Natalie Barnes > Shoosmiths LLP > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Shoosmiths LLP
B4 6BJ

Work Department

Banking & Finance


Natalie is an experienced finance lawyer specialising in acting for both borrowers and lenders on asset based lending transactions, both domestic and cross border.

Natalie typically acts for financial institutions and corporates on asset finance transactions including receivables finance, plant & machinery loans, inventory loans, property loans and cashflow facilities.

Recent examples of work include:

  • acting for HSBC Bank Plc and HSBC Invoice Finance (UK) Limited in connection with a full asset based lending facility and term loan to support the management buyout of Parweld (manufacturer and wholesaler of welding equipment) and provide ongoing working capital;
  • acting for IGF Business Credit Limited in connection with a £3.9m invoice discounting and plant & machinery package to support Thames Card Limited (developer, manufacturer and distributor of payment, gift, loyalty and commercial cards);
  • acting for Arbuthnot Commercial Asset Based Lending Limited in connection with a £10.7m all asset finance package to support Anglian Windows (one of the UK’s leading end-to-end retailers, manufacturers and installers of home improvement products);
  • acting for Arbuthnot Commercial Asset Based Lending Limited in connection with a flexible £8m receivables finance facility to support the refinancing of MAN Commercial Protection Limited (a national high-end security services provider).
  • Natalie joined Shoosmiths as a partner in 2019 following six years at Irwin Mitchell and prior to that six years at Squire Patton Boggs.


Lawyer Rankings

London > Finance > Asset based lending

(Next Generation Partners)

Natalie BarnesShoosmiths LLP

Galvanised at the end of 2019 by the arrival of Jon Bew and Natalie Barnes from Irwin MitchellShoosmiths LLP has rapidly gained visibility in the market as a result of the strong connections and excellent track record both practitioners have for dispensing ‘industry leading advice and support at very competitive rates’. Bew now heads a dedicated team out of the firm’s Birmingham office and along with Barnes has hit the ground running, advising a primarily funder-focused client base on ABL-related structures (including receivables financings, supply chain finance, invoice discounting and off balance sheet structures) to provide financing/refinancing to regional and UK-wide businesses, many of which required urgent injections of liquidity to shore up balance sheets impacted as a result of the pandemic.

West Midlands > Finance > Banking and finance

(Next Generation Partners)

Natalie BarnesShoosmiths LLP

A ‘diverse team with experienced partners and associates’, Shoosmiths LLP is home to a lender-focused practice with wide-reaching expertise, acting on a range of matters including acquisition, real estate, project, education and pensions finance in addition to asset-based lending and general corporate banking. Practice head Jon Bew is extensively experienced in international and syndicated transactions in addition to domestic bilateral facilities; he is closely supported by Natalie Barnes and the pair are praised as ‘at the absolute top of their profession’. David Adams is another partner of prominence and is noted for ‘adding value to transactions with a capacity to work through challenging scenarios’.