Clarion strengthens specialist banking and finance team

Pictured are Phil Dine, Carly Brown and Ben Slack

Clarion, which has built one of the largest dedicated banking and finance teams in the North, is continuing to expand its 19-strong practice with the appointment of senior associate Carly Brown and paralegal Lucy Poppleton.

With seven years’ experience in banking law, Carly joins from the Leeds office of a global law firm where she gained experience of advising both funders and borrowers on a broad range of banking matters. Her expertise includes specialist knowledge of leveraged finance and development and real estate finance, and further strengthens Clarion’s offering.

Lucy joins Clarion’s banking and finance team having worked for a London law firm for the last eight months after completing a Legal Practice Course with Law and Business MSc (distinction) at University of Law, Leeds. In her new role, she will assist the banking and finance team, working with clients such as asset-based lenders, banks and borrowers.

These latest appointments follow Francesca See joining the team as an associate solicitor just four months ago.

Phil Dine, partner in Clarion’s banking and finance team, said: “We are pleased to be adding further strength in depth by welcoming Carly, a senior and knowledgeable banking lawyer whose strong track record in leveraged finance will support our offering in this area. In addition, Lucy’s appointment is a demonstration of our ongoing commitment to bringing on board young talent as we continue to expand our team in order to meet the needs of existing clients as well as having the capacity to advise new clients.

“Not only are many of our clients growing, they are also facing a fast-changing market as CBILs wind down and the recovery loan scheme is put in place. Carly and Lucy will work with our expert team assisting clients as they explore alternative funding positions and help them navigate through the complexities of the funding landscape.”

Carly said: “It’s unusual to see a dedicated banking practice of Clarion’s size and capability within a regional firm. I’m excited to be joining such an experienced team; it’s a great opportunity to use my skills to support its continued growth.”

Clarion’s 19-strong banking and finance team, which includes three partners, provides a full range of financial advice to support clients’ funding needs from advice on corporate banking, leverage finance and real estate and development finance to asset based lending, alternative lending platforms banking disputes, distressed businesses and security enforcement.

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