WBD has hired an Associate, Jonathan Yates, in its Real Estate Finance and Investment team in Newcastle.

Jonathan has a broad range of commercial property experience with a particular focus on acting for funders and borrowers on real estate finance transactions often involving the financing of commercial and residential investment portfolios and development properties.

He has previously acted for many clearing and high street banks and advised numerous corporate and private borrowers. Jonathan is recommended in the current edition of the Legal 500 in which he is recognised for communicating in a clear jargon-free manner and offering timely advice.

John Ralph, Head of Real Estate Sector at WBD, said:

"We are delighted to have Jonathan joining us here at WBD. He has a very strong reputation and is another great example of the firm continuing to invest in outstanding individuals so we can maintain unsurpassed service and depth of resource in the North East. He will make an excellent addition to the real estate finance team, serving clients both here in Newcastle, and across the UK."   

Jonathan Yates, commented:

"WBD has an impressive client portfolio in the real estate sector which brings many opportunities to work on very exciting projects. The firm's combination with the US has formed a true transatlantic connection which makes it a very exciting time to be part of the business and I look forward to assisting with its further strategic growth."

Ranking in the UK's top 20 law firms and by Chambers as a Band 1 firm for National Leaders (Outside London) in real estate, WBD provides legal expertise in eleven key sectors from across eight offices in the UK and 18 offices in the US. The firm's housing and real estate client portfolio in the UK includes Homes England, Akelius, Taylor Wimpey, RentPlus, Grainger and Places for People.

Jonathan Yates