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Barlow Robbins LLP

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Godalming, Guildford, London, Woking

South East: Corporate and commercial

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

Barlow Robbins LLP

Barlow Robbins LLP is known for its focus on the life sciences and technology sectors, serving SMEs, AIM-listed companies, private equity houses, schools and charities. It combines its corporate skills with practices in tax, employment and real estate and includes expertise in complex share buyback transactions. Mark Lucas' extensive experience includes a focus on mergers in the education sector and associates Ian McDonald and Graham Jewel, who trained at City firms, and Matthew Devine, assist on a range of M&A transactions and corporate matters. The team has been enlarged with the hire of corporate partner Tim Matthews from Brown Rudnick LLP in mid-2018.

Practice head(s):Mark Lucas

Other key lawyers:Tim Matthews; Ian McDonald; Graham Jewel; Matthew Devine


'I really appreciate that the team is local, but has international experience.'

'I greatly valued their integrity and timely responses.'

'Matthew Devine is as sharp as a razor and completely dedicated to his job.  I found him very easy to work with.  Always several steps ahead looking at every angle and very fast to respond during and outside office hours.'

Key Clients

Lifelines Limited


AFC Bournemouth

OLM Systems

Motion Consultants

A&DC Group


NEP Visions

Veriton Pharma

The Federation of Racecourse Bookmakers

Work highlights

  • Assisted the client with its £7m acquisition of AIR Studios and also advised on the related employment law issues.
  • Assisted on the purchase of Incereb Limited which involved several convertible loan notes.
  • Acted for the client on UK corporate regulatory matters, including the shareholder approval circular pertaining to the sale of its USA pharmaceutical business.
  • Advising the CEO, CFO and minority shareholders on shareholder issues in connection with the purchase of the  Italmatch Group by Bain Capital.
  • Advising Arcona Capital Project BV on the refinancing  agreements relating to a €46.2m loan facilitiy with an English lender.

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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

David Foster, who leads the dispute resolution team at Barlow Robbins LLP, combines being an accredited mediator with litigation, acting for corporates and private clients on a range of disputes, often with an international dimension. He is also an expert on Judicial Reviews. Scott Taylor undertakes contentious trusts and estates work and Graham Scott, who has joined the team from Shakespeare Martineau LLP, has a similar focus. The team handles contractual disputes in myriad sectors including insurance, education and retail.

Practice head(s):David Foster

Other key lawyers:Scott Taylor; Chris Darvill; Graham Scott; Chris Darvill

Key Clients

Mr Graham Nyman and Mrs Linda Nyman

CNK Alliance Limited

Commshare Limited

Kallo Foods Limited

Top rated state boarding school for pupils aged 11 - 18

Aspen Insurance UK and HCC International Insurance Company plc

Walberton Parish Council

Alfie Evans

JIC Suit Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for the client who intervened on the case of an individual with a terminal illness seeking to procure their own death.
  • Acting on behalf of an investment company against an IT software design company.
  • Acting for the client against Whole Earth Sweetener Company (a US entity) and its UK licence holder, Merisant UK in connection with an action for infringement and passing off relating to its WHOLE EARTH registered trade marks.  
  • Most recently, advising in connection with a judicial review of a ‘decision’ by the DfE that the compulsory charges for day boarding are unlawful.
  • In a matter valued at £30m plus, acting on behalf of the client against Wates Developments, one of the largest developers in the country, and Wates (Walberton) as well as Arun District Council on planning and affordable housing matters.  

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South East: Human resources

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

Barlow Robbins LLP

Barlow Robbins LLP¬†acts for national and international clients and individuals on a comprehensive range of employment matters ranging from the employment aspects of M&A deals to¬†employment tribunal and High Court claims involving issues such as¬†disability discrimination and whistleblowing. David Ludlow¬†has especially broad expertise; Joanna Lada‚ÄďWalicki¬†and¬†Ben Collingwood¬†focus on education- and charities-related work and the much appreciated senior associate Michelle Tudor¬†takes on discrimination, maternity, paternity and other family-related issues especially in the education sector.

Practice head(s):David Ludlow

Other key lawyers:Michelle Tudor; Joanna Lada–Walicki; Ben Collingwood 


'We have found Barlow Robbins to be knowledgeable, realistic and extremely human in their dealings with us.'

'I have always found Barlow Robbins to provide a professional but accessible service. We regularly attend briefings and updates hosted by Barlow Robbins.  These provide great insight into legislative updates and case law and give practical applications of law for employers to take away and implement.'

'David Ludlow has been very responsive on all employment matters providing very good advice and support. In addition, there is a clear  understanding of our business and the need to build effective long term relationships.'

'Senior associate Michelle Tudor has dealt with a range of employment matters and has brought her knowledge both of the law and the education sector to the forefront.'

'Michelle Tudor's questioning is brilliant and is able to pull the key and relevant points and themes from what can be an overly emotive area. We have learnt a lot from her approach. She has a calm and collected approach to everything and always manages to reassure and guide in a balanced manner - and is committed to achieving the best possible outcome for us.'

Key Clients

Pinnacle Foods Limited

Explore Learning Limited

Wey Education PLC

Midatech Pharma PLC

ACG Europe

Nyman Resourcing Limited

Focus 21 Limited

ENS Recruitment Limited

D4T4 Solutions PLC

Plum Products Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented  the client in the Employment Tribunal and successfully defended a claim of disability discrimination by a former employee.  
  • Advised on defending a disability discrimination claim by a former employee.
  • Advised the shareholders of Sys-Teams Limited on the sale of their shares to Stratacache Limited and the new fixed term contracts of employment.
  • Advised on the preparation of contracts of employment for the client's European employees, including those based in the UK, France and Germany.
  • Advised a senior executive of a large multinational in connection with a claim of unfair dismissal against his employer which included a long term incentive plan with the employer’s American parent company.

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South East: Insurance

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

Barlow Robbins LLP

Barlow Robbins LLP has 'an excellent department' dealing with a wide range of clinical negligent claims pertaining to brain injury, spinal injury, oncology-related claims, and birthing injuries. Practice head Caroline Flashman is skilled in handling catastrophic claims involving brain damage, and Deborah Powlesland ('an extremely diligent solicitor') specialises in medical product liability.

Practice head(s):Caroline Flashman

Other key lawyers:Helen Goatley; Victoria Jones; Deborah Powlesland; Natalie Hirst


'Caroline Flashman as a partner exceeded my expectations. Her dynamism progressed my case to a good outcome and she leads the team with flair.'

'Natalie Hirst is an excellent lawyer, realistic and pragmatic. She gives clear advice to clients and is empathetic with their problems.'

'Victoria Ellen Jones is an extremely hard working and effective clinical negligence solicitor.'

Work highlights

  • Achieved a six-figure settlement for a claimant whose rare type of cancer was misdiagnosed.
  • Secured a £1.6m settlement for failure to correctly diagnose spinal fracture leading to cauda equina.
  • Achieved an £80,000 settlement for failure to diagnose and treat periodontal disease.
Rising stars

Victoria Jones - Barlow Robbins LLP

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Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 2

Barlow Robbins LLP

Barlow Robbins LLP's personal injury team is 'definitely on the up' and handles a wide range of work from catastrophic injuries involving brain damage, spinal injury, and amputation to chronic pain, and fatal claims. Brain injury litigation is a specialism of the team, and a particular area of focus for practice head Caroline Flashman and Helen Goatley. Emma Potter is 'fantastic' and focuses on the physical and psychological aspects of pain, having developed an expertise in complex regional pain syndrome.

Practice head(s):Caroline Flashman; Emma Potter

Other key lawyers:Helen Goatley


'Emma Potter pays close attention to detail, is diligent in her scrutiny of the evidence and has the experience and astuteness to identify issues at an early stage that need to be addressed. She absolutely fights for her clients.'

'This is a great firm with a reputation for succeeding in substantial cases, and has a real focus on client care.'

Work highlights

  • Represented a client in road traffic accident claim after she suffered a traumatic brain injury and ophthalmic injury.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 3

Barlow Robbins LLP

Barlow Robbins LLP's negligence team handles a wide array of claimant work for high-net-worth individuals, with a particular focus on bringing claims against solicitors, banks and financial services providers. David Foster is a key figure in the practice group and brings a blend of his litigation expertise to professional negligence claims. Scott Taylor is another name to note.

Practice head(s):David Foster

Other key lawyers:Scott Taylor


'Most helpful and confidence-inspiring.'

'The team is warm and friendly while maintaining a very professional approach to the job in hand.'

'They are effective communicators and give quick responses, making sure I am in the loop at all times.'


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South East: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 1

Barlow Robbins LLP

Barlow Robbins LLP’s Guildford-based team are regularly called on to assist local and national charities and non-profit organisations with a range of matters, such as commercial and residential property and financial matters, data protection and regulatory issues. The 'very impressive' Gordon Reid advises on the formation and registration of such organisation as well as constitutional and governance issues and  mergers.  Joanna Lada-Walicki is the key advisor for educational charities and schools and Helen Harvie also handles all aspects of charity law, structural and governance issues. Ben Collingwood and Scott Taylor are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Gordon Reid

Other key lawyers:Joanna Lada-Walicki; Helen Harvie; Ben Collingwood; Scott Taylor


‘Excellent knowledge of the charity sector and particularly swift response times.’

'The team, led by Gordon Reid consistently provides well-thought out information which is clear, concise and appropriate.’

‘Gordon Reid has a wealth of experience and knowledge. He has a calm demeanour and takes time to understand clients’ needs and then give pragmatic useful advice.’


Key Clients

Compassion International

Shooting Star Chase

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

Royal Grammar School, Guildford

The Meath Epilepsy Charity

Work highlights

  • Advised US aid charity Compassion International on the English legal framework governing sensitive issues relating to child-protection and mandatory reporting of abuse, The Bribery Act 2010 and the oversight of the Serious Fraud Office to support compliance across its international affiliates in 25 countries.
  • Advising Royal Cambridge Home in connection with a redevelopment and care home facilities of their site in East Molesey.
  • Advised new client, The Crusaders’ Union (Urban Saints) on various commercial activities including agreements governing joint ventures, terms and conditions relating to overseas trips and debt recovery.
  • Regularly advises Lloyds Bank on security arrangements to grant finance to educational charities and schools.
  • Advised client Friends of the Royal Marsden on the merger with The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.
Leading individuals

Gordon Reid - Barlow Robbins LLP

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Barlow Robbins LLP

'Hard working, flexible and efficient', the contentious trusts and probate practice at Barlow Robbins LLP 'works extremely well under pressure'. The team has successfully built longstanding relationships with private individuals, often assisting the same family across several generations. Not-for-profit entities also feature on the firm's client roster. Clients benefit from the firm's ability to deliver cross-practice support, with contentious trusts and probate specialists working with the private wealth and tax team to advise on the most tax-efficient strategies for resolving probate disputes and succession issues arising from such disputes. Scott Taylor is the practice head. Another name to note is senior associate Lisa Green, who is experienced in contested Court of Protection matters. Jeremy Duffy departed for Mundays LLP  in October 2018.

Practice head(s):Scott Taylor

Other key lawyers:Lisa Green


'There is a clear focus on client needs; everything is done to ensure the client understands the procedure and the relevant laws and the client is given every opportunity to voice their opinions on the process'.

'The firm is organised and meticulous when instructing counsel'.

'Real specialist knowledge in the field combined with extensive experience; a genuine match for private client firms in the City but with a more approachable atmosphere'.

'Scott Taylor and Senior Associate Lisa Green provide a city quality service at out-of-city prices. They are a really an excellent choice in the Guildford area'.

'They are very impressive in their ability to marshal the relevant issues and evidence in a case efficiently and they always seek to settle cases in an efficient, common sense and commercial fashion'.

'I have found all practitioners to be highly competent across all levels, from partner down to newly qualified solicitors'.

'They stand out from other instructing solicitors for their mastery of litigation in this field; they regularly handle complex and legally difficult matters with ease and provide practical, strategic advice'.

'The service offered is on a par with that offered by many London firms. The team is technically strong and a very attentive to the needs of its clients'.

'David Foster, as head of litigation, is an excellent leader. He is a low-stress operator, able to calm a nervous client and remind them of the bigger picture'.

'Scott Taylor is exceptional; his knowledge of the law is unparalleled and he has an excellent strategic view. He is practical, tireless and driven by the best interests of the client'.

'Lisa Green is a conscientious lawyer; she is approachable and always ensures that I have everything I need for a piece of work or hearing. Lisa is proactive in terms of case progression and deals effectively with the lay client'.

'Scott Taylor is highly experienced and great on detail. He has a real command of the facts and understands the specifics of a client's case. He remains calm under stress'.

'Scott Taylor is highly experienced and has sound judgment. He is also very personable and easy to work with'.

'Senior associate Lisa Green is thorough, sensible and effective. She inspires confidence in her clients'.

'Lisa Green is highly capable and has a good sense of overall strategy in a case. Scott Taylor has technical pedigree but also huge commercial sense'.

'Scott Taylor a first class solicitor who cares passionately about his clients and their cases and provides a stellar service'.

'Scott Taylor has a fantastic mind and is a go-to solicitor for work in this area. He has developed a wealth of experience which makes him a very impressive litigator. He is tactical, clever and has exceptional judgment. I have also been impressed by his outstanding level of client care'.

'Senior associate Lisa Green is highly competent in her field and gives wise advice; she is a shrewd negotiator'.

'Solicitor Oliver Black is bright and talented - he is one to watch'.

Work highlights

  • The firm advised a court-appointed representative for minors and unborns on a will construction/rectification claim concerning an estate worth several million pounds.
  • The firm advised beneficiaries of a multimillion pound estate comprising of assets in multiple jurisdictions on successfully defending a claim for proprietary estoppel.
  • The firm advised on High Court litigation concerning the setting aside of complex lifetime transactions.
  • The firm advised on challenging the validity of a will on grounds of testamentary capacity and undue influence in respect of an estate worth in the region of £4.5 million.
  • The firm advised an executor on High Court proceedings pursuant to which declaratory relief has been sought in respect of the disputed ownership of assets worth more than £2 million.
Next Generation Partners

Scott Taylor - Barlow Robbins LLP

Rising stars

Lisa Green - Barlow Robbins LLP

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

Barlow Robbins LLP

Barlow Robbins LLP offers an impressive breadth of work, from financial disputes involving overseas assets, businesses, trusts and pensions to children issues. The offering includes ADR methods and Hague Convention expertise (it has joined the International Child Abduction and Contact Unit). The team also counts four collaboratively trained lawyers and two mediators in its ranks.  Judith Ball is especially singled out for her handling of complex finance and pensions disputes and Joanna Farrands heads the children team; she has obtained a Legal Aid contract for abduction work.

Practice head(s):Judith Ball

Other key lawyers:Joanna Farrands; Mandy Spring; Helen Habershon; Mari Magnussen


'The firm gives excellent advice at an early stage which is sometimes hard to do. It also offer great value for money.'

'They provided a service to navigate the court procedures expertly and the firm as a whole played a great part enabling this process, which was very long and expensive. You need great tact and confidence to bring such complicated family matters to a satisfactory conclusion and I was very grateful I found this combination at the firm.'

'They have the expertise to serve a broad spectrum of clients'.

'Judith Ball is good -  she has built a formidable team'.

'Mari Magnussen is an excellent mediator'.

'Joanna Farrands is very realistic and knows how to get the job done, she steered me through a difficult process.'

Work highlights

  • A financial remedy case that has been reported and which involved an arbitration where the client appealed against aspects of the arbitration award.
  • A complex family arrangement, which involved issues regarding the relocation of children.
  • Represented a spouse on an  application for financial remedy in a cross-border case involving the US, Poland, the UK and the UAE.
  • Represented a spouse in financial remedy proceedings involving complex company issues that settled at a private FDR.
Leading individuals

Judith Ball - Barlow Robbins LLP

Next Generation Partners

Joanna Farrands - Barlow Robbins LLP

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

Barlow Robbins LLP

Barlow Robbins LLP has a long-established practice serving local, national and international clients with estate planning, trust matters and Court of Protection work and is especially known for its expertise in dealing with complex wills and probate. Tim Adams and Scott Taylor advise on trusts, tax and wealth management, assisting high-net-worth individuals and their families on estate planning and probate. Alexandra Milton is one of the team's senior associates who is noted for her broad private client expertise.

Practice head(s):David Ludlow

Other key lawyers:Scott Taylor; Alexandra Milton


'The are very engaging with clients and have identified the value of including different professionals in client review meetings.'

'Alexandra Milton is personable and demonstrates her knowledge and solutions in a relaxed environment.'

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 1

Barlow Robbins LLP

The team at Barlow Robbins LLP combines expertise in commercial and residential acquisitions and disposals, secured lending and commercial landlord and tenant work. It attracts local regeneration work and handles  options, conditional contracts and promotion agreements. Helen Archibald oversees commercial property and Clare Andrews residential property work and Jo Farr is recommended  for her work with national retailers, investment landlords and property developers.

Practice head(s):Helen Archibald; Clare Andrews

Other key lawyers:Jo Farr; Daisy Waldren; Sara Abou-Jaoude


'I have found the whole team approachable, very knowledgeable, quickly return calls and pro-active in offering solutions.'

'Although a small team, they cover for each others well.'

'They are really nice people to deal with.'

'Special mention to Jo Farr who led the team.'

Key Clients

Svenska Handlesbanken

Lloyds Bank plc

Soaro Developments

Vapestore Retail Limited

The Halebourne Group

Magi Investments


NEP Visions Limited

Jetts 247 Limited

Genesis Real Estate

Work highlights

  • Representing the Bank on the refinance of a significant property portfolio with lending of around £7m.
  • Acting on the conditional sale of a large development area of land to a national house builder, a deal valued at  £15m.
  • Acted for a niche developer setting up a development of ten high-end, high-value properties with bank funding. A matter valued at £10m.
  • Acted on the purchase of a newly constructed retail property from a national house builder.
  • Acting for a new lifestyle gym network and various new complex lease agreements, a matter valued at  £1.35m.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Barlow Robbins LLP

David Foster and Simon Fulford jointly lead the property litigation offering at Barlow Robbins LLP, which saw a recent increase in mandates acting for or against developers. The scope of its work in this space included restrictive covenant proceedings, adverse possession claims, rights of light disputes and right of way disputes. Elsewhere, the group has won work from a number of new parish council clients. It also acts for owner-managed businesses, high net worth individuals, charities and private schools.

Practice head(s):David Foster; Simon Fulford


'Barlow Robbins always provide clear commercial advice on contentious property matters'.

'Simon Fulford provided practical and concise advice on all stages of our case'.

Key Clients

The Federation of Racecourse Bookmakers

The National Rifle Association

Ringway Group Ltd/Eurovia Group Ltd

Walton-on-Thames Charity

The Royal School

Compassion UK

Thomas H Collison Ltd

Halebourne Ltd and associated companies

Walberton Parish Council

Howard Morley & Sons

Work highlights

  • Acted for Walberton Parish Council in dispute against Wates Developments Limited, Wates (Walberton) Limited and Arun District Council. The client was keen to prevent the development of Tuppers Field and, at the very least, obtain proper compensation for the development of 150 houses
  • Assisted a client with settling a long-running and bitterly-fought lease renewal.
  • Representing claimant developers in a dispute with neighbouring owners.
  • Acted for a charitable housing association in possession proceedings.
  • The firm acted for the defendant tenant in a contested lease renewal case.

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South East: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Barlow Robbins LLP

Barlow Robbins LLP practices across all areas of IP law, including patents, and is a key name in the Surrey market.  The firm also works on cross-border matters, particularly those involving the US, and acts for clients operating in a wide range of sectors. Of counsel Laurie Heizler leads the IP team, and is particularly experienced in licencing work as well as contentious matters.

Practice head(s):Laurie Heizler

Key Clients

Veriton Pharma Limited

Kallo Foods Limited

Volume Limited

Reconnaissance International Limited

Ci-Pod Limited

Vision Engineering Limited

Kyanmedia Limited

Digitop Limited

Pragmatic DLT

Brainstorm Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Kallo Foods in all intellectual property matters with a particular focus on trade mark litigation.
  • Advising a digital marketing agency on intellectual property matters.
  • Represented Digitop Limited as complainant in a passing off and copyright infringement disputes.
  • Advised a client in connection with its international patent portfolio.
  • Assisting Brainstorm on all aspects of clearance with respect to a new toy which may have been sold in substantially the same form by a third party several years ago.

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