Julian graduated from Durham University in 1992 with a BSc Hons in Natural Sciences, before completing his CPE and LPC at the College of Law in Guildford between 1992 and 1994.
Partner Head of Banking and Capital Markets | COLP
Areas of Expertise
Julian advises on all aspects on finance made available to Registered Providers, including: bond issues (both wholesale and retail), private placements, syndicated and bilateral loans (sterling and other currencies), development finance loans, Private Finance Initiatives (PFIs), group refinancings in connection with mergers, intra-group lending and interest rate derivatives and related security.
He also advises on security trustee arrangements in connection with the group funding arrangements of Registered Providers.
Julian also advises corporate borrowers on their loan and security documentation in connection with acquisition finance and property finance transactions.
Prior to Devonshires, he worked as a banking lawyer in large city practices, including Allen & Overy LLP and SJ Berwin LLP, where he advised on commercial property finance, acquisition finance transactions and various types of general corporate lending, including management buyouts and management buy-ins.
Julian regularly features in external publications such as Social Housing and Inside Housing.
He is ranked as a key individual (Band 1) in the field of Social Housing Finance by Chambers, and “gives robust, sensible advice – he provides solutions rather than a series of options.” He is at the forefront of the banking team’s recent work on bond issues and clients describe him as “extremely flexible and a pleasure to work with”.
Julian is a “leading individual” in Legal 500 Hall of Fame and his team is “highly rated”. He is also ranked in Super Lawyers for his high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement in the area of banking law.
Julian is a keen hockey player and cricketer.
Chambers & Partners, Social Housing
“Peers praise his in-depth understanding of housing association issues”
‘[Julian] Makes it all look very simple, which of course it isn’t. So it’s a testament to his knowledge and competence.’
‘[Julian has] supported us through a number of complex funding projects, enabling us to meet challenging timescales without any concerns and exhibiting excellent project management skills.’
‘Julian Barker has been a stand out source of help and guidance for all legal issues that have arisen.’
Julian has acted for a number of Registered Providers on their own name listed bond issues and the establishment of their EMTN programmes. Examples include London & Quadrant, Hyde, Notting Hill Genesis, Metropolitan Thames Valley, Riverside, A2Dominion, Southern Housing, Onward Homes, Great Places Housing Group, Beyond Housing Group and Stonewater.
Julian has acted for numerous Registered Providers negotiating the restructure of their loan books as part of a merger. Examples include the banking work on the following mergers: Southern and Optivo, Metropolitan Housing Trust and Thames Valley, Notting Hill and Genesis, Circle and Affinity Sutton, Accord and Greensquare and Radian and Yarlington.
Julian advised Stonewater Limited on the financing aspects of the simplification of their registered provider businesses with a loan and capital markets portfolio of approximately £960 million, comprising new debt and the restructuring of existing financing arrangements to align key commercial terms across all loan agreements.
Julian acted for Notting Hill Genesis' market rent subsidiary, Folio London Limited (Folio) in securing £250m of financing through the capital markets to help drive its “non-social housing”.
Julian advised on the regulatory elements of Sage Housing’s £220m issue of commercial mortgage backed securities (CMBS). It was the first CMBS transaction undertaken by any Registered Provider.