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Agriculture and estates Tier 1
The agriculture and estates team at Moore Barlow - the result of the recent merger of Moore Blatch and Barlow Robbins - is known for its advice on private wealth, land development, litigation for landed estates, landowner sales to developers, and agricultural tax and trusts advice. Southampton-based practice leader Sarah Jordan acts for landed estates, race-horse trainers, property investors, and farmers on all aspects of rural property matters. Managing partner Edward Whittington advises farmers and landowners in the sale of land, while rural private wealth head Philip Whitcomb specialises in agricultural succession planning and asset protection. Well-regarded senior associate Charlotte Brackley joined the team as a result of the merger; she is based in the combined firm's Guildford office.
‘This is a medium/large firm, but treats clients in a personal, non-corporate manner that the clients like and allows trust in the legal advice to grow. The quality of the legal work and document drafting is excellent. Their knowledge of the agricultural and rural world is also excellent as is their knowledge of the tax implications of the transactions/documents they are involved with.’
‘Philip Whitcomb’s knowledge of will, trust and partnerships as they relate to our agricultural clients makes him one of the top people on the country. His drafting of wills, deeds and particularly partnership agreements is exceptional and very much match the client’s requirement.’
‘Sarah Jordan’s expertise in rural property aligned to her ability to get property transactions completed provides a superb service.’
‘Charlotte Brackley provides a great service, delivers high quality work on time and has the ability to think outside of the box.’
‘All the professionals I have dealt with have been excellent. They have all been excellent and very approachable. Their depth of knowledge has been of a great help to me and they often have assisted me with questions that have arisen, in a clear and concise way.’
‘I have found the individuals at this firm to be particularly friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating. The firm clearly has a good working environment.’
‘Charlotte Brackley is hardworking and highly competent and I particularly appreciate her approachability and dedication to her clients.’
‘Without question a pleasure to work with. Their client care is consistently of a very high standard. The team are always, informed and professional, along with being sensitive and intuitive. They work cohesively as a team and their support for each other is very evident.’
Charities and not-for-profit Tier 1Moore Barlow - the result of the merger of Barlow Robbins and Moore Blatch - advises local, national, and international charities and not-for-profits on areas such as safeguarding, banking, real estate, IP, media agreements, employment, fundraising, and mergers. Practice co-head Gordon Reid advises trustees charities and independent schools on governance, reputational issues, and property matters. Practice co-head Joanna Lada-Walicki is an expert in dealing with reputational issues, including abuse allegations. Consultant Helen Harvie advises charities and independent schools on charity registration and constitutional issues.
‘The team has considerable expertise in advising charities, in particular in educational sector. They are unusual in being able to advise on the intersection between charity governance and other issues including employment and safeguarding and so we are confident that they understand the context in which we are operating.’
‘These guys are fun to work with. They give excellent, clear, thorough advice. Just who you need in a crisis (which, let’s face it, is mostly when you call a lawyer). They guide you rather than just present the options. Highly responsive and professional. Seems a good balance of big enough to have specialist capability, small enough to offer personal and really good service.’
‘Gordon Reid and Joanna Lada-Walicki’s teams are responsive and reply to questions and concerns without delay. Embedded within their teams are specialists willing to provide advice by phone or email and that advice is sound and practical.’
‘We rely on the excellent support we have received from Gordon Reid and Joanna Lada-Walicki to help us navigate complex areas of charity governance. Like many charities we do not have in-house specialists and so our trustees need legal advice that is of the highest standard and which is applied to our particular context. They both take time to understand our organisation and to give advice in a timely manner when it is needed.’
‘Gordon Reid – measured, sage and confident.’
‘Gordon Reid is great. Great communicator, very responsive.’
‘Gordon Reid takes a personal interest in the issues he is dealing with. He understands the needs of clients and has an ability to make every question posed by a client a high priority. As a client I was greatly reassured that the paths we were taking were sound and had his full support. He was quick to identify potential issues and suggest solutions. His responsiveness and prompt attention are extremely well received.’
‘I found Gordon Reid to be helpful, focused on my needs as a client, and responsive. He provided me with clear advice and was always diligent in responding to requests and following up. He is able to discuss legal perspectives and issues without reverting to unnecessary legalese . For employment issues he brought in other members of the firm to advise, and they likewise were clear, friendly and helpful.’
Young Minds Trust
Woking & Sam Beare Hospices
Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance
Tearfund Richmond Charities
National Rifle Association
Uxbridge United Welfare Trusts
Moore Barlow's client base is dominated by housebuilders, developers, leisure sector operators, and corporate occupiers. The team is regularly called upon for its expertise in high profile landlord and tenant matters, as well as all aspects of property investment. Mark Grant joined the team from Gateley Plc , bringing with him more than 25 years' experience in land development work. Martin Duck leads the commercial real estate team, Stephen Ball leads on land development matters and Jolanda Peters manages leasehold enfranchisement. Luc Algar and Mike Wilson lead commercial and residential property respectively.
Other key lawyers:
‘Stephen Ball is the partner who is my principle contact. He is a very knowledgeable, personable and proactive lawyer. I would have no issue recommending to others within the Housebuilding and Development Industry.‘
‘The firm has a fantastic array of staff displaying competence in all manner of legal issues. Moore Barlow is a firm I would choose to use over many others due to their approach to the work undertaken.‘
‘The Southampton team is competent, excellent at working to deadlines, approachable. Typically very close to quote.‘
‘Luc Algar is always available and friendly and differentiates himself with his desire to engage. He balances understanding of the key legal issues with commercial competence rather bogging us down in “Legalese”.‘
‘Easy to approach. All round professional team who clearly enjoy what they do and display good interaction between their respective colleagues/departments.‘
Gleeson Strategic Land
Gleeson Strategic Land
South Somerset District Council
Camm & Hooper
Albion & East
Darwin and Wallace
Wright & Bell
Churchill Retirement Living
William Grant & Sons
Ankers & Rawlings
Moore Barlow (the result of the merger of Moore Blatch and Barlow Robbins) advises clients on matters related to residential, commercial and industrial property, in addition to working with landlords and tenants on leases. The team also counts a number of banks amongst its clients; advising on refinancings. The practice is led by Helen Archibald, based in Woking, who is particularly experienced in advising development companies on commercial and residential developments. Jo Farr heads the Guildford team, and has broad expertise in commercial property.
Following the merger of Moore Blatch and Barlow Robbins, Moore Barlow has continued to build on its reputation as a go-to firm for high-net-worth individuals, landed estates and family trusts, regarding claims concerning the validity and execution of wills and trusts, and claims against trustees for breach of their fiduciary duties. Former Barlow Robbins partner Scott Taylor , an 'exceptional communicator' heads up the contentious trusts and estates team out of Guildford, working with 'tough, pragmatic fighter' Thomas Middlehurst in Richmond and Claire Haverfield in Southampton. Fiona Heald, who is based in Lymington, specialises in advising on matters relating to mental incapacity. Other key members of the team include senior associate Lisa Green.
‘An excellent private client team – they offer an extremely professional an efficient service, and are friendly and approachable at a competitive price point.’
‘Scott Taylor and Lisa Green are experienced litigators who fight their client’s corner, but without unnecessary aggression towards their opponent. They are knowledgeable and approachable.’
‘Thomas Middlehurst stands out for us – he has an excellent commercial approach whilst being very a friendly and approachable.’
‘Scott Taylor is pragmatic, astute and works well with peers and clients alike.’
‘Scott Taylor is excellent with clients, having a particularly calm and reassuring manner. He has exceptionally good communication skills.’
‘The practice has a strong understanding of private wealth issues and particular expertise on property disputes.’
‘Thomas Middlehurst has a particularly good focus on property issues and is good with clients.’
Moore Barlow's Hampshire team attracts work from London and across the South East, where the firm has grown its network of offices through the 2020 merger between Moore Blatch and Barlow Robbins. With a reputation for advising on buy and build growth, the firm's Southampton office has close ties to the IT, retail and media sectors. Its core work includes disposals, IPOs, fundraisings, management buy-outs as well as M&A. Roger Bailey leads the practice, while TMT expert Thomas Clark was promoted to the partnership and advises clients on complex restructurings.
‘Diverse range of expertise and individuals to suit any requirement. Sensible, commercial approach to the legal profession with a view to achieving objectives, not scoring points!‘
‘Personable, relatable and pragmatic, demonstrating deep knowledge and a practical attitude to corporate transactions.‘
‘Approachable, thorough and experienced.‘
‘Manmohan Singh is calm, collected and always thinking ahead.‘
‘Kirsty Bowyer is thorough, highly organised and professional.‘
‘This practice knows its subject matter, responds quickly, gives pro-active advice and seeks good commercial solutions.‘
‘David Bright did a very good job for us, with his attention to deal and high levels of interactivity.‘
Bytes Technology Group
Venture Engineering Group
Drake & Morgan
Venture Equity Partners
SKS Business Services
Camm & Hooper
Excalibur Unified Communications
Family: Hampshire Tier 1
Moore Barlow acts on the full range of family law matters, but is particularly reputed for advising on complex financial remedy issues around trusts, company interests, complicated income structures, property interests and farms. Buoyed by its recent merger, the significantly larger practice, is led by Debra Emery, who represents medium to high net worth clients, primarily on divorce, finance and prenuptial agreements. Meanwhile Sarah French's practice predominantly involves mediation and collaborative work. As well as becoming a Resolution Accredited Specialist in children and financial work Katy Barber has considerable experience acting for cohabitees.
‘I found the practice to be very professional in all matters; everyone from Debra Emery at the top down to the legal secretaries. Divorce is pretty expensive at the best of times and quite emotional, the no rush or pressure from this practice was really appreciated. I kept Debra on retainer ready for when needed, without undue pressure to act or force through activity.’
‘Debra Emery was outstanding by way of help and support throughout my divorce process. Kept on retainer, I tried to do as much as possible myself, checking in periodically for occasional advice from Debra. Every time, she was on point and incredibly responsive. I persevered myself for around ten months to try and save a little cost here and there, but found we’d hit a brick wall. I handed full control over to Debra and within three weeks all financial matters had been agreed and documentation was lodged with Court.‘
‘Moore Barlow have a very strong team of lawyers across their various offices. They have been a top provider in the field of financial remedies for many years and remain key players. They also have the advantage of a London office and a Richmond office to supplement their traditional bases in Hampshire.‘
‘Debra Emery is a very experienced solicitor with a long record of excellence. She is quite capable of handling the most complex of cases. Jan Galloway (in Richmond) is a top performer. She has long experience of the world of family finance and is highly regarded. She is a joy to work for as she is level-headed and decisive. Katy Barber is beloved by her clients for her calm and sensible approach and easy and great to work for. Very much a team player.‘
‘I have worked with Sarah French for many years -she has a strong reputation as a mediator and is conscientious and meticulous.‘
‘Approachable lawyers who provide clear and thorough advice and who genuinely believe in and practice all forms of dispute resolution.‘
‘Sarah French is a pleasure to work with and is genuinely focused on seeking realistic and workable solutions for clients and families as a whole.‘
Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 1Moore Barlow was formed by the merger of Barlow Robbins and Moore Blatch in May 2020, creating a sizable family law team with experience across this area of law. Judith Ball is 'great with clients and fantastic to work with', specialising in complex financial cases, while Joanna Farrands is also valued by clients and is described as 'practical and outcome-orientated'. Jan Galloway and Victoria Walker are similarly experienced, and both focus on financial disputes. Associates Mandy Spring and Helen Habershon are also recommended; Spring is 'completely on top of her cases' and Habershon is a 'dynamic solicitor'.
Other key lawyers:
‘I have worked closely with Joanna Farrands, and found her to be an extremely committed lawyer who builds an excellent rapport with clients and in whom they have complete confidence. Joanna is practical and outcome-orientated, which serves her clients very well. I have also worked closely with Beverley Cullis, who is an exceptional legal associate.’
‘Karen Barham stands out as a top quality mediator. She has a style that encourages dialogue and understanding. Karen is particularly good at dealing with separating cohabiting couples. Her knowledge of family law is extensive and she takes a proactive approach to assisting mediation clients resolve issues.’
‘Mandy Spring is a walking encyclopaedia. She is excellent to be instructed as counsel as she is completely on top of her case. Elizabeth Ennals is conscientious, bright and has an exceptional bedside manner.’
‘Karen Barham is without doubt the ‘go to’ mediator in the area. Her skill and experience is unrivalled, particularly when dealing with challenging and difficult circumstances. She is more than a safe pair of hands, clients warm to her and she gets the job done.’
‘Very involved and pay meticulous attention to detail to every case giving a real Rolls Royce service to clients.’
‘The go-to family law team in the Guildford/Surrey area despite stiff competition. The team are extremely user-friendly and have the capacity to deal with a whole spectrum of cases, including the most complex High Court cases involving multiple parties and issues.’
‘Judith Ball is the doyenne of family law in the area. She is absolutely faultless. Great with clients and fantastic to work with. Helen Habershon is a dynamic solicitor with a real expertise in dealing with complex cases, often with an international element. Erin Lyon is a rising star. Young, bright and extremely able.’
‘Victoria Walker is an asset to the firm. She is very experienced in her field and will approach matters practically and methodically and is a pleasure to work with.’
‘Jan Galloway is great to work with. No nonsense, efficient and really on the ball. Everything is in it’s place for each case and ready to fight for her clients.’
In May 2020, Moore Blatch LLP and Barlow Robbins LLP merged to form Moore Barlow. The newly formed team works on the full range of insolvency and restructuring matters, both contentious and non-contentious. In the past year this has included advising insolvency practitioners on the securing and sale of assets, investigating allegations of fraud relating to insolvency on behalf of liquidators, and acting for creditors to recover property from insolvent estates. Many of these cases had additional complicating elements; for example, in one matter the firm advised administrators on the ongoing management of a portfolio of rental properties while the portfolio was being sold. The team also receives referrals from accountants, debt collection agents, and other solicitors. Practice head Heather Dobson is dual qualified as an insolvency practitioner, demonstrating her depth of knowledge in this area.
Other key lawyers:
‘Good technical knowledge.’
‘Heather Dobson really knows her area and deploys her knowledge very effectively; she is extremely hard-working, has sound judgement, is very pleasant to work with, and has a good, collaborative approach.’
‘Rebecca Chaplin also has a really good knowledge of the technical detail of the subject, and is also very hardworking, friendly and pleasant to work with.’
‘Very approachable and easy to work with, great professional attitude.’
‘Heather Dobson – great professional, friendly and approachable; willing to go the extra mile.’
‘Rebecca Chaplin – exceptional client service, easy to get hold of and quick to respond.’
‘Moore Barlow is an approachable and skilled firm that has expertise in all areas. They make clients feel valued and confident that they are receiving exceptional advice and service.’
‘Heather Dobson’s knowledge and experience is second to none. I like to think of Heather as part of my wider team and the go to person for all insolvency related matters.’
James Cowper Kreston
Moore Kingston Smith
Moore Stephens(South) R&I
Moorfields Corporate Recovery
RSM Restructuring Advisory
Moore Barlow's 'excellent' clinical negligence team is skilled in handling the most complex catastrophic personal injury and medical negligence matters. Senior partner Damian Horan leads the personal injury team from London with Richmond-based Anne Cassidy overseeing the clinical negligence side. The team was significantly expanded by the recent merger of Moore Blatch and Barlow Robbins - firmwide chairman Helen Goatley is a fellow of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and a Law Society-accredited clinical negligence specialist, while in Woking, consultant Caroline Flashman is another key figure. The practice regularly handles multimillion-pound brain and spinal injury claims; Matthew Claxson and Fadwa Errhioui are among the key contacts for this. Maya Sushila is recommended for complex gynaecological cases. A standout feature of the practice is its alliance with the specialist spinal cord injury solicitors at Aspire Law. Tim Spring heads the healthcare team and is considered a trailblazer in this field for combining education law, community care and Court of Protection departments.
Other key lawyers:
‘Damian Horan is hugely experienced – great with clients and a savvy operator.’
‘Very good communication within the team and with external contacts. Strong interpersonal and the sense of a shared high quality service ethos.’
‘Moore Barlow’s clinical negligence team is unique in that almost all its members were formerly defendant clinical negligence solicitors. This gives them a much better understanding of how to present claims to the defendant side, in a way that will lead to early settlement.’
‘Tim Spring is a hugely experienced clinical negligence solicitor who pursues his cases with tenacity. Maya Sushila is an excellent clinical negligence solicitor, both in terms of legal knowledge and people skills.‘
‘Matthew Claxson is a star, supremely deft and thorough, with an eye for detail, preparing his cases in a way that ensures optimal outcomes. He also gives up much of his own time to support the claimant injury sector voluntarily. Leading by example.’
‘Andrew Reid is extremely pleasant to deal with. He is curious, professional and his advice is spot on.’
‘The key player, who has a granary of knowledge and insight is Helen Goatley – she is unrivalled in her industry and is capable of bringing home a just result to the most difficult of cases.’
‘Ben Collingwood – genius, sharp and clear.’
Laithwaite Financial Services
Hann Tucker Associates
D4T4 Solutions Plc
Wellden Turnbull Chartered Accountants
Health and safety Tier 2
Moore Barlow , formed in 2020 through the merger of legacy Moore Blatch and Barlow Robbins, acts for clients in the manufacturing sector, which are subject to investigations by the Health & Safety Executive, following serious or fatal accidents. David Thompson and Amy Adair are the key practitioners.
IT and telecoms Tier 2
Commercial tech specialist John Warchus heads the IT & telecoms team at Moore Barlow, formed by the merger earlier this year of Moore Blatch and Barlow Robbins. Known for his track record of work with manufacturing and engineering clients, he also regularly assists tech start-ups. More broadly, the the firm is recognised for its work in telematics, cyber security, software development and analytics. The firm is also increasingly advising clients on IP protection, limitation of liability and the manufacture of complex devices. A member of the IT and IP Law Group Europe, it also features outsourcing and electronic tracking expert Dorothy Agnew. Of counsel Laurie Heizler is another name to note.
‘Moore Barlow are the preferred suppliers of legal support to our cluster of incubating startups. They offer a unique, pain free, can-do solution based service with the client at the heart of the activity. Whenever we have asked, whatever we have asked, Moore Barlow have responded positively, effectively and efficiently delivering what needs to be done when it needs doing. A great team of professionals who are people focused‘.
‘A sound and clever non-City firm that don’t oversell and solves the problem. A joy to work with‘.
‘John Warchus reflects everything a good legal relationship should have. His can-do attitude, unfazed approach and solution-focused delivery makes it a pleasure to know him and work with him. The basic attitude to client/lawyer relationships exhibited by Moore Barlow and delivered by John make this firm head and shoulders above the competition‘.
‘John Warchus manages work gently and steadily, with a keen eye on cost‘.
Trevor Wood Under
Westmont Hub Under
Moore Barlow's Lymington based private wealth team regularly handles high net worth, complex private client work, including tax and succession planning, wills, probate, trusts and court of protection issues. The team has particular expertise advising on agricultural and business property relief, as well as care fees planning. Philip Whitcomb leads the practice and has more than 19 years of experience in succession planning, asset protection and heritage law. Fiona Heald is a name to note for court of protection work, while Alison Lloyd specialises in probate matters.
‘My impression of the firm is that it is founded on the values of honesty and integrity.’
‘Certainly far more efficient and professional than several other firms that I have recently had dealings with. The advice given has been more specific/appropriate and hence more useful. They clearly think the issues through more carefully.’
‘Samantha King was knowledgeable and thorough throughout the process of administering my late father’s estate. Paperwork to review and sign was received in a timely fashion and Samantha made herself available to answer any questions. The joint executors found Samantha empathetic about their mandate during a time of bereavement and had an excellent working relationship with her.’
‘I have dealt with several members of the firm and they have all been very professional, helpful and personable, but mainly assisted by Samantha King. She has helped me with no end of practical advice and resolved some extremely difficult issues. In particular, I would mention her assistance with a family trust, in that she personally visited my very elderly father in his nursing home to assess his capacity, and was very kind and patient with him.’
Professional negligence Tier 2
The merger of Moore Blatch LLP and Barlow Robbins has created a strong combined professional negligence offering at the newly formed Moore Barlow, led by Mark Osgood in Southampton. The team's lawyers have a proven track record of work on claimant professional negligence matters, with key figures including operations partner Rob Evans, who has carved out a niche in claims arising from financial regulation, taxation schemes, and cybercrime. In Guildford, David Foster leads the firm's dispute resolution, civil litigation and commercial mediation practice, while other key figures include associate solicitor Andrew Reid and senior associate Esther Millard.
‘The team was very approachable and courteous in answering any of my questions or queries as we have moved through the litigation process.’
‘I found the team to be approachable – they were ailling to meet to discuss our case when other firms we approached dismissed it as not worth pursuing or to have the prospect of limited success. They were understanding; easy to talk to, reassuring and positive. They helped to make the whole process much less stressful for us than it could otherwise have been. They provided clear communication about costs, and they communicated realistic expectations of the results that we could achieve. They managed to exceed these expectations and get a very good result for us.’
‘A good team of solicitors with an excellent understanding of the cases presented to them.’
‘I felt from day one that Mark Osgood was easy to talk to and understood the grounds of my case from the start.’
‘Andrew Reid showed true dedication and insight with the understanding of my case. He demonstrated that he cares about the right result, investigating elements that don’t fall under his expertise, and involved other colleagues for advice and strategy.’
‘Mark Osgood is an excellent litigator; very creative in terms of funding solutions.’
‘Andrew Reid is technically (and technologically) outstanding. Perfect for technically difficult cases or those involving substantial disclosure and evidence.’
‘Rob Evans is personable, reassuring and kind. He provided clear communication every step of the way. He set out our options clearly and the cost implications at each stage. He understood how the situation we found ourselves in impacted on our lives.’
‘Mark Osgood was realistic about our chances of success and clear about the payment structures available for us.’
‘Andrew Reid is extremely pleasant to deal with. He is curious, professional and always has an excellent grasp of the case. His emails are very detailed and advice spot on.’
‘The team are able to get on top of a case very quickly, and are very attentive and responsive to the client’s needs and risks. In particular, they bring a practical and commercial approach to cases, seeking where possible to find a pragmatic solution or compromise. Excellent.’
‘Esther Millard provided a very professional but also personal service.’
‘Esther Millard is an excellent technical lawyer but also very approachable and commercially aware.’
‘Esther Millard handled a dispute for me, and given how stressful the experience can be, she handled the whole process extremely professionally, keeping me well informed of all developments. She was very confident in terms of discussing strategy and realistic in terms of potential outcomes, which is exactly what you want when you are spending considerable sums of money to try to win a dispute; the circumstances of which can be open to different legal interpretations. Esther managed my expectations extremely well.’
Property litigation Tier 2Chris Marsden heads up Moore Barlow's real estate litigation group, which acts in complex and high-value property disputes for high-net-worth individuals, developers, hoteliers and retailers. The team also counts insolvency practitioners, telecoms operators, property institutions and financial institutions on its client roster. Sarah Watley leads the bank and lender side of the practice, acting for a number of specialist lender clients in high-value and complex residential and commercial possession claims. Richmond-based Thomas Middlehurst is the key name to note for property ownership disputes. The team is made up lawyers from both Moore Blatch and Barlow Robbins, following their merger in May 2020 - key legacy Barlow Robbins lawyers among the team include senior associate Simon Fulford and senior litigator David Foster, both of who are based in Guildford.
‘Moore Barlow punch well above their weight in terms of real estate litigation, dealing with complex disputes on behalf of large nationally and internationally recognisable clients. They are able to compete favourably with much bigger firms including City firms. The team take a commercial approach, recognising the value in early strategic advice in achieving their clients’ goals.‘
‘Chris Marsden, who trained and practised in the City, is able to bring all the experience and technical ability necessary for the full range of real estate litigation. Clients really like him; they particularly value his strategic thinking and commercial approach. Simon Beetham, while still relatively junior, is one to watch for the future. He has a quiet confidence about him and is technically brilliant.‘
‘A strong presence in the South. High quality team with excellent high net worth client base.‘
‘Tom Middlehurst: a good solid litigation partner. Works hard at early case analysis, carrying out thorough investigations and taking appropriate advice from counsel to identify clear and realistic objectives for the client, which he then pursues ruthlessly.‘
‘Chris Marsden is a stand out partner in the region. His leadership of the property litigation team has taken its reputation to a new level. Clients find Chris commercially savvy and look to him as a trusted adviser. His combination of specialist knowledge and ability to find effective solutions to problems makes him a go-to lawyer.‘
‘Sarah Watley has a pragmatic approach and always looks to provide a range of solutions to ensure that all options are consider to achieve a suitable solution.‘
Business Mortgage Finance
While it is too early to assess the full impact of the merger between Barlow Robbins LLP and Moore Blatch LLP on the combined Moore Barlow commercial litigation offering in Hampshire, the practice has a strong reputation across a range of work. The Southampton based team specialises in real estate litigation, restructuring/insolvency disputes, banking litigation, professional negligence and commercial dispute resolution. Led by Sarah Watley, the team is instructed by a range of SMEs, owner-managed businesses and entrepreneurial clients. Mark Osgood is an expert in partnership and shareholder disputes, while Claire Haverfield has significant experience in contractual claims.
‘Particularly good at handling group litigation and also dealing with funding solutions.‘
‘Mark Osgood is an excellent litigator, very commercial and creative with funding solutions.‘
‘Sarah Watley is very bright, very robust, leads her troops well and understands clients’ businesses.‘
‘They deliver an excellent service for clients. Cases are extremely well-managed, strategy is thought through from the start, and clients are provided with sound intelligent advice throughout. I have no hesitation in recommending the firm and have in fact recommended them to a client.‘
‘Claire Haverfield is an outstanding litigator. She is astute, stands her ground and fights hard for her clients’ interests. A very intelligent lawyer and great tactician. She achieves good results and takes great care to ensure the client remains well advised and appraised throughout. I have full confidence in her on every level and have highly recommended her to a client.‘
Moore Barlow , formed through the May 2020 combination of Moore Blatch and Barlow Robbins, provides advice on a range of corporate and commercial matters to a base of longstanding clients. The Guildford practice is led by Mark Lucas, who offers particular experience in mergers in the education sector, while Tim Matthews has brought substantial expertise in life sciences. The team is also active advising companies in the technology sector. The merger significantly increased the size of the firm's team in the South East.
‘They pay attention to detail, are responsive to ideas, and the clients’ needs are foremost.’
‘Matthew Devine did a splendid job and I always felt that Mark was in the background with his finger on the pulse.’
‘The team are extremely professional , with a personal touch.’
The Press Association
Ian Allan Group
The Wisley Golf Club
Avantus Business Solutions
Wimbledon School of English
Debt recovery Tier 3
The debt recovery offering at Moore Barlow (the result of the recent merger of Moore Blatch and Barlow Robbins) regularly acts for national lending institutions. In this capacity, it operates a shortfall repossession recovery service alongside enforcement of judgments and insolvency proceedings. In addition, it engages in the collection of trade debts, book debts and arrears recoveries (following property repossession). Claims can be pursued in the County Court and High Court: co-lead Peter Worrall is particularly experienced in cross-border litigation claims. His equivalent Sarah Watley advises on a full range of contentious matters including fraud, bribery and disputes arising from the lender/customer relationship.
‘Really good work for quality clients‘.
‘Very commercial with good client relationship skills‘.
‘Sarah Watley is an excellent client partner for the litigation team; very commercial and straight talking‘.
‘Sarah Watley and her team have a great knowledge of the subject area and provide clear pragmatic advice‘.
Employment: Hampshire Tier 3
Moore Barlow's employment team services a wide range of industry sectors, with a particular focus on telecoms, tech, advertising, financial services and hospitality. Practice head Katherine Maxwell has experience working with global corporations while Emma Edis , who was recently promoted to the partnership, has built a reputation for TUPE and reorganisations. Naomi Greenwood, whose 'sensitivity in handling cases' is praised by clients, offers strategic and tactical advice in high value litigation.
‘Naomi Greenwood and Katherine Maxwell are both very good lawyers. They are especially good at dealing with clients with sensitivity and protecting their interests in the widest sense. They are consistently supported by excellent associates.‘
‘Really personable and knowledgeable – held our hand right the way through the process.‘
‘Katherine Maxwell was very calm, pragmatic and approached discussions with the other party’s representatives in a conciliatory but no-nonsense way. She was also very available to consult with – in person and by phone.‘
British Heart Foundation
No 1 Lounges
Moorfields Eye Hospital
Association of British Bookmakers
Bytes Software Services
Churchill Retirement Living
Intellectual property Tier 3
The recent merger of Moore Blatch and Barlow Robbins has consolidated a significant regional footprint for newly combined Moore Barlow. Led by sector specialist Laurie Heizler, its IP offering covers key concerns such as licensing, copyright, trade mark infringement and passing off. In addition, clients can rely on expert support for complex international cases. The team is spread across offices in Guildford, Woking and central London.
Veriton Pharma Limited No
Kallo Foods Limited No
Vision Engineering Limited No
Digitop Limited No
Brainstorm Limited No
Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance No
National Rifle Association No
Lapixa GmbH Yes
Ci-Pod Limited No
Avantus Business Solutions Limited
Public sector Tier 3
Moore Barlow's public sector practice includes education and healthcare elements for clients, and has notable strength in SEN work. Tim Spring leads the healthcare group form Southampton, which handles Court of Protection matters for vulnerable individuals and has a specialism in clinical negligence work. Mea North is part of the community care team and is recommended for advisory work pertaining to personal injury and regulatory matters. On the education side, Janata Ali heads up the team, which handles school exclusion matters for parents and guardians.
Moore Barlow is the result of the merger of Moore Blatch and Barlow Robbins. This sizable firm handles commercial litigation matters including trade mark infringement, planning disputes, and breach of contract. The team's clients span sectors including education, retail, insurers and manufacturers. Practice head David Foster is described as 'commercial, practical and a pleasure to work with', and in addition to litigation also handles mediations.
‘We have always received outstanding feedback from members who have worked with the firm and we feel they are exemplary in their fields.’
‘The team is highly commercial, diligent and always quick to find practical and creative solutions. They provide a city law firm service in the heart of Surrey.’
‘David Foster is commercial, practical and a pleasure to work with. Very popular with clients. Uses his experience as a mediator to find creative solutions to problems. Chris Darvill is an experienced commercial litigator.’
Warren Farm (Wokingham)
Pagham Parish Council
Education: schools Tier 2Moore Barlow, which resulted from the recent merger between Moore Blatch and Barlow Robbins, is a key name in the education landscape. Its practice is led by Joanna Lada-Walicki, who is 'an expert in her field.' The Guildford-based practice has extensive expertise acting for clients in the independent schools sector, as well as charities. It advises on a range of issues relating to corporate mergers, governance issues and employment law. Ben Collingwood advises on pastoral issues, as well as advising schools on historic sexual abuse and safeguarding matters. Gordon Reid and associate Adam McRae-Taylor are other names to note.
‘The team are very skilled and knowledgeable. They are professional and support their clients very well.’
Luckley House School
Effingham Schools Trust
Manor House School
Orchard Hill College Academy Trust
AEGIS – Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students
The Royal School
Family: mediation Tier 2
Karen Barham at Moore Barlow practises as a full-time mediator; she is accredited and qualified in child-inclusive mediation and the hybrid model (which includes the attendance of the parties’ lawyers in meetings). As a senior mediator, she is also a professional practice consultant supervising an increasing number of other mediators. She added another string to her bow recently by qualifying as one of the country’s first parenting co-ordinators.
‘Karen Barham is a very experienced and able mediator and has the added experience of working with children in mediation and being trained as a parenting co-ordinator. She uses her keen sense of humour to diffuse difficult issues’
‘What singles Karen out is her approach to the mediation process and how committed she is to the Resolution code of conduct. Karen thinks outside of the box and engages well with client and her peers. She is a formidable mediator who engages with the clients to make them feel at ease and listened to, without any judgement or recrimination‘
‘Karen has a wealth of experience which enables her to grasp issues quickly and provide considered and practical solutions. Karen is brilliant at minimising disputes and taking a Resolution approach to maintain relations between separated couples. Karen keeps solicitors updated and makes the process thereafter easy‘
‘Karen Barham leads the way in terms of a strong mediation practice. She remains client focused and is clearly committed to assisting every couple she works with. Mediation summaries are always comprehensive and sent in a timely manner‘.
‘Karen Barham is an exceptional mediator. She provides a brilliant service to clients, helping them to reach a satisfactory outcome‘
Following a recent merger with Barlow Robbins, Moore Blatch is now trading as Moore Barlow, with key locations in both London and Southampton. The 'specialist team' takes on a range of unusual cases, including avoidable harm caused by infectious and autoimmune diseases of the central nervous system, neurosurgical complications, and rare endocrinological conditions, alongside more traditional obstetric brain injury work. Dual-qualified practitioner Anne Cassidy, who took over as practice head from Tim Spring in September 2019, has experience of both claimant and defendant work, which is described by a client as 'a huge advantage'.
‘The London team are highly experienced, very well established, and provide an excellent service.‘
‘They have some exceptional practitioners in Anne Cassidy and Sarah Stanton.’
‘Both Tim Spring and Sarah Stanton excel in clinical negligence and give clear legal advice as well as showing considerable empathy to the claimants.‘
‘An excellent, small specialist team which is hugely experienced, particularly having done a lot of defendant work before doing claimant work, which is a huge advantage.‘
Personal injury: claimant Tier 5
Following the merger between legacy Moore Blatch and Barlow Robbins, Moore Barlow's 'very committed and successful' personal injury team, is jointly headed by 'master tactician' Damian Horan, who regularly acts on high-value brain and spinal injury claims, and major trauma expert Trevor Sterling. The firm is instructed on some of London’s most high profile cases, including the Westminster Bridge terror attacks and the Croydon tram crash.
‘The PI team at Moore Barlow is first class, young and brilliantly created and guided by Trevor Sterling.‘
‘A small but very committed and successful team with a number of catastrophic cases handled very successfully and with sensitivity and care.‘
‘Damian Horan is exceptional – extremely calm and reassuring, an excellent team player and a master tactician.‘
‘A unique blend of individuals who collectively consistently deliver outstanding support for their clients.‘
Moore Barlow > Firm Profile
Moore Barlow was formed in May 2020, following the successful merger of two well-known South East regional law firms, Moore Blatch and Barlow Robbins. Together we offer a highly ranked breadth and depth of expertise across a wide range of legal specialisms from six locations to make us one of the UK’s top 100 UK law firms.
Moore Barlow’s managing partner, Ed Whittington leads the firm’s strategy to provide comprehensive legal services to corporate, investments and private clients with a strong emphasis on relationships and partner-led service.
Types of work undertaken: The firm’s business clients are typically SME businesses, individual clients are usually high-net-worth individuals and those who have suffered injury or harm. We work across many legal disciplines, from business services covering corporate, commercial and employment, litigation and real estate to private client estate, tax and will planning, personal injury and clinical negligence. .
The firm: Moore Barlow is a firm recognised by peers and independent legal experts across a wide range of legal specialisms. The firm comprises 71 partners, 196 lawyers and legal professionals, and a total staff of nearly 500 across six UK offices (Guildford, London, Lymington, Richmond, Southampton, and Woking).
Our wide range of legal specialisms reflect the growing need from clients for legal advice in key sectors such as charities, not-for-profit and education, agricultural businesses and rural estates, financial services, as well as property development and house builders, technology, healthcare and pharmaceutical industries.
We have many Leading Individual lawyers and practice teams in Tier 1 including Charities and not-for profit, Education, Clinical negligence and Personal injury (claimant), Contentious trusts and probate, Family, Private client, Corporate and commercial, Commercial property, Insolvency and restructuring. Our Tier 2 practices span Agriculture and estates, Employment, Health, Health and safety, IT and telecoms, Personal tax, Trust and probate, Property and commercial litigation.
Principal areas of work
Legal Services for Corporates, Lenders, Investors and Charitable organisations: Moore Barlow’s business and organisations lawyers act for leaders and owners on a wide range of business areas. These include M&A, contractual and commercial law, employment, data protection, and IP, real estate development and management, as well as house builder services, commercial and other dispute resolution, employment and immigration advice, health and safety regulation, insolvency, business and debt recovery.
Personal legal services: The private client team includes several solicitors recognised as leaders in their field, notably family and international matrimonial / childcare law and mediation, private wealth and landed estates, Court of Protection and care of vulnerable people/care planning,. They have one of the biggest property teams in the South East and offer extensive conveyancing and property support for town and country estate planning and transactions.
Clinical negligence and personal injury: Recognised as one of the leading teams in the UK, Moore Barlow’s highly regarded solicitors have dealt with some of the most high value and complex claims of recent years and have secured compensation for thousands of clients including one of the largest-ever clinical negligence settlements for a 12 year old girl in 2018. The team specialises in community care, major trauma, medical negligence, personal injury, and special education needs.
Many in the clinical negligence and personal injury teams are members with APIL accreditation providing a quality mark of competence and specialist expertise for solicitors dealing with personal injury claims. Alongside this their legal experts are also members of SIA (Spinal Injury Association), Encephalitis Society, and Headway (Brain Injury Association). They are members of The Law Society and Investors in People.
Clients: Moore Barlow provides a range of services to entrepreneurs, investors, owners and leaders of businesses and organisations, and private individuals and families.
International: Moore Barlow is a member of two large International networks (Ecovis & International Referral) providing a network of colleagues and advisers with specialisms in many different fields and jurisdictions. Their clients benefit from quality advisers who have local cultural understanding and a strong client service ethos.
Charities and Education – Joanna Lada-Walicki
Commercial – John Warchus
Corporate – Jeremy Over
Employment – Katherine Maxwell
Litigation – David Foster
Insolvency – Heather Dobson
Family – Jo Farrands
Private wealth – Tim Adams
Commercial property – Jo Farr
Residential property – Clare Andrews
Clinical negligence – Anne Cassidy
Personal injury – Trevor Sterling
|Managing Partner||Edward Whittington|
|Helen Goatley||Partner & Chairman|
|Tim Adams||Partner and head of the private client department, covering wills, probate, trusts…||View Profile|
|Judith Ball||Partner and head of family department dealing in all aspects of family…||View Profile|
|Ray Black||Chief executive at Barlow Robbins. His expertise lies in strategic management within…||View Profile|
|David Foster||Partner and head of the litigation department; leads the firm’s extensive litigation…||View Profile|
|Helen Goatley||Partner acting for claimants in maximum severity personal injury claims and clinical…||View Profile|
|Joanna Lada-Walicki||Joanna is a very experienced lawyer. She has particular expertise in advising…||View Profile|
|Mark Lucas||Partner with extensive experience of corporate and commercial matters. A principal focus…||View Profile|
|Gordon Reid||Partner and head of commercial property team in Guildford; work undertaken includes…||View Profile|
|Mr Peter Sisson||Consultant specialising in the fields of complex mortgage litigation and professional negligence.||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of partners : 71 partners Assistant solicitors and other lawyers : 196 lawyers and legal professionals
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Agriculture and estates
- Charities and not-for-profit
- Commercial property: Hampshire
- Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
- Contentious trusts and probate
- Corporate and commercial: Hampshire
- Family: Hampshire
- Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
- Insolvency and corporate recovery
- Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant
- Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
- Health and safety
- IT and telecoms
- Personal tax, trusts and probate: Hampshire
- Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
- Professional negligence
- Property litigation
- Commercial litigation: Hampshire
- Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
- Debt recovery
- Employment: Hampshire
- Intellectual property
- Public sector
- Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex
- Education: schools
- Family: mediation
- Clinical negligence: claimant
- Personal injury: claimant