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Julian Barker

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Devonshires Solicitors LLP

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Banking and Governance


Julian is a partner and head of the banking and capital markets team. The team is recognised in Chambers 2015 as 'of the highest standards' when it comes to acting for borrowers. He advises on all aspects of finance made available to registered providers, including bond issues (wholesale and retail, secured and unsecured), private placements, syndicated and bilateral loans, the funding of LSVTs, PFI funding, intra-group funding and interest rate derivatives and related security. He also advises on security trustee arrangements in connection with the group funding arrangements of registered providers.

Notable transactions include acting for numerous registered providers on their own name bond issues, including Circle Anglia, Genesis, London and Quadrant, Notting Hill, Moat, Amicus Horizon, Hyde, Saffron Housing Trust, Clarion, Great Places, Radian, Together Housing Group, WM Housing Group, Southern Housing, BPHA, Thrive Homes, Yorkshire Housing and Swan, acting for A2Dominion Group on its unsecured retail bond issues and wholesale bond issues; acting for Catalyst Housing Group, Bromford, Newlon, Suffolk Housing Society, Regenda, Waterloo, Aldwyck and Orbit Group on their private placements; advising numerous registered providers on funding for lending loans and borrowing from THFC and Affordable Housing Finance plc, acting for numerous registered providers in connection with their group refinancings.

A natural sciences graduate from Durham University, Julian completed his legal training at Simmons and Simmons. From there he went on to a role in the general banking groups at Allen & Overy and then to Eversheds’ Cambridge office where he acted for both banks and borrowers on various acquisitions, MBOs and property financing transactions.


Articled Simmons & Simmons; qualified 1996; joined Devonshires 2005; partner Devonshires 2007.


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Durham University; College of Law.


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London: Real estate

Social housing: finance

Within: Leading individuals

Julian Barker - Devonshires Solicitors LLP

Within: Social housing: finance

At Devonshires Solicitors LLP, ‚Äėthe strength of the team lies in its deep knowledge of the highly regulated environment surrounding social housing‚Äô. For some clients, that expertise makes that the team ‚Äėthe go-to firm for registered providers‚Äô involved in any variety of fund raising exercises, from debt capital markets issuances and private placements, to borrowing activities from funds and local authorities. Capital markets highlights have included Julian Barker¬†advising Martlet Homes on a ¬£400m A+ rated bond issuance, and acting for Aldwyck Housing Group in relation to a ¬£40m private placement. In the bank lending space, a team including Andrew Cowan¬†advised Your Housing Group on seven new and restated facility agreements totalling ¬£457m. Similarly, Barker and Sharon Kirkham¬†assisted Hyde Housing Association with a ¬£760m refinancing transaction, which involved restructuring debt and various swaps with five separate banks. Further, Gary Grigor¬†advised The Riverside Group on two new facilities and one restated facility with HSBC Bank, Svenska Handelsbanken and Barclays Bank totalling ¬£200m. The firm also has an active property charging practice led by Richard Sharpe¬†and Saghar Roya, which acted for L&Q to help secure two separate ¬£500m bond issuances. Chris Drabble¬†specialises in security-related transactions and heads the firm‚Äôs Leeds office.

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