Trade Finance

Service overview: Trade finance lawyers

  • Trade finance concerns the supply of financial instruments to facilitate international trade and commerce. It helps importers and exporters to transact business through trade.
  • Trade finance can help reduce the risks from global trade by reconciling the needs of an exporter and importer.
  • It provides an exporter with payment according to an agreement while the importer might be extended credit to fulfil the order.
  • As a trade finance law firm, we advise on all aspects of trade finance, including documentary and standby letters of credit, export and pre-export facilities, guarantee issuance facilities, carriage of goods’ contracts and shipping terms, receivables’ financing, factoring and discounting arrangements.
  • Key issues with trade finance include currency fluctuations, political instability, non-payment and creditworthiness.

What we do: Trade finance legal advice

We provide advice to banks, financial institutions, traders, brokers, ship owners, insurers, producers and industrial end-users on all aspects of the financing of trade. Depending on your needs, we can advise on bilateral transactions, taking participations, syndicated financings and arrangements to transfer credit risk.

Our lawyers can assist you with your requirements and walk you through these processes to guarantee a smooth transaction. Some of the typical documents, agreements and services we would help your business with include:

  • lending lines of credit
  • standby letters of credit
  • export and pre-export facilities
  • carriage of goods’ contracts
  • factoring and discounting arrangements
  • export credit or working capital
  • shipping terms

Our trade finance solicitors will also work closely with our corporate, asset finance and tax teams to cover all aspects of your deal, so legal work is seamlessly undertaken throughout your entire transaction.

Who we help: Banks, traders, brokers, ship owners, insurers

We regularly give expert legal advice on trade finance throughout all stages of a transaction to a wide range of clients, including:

  • banks
  • traders
  • brokers
  • ship owners
  • insurers

This expert advice includes our considerable experience in advising on credit and facility documents, preparation and negotiation of inter-creditor deeds and the structuring of deals.

Pricing plans

Our three transparent pricing packages are designed to give you the widest possible access to high-quality legal advice, whatever the size and nature of your business:


Straightforward access to senior solicitors at a competitive rate.

An affordable solution for businesses needing one-off legal support. Receive ‘City’ partner-level expertise at a fraction of ‘City’ prices.


Have legal peace of mind for £189 per month with additional support from £125 per hour.

A monthly subscription legal support package specifically designed for start-ups and smaller businesses.


Providing you with priority access to a dedicated panel of highly experienced solicitors.

Fully account managed quarterly subscription service for businesses with more complex legal needs.

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A national law firm

We mainly work remotely, so we can work with you wherever you are. But we can arrange face-to-face meeting at our offices or a location of your choosing.

Our commercial lawyers are based in or close to major cities across the UK, providing expert legal advice to clients both locally and nationally.

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