Sharon qualified in 2011 and practiced as a corporate lawyer in Toronto, Canada for two years before joining Gateley Legal in 2016.  Since then, Sharon has developed a practice advising on corporate banking transactions with a particular focus on real estate and development finance transactions. She has experience acting for many of the major UK banks as well as property developers and corporate borrowers in a wide variety of sectors and industries. These transactions often involve offshore entities and complex structures involving off-shore trusts.


  1. Acting for a major clearing bank on the refinance of more than £125m of facilities to various offshore entities owned by a Mauritian parent secured on investment properties in England and Scotland with security granted by a JPUT.
  2. Advising a major clearing bank on a £14m facility to a limited partnership invested in by a Jersey Unit Trust and on the corporate group’s compliance with FSMA and operating a collective investment scheme.
  3. Acting for a major clearing bank on a £30m revolving credit facility secured on a large portfolio of residential properties.
  4. Acting for a major clearing back on providing an additional £10m facility to an AIM-listed English Plc to finance the acquisition of a US subsidiary which reported sales of $18m in 2018.
  5. Acting for Clowes Developments (UK) Limited in relation to the funding and security arrangements for its high-profile acquisition of Pride Park Stadium  and the business and assets of Derby County Football Club from its administrators.