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Barlow Robbins LLP

THE ORIEL, SYDENHAM ROAD, GUILDFORD, GU1 3SR, ENGLAND
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Work 01483 562901
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Fax 01483 464260
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2407 GUILDFORD
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www.barlowrobbins.com
Godalming, Guildford, Woking

South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 3

Barlow Robbins LLP (Guildford, Woking)

The team at Barlow Robbins LLP β€˜is very helpful and quick to respond’ and is noted for its track record in corporate restructurings, private equity work and M&A. Highlights included advising the UK subsidiary of Vereinigte Papierwarenfabriken on its Β£4m acquisition of EnvelopeMaster and assisting the shareholders of ETS Portsmouth with its Β£10m sale to Add-Tech. Blackhawk Capital and Telegraph Media Group are also clients. Mark Lucas heads the department, which includes counsel Laurie Heizler, who focuses on commercial IP and IT projects. In January 2017 Kate Norgett left the firm to join DMH Stallard LLP and Philip Stephenson departed for Wilsons.

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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex - ranked: tier 4

Barlow Robbins LLP (Guildford)

Barlow Robbins LLP β€˜is an excellent firm with a very good commercial litigation team’. The team is experienced in handling damages claims, breach of contract disputes and contentious warranties matters. Highlights included representing Commshare in a dispute with an IT company concerning how the latter’s software design services did not fit the client’s project specification. Clients include Ecovis, International Referral and Expedite Resolution. Department head David Foster β€˜has excellent commercial judgement and knows intuitively when a case is a winner or a loser’. Also recommended are senior associate Chris Darvill, for his knowledge in partnership and shareholder disputes; and solicitor James Dyche, who β€˜has a wise head on young shoulders’ and is known for his work in cross-border contract disputes.

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Employment: Kent, Surrey and Sussex - ranked: tier 2

Barlow Robbins LLP (Guildford, Woking)

Barlow Robbins LLP has a solid reputation for employment termination matters, boardroom disputes and employment tribunal litigation. Highlights in 2016 included assisting SABMiller with a mass redundancy scheme by negotiating 145 separate settlement agreements, as well as advising ABUS Crane Systems on a dismissal case. The team also assisted Endologix with TUPE transfer issues arising from its acquisition of TriVascular. Other clients include Wey Education, Spaceships UK and IAF Capital, as well as high-net-worth individuals and senior executives. David Ludlow heads the practice and is noted for his expertise in employment tribunal litigation. Also in the team are Joanna Lada-Walicki, who specialises in acting for schools and charities, and senior associate Michelle Tudor, who is a business immigration law expert.

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South East: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 2

Barlow Robbins LLP (Guildford, Woking)

The clinical negligence department at the β€˜very professional and competent firm’ Barlow Robbins LLP in Woking and Guildford is β€˜a strong regional player with the right levels of empathy and efficiency’. The β€˜very approachable and effective’ overall practice lead Caroline Flashman is a β€˜supreme litigator’ who β€˜has a good grasp of key issues’, handling matters relating to brain injury, cerebral palsy, ophthalmic issues, surgical errors, oncology, amputation, orthopaedics, infection and other diseases, while the head of the Guildford team, the β€˜experienced’ Helen Goatley, also works on delayed diagnosis and fatal claims, β€˜giving robust advice to clients’. Further recommended are senior associate Victoria Jones, who is β€˜a shrewd analyst of the legal and medical aspects of a case’, with niche expertise in nursing care and nerve injury matters, and associates Deborah Powlesland, whose strengths are β€˜attention to detail and identifying the right experts’ in the fields of gynaecology and obstetrics cases, and the β€˜meticulous’ Natalie Hirst. The firm also provides Court of Protection advice in conjunction with this department.

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Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 3

Barlow Robbins LLP (Guildford)

The personal injury team at Barlow Robbins LLP in Woking and Guildford is β€˜very effective, reliable and focused on client needs’ and β€˜has a very good grasp of medical concepts and can drill down onto the most important elements rapidly’. Woking-based team lead Caroline Flashman is β€˜vastly experienced’, β€˜gives sensible, practical advice’ and β€˜expertly handles insurers’. She focuses on ophthalmic and amputation cases as well as brain and spinal injuries. Helen Goatley in Guildford mostly handles fatal accident, inquest advocacy, multiple injuries and brain damage claims. Both Flashman and Goatley are able to act as deputies in Court of Protection matters. Senior associate Emma Potter is recommended for her β€˜dedication to clients’ and the β€˜great deal of energy and time that she invests in order to get the best results for her clients’. She specialises in road traffic and work-related accidents as well as chronic pain (such as complex regional pain syndrome) matters.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 3

Barlow Robbins LLP (Guildford)

The β€˜well-led team’ at Barlow Robbins LLP is β€˜particularly strong in acting for high-net-worth individual in claims against banks and claims against negligent trustees’. The group is β€˜able to give clear and consistent support whenever there is a lack of clarity in the legal issues’. In a recent highlight, the firm represented the parents of a baby diagnosed with spinal muscular dystrophy, where the hospital applied to withdraw treatment from the child. The β€˜technically sound’ David Foster also acted for the daughter of a financier on probate matters and will validity, a matter totalling Β£50m in value. Other leading figures include Esther Millard, who has β€˜a real understanding of how professional indemnity matters interplay with the underlying subject matter’; Scott Taylor, who is β€˜particularly good in probate and trust disputes involving professional negligence’; and Lisa Green, who β€˜makes every effort to ensure that her clients achieve the best possible outcomes’. Simon Fulford handles professional negligence claims with a property angle.

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South East: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 2

Barlow Robbins LLP (Guildford)

At Barlow Robbins LLP, the β€˜well-resourced and technically able’ team has β€˜a detailed knowledge of the subject matter, is easy to contact, and is good at liaising with trustees and working with staff’. The firm is notably strong in the independent schools sector, providing specialist advice on charity law and handling the full range of operational matters including safeguarding, press regulation, data protection and employment. Highlights included advising the Catholic Women’s League of England & Wales on various commercial and governance matters, and acting for Salisbury Cathedral School on its Β£1.5m acquisition of a neighbouring competitor. Department head Gordon Reid is β€˜a highly capable lawyer who never allows matters to drift’, and other key figures include employment law expert Joanna Lada-Walicki, dispute resolution head David Foster and corporate lawyer Mark Lucas. Other notable clients include WWF UK, RSPCA and Shooting Star Chase.

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Barlow Robbins LLP (Guildford)

Barlow Robbins LLP has β€˜a great range of clients’ and β€˜sufficient strength and depth to deal with matters which overlap with other areas, most notably with charities and partnership disputes’. Key specialisms include will validity disputes, claims under the Inheritance Act, trustee and executor replacement, and disputes arising out of statutory wills, lasting Powers of attorney and deputyships. The β€˜diligent, practical and well-informed’ Scott Taylor has β€˜a very broad knowledge of contentious probate’, and Lisa Green β€˜balances being extremely personable with strong technical acuity’. David Foster heads the practice.

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Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 1

Barlow Robbins LLP (Godalming, Guildford, Woking)

According to clients, Barlow Robbins LLP β€˜has the feel of a provincial firm, but the quality of advice is equal to top London outfits’. The team frequently advises on high-value financial remedy proceedings, domestic and child abuse cases, and wealth protection matters including pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements. The firm also undertakes a notable amount of international work, including advice on enforcing child arrangement orders, child abduction cases and cross-border financial asset management. The client base is comprised of clients in the South and London, with international clients based in Europe, Australia and Canada among others. Judith Ball heads the practice, which includes Joanna Farrands, who is β€˜very calm under pressure while dealing with some of the most complex cases’, and senior associate Mandy Spring, who is β€˜very personable with clients and has good technical knowledge’. Helen Habershon (also a senior associate) is another name to note.

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Personal tax, trust and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Personal tax, trust and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 2

Barlow Robbins LLP (Guildford, Godalming, Woking)

High-value estate administration affairs, complex will drafting issues and lifetime trust management matters are all mainstays of the practice at Barlow Robbins LLP. The firm also has strong expertise in international tax planning, capital gains tax concerns and inheritance tax planning for multi-generational families. Its Court of Protection work is notable; the team has previously advised on contested deputyships and power of attorney matters. Clients include landed families, non-domiciled individuals and business owners among others. Estate management expert Belinda Sanders leads the practice, which includes Tim Adams, who specialises in wealth protection and tax planning. Senior associate Jeremy Duffy joined the firm from Rooks Rider Solicitors LLP, specialising in asset protection for international clients.

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 2

Barlow Robbins LLP (Woking, Guildford)

According to clients, Barlow Robbins LLP β€˜is excellent in all respects’. The firm regularly handles the full remit of commercial real estate work including acquisitions and disposals, secured lending work and commercial landlord and tenant agreements for lenders, banks and businesses in the London and South East area. It assisted Achieve Lifestyle with its Β£2.4m lease agreement for a new gym in Addlestone’s town centre as part of the overarching regeneration scheme and advised Rapidmile on its Β£2.3m acquisition of the freehold for a mixed-use property located in Pangbourne from Investec Bank, which involved assisting with the subsequent sale of two freeholds belonging to the building for Β£1.7m. Other highlights included advising Vapestore Retail on multiple new retail stores in the South East. NatWest, Neugarder and Joel Property Developments are also on the client roster. Development specialist Helen Archibald β€˜is a good manager of the team’; she heads the Woking office’s team, while highly regarded property finance expert Jo Farr leads the Guildford practice. Senior associate and property portfolio management expert Victoria McDonagh β€˜is knowledgeable, energetic and responsive’.

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South East: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 4

Barlow Robbins LLP (Godalming, Guildford, Woking)

Barlow Robbins LLP is recommended for outsourcing, data protection, e-commerce, software, cloud computing and hosting matters. Advising OLM Systems on a software and system support agreement with ACCESS LLP was a highlight for β€˜very knowledgeable and thorough’ of counsel Laurie Heizler, who also handled a hosting agreement with Devon County Council for the company. Other work saw Heizler advise Volume on a contract to provide cognitive technology solutions to its clients.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Barlow Robbins LLP (Godalming, Guildford, Woking)

Barlow Robbins LLP is advising Volume on trade mark and copyright matters to protect its cutting-edge artificial intelligence software products, which are being launched in multiple jurisdictions. Vision Engineering also instructed of counsel Laurie Heizler regarding design rights, confidential information matters and manufacturing agreements relating to whether the company could produce and market a new design for ergonomic stereo microscopes. Fireproof Studios, Special Products and Kallo are also clients.

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