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Devonshires Solicitors LLP

Work Department

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.


Law Society.


Durham University; College of Law.


Sport including cricket, hockey, rugby and golf.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Real estate > Social housing: finance

(Hall of Fame)

Julian BarkerDevonshires Solicitors LLP

Devonshires Solicitors LLP’s social housing team frequently acts for registered providers in a range of finance-related matters, including debt finance, bond issues, and ESG loans. The practice predominately acts for borrowers in transactional matters, although the team saw an increase of activity on the lender side in 2022, in addition to a growing number of for-profit housing associations in its client roster. Julian Barker is head of the banking and capital markets team, and is praised for his ‘exceptional knowledge and connections in the sector‘; Barker specialises in finance for both for-profit and not-for-profit registered providers. Sharon Kirkham is head of the securitisation team, and advises clients on the property aspects of securitisation. Alice Overton takes a leading role in the firm’s consumer credit matters, counting a large number of registered providers in her client roster. The group assists clients on a national basis, with Gary Grigor and Chris Drabble heading the Leeds office and advising on a number of the team’s key matters. The firm has also seen recent expansion, with a new office opened in Birmingham in March 2022, and Rachel Orgill-Harris, the ‘exceptional‘ Natalie Swales, and Carlos Fernandes all promoted to partner in April 2023.