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Barlow Robbins LLP

Education: schools Tier 2

Barlow Robbins LLP acts for an impressive roster of clients which includes several high-profile schools. Led by the 'exceptionalJoanna Lada-Walicki, the team combines charity and education law expertise to cover a wide range of education matters, including employment issues, mergers, commercial contracts and governance. Ben Collingwood has a focus on safeguarding and pastoral care issues.


Ben Collingwood is outstanding in his measured advice, wise counsel and ability to analyse situations with great clarity and perception at great speed.

Barlow Robbins’ education and charities department is exceptional due to key partners such as Joanna Lada Walicki, who is exceptional and outstanding in her advice, experience, professionalism, and value for money.’

Joanna Lada-Walicki is an expert in employment law and has worked for a long time in this sector. She understands the sector very well from all angles and gives excellent advice.’

‘Joanna Lada-Walicki is very diligent, very supportive and provides much-valued help and advice.’

Gordon Reid is very helpful and provided very tailored advice when needed.’

Key clients


West Buckland School

Boarding Schools’ Association

Independent Schools Examinations Board

Eastbourne College

Bede’s School

Hurstpierpoint College

Seaford College

Lewes Old Grammar School

Prior’s Field School

Family: mediation Tier 2

Karen Barham at Barlow Robbins LLP continues to be one of the ‘go-to’ mediators involving both children and finance cases where there is an international element. In 2018 Barham qualified in the Hybrid Model and has qualified as a parenting co-ordinator.


‘Karen Barham is a very competent and capable mediator. She is a fantastic communicator and is able to manage stressful and emotional situations by bringing calm and focus‘.

Karen Barham is a very experienced and fair mediator‘.

‘Karen Barham is an exceptionally versatile mediator who can bring an unflappable and considered approach to even the most challenging cases‘.

Karen Barham is very approachable and has a  pragmatic approach, which gets results‘.

Karen Barham is one of the most experienced mediators in the country . Highly responsive and with excellent communication skills‘.

‘Karen Barham is a very proactive and successful mediator.  She is invariably successful in getting positive results in the meditations she undertakes, even in the most challenging cases‘.

Karen Barham has always had a strong reputation and is an experienced mediator‘.

Karen Barham has a fantastic, no nonsense, humorous manner, a great knowledge of the law from her years of practice as a family lawyer before specialising in mediation and an ability to think laterally and out of the box to achieve resolution‘.

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.


‘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

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.


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

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.


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‘.

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.


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.’

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.


‘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.’

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.


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

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.


‘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.’

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.


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.’

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.


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

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.

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

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.


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.


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.


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

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.

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

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
Number of UK partners : 20
Number of other UK fee-earners : 61