Julian Roberts has a unique, specialist practice in derivative disputes. He has been primarily active as an advocate since 1998, appearing regularly in the German courts and also in the English courts as required.
Most recently he has represented a number of UK SMEs in connection with losses on derivatives (interest rate swaps and other structured securities) and he has also appeared or advised in derivatives disputes on behalf of German clients and in applications for freezing orders and in cross-border wills and probate disputes.
In the London High Court, he was the principal advocate in a long judicial review case involving two Primary Care Trusts (R v Cambridgeshire PCT ex p European Surgeries Ltd, R v Suffolk PCT ex p European Surgeries Ltd). The client in each case was a healthcare provider and the issues were primarily ones of European law.
In Germany he has appeared as an advocate in numerous cases ranging from criminal trials, including extradition, to administrative, family and general common law matters. Julian also has extensive advisory experience in the field of healthcare law, especially in connection with cross-border trade in the EU.
- Scholar at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge
- Scholar at Winchester College
- Ille revisited? The German Supreme Court’s difficulties with its own jurisprudence  JIBFL.
- Swaps, Betting and the Law  JIBFL 929.
- Should losses on payer swaps be recoverable?  JIBFL 680.
- Rechtliche Behandlung von Derivaten, (Berlin: de Gruyter) (The book’s title means “The legal treatment of derivatives”) (2012).
- Financial derivatives: investments or bets?  JIBFL 315.
- Regulating Complex Derivatives: Can the Opaque be made Transparent?  JBR no 3. (2011-with Michael Dempster and Elena Medova).
- Commercial agents and compensation  NLJ 453.
- German Philosophy: An Introduction (Polity Press, 2nd ed. 1992) (1988).
Lexis Nexis webinar with Ed Parker of Mayer Brown: “The Latest in Derivatives” – Julian spoke about legal risks arising in the origination and marketing of swaps and other derivatives.
Julian Roberts is a self-employed, independent barrister whose practice is governed by the Code of Conduct of the Bar of England and Wales. He is regulated by The Bar Standards Board [Bar Ref 22284] and is fully insured with the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund [BMIF Ref 2360/052] to provide legal services, please refer to the BMIF website for full details of the world-wide cover provided. He is registered for VAT under the reference 110738151.