Tom Chapman

My focus is recruiting into specialist Asset Finance teams for positions in both private firms and in-house. In this fast growing market, matching the right people to opportunities is crucial for my clients. I take great satisfaction from helping my clients solve these challenges and helping my candidates make rewarding career moves.



Asset and Project Finance Lawyer
£110000 - £150000

A market leading private practice has enlisted our support in their search for an Asset and Project Finance Associate for their Frankfurt office. We had a great discussion with the hiring partner about this position and look forward to assisting you throughout the application process.


You will be involved in a broad range of asset finance work, from aviation finance to some rail finance and even structured investment products. You will also be exposed to financial project insolvency issues as well as general project and corporate M&A work.


From our conversations with the hiring partner, the key draws of this job include:

  • Quality of work. You will be doing the highest quality aviation finance work in the market.
  • Collegiate office. The team is friendly and work closely with the London office.
  • Remuneration and progression. Our client pays near the top end of the market and has great career prospects.


You will be common law qualified, with England & Wales qualified lawyers having an advantage. Due to the complexity of the work, you will need to be 2+ PQE. A background in Asset Finance is highly desirable but lawyers with a broader finance experience will be considered.


If the above role is of interest, do get in touch for a discreet discussion.

Contentious Energy, Construction and Infrastructure Lawyer
Salary Details Available on Request
United Kingdom

A well-established international law practice has enlisted our support to grow their contentious Oil & Gas Practice in the UK.

This is an exciting opportunity for a mid-level oil and gas associate to join an award-winning team, in a growing area of practice. The team has a broad range of legal capabilities, which include construction, infrastructure and energy law.

You will be working on construction and engineering disputes in adjudication, litigation and arbitration.

Some of the key draws of this job include:

  • Prestige. Our client has a strong reputation in the legal industry.
  • Exposure to international work. You will be working in collaboration with our client’s various international offices.
  • Excellent support and business development opportunities.

This role is open to common law qualified lawyers of between 2 to 5 PQE. Any exposure to contentious construction or energy disputes will be an advantage.

If the above role is of interest, do get in touch.

Non-contentious Energy and Project Lawyer
£46,000 to £70,000

The highly ranked, future facing Power team of an internationally renowned law firm are looking to expand with the addition of a mid-to-senior lawyer for their Glasgow office.

You will be joining a small and well-run team with a collegiate atmosphere. The hiring partner is well-regarded and receives instructions from leading project sponsors. 

The work regularly involves a broad range of some of the worlds leading energy companies, developers and project financiers on some of the highest value transactions and renewable energy projects in the UK and advising major players for power projects in Europe, Africa and South America.

The key draws of this job include:

  • Quality of Work. You will be working with the London team on the very latest and highest quality renewable energy projects transactions.
  • Prestige. You will be joining one of the most well-regarded law firms in the energy space.
  • Transparent bonus structure. Half the bonus is based on billable hours and the other half is performance based.

You will be England & Wales and/or Commonwealth qualified with at least 3 years PQE and a background in energy, projects, construction or oil and gas work. The hiring partner is known to value ambition and autonomy.

If the above role has caught your interest, do get in touch for a discreet conversation.

Construction Lawyer
Salary Details Available on Request

Our services have been retained by a leading international law firm in their search for an experienced lawyer for their construction practice here in London.


This is a rare opportunity to work with a driven, dynamic and inclusive practice, advising leading businesses, financial institutions, and government entities on some of the biggest construction projects in the world.


Your main scope of work will involve Power Projects, with a focus on renewable energy. You will also be exposed to some real estate development, transport infrastructure and restructuring work.


From speaking with the hiring partner, the key draws of this job include:


  • Prestige. Our client boasts one of the most recognisable brands in the legal industry. 
  • High Remuneration. Your salary will sit comfortably near the top end of the market.
  • Quality of work. You will be working on some of the biggest and most iconic projects globally.


Due to the complexity of the work, you will be at least 4 PQE, with a background in construction law. Ideally, you specialise in energy projects, EPC or infrastructure. Common law qualified lawyers will be considered, but our client has expressed a preference for England & Wales or Australian qualified lawyers.


If the above position is of interest, do get in touch.

Banking & Finance Lawyer
Salary Details Available on Request

Wadkins Associates is supporting an established International Law firm as they look to grow their Banking & Finance Practice in Frankfurt, Germany.

You will be advising financial institutions, funds, private equity investors and other market players in a variety of cross-border financing transactions, including leveraged, acquisition, bank/ bond and real estate financings and restructurings.

From our conversations with the hiring partner, some of the key advantages this role has to offer include:

  • High quality international work and training. Our client has one of the best training programmes in the market and does big ticket banking and finance work.
  • Opportunity for business development. The hiring partner is very supportive of business development efforts.
  • Collegiate, collaborative office. You will have the chance to collaborate with offices internationally and the members of the Frankfurt office are inclusive and supportive.

England and Wales qualified lawyers are preferred, although our client will consider common law qualified lawyers. A background in banking finance would be ideal, although not essential. Due to the international nature of the practice, fluency in English is mandatory and our client will consider a range of lawyers from junior to senior associates.

If the above position is of interest, do get in touch.

Banking & Finance Lawyer
Salary Details Available on Request

A top-tiered European private practice is looking to grow their office with the addition of a Banking and Finance lawyer.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a leading law firm which prides itself on their customer service and maintaining client relationships attracting many of the world’s top corporations as well as private individuals.

You will be working on a broad range of structured, project, corporate, syndicated and acquisition finance. You will also be exposed to financial restructurings, derivatives and regulatory matters.

The key advantages of this job include:

  • Prestige. Our client is well regarded and acknowledged by most as the country’s leading law firm.
  • Excellent prospects, personal development and competitive remuneration.
  • Exposure to international work. You will be advising clients from all over the world with it’s connections and expertise spanning the globe.

England & Wales qualified lawyers between 2 to 6 PQE will be ideal. However, qualified lawyers from other jurisdictions will be considered as long as they have been doing English qualified finance work. Business proficiency in English is mandatory and basic French or German would be an advantage.

Asset Finance Solicitor - Aviation, Ship and Rail
£90000 - £120000

Our client is an international law firm with an outstanding reputation in asset finance across the asset classes. The team has gone from strength to strength over the last few years and is now looking to grow its offering again.

A top tier firm, the team has a global reputation for working on high value transactions in aviation, ship finance and rail.  After speaking to the Head of the Team, one of the leading international lawyers within asset finance, we are keen to highlight the following advantages:

  • The team work on behalf of a wide range of clients including lessors, banks, financial institutions, airlines and shipowners.
  • You will be working on cutting edge transactions, formulating new innovative finance and legal structures as well as joint ventures and corporate structures.
  • One of the largest teams in the sector,  you can expect thorough support and training throughout your career.
  • The team have one of the best retention rates in the sector. They strive to retain talented lawyers by balancing high salaries, exposure to excellent work and reasonable billable hours  targets.

If you are looking for a role that offers exposure to complex transactions and a good working environment, please get in touch to discuss the role in detail.


Ship Finance Associate
£75000 - £94000

A longstanding client of ours has asked for our assistance in the hire of a ship finance lawyer into its London team.

An international law firm with a strong presence in shipping, the hiring team focuses solely on marine transactions. They strive to utilise their rounded knowledge of the marine industry to advise both commercially and efficiently on a wide range of transactions.

The lead partner in the team has given us a good insight into what you could gain from joining:

  •                 The team advise on a range of financings and transactions in the shipping sector, from secured lending and export credit financing to more specialised corporate and commercial transactions. They mainly operate on the owner side, working for global names in the space and offering advice on the financing of a broad range of vessels.
  •                 What really sets them apart from a number of their competitors is the work life balance. At the lower end of London Billable hours targets you can expect to be working on high quality work without working exceptionally long hours.
  •                 The team also offers fantastic training and development. There will be good partner exposure and great peer support throughout your career.

If you are interested in finding out more about the role, the team and offering we would be happy arrange a proper conversation to discuss.