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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 and Sussex

Within: Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex

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.

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South East: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

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.

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South East: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Property litigation

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.

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