Laura Bretherton Partner

Laura advises sponsor, lender and borrower clients on a range of real estate finance transactions, with a particular focus on commercial investment and development financings.

Her sector experience includes build-to-rent (BTR) and private rented sector (PRS), offices, industrial, student accommodation, and hospitality and leisure – with a focus on hotels.

In addition she increasingly assists clients with sustainability and ESG-linked lending in real estate transactions.

Laura is named by MergerLinks as a rising star for most active up-and-coming financing lawyers in EMEA for 2023.

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What people are saying


"Laura Bretherton is very capable and has significant experience across a range of real estate financing matters. She clearly has excellent technical knowledge and can apply this in a practical manner to deliver pragmatic and commercial advice."

The Legal 500 2024

"Laura Bretherton was central to assisting us through a very challenging transaction last year. Throughout, she demonstrated strong technical legal skills coupled with sensible commercial views to assist us in finding an acceptable solution to each issue which arose."

The Legal 500 2024

"Her ability to address the various legal and commercial issues which arise during the course of negotiations is essential to ensuring we are able to deliver on complex transactions."

Chambers UK 2024

"Laura is an exceptional lawyer who is always on hand to discuss complex legal points and find resolutions to potential issues before they become a problem."

Chambers UK 2023

"Laura Bretherton’s client service-oriented approach inspires complete confidence at every step through a transaction. She provides advice clearly and confidently. Laura is also a lovely person to deal with personally day-to-day, and as a result she seems to effortlessly form solid working relationships across deals."

The UK Legal 500 2023

"Laura Bretherton is extremely sharp and provides top-quality responses in pressured situations."

Chambers UK 2022