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Paddy Sturman



Paddy is a partner in our national Banking and Finance team. Paddy advises lenders and borrowers on all aspects of banking and finance including corporate M&A, corporate banking, real estate finance, restructuring and asset based lending. 

He has developed a reputation in Yorkshire over the last few years for being one of the “go to” finance lawyers and he has won praise for having “a very commercial approach, and excellent problem solving skills.” 

His key clients include Santander, Lloyds Banking Group, HSBC Bank, Yorkshire Bank, The Royal Bank of Scotland and Bank of Ireland. 

Recent highlights:

  • Advising Santander on its new relationship and £30m loan package with northern house builder, Harron Group
  • Advising leading motor retailer, JCT 600 Group on the finance elements of its acquisition of the Gilder Group
  • Advising Lloyds Commercial Finance on restructuring its invoice discounting facilities with leading insulation distributor, Encon Insulation
  • Advising Lloyds Bank on the Consilia-led management buy-out of synthetic fibre producer, Allied Textiles
  • Advising HSBC on the management buy-out of security distributor, Videcon plc
  • Advising Santander Corporate Real Estate on a £12m refinance of a portfolio of United Carpets franchises and mixed retail units
  • Advising Yorkshire Bank on £9m invoice finance facilities to Yorkshire Premier Meats, the UK’s leading meat processor
  • Advising Yorkshire Bank on the £5m refinance of leading commercial vehicle distributor, Universal Components UK from DBS Bank

Market view:

"His advice is always clear and very practical" and deems him "easy to work with." – Chambers & Partners, 2018

Clients describe him as "really user-friendly because he understands where you're trying to get to." - Chambers & Partners 2016

"Highly technical and refreshingly commercial" Paddy Sturman has a "willingness to think outside the box and bring innovation to solve a particular issue." - Legal 500 2015

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 20/05/2019
    New Report Calls For HS2 Review To Ensure It Delivers For The North

    “The North of England needs significant investment in transport infrastructure and I welcome a review of HS2 to ensure that it doesn’t just make it easier and quicker for people in the North and Midlands to travel to London. “An investment of this scale needs to ensure that it improves east to west links with cities in these regions, such as getting from Leeds to Manchester, and helps tackle the economic imbalances that currently exist by helping to improve productivity. “Our recent UK Powerhouse report highlighted that the economies of Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield are growing more slowly than their counterparts in the South East. This cannot be allowed to continue and new investment in transport should be targeted in places where historically it has been lower.”

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  • 07/05/2019
    Economic Growth In Leeds Will Struggle To Keep Pace With The South After Brexit Says Study

    “This report paints a mixed picture for Leeds. On one hand it shows that the growth in the South East continues to outpace the North, whilst on the other it points to the huge potential that the city has in terms of job creation. “Brexit has and will continue to take up a lot of Government time, but it is vital that it refocuses its attention on rebalancing the UK economy and building on the potential within the Northern Powerhouse.”

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  • 16/07/2018
    Leeds Sets Employment Growth Standard In Q1 2018

    “The current situation in Yorkshire looks fairly rosy and in the short term this is expected to continue. “Leeds has performed particularly strongly for employment growth and this is set to continue until the end of the year. Financial and business services account for 38% of total output in Leeds and so will be behind a large proportion of the employment growth, while the city has a large manufacturing sector that employs over 30,000 people. "According to our UK Powerhouse study, there are no Yorkshire towns and cities in the top 10 for GVA by the end of 2028. The fact that Northern cities are continuing to fall behind their southern counterparts highlights that much more need for more to be done to ensure Leeds and the wider Northern Powerhouse region can realise its true potential.”

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  • 12/06/2018
    Paddy Sturman Promoted To Head Up Irwin Mitchell Business Division In Leeds

    “It is a huge honour to lead Irwin Mitchell’s business division in Leeds. I am excited about the challenge that lies ahead and I look forward to working closely with colleagues not just within Irwin Mitchell’s business division in Leeds, but also its personal legal services and private client divisions, to ensure we operate as a fully connected and integrated firm which provides unrivalled client care.”

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