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About Louise

Louise has specialised in banking and finance law for over 15 years, initially at Clifford Chance, 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 both of their Retail Charity Bond issues
  • 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 various schools, charities and leisure providers in relation to funding arrangements


Professional Memberships

Law Society of England & Wales

Career Experience

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

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

A client of Louise Leaver

Louise is described as a “very strong relationship manager with good technical knowledge.”  She is “well informed and goes the extra mile to get the right outcome for us.”

Chambers and Partners UK, 2016

Upcoming Events

Tuesday 21st January 2020 | Registration & refreshments: 8.30am | Start: 8.45am | Finish: 9.45am

Capital Markets and Regulatory Update

This Treasury Seminar, hosted by our Finance team, will provide a general update on finance policies and sector developments including: Private Placements – tips on overseas and unsecured funding through a private placement Public Bonds – update on Prospectus Regulations, …

Winckworth Sherwood, Minerva House, 5 Montague Close. London SE1 9BB

Speakers: Louise Leaver

Thursday 27th February 2020 | Registration & refreshments: 8.30am | Start: 8.45am | Finish: 9.45am

Charging Update

This Treasury seminar will cover recent developments in the charging sector, including: Uplifts to MV-ST and current practice. The effect of mortgagee exclusion clauses on both uplifts and S106 Agreements generally in respect of value. An update on MMC and …

Winckworth Sherwood, Minerva House, 5 Montague Close. London SE1 9BB

Wednesday 4th December 2019

Social Housing Annual Conference 2019

At this year’s Social Housing Annual Conference our Finance team will be hosting the breakfast briefing: ‘Social housing finance – the new normal’. The world is changing: Hear RP and funder views on the new structures and funding sources that …

155 Bishopsgate. London EC2M 3YD