaries to achieve incredible things, and make a real difference to our clients and communities.

The work we do has been recognised in the awards we’ve won. We’re committed to being even better, and our awards help to show we’re on the right track.

We recognise that the office 9-5 isn’t for everyone. That’s why we’ve introduced ‘Flexible by Choice’. Whether it’s working from home, in our offices, or a combination of the both, we trust each other to support our clients, colleagues and communities at the right time, in the right way.


The Team

Irwin Mitchell’s Banking and Finance Team, led in Leeds by Paddy Sturman, has substantial experience in banking and debt finance transactions across a wide range of sectors and with a national footprint. The Team regularly advises banks, funders and borrowers on real estate finance (both investment and development), leveraged finance and corporate banking transactions.

The Banking and Finance Team’s clients include HSBC UK Bank plc, National Westminster Bank plc, Lloyds Banking Group, Santander UK plc, ThinCats, Nortdeutshce Landesbank and ICG as well as some high profile real estate development businesses and corporates.What we have been doing recently:

  • Advised HSBC on a syndicated £60,000,000 refinancing of a large, private equity backed Care Home Group
  • Advised Lloyds and Santander on a syndicated £135,000,000 financing to a well-known northern housebuilder.
  • Advised Gravity Fitness on a complex fund financing
  • Advised ICG on a £65,000,000 syndicated senior loan to an aparthotel business.
  • Advised Nordeutsche Landesbank on a £29,000,000 syndicated financing of a shopping centre.
  • Advised ThinCats on multiple leveraged facilities for varying purposes.
  • Worked regularly with HSBC, Santander and Lloyds on a range of corporate banking and real estate finance matters


Your Role

This is an excellent opportunity for an ambitious individual to join a growing team. You’ll have the chance to work closely with partners both in Leeds and London and be involved in varied and interesting transactions right from the start, working with well- established clients. Given the nature of the role, you will be highly organised and be able to work pragmatically. The role will involve working independently with support where required from partners but also working as part of a team for larger projects.

You’ll work to participate in relevant practice development initiatives, seek to get involved with business development opportunities and keep up to date with changes in relevant law and practice. You will also have the opportunity for secondments if this is something of interest. To drive best practice further, you will be an exceptional team player with the ability to work collaboratively to deliver the best outcomes for our clients and to develop other team members. You will have the opportunity to work for clients in the north of England butt also in London and this team is a truly national practice.


What We're Looking For
  • A clear enthusiasm for this area of law and a commitment to securing the best outcomes for your clients whilst working under pressure
  • The confidence to hit the ground running
  • The ability to work as part of a team
  • A passion for client care and providing a high-quality service at all times.


We’re proud of our values, and we’re looking for people who share them:

  • To be pioneering with an imaginative outlook
  • To be approachable and caring
  • To be tenacious in the pursuit of our objectives
  • To be efficient in the provision of our services
  • To work with a foundation of integrity.


If this sounds like you, we’d love to receive your application.


What we can offer you
  • 25 days annual leave, with the opportunity to buy additional leave
  • Two fundraising days in a year to give back to the community (fully paid!)
  • Westfield Health membership, offering discounted leisure and travel and refunds on medical services


We also offer a huge number of well-being initiatives to encourage positive mental health both in and out of the workplace as well as flexible working options to ensure that you are fully supported to work the way that best suits you. Our social responsibility programme is fundamental to who we are. We’re committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace where our colleagues can flourish. We have a range of groups to celebrate our people across sexuality, disability, age, gender and culture. 


We welcome applications from all diversity groups and backgrounds. We’re committed to enabling everyone to thrive and understanding and celebrating our differences is a key part of that. We’re proud of our work on the Disability Confident scheme, on the Race At Work Charter and as Stonewall Diversity Champions. We also have a range of networks for LGBT+, disability, generations, gender, social mobility, ethnicity, faith and culture to celebrate our people and to enable everyone to thrive.


Additional Information

As part of the Irwin Mitchell Group’s on-boarding process all successful applicants are required to complete the group’s employment screening process. This process helps to ensure that all new employees meet our standards in relation to honesty and integrity therefore protecting the interests of the Group, existing employees, clients, partners and other stakeholders.

Depending on the role you apply for we may carry out checks that will establish your eligibility to work in the UK, and criminal record check and financial checks ­with a credit reference agency will also be undertaken.

The employment screening process will fully comply with Data Protection and other applicable laws.

Irwin Mitchell LLP is an equal opportunity employer.

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4 Wellington Place, Leeds, Yorkshire, United Kingdom, LS1 4BZ

We're proud of our values, and we're looking for people who share them

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    Banking & Finance
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    Corporate & Finance
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