Neil Patterson, who is based out of Aberdein Considine’s office in Newcastle, has been appointed a Partner in the firm’s Banking Litigation team (part of LSPG) and he will be working with financial services organisations across the UK.
He has over 12 years’ experience dealing with complex and defended mortgage litigation matters in the UK, advising banks, building societies and other lenders on a range of issues including recovery strategies and dispute resolution.
Building on his experience in the UK Neil’s career also saw him work in South Africa, specialising in banking and commercial litigation.
In addition to Neil’s appointment Aberdein Considine has also hired a further two lawyers who will join the Banking Litigation team in Newcastle.
Diane Gundersen joins the firm as a Senior Associate with over two decades of experience in legal services. She trained and qualified at Eversheds, and has specialised in banking and financial services litigation for around 10 years.
Curtis Broadhead, who trained at Keebles LLP, has been appointed as a Legal Executive in Newcastle, bringing particular expertise in the areas of unsecured lending and commercial debt recovery.
These appointments follow the firm’s recruitment of 17 new members of staff last year in its Newcastle office after securing new clients in 2020, including major UK retail banks.
Thomas Lillie, Partner in charge of Newcastle and UK Head of Legal , Lender Services, Aberdein Considine said: “We’re really delighted to attract someone of Neil’s experience and expertise, a lawyer who is highly respected in his field.
There’s incredible competition for talented lawyers and we’d also like to welcome Diane and Curtis who will add considerable skill and knowledge to our litigation team.
“We’re a multi-jurisdictional supplier of banking litigation and debt recovery and with our practice growing significantly over the past few years, this brings unique challenges.
These appointments, together with our major recruitment drive in Newcastle over the last 12 months will ensure our clients receive the highest standards of service at all times.”
The Lender Services Practice Group, which includes the banking and finance litigation team, represents the majority of UK banks and financial institutions, including Royal Bank of Scotland, Nationwide Building Society and Lloyds Banking Group.