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Barlow Robbins LLP

CHURCH HOUSE, 30 CHURCH STREET, GODALMING, GU7 1EP, ENGLAND
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Work 01483 417121
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Fax 01483 426836
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58351 GODALMING 2
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www.barlowrobbins.com
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's team is recommended for 'taking a sensible, commercial approach to its advice' and for 'balancing risk and the commercial aspects' of a client's business. It handles corporate transactions and advisory work in sectors including education, real estate and leisure. On the M&A side, highlights included handling British Study Centre Group's acquisition of  Experience English to create the BSC Group. Mark Lucas, who heads the practice, and Jo Farr are recommended for their ability to navigate complicated transactions and are supported by Laurie Heizler and senior associate Ian McDonald, who was a new arrival from Lewis Silkin LLP.

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South East: Dispute resolution

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

Barlow Robbins LLP

The 'very strong' team at Barlow Robbins LLP has 'an exceptional can-do attitude'. Its acts for client including education providers, national retailers, food manufacturers and insurers, and has an increasing flow of IP work. The group is acting for a well-known food company in trade mark infringement and passing off actions and in other work is representing an investment company in a claim against a software company in connection with breaches of contract. Mediator David Foster leads a team of lawyers 'who are all very engaging, knowledgeable and have a good understanding of the cases they tackle'. This includes senior associate Chris Darvill, who is appreciated for 'his considered and skilful input on technical legal matters as well as tactics', and associate James Dyche, who is praised for his 'very sound  judgement'.

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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's team provides 'excellent service and great advice' and assists clients with the employment aspects following reorganisations, restrictive covenants and breach of confidentiality, in addition to handling High Court, Employment Tribunal and Appeal Tribunal cases. Recent work includes advising Wellden Turnbull on complex constructive dismissal claims and restrictive covenants, which involved a High Court action and obtaining an injunction. The 'thorough and calm' David Ludlow has a wealth of experience in both advisory and litigation matters and is well supported by 'knowledgeable and responsive' associate Laurie Heizler. The team includes Joanna Lada-Walicki, who specialises in acting for schools and charities, and senior associate Michelle Tudor. Immigration specialist Hesham Shoeb joined in December 2017 From Simpson Millar LLP.

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South East: Insurance

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

Barlow Robbins LLP

'Regional and dedicated firm' Barlow Robbins LLP's 'efficient and supportive' clinical negligence practice 'litigates a wide range of good-quality work to the highest standard' and is 'down-to-earth and easy to work with'. The members' workload covers brain injuries such as cerebral palsy and viral encephalitis and spinal injuries such as cauda equina, as well as opththalmic, orthopaedic, oncological, paediatric, obstetric and gynaecological claims. In a recent highlight, practice lead and 'formidable negotiator' Caroline Flashman and 'calm and insightful' senior associate Victoria Jones represented a woman who received a delayed diagnosis of cauda equina syndrome, while the 'well-organised and focused' Helen Goatley and 'effective' Deborah Powlesland acted for a claimant whose collapse with acute renal failure was caused by the delayed diagnosis of a urinary condition. Powlesland is particularly recommended for her expertise in medical product liability. Emma Potter made partner in June 2017.

Next generation lawyers

Victoria Jones - Barlow Robbins LLP

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

Barlow Robbins LLP

'Very good firm' Barlow Robbins LLP's 'first-rate' personal injury practice 'deserves recognition for its quality of work', 'thorough case preparation' and 'excellent level of client care'. Its major focus lies on catastrophic injuries to the brain and spine, as well as musculoskeletal conditions and amputations which were the result of road traffic or employment accidents or transport disasters. 'Very experienced' department lead Caroline Flashman 'constantly achieves settlements above expectations' and recently acted for an elderly man who suffered a brain injury and multiple fractures after the bus on which he was a passenger collided with a car. Chronic pain specialist Emma Potter, who 'goes the extra mile for clients', became a partner in 2017 and represented a claimant who developed CRPS through a soft-tissue injury on her thumb which was sustained at work. Clients further note key partner and 'good team player' Helen Goatley, as well as 'calm, exceptionally bright and insightful' senior associate Victoria Jones. Solicitor Natalie Hirst is recommended for her 'impressive grasp of claim details'.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 3

Barlow Robbins LLP

Barlow Robbins LLP's professional negligence practice is praised for its ability to 'marshal the relevant issues and evidence in a case quickly and efficiently', as well as for its 'practical and commercial approach to cases, and its attention and responsiveness to clients' needs and risks'. The practice has an extensive track record acting on behalf of individuals in claims against various professionals involving conveyancing, tax advice, and will and trust drafting, among other matters. It has also been involved a number of cases involving  negligent behaviour of trustees. Recent work includes acting on behalf of the parents of a prematurely born baby in a case involving allegations of professional negligence by the hospital's neo natal unit.  Key figures include David Foster, whose experience includes acting as a mediator in professional negligence cases; Scott Taylor, who regularly acts for trustees, executors, beneficiaries, attorneys and court-appointed administrators; Esther Millard, who is noted for her expertise in claims against solicitors;  and Lisa Green, who acts in professional negligence claims arising from contested trust and probate matters.

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South East: Private client

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

Barlow Robbins LLP

From the firm's Guildford office, Barlow Robbins LLP is 'competing with market-leading London firms, all while delivering excellent value for money'. The  team of 'dedicated not-for-profit specialists' acts for a number of international, national and regional charities on the full range of charities issues, with developing expertise in niche areas such as data protection and legacy issues. Recent highlights include assisting Compassion International, a US-based charity that operates in 25 countries, on data protection obligations affecting its its affiliates and field offices within the European Union, as well as advising the charity on its liability under UK fundraising regulation. The practice also acted for Chinthurst School Educational Trust on its merger with an independent school, and advised Lloyds Banking Group on new security arrangements over the properties of Churcher's College in Petersfield as a result of the incorporation of the charity. Gordon Reid heads the practice and is highlighted for his 'quick and clear responses and genial manner'. Also recommended are Helen Harvie, who handles a range of structural and governance issues on behalf of charities, social enterprises and independent schools; Joanna Lada-Walicki, whose expertise covers employment and pastoral issues; dispute resolution specialist David Foster; and Mark Lucas , who regularly advises on commercial issues for charitable organisations.

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

Barlow Robbins LLP

Barlow Robbins LLP attracts praise for its 'ability to marshal the relevant issues in a case quickly and efficiently, its practical and commercial approach, and its attention and responsiveness to clients' needs and risks'. The practice's wide-ranging workload covers disputes related to the validity of wills and trusts, Inheritance Act claims, professional negligence claims, and Court of Protection claims, among other contentious trust and probate matters. Practice head Scott Taylor 'cares passionately about his clients and their cases, and provides a stellar service '. He is ably supported by David Foster and Lisa Green, who is 'very good at guiding clients through complex matters'. Recent work includes acting for the daughter of a millionaire financier who died in 2013 in a high-profile dispute concerning his purported last will; the client disputed the validity of the will and sought the removal of the executors and trustees.

Leading individuals

Scott Taylor - Barlow Robbins LLP

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

Barlow Robbins LLP

Clients report that Barlow Robbins LLP¬†'has an experienced family team and in particular offers an excellent family mediation service‚Äô and that ‚Äėwhile fighting hard for its clients it provides realistic advice‚Äô. The group handles the gamut of complex financial and children cases including¬†a range of Children Act, abuse and abduction matters. Head of department¬† Judith Ball¬†has considerable experience, especially in complex financial cases involving nuptial agreements, trusts and pensions. Together with senior associate¬†Mandy Spring, her recent work includes resolving a finance matter concerning properties in three jurisdictions and which had proceedings pending overseas. The ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô Joanna¬†Farrand, who leads the children's team is ‚Äėproactive and collaborative to work alongside‚Äô and experienced mediator Karen Barham¬†‚Äėis very innovative in her approach to difficult disputes which invariably result in a sensible settlement‚Äô.

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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 's team is valued for its 'high level of efficiency, communication skills and for providing value for money'. The team, which operates from the firm's offices in Surrey, provides a comprehensive private client service ranging from contentious probate and trust matters and Court of Protection work to estate and tax planning and estate administration. It acts for UK and overseas high-net-worth individuals, and frequently advises on matters involving assets in other jurisdictions. Practice head Tim Adams is 'very approachable, experienced and astute and highly accomplished at getting the job done'. Senior associates Samantha King, Jeremy Duffy and Scott Taylor are other names to note.

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South East: Real estate

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

Barlow Robbins LLP

Helen Archibald leads on commercial property work and Clare Andrews focuses on residential property at Barlow Robbins LLP. The group is valued for 'providing top quality advice and in-depth local knowledge combined with the professionalism of a top London firm' and is also 'excellent at handling complex property or planning litigation'. Jo Farr is a key name in the Guildford office for commercial property work, senior associate Daisy Waldren 'provides an outstanding service' and senior associate Victoria McDonagh is another key name. Bekki Pritchard is also noted for 'handling everything exceptionally'. The practice undertakes commercial landlord and tenant matters, acquisitions and sales, and secured lending work for clients such as Svenska Handelsbanken, Soaro Developments, the Halebourne Group and Caran Developments.

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South East: TMT

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 4

Barlow Robbins LLP

Barlow Robbins LLP¬†is recommended for outsourcing, data protection, e-commerce, software, cloud computing and hosting matters. Of counsel¬†Laurie Heizler¬†is noted for his ‚Äėdepth of knowledge and confidence‚Äô and being ‚Äėarticulate and measured‚Äô. Heizler has received instructions from OLM Systems in connection with complex agreements for specialist software outsourcing to local government and was instructed by Windsor Holdings, operator of the Foxhills hotel and the Farleigh Court golf resort, to advise on and amend agreements with providers of resort management software.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Barlow Robbins LLP

‚ÄėArticulate, measured and sensible‚Äô of counsel¬†Laurie Heizler¬†heads the 'strong' IP offering at¬†Barlow Robbins LLP¬†and is recommended for his ‚Äėdepth of knowledge and confidence‚Äô. Heizler has been advising Reconnaissance International in respect of alleged copyright infringement. Heizler has also been acting alongside senior associate and litigator¬†Chris Darvill¬†for client Kallo Foods in respect of proceedings before the High Court alleging infringement of registered trademarks and passing off. The firm acts for businesses, schools, charities and private individuals, including Veriton Pharma, Dykomed and Northstar Comic Productions. The firm also receives instructions from trade mark and patent attorneys such as Murgitroyd.

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