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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 is particularly known for acting on the borrower side of social housing finance matters and is hailed for the ‘detailed knowledge and understanding‘ of the sector. The practice frequently advises the largest registered providers in the UK on the raising of debt finance, the issuance of own name bonds, private placements and borrowing from specialised social housing funds or local authorities as well as the charging of property as securities for loan facilities. ‘Knowledgeable, personable and practicalJulian Barker heads the banking and capital markets team, and specialises in all types of finance options for registered providers. Sharon Kirkham is the head of the securitisation team and has a specialism in providing advice on the property aspects of giving security. Gary Grigor, Chris Drabble, Alice OvertonAndrew Cowan  and Natalie Swales are further key practitioners with specialisms in the financing arrangements of mergers, property charging issues, bond issues and constitutional social housing matters respectively.

London > Real estate > Social housing: local authorities and registered providers

Devonshires Solicitors LLP fields ‘a wide range of experienced partners who can assist with matters that arise across the affordable housing and RP sectors‘. The team acts for a plethora of housing associations and registered providers on social housing issues and can and boasts ‘great strength in terms of areas of expertise and levels of experience‘. Andrew Cowan specialises in banking and governance work in the social housing sector. ‘FantasticDonna McCarthy heads the housing management and property litigation team and is particularly experienced in acting in public law, human rights, and Equality Act challenges, while Sharon Kirkham heads the property charging work. The cross-departmental team also features banking specialist Julian Barker, dispute resolution lawyer James Dunn, construction specialist Mark London as well as Triya Maicha, Neil Toner and Jonathan Corris, who head the real estate and projects team. The unit was further strengthened with the arrivals of Matthew Waters and Katie Fung. Former housing management and property head Nick Billingham retired in April 2022 but continues to support the team on a consultancy basis.