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Barlow Robbins LLP

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Godalming, Guildford, London, Woking

Mark Lucas

Work 01483 748512
Barlow Robbins LLP

Work Department

Business services group.


Partner with extensive experience of corporate and commercial matters. A principal focus is sales and purchases of businesses and companies; in particular, he acts for a number of highly-acquisitive businesses. Mark also advises on commercial contracts, matters affecting the constitutions of companies, shareholder arrangements and partnership law.


Trained Clifford Chance, qualified 1996; assistant Farrer & Co 1998-2002; AWB Partnership senior associate (2002-07), partner (2005-08); Barlow Robbins partner (2008 onwards).


Company law committee of The Law Society; Old Silhillians Association (London representative); Surrey Law Society.


Solihull School; University of York (1991); College of Law, Guildford (1991-93).


Family, sports, gardening.

South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

Within: Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

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: 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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