Partner, Real Estate

Nicole Priestley

Nicole is a Partner in the Real Estate team at Thomson Snell & Passmore and whilst having experience in a wide range of commercial property areas, specialises in real estate finance.

Nicole works with a number of institutional lenders in respect of development and bridging loan facilities ranging in size and scope. The nature of the work requires knowledge and expertise in property, planning, construction and corporate matters, and often input from other departments within the firm which Nicole manages and leads. The work often requires a commercial and risk based analysis of any matters that may arise during the course of a transaction, along with a solution based approach, in order to provide advice to clients that is thorough and accurate, but at the same time concise, along with options to allow clients to make informed decisions that are appropriate for their business.

Nicole works in all stages of a real estate finance transaction to provide a full service including the preparation of loan and security documentation and property due diligence. Throughout a transaction Nicole will not only be in continuous communication with lender-clients but also their other appointed professionals including Surveyors and Valuers to ensure any points arising are dealt with collaboratively, and as swiftly and as early on in a transaction as possible.

Nicole started her career as a Trainee Lawyer with the firm and within four years progressed from being a newly qualified solicitor in the real estate team in September 2017, to being made a Senior Associate in June 2021 and Partner in June 2024.

Nicole Priestley, Real Estate

Specialisms & expertise

  • Real estate development Finance
  • Real estate investment Finance
  • Bridging finance
  • Property development
  • Inter-creditor arrangements.

Examples of work

Nicole is currently working on residential development loan facilities

Nicole recently completed a development loan facility for a lender client in the sum of over £13,000,000

Nicole also recently completed a development loan facility with a client of over £7,000,000 to assist the client’s borrower

Achievements & other appointments

Nicole has been recognised in The Legal 500.

Legal 500 - uk-recommended-lawyer-2023 logo Insider media property awards - shortlisted- 2023


Nicole undertook her law degree at Exeter University, and then completed her Legal Practice Law at BPP in London, before starting her training contract with the firm in 2015 and then qualifying as a solicitor in 2017.