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Barlow Robbins LLP
South East

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 1

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 impressiveGordon 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.

Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 1

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.

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

'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.

Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 1

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.

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 2

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.

Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 2

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–Walicki 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.

Personal injury: claimant Tier 2

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.

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 2

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.

Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 3

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.

Intellectual property Tier 3

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.

Professional negligence Tier 3

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.

Property litigation Tier 3

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.

Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex Tier 4

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.

Barlow Robbins LLP acts for successful individuals, businesses, schools and charities from its three Surrey offices in Guildford, Woking and Godalming. It also operates a serious personal injury/clinical medical practice.

The firm: The firm’s service offering is increasingly focused on those in the private wealth/private capital sector, acting for business owners, their businesses and those seeking legal advice in their personal capacity. Fortuitously positioned close to Heathrow and Gatwick, at the top of the wealthy A3/M3 corridor stretching out from London towards the south coast, the firm aims to be a more accessible alternative for those who might otherwise send their work to London.

The firm has a nationally recognised practice in the education sector, providing advice to independent schools as far afield as Scotland on governance, reputation management and employment law issues.

Types of work undertaken: For its corporate clients, the firm provides a full range of commercial services, including mergers and acquisitions, company restructuring and refinancing, compliance issues, shareholder and investor agreements, partnership affairs (including LLPs) and commercial agreements. It has specialist expertise in relation to the IP aspects of digital and technology issues and provides advice on the protection, exploitation and enforcement of trade marks, copyrights, patents and design rights.

On the private client side the firm advises on wealth protection, tax planning, business succession issues, agricultural property and overseas assets. Its family solicitors advise on family and matrimonial law, including separation, divorce and civil partnerships, as well as more complex cases with international aspects, corporate or substantial assets, or difficult issues concerning children. At the outset of relationships the firm proactively advises individuals on cohabitation or prenuptial agreements. It has also built a reputation for providing specialist advice in relation to expatriate divorces.

The firm’s property lawyers advise corporates, developers, independent schools, charities and private clients on the acquisition, administration and disposal of commercial, investment and higher value residential properties.

A dispute resolution group is available to all types of clients to deal with contentious matters, with an emphasis on active cost/benefit analysis and commitment to the pursuit of alternative dispute resolution strategies, such as mediation.

The firm’s employment lawyers act for corporate as well as private clients and have specialist expertise in the employment law needs of schools and charities, organisations heavily burdened by additional and continuously changing compliance requirements. Members of the team are frequent presenters at conferences for schools and in the charities/not-for-profit sector.

The firm’s personal injury and clinical negligence team comprises acknowledged specialists in many types of personal injury litigation, especially cases involving serious brain or spinal injuries and other complex or high-value claims. Members of the department are on the Law Society personal injury and clinical negligence panels. The firm has corporate accreditation with APIL and is a corporate member of AvMA, Headway and the Spinal lnjury Association. The firm holds a Legal Services Commission contract for personal injury work.

The firm is committed to first-class client service and the continuous development of its lawyer talent. It has appointed a managing partner for client services to ensure that those objectives are realised.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chairman Helen Goatley
Chief executive Ray Black
Company commercial Mark Lucas
Employment David Ludlow
Commercial property Helen Archibald
IP/IT Laurie Heizler
Dispute resolution David Foster
PI and clinical negligence Caroline Flashman
Family Judith Ball
Private client Tim Adams
Residential property Clare Andrews
Photo Name Position Profile
 Tim Adams  photo Tim Adams
 Judith Ball  photo Judith Ball
 Ray Black  photo Ray Black
 David Foster  photo David Foster
 Helen Goatley  photo Helen Goatley
 Joanna Lada-Walicki  photo Joanna Lada-Walicki
 Mark Lucas  photo Mark Lucas
 Gordon Reid  photo Gordon Reid
Number of UK partners : 20
Number of other UK fee-earners : 61