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Barlow Robbins LLP

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Godalming, Guildford, London, Woking

David Foster

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Barlow Robbins LLP

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Partner and head of the litigation department; leads the firm’s extensive litigation practice; has 20 years’ civil litigation experience and has acted on complex cases on banking, lending, property, planning, ethics and human rights; David is a nationally known mediator, having been actively involved in the field since 1996 with a success rate of 90% and on a range of commercial cases. Court of Appeal cases in 2005 are Jepson, Burke, and challenge to procedures of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.


Trained Lewis and Dick, London and Andersons; qualified 1988; assistant solicitor Harveys 1989; Elkingtons 1989-92; partner designate Barlows (now Barlow Robbins LLP) 1992; partner 1993.


French, German.


ADR Group; executive of Commercial Litigation Association; Southern Mediation Group; Middlesex and Thames Valley Mediators; Professional Negligence Lawyers’ Association; Secretary Guildford Court Users Committee; National Committee of Lawyers Christian Fellowship; Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Institute of Directors, Civil Procedure Panel Sweet & Maxwell; International Bar Association; Surrey Clubs for Young People.


Epsom College; Leicester University (1984 LLB (Hons)); College of Law, Guildford (1985).


Running, football, literature.

South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

Within: Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

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: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

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

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

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

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

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.

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