Kirsty Barnes Partner Head of Banking and Finance

Speaks:  English, French, German

Qualified: 1997 - Solicitor of England & Wales

Primary office:  London

Kirsty Barnes

Kirsty Barnes heads the banking and finance team in the UK. A London-based Gowling WLG partner with many years' experience in leveraged and acquisition finance, real estate finance and corporate lending transactions, Kirsty's approach is commercial and pragmatic, always seeking the best outcome for her clients.

Her wealth of experience in national and international financing transactions helps her to pre-empt issues and provide clear, practical advice.

Working with a wide range of financial institutions and banks, as well as for borrowers and private equity houses on both bilateral and syndicated facilities, allows Kirsty to quickly understand the commercial drivers behind a transaction. She also works regularly with our Corporate and sector teams to deliver a cohesive, seamless solution to all transactions.


Advising a multi-national company on it's new multi-million euro financing facilities, putting it on a stable financing footing for the future.

Working with a major UK lender to put in place facilities for a high profile London restaurant group.

Helping a large retailer put in place a senior and mezzanine funding to all growth ambitions

Advising a first and second charge mortgage lender on new facilities to help it expand its business.

Advising a software security firm on its acquisition facilities with a major clearing bank to enable the business to grow through acquisitions.

Advising an EIB-backed fund on it's first lending transaction to allow regeneration of workspaces in Manchester at the Soapworks site.

Advising Santander Growth Fund on a number of transactions providing facilities to UK businesses.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2016

    • Career
      WLG (UK) LLP, partner
  • 2014

    • Career
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, partner
  • 2006

    • Career
      Wragge & Co, partner
  • 2002

    • Career
      CMS Cameron McKenna, associate
  • 1997

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
  • 1995

    • Career
      Burges Salmon

Client work

Client work
16 August 2016 Evergreen Investment