Toby Barker > DLA Piper > London, England > Lawyer Profile

DLA Piper
160 Aldersgate Street

Living Wage

Work Department

Finance, Projects and Restructuring


UK Head Real Estate Finance

Toby Barker has extensive experience in acting for lenders on a broad range of transactions including senior and mezzanine debt, development funding and tax-driven structures.

He has particular knowledge in cross-border work and has acted on transactions involving a number of different jurisdictions including Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Holland, France, Hungary and China.

Whilst acting predominantly for lenders, Toby regularly undertakes work for borrowers and has experience in dealing with most types of property and sectors including healthcare, residential, student accommodation, hotel and leisure and commercial.


2006 to date, Partner, DLA Piper
2003 to 2006, Associate, DLA Piper
1999 to 2003, Solicitor, DJ Freeman
1997 to 1999, Solicitor, Underwood & Co


English, French and German


Law Society


Reading University, BA Hons History
London College of Law, CPE Diploma, LPC (with merit)

Lawyer Rankings

London > Real estate > Property finance

(Leading individuals)

Toby BarkerDLA Piper

DLA Piper is known for its expertise in cross-border financings, particularly advising on deals involving pan-European portfolios. The team regularly handles acquisition and development finance, advising clients on both the lender and borrower sides, and focuses on assets such as hotels, student accommodation, and co-living and co-working spaces. The firm also has a niche expertise in sports stadium financing, where Paul Gray is particularly active, and advises on restructurings and CMBS issuances. Toby Barker, whose expertise covers hotels and hospitality assets, leads the team, which also includes Christopher Chan.