Paul McCluskey has joined the Synergy network as a Franchisee and will be operating as Gemstone Legal Limited.

With 30 + years of financial services experience, Paul McCluskey has spent his career working with SME businesses.  His decision to specialise in professional practice enabled him to have a deep understanding of legal and accountancy practices.  As head of Bank of Scotland Professionals and laterally as UK head of Professional Practices at Lloyds and Bank of Scotland, Paul was able to develop the bank’s wider proposition including banking finance and risk.  With banks moving away from sector specialism he decided to set up Gemstone Legal Limited which is a specialist finance and risk consultancy serving professional practices throughout the UK.

Paul is also a Law Society approved Lexcel assessor and consultant. Which allows him to have a deeper understanding of the operational challenges of a legal practice.

Paul became a broker as he was disenfranchised with the legal sector offering by the big 4 UK banks.  He is keen to help law firms structure their borrowing requirements which helps to ensure they are adequately capitalised and able to better support their business ambitions.

After discussing the Synergy network with Piotr Twaits, the Sales Director of Synergy Commercial Finance. The thing that impresses Paul was the support structure available to franchisees.  With an ever-changing regulatory landscape and the development of innovative products across multiple lenders, it is comforting to know that the central Synergy team ensure their brokers are up to date with any developments.

Paul explained:

“The broker in a box package enables me to have full independence but instant credibility with a wide range of funders and helps me to offer a fuller service to my professional practice customers. The additional support to deal with compliance and IT is also invaluable.

Focussing on existing known connections, strategic partnerships, and business referrals.  Paul hopes to develop his introducer network to reach a UK wide exposure.

We would like to take this opportunity and welcome Paul McCluskey on board to the Synergy family and wish him the best of luck for the future.

If you would like to know more about how to become a franchisee. The unique Synergy Finance opportunities and to discover how we can help boost the success your commercial broker business. Please do not hesitate to contact us.  You can call us on 01904 481 786.  You can also email: or you can send a message using the online form on our Contact page.

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