JMW Launch Real Estate Finance Team

Full service law firm JMW Solicitors LLP have successfully launched a Real Estate Finance team, led by Partners Warren Martin and Jodi Lund.

This new specialist department will strengthen the firms overall Real Estate offering by adding to the existing Real Estate Commercial and Real Estate Residential departments.

The Real Estate Finance team at JMW undertakes work on behalf of numerous lending institutions including banks and specialist lenders who operate in short term lending and bridging lending spheres.

The dedicated team currently comprises of 4 Partners and 18 other team members. The plans for further growth for the team are already progressed with a further five team members arriving shortly. In May 2018 department head Warren Martin, became an Equity Partner having joined JMW 3 years ago. Warren acts for Banks and other Lending Institutions having worked in the Property Finance area for 18 years. Jodi Lund has also progressed from Senior Associate to Fixed Share Equity Partner in the four years she has worked at JMW. Jodi has a particular specialism in representing the buy to let investor and lender clients from private bridging lenders on a separate representation basis to institutional banks and PLC’s on a dual representation basis.

The newly formed team has significant experience in handling a wide range of real estate finance cases for both institutional and private lenders, in both regulated and unregulated market sectors and are experienced in dealing with introducer-led business, mainly by brokers, and offering dual representation where appropriate.

A recent addition to the team is Partner Russel Forward who joined JMW from Brabners. Russel specialises in all areas of real estate finance, acting for a number of national lenders, regional lenders and short-term lenders. He also specialises in real estate workout and restructuring work, assisting lenders in creating and implementing workout strategies for distressed loans against secured property. Previously Russel under-took a 9 month secondment at RBS where he assisted on the legal aspects of refinancing and restructuring.He has previously worked with various financial institutions including Arbuthnot Latham, Brown Shipley, Seneca Bridging Limited and Yorkshire Bank.

Notable clients for JMW’s Real Estate Finance team include Precise Mortgages, Lowry Capital and Social Money.Following the recent launch, the team were subsequently named one of only two panel firms for LendInvest, a specialist property finance lender on its first official panel for its Buy-to-Let products.

Commenting on the creation of the Real Estate Finance team, Warren Martin, Head of the Department said:

“We decided to create a dedicated Real Estate Finance team as part of our very successful Real Estate offering to help service our ever increasing number of specialist lenders. Our team offers a wealth of expertise in real estate finance work across a range of financial institutions such as banks, bridging lenders and Fintech companies. We were delighted to be appointed to the LendInvest panel as soon as the team had newly formed. We are already looking to grow further in the coming months to develop the experience within our team.”

Joy Kingsley, Senior Partner at JMW commented:

“We are delighted that Warren Martin and Jodi Lund have formed a specialist Real Estate Finance team that can give dedicated support to those specialist-lending clients. The team is already out-performing its target for the year 2018/19, being 26% ahead 4 months into the year. We are pleased to welcome Russel and look forward to his contribution to this fast growing team.”

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