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Moore Barlow

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Hampshire Tier 1

Continuing to reap the benefits of the 2020 merger between legacy Moore Blatch and Barlow Robbins that created it, Moore Barlow’s sizeable Southampton practice acts for a range of SMEs, AIM-listed companies, private equity houses, and non-profits on numerous corporate transactions and commercial matters. Jointly led by Jeremy Over  in Southampton and John Warchus in London, the corporate and commercial team frequently advises on complex disposals, commercial agreements and management buyouts. Roger Bailey advises clients on M&A, capital markets and private market deals and has a particular niche advising on the takeover of private companies with multiple shareholders. Dorothy Agnew and Peter Jeffery are both key contacts for the firm’s technology sector clients.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Over (Corporate); John Warchus (Commercial)


‘Very approachable team of people who help you put practical solutions in place.  Moore Barlow has become a one stop shop because they have a a very broad range of legal skills to accommodate all our business needs.’

‘Thoughtful and proactive. Everyone I have worked with has been impressive. ’

‘Jeremy Over always has my interests at heart. Very commercial.’

‘Friendly and personable, technically very good and nice people to work with.’

‘Peter Jeffery is an out-and-out star. Like his colleagues, he goes the extra mile and some. They are proactive, efficient and effective.’

‘Moore Barlow is a practice that focuses on providing a full service to their clients, led by partners that understand the need for legal practice to reflect and take into account the commercial drivers behind transactions. We have worked with Moore Barlow over multiple years because of their depth of knowledge, attention to detail, excellent project management and congeniality in front of clients. ’

‘We have been extremely impressed with their approach to summarising and walking through legal documents, and the ability to take complex legal issues and distill them down into easily understandable scenarios for clients to consider.’

‘Roger Bailey has provided excellent advice and have always made themselves available when needed to deal with urgent issues.’

Key clients

Transparity Solutions Limited

Serocor Holdings Limited

Exactive Limited

SKS Business Services Ltd

Aura Technology Limited

Bytes Technology Group Limited

Snowflake Software Limited

Symetrica Limited

Sabien Technology Group plc

Churchill Retirement plc

Wunelli Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised management of Bytes Technology Group Limited on their interest in the listing of the group.
  • Acted for the management team in the management buyout of a £100m turnover recruitment group.
  • Acted on the sale of the share capital of Snowflake Software Limited to Cirium, part of the RELX group.

Employment > Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 1

Moore Blatch and Barlow Robbins merged in 2020 to create Moore Barlow, which has considerable expertise in litigation in the High Court and County Court regarding restrictive covenants, fiduciary duties and breach of confidentiality issues. In the Employment Tribunal, the team handles claims involving whistleblowing, unfair dismissal and discrimination elements. The department’s domestic and international client base includes companies in the recruitment, security and military, and technology sectors. Katherine Maxwell leads the team with experience in TUPE mandates, David Ludlow has particular expertise in M&A work and police law, and Naomi Greenwood advises clients in the advertising, media and financial sectors.

Practice head(s):

Katherine Maxwell

Other key lawyers:

David Ludlow; Naomi Greenwood; Michelle Tudor


‘Moore Barlow has a breadth of talent and experience which belies their regional location and unquestionably allows them to compete in the busy London & South East legal fraternity. The strong specialist teams have reputations which attract and retain clients across the UK and internationally. My experience is wholly positive having benefitted from a wealth of experience and clear commercial and legal guidance.’

‘We work very closely with Michelle Tudor, who has been providing us with employment law advice for many years. She is such an invaluable support for us. The main qualities we value most in Michelle are: availability – she is always available for a call/email and responds promptly; advice – her counsel is always practical, appropriate, and suitable for our organisation and she is always clear with us about every angle to consider. Michelle always aims to understand a situation fully, listening to our concerns carefully, before providing her advice. We value her support enormously.’

‘I chose Moore Barlow because I wanted the support of a strong, broadly based local firm, with strong commercial and employment knowledge and experience but at regional hourly rates rather than London rates.’

‘I have worked with Naomi Greenwood with numerous companies that I have led HR teams. Very approachable and pragmatic solutions across the board.’

‘I worked with Katherine Maxwell as my Instructing Solicitor. Assiduous, commercial & very good at working with/being empathetic towards individuals as clients.’

‘David Ludlow and Michelle Tudor have provided outstanding service, very attentive and customer orientated. I would highly recommend this team for all employment related matters.’

‘I have worked with David Ludlow and I have always found him to be incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. The advice and assistance given has always aided us and his knowledge of our business has made us make the correct business decisions, even when we do not necessarily like the outcome.’

‘Michelle Tudor is our contact at Moore Barlow and she has the right balance of professionalism, knowledge, and experience but is also very friendly and open to what advice is needed. She is flexible in her approach and delivers what is asked for. She is available and responsive, and I feel assured that once I’ve spoken to Michelle we have the best advice that we could have in the industry, and I therefore feel confident in dealing with our employee matters.’

Key clients

Alan Greenwood & Sons Limited

BD Network Limited

Camm & Hooper Limited

Darwin & Wallace Limited

Eliga Services Limited

D4t4 Solutions Plc

Explore Learning Limited

Euronews Group

Gravity Media

Hann Tucker Associates Limited

Hozah Parking Limited

Hythe Marine Services Limited

Moorfields Eye Hospital

PAE Business Limited

Pilgrims Group

Pilgrims Risk Management Group

Pitch Software GmbH

PK Group Limited

Plum Products Limited

PZI International Solutions UK Limited

Salisbury Burwood Limited

Solventis Limited

SKS Business Services Ltd

Tjarks & Tjarks Design Limited

Total Merchandise Limited

Wey Education plc

World Sailing

Work highlights

  • Advising Moorfields Eye Hospital on complex, project-specific employment matters.
  • Advised D4t4 Solutions Plc, an AIM listed company, on a wide range of complex employment and immigration matters, such as restructurings and redundancies; expatriate service agreements with its US subsidiary; and immigration sponsorship.
  • Adivising Euronews Group, with bases in Lyon, France and London, on a number of employment law issues, such as atypical freelance journalist agreements, incentive schemes, data protection, redundancies and collective changes to terms and conditions of employment including collective information and consultation.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

At Moore Barlow, practice head Heather Dobson holds a non-appointment-taking insolvency licence and her standing in the market is further reflected by her work for insolvency practitioners, directors, creditors and lenders, among other clients. Another key individual is Rebecca Chaplin, who (like Dobson) has a strong track in corporate and personal insolvency work. The team collectively advises on administrations, winding-up petitions, restructurings and reorganisations, and tax-efficient exit planning, as well as matters involving an interface between insolvency and property/family law.

Practice head(s):

Heather Dobson

Other key lawyers:


‘Excellent staff with good communication and flexibility. The partners are happy to integrate with our team to work together and achieve the best results.’

‘Heather Dobson and Rebecca Chaplin always find time to give us and our cases the appropriate attention despite how busy they are.’

‘High level of technical knowledge about a complex area of law, very strong work ethic.’

‘Heather Dobson is a specialist insolvency lawyer; very experienced, very sound, very reliable. Rebecca Chaplin is also very good, and adds useful litigation experience to balance the team.’

‘Great team – all partners are excellent and professional, extremely competent and available. They have good delivery and contact is relevant and maintained throughout.’

‘Heather Dobson – very competent, friendly and approachable, understanding, commercial and reliable.’

‘Very responsive and grasp issues swiftly. Appropriate cutting edge advice. Go the extra mile when required to do so. Get the job done.’

‘Heather Dobson and Rebecca Chaplain for superb advice, highlighting potential pitfalls and ensuring that such pitfalls are avoided. Both really know their stuff.’

Key clients

Begbies Traynor

Benedict Mackenzie

FRP Advisory

James Cowper Kreston





McTear Williams & Wood


Moore Kingston Smith

Moorfields Corporate Recovery


Portland Business and Financial Solutions


RSM Restructuring Advisory

Work highlights

  • Advising the administrators on the pre-pack administration of a car manufacturing and racing team.
  • Advising the liquidators on complex creditor claims connected with the liquidation of Experto Credite Limited.
  • Advising a bankrupt on a highly complex and contentious bankruptcy.

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Moore Barlow has maintained a first-rate reputation for both personal injury and clinical negligence following the successful merger of Barlow Robbins and Moore Blatch in 2020. Damian Horan, who leads the personal injury team, has an outstanding track record in catastrophic injury cases; he is a go-to for individuals that have sustained severe brain and spinal cord injuries. Anne Cassidy is the head of the clinical negligence practice, which excels in matters concerning cerebral palsy, maternal injuries, spinal injuries, oncology and endocrinological conditions, among other areas. Also recommended are Helen Goatley and Maya Sushila, who focuses on complex gynaecological and ophthalmic cases. Matthew Claxson and Fadwa Errhioui are other notable individuals, as is senior associate Victoria Jones, whose expertise includes cases arising from misdiagnosis and surgical errors. Tim Spring retired from the partnership in April 2020, but retains a role as a consultant.

Practice head(s):

Damian Horan; Anne Cassidy

Other key lawyers:

Tim Spring; Matthew Claxson; Fadwa Errioui; Helen Goatley; Tiago Azevedo; Victoria Jones; Paul Kingsley


‘Damian Horan and his team were always on hand to answer questions, keeping us up-to-date with progress, explaining expert witness reports and even travelling across the country whilst we were on holiday to deliver important news. At times, we felt as though they had gone over and above the level of service we would have expected.’

‘All the solicitors in the firm are knowledgeable about the case and provide clear instructions for my report. Tim Spring has been particularly exemplary in his detailed understanding of medical negligence cases.’

‘However large or small, the PI team at Moore Barlow handle treat each claimant as an individual with the same level of attention to detail. Their expertise in chronic pain claims is particularly strong.’

‘This firm has consolidated its position as a market-leading claimant catastrophic injury firm in the South East following the recent merger of Moore Blatch and Barlow Robbins which were both leading firms. It now offers a huge array of strength in depth as well as geographical area.’

‘The Moore Barlow team embraces diversity and equality, to the benefit of the services they provide and, ultimately, their clients. They are the firm I would recommend to my friends and family, if they had suffered injury or were the victim of clinical negligence.’

‘Matthew Claxson as a partner is outstanding. He appears to work tirelessly on a case, giving it the attention and financial resources it deserves, all to the ultimate good of his client. Helen Goatley is a leading figure in complex injury cases and also acts as a Deputy at the Court of Protection.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Claimant in a clinical negligence judgment, which found as a preliminary issue that the Claimant is entitled to sue the GP who allegedly provided negligent pre-conception advice to her mother. This clarified a key point of law and rebutted the Defendant’s interpretation of the claim as being a “wrongful life claim”.
  • Secured a 90% liability settlement for an 8-year old who suffered serious neurological injury during her pre-term delivery. This is a complex and extremely high value claim.
  • Settled case for £1.3m, involving a 16 year old girl who sustained a brain injury whilst cycling on a road. The case featured issues of contributory negligence, for the failures of the client to wear a cycle helmet and have lights on her bike. The main and interesting issue of quantum was how the client’s injury would affect her aspiration to train and practise as a doctor.

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 1

With the merger of Moore Blatch and Barlow Robbins, Moore Barlow now has one of the largest teams dedicated to providing full service advice on agriculture and estates matters across the South East. It is particularly strong in advising on matters related to real estate, land development, and long-term asset management. Rural services team co-leader Sarah Jordan deals with such areas as high-value property transactions, while her co-head Philip Whitcomb specialises in asset protection, heritage law, and agricultural succession planning. Managing partner Edward Whittington and senior associate Charlotte Brackley support the team on a wide range of matters, including major land transactions.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Jordan; Philip Whitcomb


‘Whilst a large and multi-sector practice, the team maintain a high level of personal client care. They are highly responsive, have a good understanding of our business and are empathetic to our objectives, providing advice to meet these.’

‘A very strong partner-level team underpinned by a high level of professionalism and competence. They are acknowledged as sector leaders and we have every confidence in them both representing our business and providing solutions which meet our wide ranging objectives.’

‘The people are Moore Barlow are excellent, professional, experienced  knowledgeable, friendly and easy to deal with.’

‘Experts in the field – I use them for all rural property matters and have recommended them to many clients. They are the only rural team that I know that will actually go and visit the property they are dealing with so that they can walk the boundaries.’

‘What makes them different is the human touch. Rather than looking at things through simply the lens of the legal implications, they also look at it in terms of the impact that it will have on the lives of the people it effects. At their best, they are good at building relationships and using a greater understanding of your broader context to give the right advice.’

‘Sarah Jordan and Ed Whittington understand our world, provide us with a view of what others are doing, and new ways of looking at what we are doing.’

Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 1

The Guildford-based team at Moore Barlow positions itself in competition with London firms in the charity law sphere. It advises charities on the full range of charity matters, while also drawing on resources from other teams to provide coverage on all relevant matters charities may encounter. Practice sector head Gordon Reid - 'a reassuring presence in times of crisis' - advises schools and charities on property, governance, and risk and reputational matters. He works alongside department head Joanna Lada-Walicki, who is experienced advising on reputational issues, including abuse allegations. Counsel Helen Harvie covers matters such as charity registration and constitutional issues.

Practice head(s):

Gordon Reid; Joanna Lada-Walicki

Other key lawyers:


‘As a religious charity, we were looking for someone who understood the ethos and motivation of our work, and who could give us appropriate legal support with that in mind. We were recommended one of the partners, Gordon Reid, who quickly understood how we operate and what we were wanting to achieve. This has been invaluable.’

‘The charities team are outstanding. There can’t be many law firms where clients actually enjoy having to get in touch. They are responsive, personable and incredibly knowledgeable. Not only do they grasp the issues quickly, but they are solutions focussed. You don’t come away with a range of options which you are left to chose between, but you are expertly guided through those decisions, and end with a clear sense how to progress the problem.’

‘The people are approachable and professional, providing clear, concise and prompt responses and advice to enquiries. Where appropriate they refer to other colleagues who specialise on certain matters and ensure these are resolved. My overall impression is the firm consistently demonstrates a good understanding of our context and therefore provides a bespoke service to enable us to achieve the desired goals. The services provided are of an excellent standard. The team are also friendly and adopt a relational approach.’

‘In my opinion, the individuals I work with stand out from competitors because of their high level of skills, expertise and excellent service delivery. All my interactions have been positive and there is consistency in the provision of excellent service and client experience.’

‘Gordon Reid provided excellent practical advice on a very responsive basis.’

‘Moore Barlow provide excellent support to charities to guide them through the increasing demands of compliance. As a small charity we value the advice on how best to fulfil our obligations to our staff, supporters and the regulatory authorities. Over the last year the timely advice on new requirements related to Covid-19 were particularly appreciated including webinars on latest government advice.’

‘Gordon Reid is a reassuring presence in times of crisis. His understanding of the charity sector enables him to advise in a clear and helpful manner so trustees can be confident in the decisions they make. Gordon is always quick to respond in a thoughtful way and we know we can rely on him.’

Key clients

Young Minds Trust


National Rifle Association

Lewisham Parochial & Almshouse Charities

Compassion UK

Lloyds Bank plc

Woking & Sam Beare Hospices

YMCA Downslink Group

Walton Charity

The Oasis Charitable Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised Young Minds Trust on collaboration agreements, governance advice, and copyright advice on arrangements with a well-known American tech and social media company.
  • Acted for Lloyds Bank plc in taking security for the grantingCoronavirus Business Interruption Loans to charities ranging in value from £600,000 to £5m.
  • Advised Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance on IT service contracts and software agreements with University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust including detailed data protection advice.

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

The team at Moore Barlow, fresh off the merger of Moore Blatch and Barlow Robbins in 2020, continue to advise high-net-worth individuals on the full range of matters related to probate, landed estates and family trusts. Practice leader Scott Taylor leads on complex and high-value matters, while partner Thomas Middlehurst is experienced in a range of niche areas, including property-related trust disputes. Claire Haverfield is an expert litigator related to Inheritance 1975 Act claims, while senior associate Lisa Green focuses on trust claims and contested probate matters. Senior associate Graham McLean joined from Dutton Gregory LLP in September 2020, while associate Emily Travell joined from Wannops LLP in February 2020.

Practice head(s):

Scott Taylor


‘I have worked with and against Scott Taylor on a number of matters over the years. He is extremely professional, courteous, capable and commercial.’

‘Scott Taylor is enthusiastic and very client friendly, sensible and practical. Lisa Green is an experienced practitioner.’

‘Lisa Green is very pleasant and client focused. Good to work with. Tom Middlehurst and Scott Taylor also very able.’

‘A small but strong team of dedicated and experienced litigators.’

‘Moore Barlow is a standout firm for contentious trusts and probate work. Scott Taylor is an excellent litigator and manages a skilled, experienced team. The team works cohesively and offers top service to clients.’

Emily Travell is very personable and incredibly efficient.’

Work highlights

  • Advised claimant in a successful claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 which concerned her father’s estate and in the ongoing appeal in relation to recovery of legal costs under a funding arrangement.
  • Advised lay and professional trustees on a TOLATA claim, and defence and counterclaim against a co-trustee for breach of duty and making a secret profit.

Private client > Family: Hampshire Tier 1

Moore Barlow’s family law group is well-regarded by local, national, and international clients for its experience in divorce proceedings, private law children matters, pre-nuptial agreements, and mediation for medium to high net worth individuals. The Southampton-based team is particularly renowned for its financial remedy practice, where it handles complex income structure matters involving trusts, company and property interests, and public sector pensions. Experienced practitioner Debra Emery handles divorce, finances, and prenuptial agreements for high-net-worth clients, while  Katy Barber is noted for her comprehensive family law capabilities.

Practice head(s):

Joanna Farrands

Other key lawyers:


‘I have no hesitation in returning to this firm. ’

‘I really appreciated Debra Emery’s approach – she supported me in a kind way, she was also clear and realistic.’

‘Solicitors that combine quite old fashioned levels of civility and calm with a modern, business like approach. A firm that provides great reassurance for clients. ’

‘Debra Emery is wonderfully understated but with a incisive, quietly forceful personality. Very protective of clients for whom she will go that extra mile.’

‘Moore Barlow must be one of the longest established and experienced family finance teams in Hampshire. They provide an excellent service to their clients and a thoroughly able team capable of dealing with both modest and high net worth cases.’

‘Debra Emery is highly experienced in matrimonial finance. She is very hard-working and practical. She always gets the best from her clients and the best for them. Katy Barber is a calm and confident presence at the heart of her cases and spends clients monies wisely with an eye to proportionality at all times.’

‘An impressive team with a wealth of experience. ’

Private client > Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 1

Moore Blatch and Barlow Robbins merged in 2020 to form Moore Barlow ; the family team has subsequently grown in both size and depth, working with clients regionally, in London and abroad. The team conducts a substantial amount of financial remedy work, pre and postnuptial work with international elements and international child abduction cases, with a strong capacity for ADR solutions. Joanna Farrands leads the team with experience in parental alienation. Jan Galloway represents domestic and international clients in child abduction cases and pre-nuptial agreements.

Practice head(s):

Joanna Farrands

Other key lawyers:

Jan Galloway; Victoria Walker; Mandy Spring; Beverley Cullis; Karen Barham; Judith Ball


‘Highly effective, polished, and impressive. Remarkably calm under any pressure, it would seem. More than capable of the biggest cases. A winning combination of judgement, intelligence, client care, and astute tactics.’

‘There are a number of key individuals who are impressive to deal with when dealing with complex financial matters. The team work well together and appear to deliver a strong service to clients. Many of the team are professional to deal with and have specialist expertise in dealing with high-net-worth individuals. ’

‘The practice has a good range of solicitors at varying levels. They are all very knowledgeable and approachable. You know when they are on the other side you can pick up the phone and have a sensible conversation about a case.’

‘Expert personal service from a partner who takes full responsibility for all aspects of the work and who integrates their service with other advisers. Excellent implementation of remote working systems.’

‘Jan Galloway is a standout partner. She is professional and collaborative to deal with in her approach which helps clients and ensures matters remain amicable and cost effective. She is highly experienced in dealing with pre/post-nuptial agreements and I would not hesitate to recommend her in this area.’

‘Jo Farrands is a delight to work with. She is sensible and pragmatic. She gives realistic advise to clients.

‘Karen Barham is my go go-to mediator – if Karen can’t mediate a case, it is incapable of being mediated.’

‘Victoria Walker is an excellent lawyer and even on a difficult case it is a pleasure to have her on the other side. She combines a sense of humour with a keen attention to detail. She is sensitive to her client’s emotional needs and takes a sensible approach.’

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: Hampshire Tier 1

Moore Barlow’s private wealth practice is regularly instructed by an array of high-net-worth individuals across the south coast. The team is especially active in the area of succession planning, where various considerations - including multi-jurisdictional complications, gift relief and trust restructurings – are often at play. Its rural offering has been strengthened by its merger, with  Phillip Whitcomb , who leads the practice, acting for owners of landed estates. Alison Lloyd handles high-value probate matters, while veteran practitioner Fiona Heald advises on gifting and inheritance tax planning orders. New partner Naomi Wilkes arrived from Parker Bullen LLP. All named lawyers are based in Lymington.

Practice head(s):

Tim Adams


The firm has undergone several recent amalgamations and operates from several offices. It has made valiant efforts to provide a seamless service under Covid restrictions, and I cannot fault the service provided by the individual lawyers dealing with each strand of instructions.’

‘Friendly, professional and helpful.’

‘Hands on individuals with in-depth knowledge of the things that matter.’

‘This is a nice, traditionally focused, team with expertise in agricultural and landed estates.’

‘Philip Whitcomb has a particularly deft touch.’

‘I have worked with Naomi Wilkes at Parker Bullen (her previous firm) and Moore Barlow. I have found her to be highly knowledgeable and professional while providing a service that is both timely and pragmatic, always seeking out the most effective approach for the client.’

Real estate > Commercial property: Hampshire Tier 1

Moore Barlow’s recent merger has bolstered both its regional presence and its foothold across the leisure, retail, and hospitality sectors. In addition to its experience advising on acquisitions and disposals, the team is noted for its growing expertise in secured lending on high-profile landlord and tenant transactions, and on behalf of various financial institutions.  Practice head Luc Algar’s strong regional reputation makes him a key contact for a range of commercial clients, particularly in the transport, logistics, and marine sectors. Guildford-based Jo Farr manages the firm’s commercial property offering, and frequently handles work for  owner-managed businesses. Stephen Ball leads the land development team, often working in conjunction with Zoe Owen, the head of plot sales. Jolanda Peters heads up the leasehold enfranchisement sub-division, while Sarah Jordan is the lead contact for rural property matters.

Practice head(s):

Luc Algar; Jo Farr


‘Very professional, responsive, with superb knowledge and experience. Always available and able to advise on complex matters. ’

‘Very responsive, great attention to detail, clear communication, thorough and will go the extra mile.’

‘Moore Barlow are great communicators and are transparent with the client from the start.’

‘Jolanda is extremely efficient and thorough. My job as a surveyor is so much easier when I am working alongside a solicitor who is on the ball and a good communicator. Jolanda is a pleasure to deal with and really stands out.’

‘We’ve worked with them for over 20 years which I think speaks for itself.’

‘Zoe Owen is an exceptional partner who we can always approach should we need to.’

‘Excellent pragmatic advice, highly responsive, easy to get on with, strength of depth within property team and multi disciplinary capability.’

‘Luc Algar is intelligent, engaging, easy to work with and able to tailor his advice to meet the commercial realities of a deal.’

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Hampshire Tier 2

Moore Barlow’s commercial litigation practice is reaping the benefits of its recent merger, with a bolstered regional presence and deeper bench. Well-regarded mediator David Foster heads up a Southampton-based team which handles commercial and property disputes, restructurings, professional negligence and debt recovery for SME clients in financial services, real estate and development. Mark Osgood handles partnership and shareholder disputes and insolvencies for various SMEs, while Claire Haverfield focuses on warranty claims and contentious IP work for international retailers, tech companies and high-net-worth individuals. Sarah Watley heads up the firm’s financial services litigation offering, supported by Susannah Marsh.

Practice head(s):

David Foster

Other key lawyers:


‘Andrew Reid is a very bright and canny litigator, unfazed by litigating against larger teams of commercial lawyers.’

‘Mark Osgood is very commercially aware and a safe pair of hands for clients of any size.’

‘The team provides a high quality, efficient service focused on obtaining results.’

‘Claire Haverfield is very bright, very quick and has great client care skills. She has a calm, measured, intelligent manner which enables her to navigate difficult problems and situations with ease.’

‘Mark Osgood has immense knowledge and experience to hand and it is a pleasure to work with him. He is never patronising and always gives 100%. Nothing is too much trouble. It is obvious the client comes first with him.’

‘The major innovation in this team is the fully insured dispute resolution solution. Mark Osgood has moved to Moore Barlow and taken this approach to his new practice. He is a great person to work with – empathic and thorough. His appreciation of the risks of litigation and how the fully insured solution works for clients is groundbreaking in my view.’


Key clients

Business Mortgage Finance 4, 5, 6 and 7 PLC

Hrothgar Investments Limited

Octopus Real Estate

Oblix Capital Limited

Churchill Retirement Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Business Mortgage Finance 5 PLC and Business Mortgage Finance 7 PLC in respect of mortgage arrears due from borrower.
  • Advising Business Mortgage Finance 4 PLC in respect of mortgage arrears due from borrower.

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 2

Moore Barlow, having successfully bedded in the merger of Moore Blatch and Barlow Robbins in May 2020, has expanded its professional negligence team to provide extensive coverage for medium-sized companies and high-net-worth individuals seeking advice regarding solicitors, tax advisors, and conveyancing matters. Dispute resolution, civil litigation and commercial mediation head David Foster has decades of experience of mediating professional negligence claims. Associate Andrew Reid is an expert in professional negligence claims against solicitors and financial mis-selling claims; associate Esther Millard has particular experience of claims against solicitors.

Practice head(s):

David Foster

Other key lawyers:


‘This team is highly adept at dealing with professional negligence cases of all types and for all client types, from individuals to businesses to large commercial institutions such as lenders. They are also well equipped to and used to managing group litigation. The team includes several partners and a number of associates with true professional negligence specialism, which remains relatively unusual on the claimants side (outside of lender claims).’

‘The firm has been dealing with my matter for over two years, and in that time I have been shown the utmost respect, understanding and commitment from all whom I have come into contact with, from the legal secretary, to my solicitor and partner of the department. Moore Barlow have been a breath of fresh air, always approachable, delivering on timescales, and communicating throughout the process. This is how all law firms should operate.’

‘My case was given to Andrew Reid, who has been very proactive on the matter. He has delivered to timescales and taken ownership of my case. Andrew is always contactable and has updated me throughout, which in turn has instilled confidence that he cares and is striving for the right outcome. I have found Andrew to be a very experienced and conscientious individual, and he has worked tirelessly on my case.’

‘Esther Millard is very pleasant to work with and has good attention to detail.’

Key clients

The Mortgage Monkey

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 2

Moore Barlow’s private client team offers 'clear and incisive advice, unfailing professionalism and a relationship-orientated approach'. Alongside the core private client offering, the team holds expertise in succession planning for clients based locally, in London and internationally. Its clients include SME businesses, individuals with inherited wealth and high-net-worth individuals. The firm’s Lymington office in particular handles work for clients with farms and landed estates. The department is led by STEP qualified Tim Adams in Guildford; he has expertise in complex trusts, tax will writing and wealth management work. Recently promoted partner Alexandra Milton leads the private wealth team in Woking.

Practice head(s):

Tim Adams

Other key lawyers:

Alexandra Milton; Samantha King; Daniel Milano


‘Expert personal service. Excellent implementation of remote working systems.’

‘Alexandra Milton has helped my family and I in various areas. Alexandra has always provided a fantastic service to us – she is knowledgeable, responsive and adaptable. I enjoy working with her.’

‘Daniel Milano is such a genuinely nice person, who is always on the end of the phone when needed. Extremely professional and yet very personable. Knowledgeable and if he is unclear or unsure of legal aspects he will check with his associates within the firm.’

‘We have consulted Moore Barlow, and for some years we have not found it necessary to consult other firms. Clear and incisive advice, unfailing professionalism and a relationship-orientated approach characterises the firm.’

Real estate > Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 2

Barlow Robbins and Moore Blatch merged in May 2020 to form Moore Barlow; the combined firm has strength in the leisure, retail and hospitality sectors as well as handling secured lending for high-profile landlord and tenant transactions. The team acts for clients such as housebuilders, developers, banks, national retailers and corporate occupiers. Luc Algar leads the Southampton commercial real estate team, whilst Jo Farr heads the commercial property department based in Guildford. Stephen Ball leads the regionally-strong land development team, whilst the plot sales team is headed by Zoe Owen. Helen Archibald leads the real estate division in Woking.

Practice head(s):

Luc Algar; Jo Farr


‘Wide coverage by very knowledgeable people.’

‘A competent, professional organisation that we are grateful to have on our side. The Moore Barlow team have proved patient, and highly flexible, supporting us as we develop our acquisition strategy, and dealing efficiently with the many landlords’ solicitors that are not normally comfortable with our market. For us, the biggest plus is that we can be confident that, where matters are dragging on, it is the landlord that we need to be chasing, not Moore Barlow. They work very well with us to ensure that they/we are never holding up a transaction, and so together we demonstrate absolute professionalism.’

‘From our numerous dealings with the firm there is clear evidence of a team spirit. Each member of the team works to a high standard and you have confidence with whoever you are dealing with that the task will get done. They are always helpful and will go out of their way to answer any queries we may have.’

‘The practice is fantastic at hosting networking events and encouraging collaborations between other consultants they work with. The people are great to work with and the staff are all very professional but also approachable and easy to deal with.’

‘The individuals I have worked with are all efficient and responsive. Jo Farr was commended for her efficiency by a landlord when she was acting for the tenant in agreeing their lease.’

‘Jo Farr, has a depth of experience that is applied sensibly and also utilises trainees well, with good oversight involved which enables transactions to progress..’

‘I have full faith in Jo Farr’s abilities and would recommend her highly and will always use her in the future.’

Key clients

Handelsbanken Plc

Churchill Retirement Living

Inland Homes

Foreman Homes Limited

Ankers & Rawlings

Gleeson Strategic Land

Radian Group

South Somerset District Council

Imbiba Group

Camm & Hooper

Albion & East

Darwin and Wallace

No Wright & Bell

Persimmon Homes

William Grant & Sons


Ankers & Rawlings

Crayfern Homes

Hampshire Homes

Metis Homes

Bloor Homes

PNH Properties


Fastned fast charging stations

Hall & Woodhouse

Work highlights

  • Advised the Richmond Charities on the purchase of a new bespoke almshouse comprising nine flats and two commercial units for £5.75m.
  • Advised TFC Blackhorse Limited in the sale of a significant development site in North London for £9.5m.
  • Advised Fastned UK Limited on the acquisition of Fastned’s UK sites as it rolls out its rapid charging network across England and Wales.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 2

The sizeable team at Moore Barlow handles a full spectrum of contentious property matters for developers, lenders, mortgage providers and charitable organisations. The group is jointly led by Chris Marsden and Sarah Watley. Marsden advises on a broad range of landlord and tenant disputes, restrictive covenant enforcement and insolvencies, while Watley acts for clients in possession claims, debt recovery and professional negligence proceedings. Newly promoted partner Susannah Marsh handles a mix of commercial and residential possession claims, title rectifications and debt recovery matters, and often appears at the Court of Appeal. Simon Fulford is a highly experienced litigator with broad commercial and residential property experience.

Practice head(s):

Chris Marsden; Sarah Watley

Other key lawyers:

Susannah Marsh; Simon Fulford; Gemma Richards


‘Chris Marsden is a go-to lawyer in the region and known for his ability to cut through complex issues and find a commercial solution. Chris continues to build an excellent team of talented associates.’

‘As a firm, Moore Barlow have great solicitors who I have found to be approachable and provide clear professional advice every time.’

‘When dealing with dilapidations, I would want Simon Fulford on my team every time.’

‘A really strong team, with a depth of experience, good at building strong client relationships and excellent commercial judgment.’

‘Simon Fulford is a highly experienced property litigator and a great pleasure to work with. Sensible and efficient, and highly valued by clients for his clear and intelligent advice.’

‘Simon Fulford is a very experienced property litigator with good knowledge of the law and sound judgement. He provides an excellent service to his clients.’

Key clients

Buckland Granaries Limited

Churchill Retirement Limited

Inland Homes Plc

Business Mortgage Finance 4, 5, 6 and 7 PLC

BSC Group Limited

Oblix Capital Limited

Octopus Real Estate

British Heart Foundation

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Buckland Granaries Limited in a claim seeking an injunction based upon alleged interference with rights of way. The injunction was refused and the client was awarded indemnity costs.
  • Advised Churchill Retirement Living on strategy for achieving vacant possession on a development site with planning consent for multimillion pound scheme.
  • Advising Business Mortgage Finance 5 Plc and Business Mortgage Finance 7 Plc in respect of mortgage arrears due from borrower. This industry impacting case deals with issues relating to payment of secret commissions, bribery, breach of fiduciary duties and unfair relationship.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 2

With team members in Guilford, Richmond and Southampton, Moore Barlow is able to assist clients across the South East in a range of issues including outsourcing, software development, disputes, SaaS licensing and AI compliance. Much of the firm's work is for tech companies in the local area, with innovative companies from the telecommunications, data analytics and telematics, and embedded software frequently consulting the team. Practice head John Warchus is the name to note for commercial agreements while Dorothy Agnew handles data protection and intellectual property issues.

Practice head(s):

John Warchus

Other key lawyers:

Dorothy Agnew; Laurie Heizler; Sarah Crookall


‘I have dealt with John Warchus on a variety of different issues. I have always been impressed with his attention to detail and his analysis of an issue, and how we might best deal with a specific problem. Understanding the law commercially is about practical solutions to legal problems. ’

‘John Warchus was my main contact. He is an experienced tech lawyer, always focused on key issues for the client’

‘Moore Barlow has very experienced partners and associates and offers an outstanding service to local businesses of a nature more difficult to come by in an outer London legal practice. There are specialists in fields such as intellectual property and software/ technology that we find very useful to have to hand so close to our own business, very specialised in technology / internet / scientific information provision to major corporates worldwide. Partners at Moore Barlow have had previous careers in City firms and in litigating and to have them close to hand is excellent for Richmond. ’

‘We work with John Warchus, partner, corporate and commercial and have done so for a number of years. He has advised us on a range of contract types, for our regular and customised professional software and internet based services as well as on patent and intellectual property portfolios, international patent licensing etc. We find him to be an excellent advisor, generous and responsive with his time and diligent in his advice. It has been a great help to us and continues to be so having the Moore Barlow senior partners to hand on our doorstep. ’

‘I was recommended to the Moore Barlow LLP team by a colleague I had worked with historically. My specific request was that he recommend me to a practice that was easy to engage with and would understand that as a start up we would not need to have onerous contracts, particularly as we were engaging with start-up’s ourselves. He had no hesitation in recommending Moore Barlow to me and specifically to Dorothy Agnew, the partner with whom I would need to engage.’

‘The West London Creative Cluster needed a team of broadcast, production, tech and media specialists. Moore Barlow has provided that resource.’

‘John Warchus has assisted our user community; which is primarily located in the broadcast, production, media and tech sector: specifically with solution and platform innovators and StartUps operating out of the Hub. His eye for specific need and detail – which is invariably subjective and different – has filled those StartUps with confidence as they move forward. John has essentially adopted a mentor style approach which has proven invaluable.’

Key clients

Fonteva, Inc.

Wunelli Ltd

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance Service


Appitek Limited

Kyocera Engineering UK

Hidalgo Limited

Intellectual Property Online Limited /WebTMS

KTM Online Limited

Q Associates

Corporate Technology Information Solutions Limited

Minesoft Limited

Crave Interactive Limited

NAK Consulting Services Limited

Morgan Innovations & Technology Limited

Hosted Network Services Limited/Sipsynergy Limited

Selected Interventions Limited

Smartlogic Semaphore Inc.

RL Capital Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Fonteva Inc on a software development dispute.
  • Advised Wunelli on an IT outsourcing agreement.
  • Advised the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance Service on IT and software licensing agreements.

Private client > Family: mediation Tier 2

Karen Barham at Moore Barlow mediates on children and finance matters and she is qualified to meet children. The group has a 'total focus on DR'.  Barham is also one of the country’s few parenting co-ordinators. She is qualified in the hybrid model and frequently includes lawyers in the meetings. 'Karen is in the top handful: exceptional skills and authority wrapped in getting-the-job-done pragmatism .. throw in humour, warmth and an enthusiasm for improving the world and you have the complete package'.

Practice head(s):

Jan Galloway; Joanna Farrands

Other key lawyers:


‘Karen Barham is a stand-out mediator, collaborative lawyer and member of Resolution, wholly committed to the code of practice, and a valued and very experienced family lawyer. Having now dealt with her in a hybrid mediation, I am impressed by her legal knowledge, ability, communication and sheer hard work. She uses some innovative strategies. Mastering Zoom for a hybrid 5 way mediation cannot have been fun‘.

‘The mediation team is very strong and covers all aspects of family law.  Karen Barham is excellent – what she does not know about mediation is not worth knowing‘.

‘Karen Barham is an outstanding mediator, with great integrity and skill, who I would be happy to refer any client to. Karen Barham is a fantastic mediator. She has a great grasp of detail and an ability to manage even the most intractable and high conflict cases‘.

‘Karen Barham – I refer almost all my family law mediation work to Karen.  She is very experienced, pragmatic and works hard to find resolutions for the clients.  She is also very personable with a good sense of humour’.

‘Karen Barham is – as she herself says – a peacemaker. She brings her extensive experience and interpersonal skills to her mediation work‘.

‘ Moore Barlow invests in its fee earners in terms of getting training in a DR area – such as mediation/collaborative law/parenting coordination – which brings great benefits to clients as this training filters through all areas of work undertaken by the team.  Working with the team at Moore Barlow on cases is a pleasure – the team is solution focused, amicable, child-focused and constructive.  I send a significant number of clients to this firm for mediation and the feedback I get is overwhelmingly positive’.

Karen Barham – Karen is a leader in the field of mediation and now with her parenting coordination qualification, she offers a skill set that few in the country are able to provide.  Karen mixes this with her warm personality that clients respond well to and feel supported by.  Karen is able to mediate the most complex issues and manage difficult dynamics with ease and grace, and her ability to assist parties in reaching workable outcomes, is high’.

A solid team but with one outstanding individual – Karen Barham. Karen is an imaginative and brilliant mediator bringing a real talent to solving difficult and challenging family breakdowns. She has a real knack of taking clients with her. Karen achieves very impressive results with difficult referrals‘.

Work highlights

  • Divorcing couple with multiple Trusts and property developments.  Used the hybrid process to include the parties’ lawyers in the meetings.
  • Urgent schooling decisions required by non-communicating parents.  Mediated a resolution and improved parenting relationship.
  • Due to the passage of time and significant change of circumstances mediated capitalised maintenance and clean break for couple that divorced many years ago.

Public sector > Education: schools Tier 2

Moore Barlow is highly recommended for independent schools, and has extensive charity law expertise, enabling it to advise on governance issues, fundraising work, conflicts and permanent endowments and foundations. Other key areas of work include complex special educational needs cases, pastoral matters, safeguarding work and child personal data issues. Following the 2020 merger of Barlow Robbins and Moore Blatch, the practice operates out of six offices across London and the southeast. Team head Joanna Lada-Walicki advises on employment and pastoral issues, including allegations of abuse against staff and peer-on-peer abuse matters. Senior associate Adam McRae-Taylor regularly advises schools on proposed exits from the Teachers' Pension Scheme.

Practice head(s):

Joanna Lada-Walicki

Other key lawyers:

Gordon Reid; Ben Collingwood; Adam McRae-Taylor


‘Adam McRae-Taylor is calm, informative, efficient and a pleasure to deal with.’

‘The team are excellent in their responsiveness, they are knowledgeable, approachable, engaging and always willing to help. They have a very clear can-do attitude.’

‘Joanna Lada-Walicki has excellent knowledge and provides clear, concise advice.’

‘Moore Barlow provide a personalised and extremely professional service. They quickly got to know us as individuals and our business. Outstanding communication and availability of our representatives.’

‘The team are incredibly committed and knowledgeable.’

‘I have been so impressed with the whole team’s ability and kindness. The knowledge of the professionals has been superb and the advice given was superb. Quick and efficient throughout!’

‘Ben Collingwood is hugely knowledgeable and hugely skilled in his area.’

Key clients

St Albans High School for Girls

Seaford College

Bede’s School

Eastbourne College

Ditcham Park

Royal Grammar School Guildford & Lanesborough


Edgeborough School

West Buckland School

Our Lady of Sion

St Neot’s Preparatory School

Elstree School

King’s House School, Richmond

Greenfield School

Effingham Schools Trust

Orchard Hill College Academy Trust

Claremont Fan Court School

Walhampton School

Hurspierpoint College

Brambletye School

Prior’s Field

Work highlights

  • Acted for numerous schools in disputes where parents have relied on force majeure clauses and arguments over frustration of contract in relation to the schools’ provision of remote education during pandemic lockdown.
  • Advised a leading boys’ prep school in Surrey on its successful negotiation with parents of the withdrawal of a pupil with autistic spectrum condition which was presenting as violent behaviour towards peers and staff.
  • Supported numerous schools in the aftermath of the GCSE and A level results in the summer of 2020, based on teacher-assessed grades during the Covid crisis, including dealing with challenges to grades.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 3

Moore Blatch and Barlow Robbins merged in May 2020 to create Moore Barlow. The newly combined firm acts for a wide range of clients across the South East, London and internationally, drawing on its membership of the Ecovis network. The corporate and commercial teams advise SMEs, AIM-listed companies, private equity houses, entrepreneurs, schools and charities. Jeremy Over heads the corporate team, whilst the commercial department is led by John Warchus. Mark Lucas acts for educational service providers and Tim Matthews has numerous clients in the life sciences and technology sectors.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Over; John Warchus

Other key lawyers:

Mark Lucas; Tim Matthews; Matthew Devine


‘Our family have used the lawyers at this firm for over 40 years. As such we have built a good relationship with key members of the team. As solicitors have changed over the years, the understanding of our business and our family have helped build a strong and reliable relationship. When I came to consider selling the business,the team helped me through every stage of the process. With an in-depth knowledge of our business and history, their advice and support were of critical importance to me.’

Key clients

Serocor Holdings Limited

SKS Business Services Ltd

Roger Head and Liz Godden

BSC Group Limited

Wimbledon School of English

Veriton Pharma Limited

Federation of Racecourse Bookmakers

Ian Allan Group Limited

Achieve Education Limited

Hythe Marine Services Limited

Broomco Limited

Miltenyi Biotech Limited

AFC Bournemouth

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance Service

Appitek Limited

Fonteva, Inc.

AOP Orphan A.G

Midatech Pharma PLC

Science Group PLC

Kalvista Pharmaceuticals Ltd

Paion A.G

S.Saf Ltd

Dot Origin Ltd

Practice Pal Music Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Ian Allan Group Limited on the exit of two shareholders by way of the purchase of their interests by a new holding company.
  • Acted for Roger Head and Liz Godden on the sale of Birdworld, Forest Lodge and GardenStyle.
  • Advising Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance Service on complex IT and contractual issues.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex Tier 3

Following the merger of Moore Blatch and Barlow Robbins in 2020, Moore Barlow’s dispute resolution team based in Guildford and Southampton has increased in size and breadth of offering, and is increasingly handling international litigation matters on the back of its membership of the ECOVIS netwoek. In particular, the team frequently deals with disputes involving real estate, restructuring and insolvencies, banking, professional negligence, IP and debt recovery. David Foster, the head of the team, often conducts litigation with an international element as well as judicial review. Thomas Middlehurst has particular expertise in handling work in the property and IT sectors.

Practice head(s):

David Foster

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Middlehurst; Chris Darvill


‘A really strong team, with a depth of experience, good at building strong client relationships and excellent commercial judgement.’

‘Simple, plain advice about what best to do.’

‘David Foster is a highly experienced litigator, with a laser focus on securing the client’s objectives. Brings his great experience of mediation to devise creative solutions to complex problems. A real pleasure to work with.’

‘Chris Darvill  is a smart and tactical litigator. A friendly and reassuring presence for clients.’

Key clients

Churchill Retirement PLC

Tokio Marine HCC

Aspen Insurance UK Limited


Royal Yachting Association

National Rifle Association

Camm & Hooper Limited

CNK Alliance Limited

Pharmatrade UK Limited


Work highlights

  • Instructed by Tokio Marine HCC over liability disputes, recovery disputes and insurance law generally.
  • Advising Pharmatrade UK Limited on a number of disputes arising out of its terms, acting on a multi-disciplinary basis with corporate and restructuring colleagues.
  • Acting for CNK Alliance Limited in an intervention in the case of Tom Mortier v. Belgium in the European Court of Human Rights regarding the question of whether Belgian legislation is compatibility with Article 2 of the European Convection on Human Rights.

Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 3

Following the firm's merger with Barlow Robbins in May 2020, Moore Barlow  has consolidated its position in the market. Its expertise in the field of debt recovery spans numerous sectors, and includes contentious and non-contentious work on behalf of creditors. Sarah Watley has significant experience in residential and commercial possession claims, often involving allegations of fraud, bribery and professional negligence. Associate Peter Worrall regularly advises clients on the recovery of trade debts, loan arrears and book debts.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Watley; Peter Worrall


‘Very commercially astute and cost effective, as a result of which they deal with many types of claim, large and small.’

‘Professional, well-organised and approachable.’

‘Peter Worrall always gives clear instructions and takes a pragmatic, no-nonsense approach on behalf of his clients.’

Key clients

Hann Tucker Associates Limited

ADWEKO Global Limited

Tokio Marine HCC

Tetcom Network Services Ltd

Oblix Capital Ltd

Hrothgar Investments Limited

Bank of China UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisting Tokio Marine HCC with the recovery of numerous unpaid insurance premiums, with debts ranging from £20k to those in excess of £1m.
  • Assisting Hann Tucker Associates Limited with the recovery of numerous unpaid invoices, with some cases carrying complex multi-jurisdictional and contractual issues.
  • Advising ADWEKO Global Ltd on  recovering a debt of over €280k with the unpaid invoices dating back to 2017, and with a multi-jurisdictional element given that the debtor is based in South Africa.

Employment > Employment: Hampshire Tier 3

Moore Barlow’s sizeable practice is noted for its broad experience in contentious and non-contentious employment law matters. The team is engaged by a diverse regional client base on a range of general advisory mandates, pandemic response advice, and post-transactional employment concerns. On the contentious side, the practice is active in discrimination and unfair dismissal tribunal claims, acting mostly for the respondent. Practice head Katherine Maxwell, who divides her time between Southampton and Richmond, is noted for her experience in TUPE transfers, high-value severance packages, reorganisations and redundancies. Emma Edis focuses chiefly on the employment aspects of corporate transactions, group restructurings, and insolvency procedures. Associate Stephanie Clarke is also recommended. All named lawyers are based in Southampton unless indicated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Katherine Maxwell

Other key lawyers:


‘A strong, responsive and empathetic team who have quickly understood our business and objectives, and have tailored their advice to suit these needs.’

‘The team are all individually strong and competent.’

‘Katherine Maxwell and her team are a great example of a professional team of employment lawyers. We have complete confidence in the knowledge and capability of whoever we speak to in the team. It has always been a pleasure to speak to Katherine or anyone in her team.’

‘Having worked with many employment lawyers for nearly 25 years, I have found Katherine Maxwell and her team to have a true partnership approach and also a great understanding of our business.’

‘Katherine Maxwell is just excellent and very knowledgable.’

‘The team is partner led and has a record for coming up with creative solutions to complex matters. ’

Key clients

BD Network Limited

Bytes Software Services Limited

Camm & Hooper Limited

Darwin & Wallace Limited

Explore Learning Limited

Gravity Media UK Limited

Hozah Parking Limited

Hythe Marine Services Limited (new to department)

Jaltek Systems Limited

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

PAE Business Limited (new to department)

Pitch Software GmbH (Ecovis referral)

PK Group Limited

SKS Business Solutions Limited

Southern Communications Limited

Talley Group Limited

Taylor Made Computer Solutions Limited

Total Merchandise Ltd

Transparity Solutions Limited

World Sailing UK Limited

Work highlights

  • In addition to providing general employment law support to Total Merchandise Ltd’s HR and senior management, the firm has advised  on its response to the pandemic.
  • Providing business critical employment law advice to Camm & Hooper Limited enabling this company running restaurants to respond to the pandemic.
  • Providing general employment law support to HR and senior management at Transparity Solutions on the employment aspects of its recent investment transaction.

Employment > Health and safety Tier 3

Public sector Tier 3

Moore Barlow's specialist community care team supports individuals and their representatives to help them access health and social care services from the NHS and Local Authority. Tim Adams now leads the team, taking over from Tim Springs, who is now a consultant at the firm. Associate Mea North specialises in health and social care provision with particular expertise in NHS Continuing Healthcare assessments and appeals. Nicholas Endean is also recommended, regularly assisting clients to secure suitable care and support packages.

Practice head(s):

Tim Adams

Other key lawyers:


‘Diligent, collaborative, client-focused, approachable – they have a wide range of knowledge and skills.’

‘Professional and focused on getting the best outcomes for our client. They show high levels of empathy. Approachable – no matter what the issue is. Thorough – in all that they do. Great communication – verbal and written.’

‘Over many years I have had dealings with many employees of Moore Barlow, in relation to family matters, Power of Attorney, and Continuing Healthcare. In business with the purchasing of properties. Everyone I have dealt with, have as I would expect been very friendly, helpful and professional in all aspects of the process from start to finish.’

‘Nicholas Endean is extremely knowledgeable, with proven experience in previous cases. He was thorough, well prepared, supportive and – during a virtual assessment meeting held during lockdown – was well able to guide me and to ensure the points of our case were brought to the discussion. ’

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 3

Following a 2020 merger, Moore Barlow is now able to offer IP advice, especially as it relates to the tech sector, from a number of offices in the South East. The group, which advises start ups and large companies, is led from Richmond and Guildford by John John Warchus, who assists with patent information licence agreements and SaaS software licensing. Dorothy Agnew is the key lawyer in Southampton and advises on R&D agreements and the licensing of software.

Practice head(s):

John Warchus

Other key lawyers:

Dorothy Agnew; Laurie Heizler


‘The individuals I work with stand out by being approachable, talk in plain language, explain things clearly, and considerately. John Warchus has been advising us for all these years now and I feel it will be difficult to find a better solicitor to meet our needs. A pleasure to work with.’

‘This is a team that operates at a human level – understanding the anxiety associated with legal issues and compassionately taking you through the process. This culture is not only unique to the sector but also beyond.’

‘Dorothy Agnew was quite simply brilliant. Her technical knowledge and clarity was second to none. She managed to bring a necessary degree of rigour and challenge, but at the same time remained calm and considerate to my concerns and enquiries.’

‘We have always enjoyed working with the team at Moore Barlow (previously Moore Blatch) for non-contentious IP-related matters as well as drafting commercial agreements, outsourcing and e-commerce agreements or advice relating to the law in these fields. The strengths of the team are dedication to providing a top quality product and their easy to understand advice.’

‘Dorothy Agnew has an ability to engage wholly with the client and the client’s business to get a really deep level of understanding of the client’s requirements. Her attention to detail is outstanding and she sets the bar for quality of advice and product output. She has a strong and confident knowledge of the law and gives the client confidence that they are being looked after. Dorothy helps to drive a client’s business forward so that her involvement with the client has more of an impact than the advice she provides. ’

‘John Warchus is a total star. John is the most efficient and effective supplier I think we have. He always advises timescales for projects in advance so manages our expectation from the get-go. He then replies with a fully comprehensive summary of document inclusions, omissions and observations and makes recommendations for alterations to customer NDA’s for instance that enable us to negotiate terms with customers and protect our interests accordingly. ’

‘We are very lucky to have such an experienced team locally in Richmond (LB Richmond upon Thames) to handle our intellectual property legal requirements. Here we have a partner with experience from larger firms in litigation and the quality of advice is excellent. ’

‘I dealt with John Warchus. He was knowledgeable, understood the IP/tech issues and was very good to deal with. We had a robust but very sensible negotiation – all very pleasant and straightforward.’

Key clients

Appitek Limited

Hidalgo Limited

Morgan Innovations & Technology Limited

Gill Group of Companies Limited

RL Capital Limited

Inner Eye Productions Limited

Kyocera Engineering UK

Minesoft Limited

Intellectual Property Online and Web TMS Limited

Kallo Foods Limited

Essential information Group Ltd

Ritmeester UK Limited

Aviateq Limited

Acuity Solutions Limited

Industrial technologies Limited

Bluecoat Software

Core Technology Solutions Limited

Smartlogic Semaphore Inc

Fluorogenics Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Essential Information Group on an important IP claim.
  • Advised Fluorogenics on a research, development and supply agreement for lyophilised molecular biological reagents.
  • Acted for Kallo in the prosecution and settlement of the very complex trade mark and passing off action commenced by Kallo against Whole Earth Sweetener Company LLC and Merisant UK Limited.

Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 3

A 'very high focus on client needs combined with detailed and accurate analysis' marks out the offering at Moore Barlow. The 'excellent practice' brings a 'clear logical approach' to a wide range of complex cases, including those relating to infections of the central nervous system, cauda equina syndrome, maternal obstetric injuries, oncology, orthopaedics, ophthalmics, neurosurgery and endocrinology. The team is also noted for fielding 'talented senior practitioners with a wealth of experience'; these include team lead Anne Cassidy, whose 'medical background is a real asset' and consultant Tim Spring.

Practice head(s):

Anne Cassidy

Other key lawyers:

Tim Spring; Sarah Stanton; Mala Sidebottom


‘A welcoming team who have been outstanding in explaining things and communicating.’

‘Anne Cassidy is an outstanding medical negligence solicitor. Her medical background is a real asset as well. She is thoughtful and measured in her way of working. She has great compassion for the clients and their families. She is very skilled at unpicking complex challenges so that a way forward can be identified. She is very sensitive to cultural issues.’

‘Excellent practice with a clear logical approach.’

‘Mala Sidebottom was fantastic, messages were always precise and delivered delicately but to the point. I felt that she took a personal interest in my case. She delivered results. Forever grateful.’

‘Great communication, compassion and have been brilliant at explaining every step.’

‘An excellent firm. They have a high level of complex and challenging work and provide a consistently first rate service to their clients. They benefit from a number of talented senior practitioners with a wealth of experience.’

‘Anne Cassidy heads up the team and is hugely impressive to work with. Extremely knowledgeable, dedicated, thorough, she examines every aspect of the case. She is great with her clients and works extremely effectively with her opponents. She’s also steely and a great negotiator!’

‘The very high focus on client needs combined with detailed and accurate analysis of the forensic parameters of the problem are the hallmarks of this firm.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for a claimant who was bringing a dependency claim for herself and her two children following the death of her husband from bowel cancer.

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 3

Sarah Jordan  and Philip Whitcomb lead a large and experienced national team at Moore Barlow that advises its client base of landed estates, farmers, private landowners and equestrian businesses. The firm's core strengths lie in advising on the sale and purchase of agricultural property as well as land development, renewable energy projects, diversification schemes as well as succession planning and other matters including advising on agricultural act tenancies. Anita Symington is another known name for her advice to farms and landed estates on a range of issues.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Jordan; Philip Whitcomb

Other key lawyers:

Anita Symington; Charlotte Brackley


‘A highly experienced and professional team who are accessible and responsive. The lawyers are committed to really understanding our businesses and challenges so as to provide tailored advice and solutions‘.

Whilst a large regional firm they are considered very much part of our local team. Professional with wide ranging knowledge and experience of its area of expertise. It has created a strong working relationship with our team and can always be relied upon to provide sensible and relevant advice‘.

Very good all round – technical knowledge, commercial prowess, pragmatism to gain end result. Anita Symington – LA Law in London – brilliant to work with, totally focused on outcome and interest of client‘.

Charlotte was able to fulfil our requirements in the fast time frame that we required. Despite all the current restrictions she was very personable, helpful and efficient. Charlotte Brackley has a great knowledge base of conveyancing country houses and estates. She always makes herself available and is great in corralling  all the parties to the transaction to make it happen. You always get the comfort that she’s got your back covered‘.

Insurance > Personal injury: claimant Tier 4

Moore Barlow has a longstanding reputation for serious injury work, with 'great expertise in brain injury cases', as well as orthopaedic and fatal accident claims. The firm also fields a major trauma service, which was set up by highly regarded practitioner Trevor Sterling, and  a specialised spinal cord injury provision via its joint venture with Aspire. 'Great leader' Damian Horan is much lauded by clients.

Practice head(s):

Damian Horan; Trevor Sterling

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Tuff; Sophie Davies


‘Damian Horan is a great leader and commercially aware. Innovative and determined to chase down every line of inquiry in every case.’

‘The team is very committed to their clients and leave no stone unturned in pursuing evidence to support their claims and obtaining the best range of expert evidence to maximise claims.’

‘Matthew Tuff is excellent – really good with clients and understands the detail.’

‘Moore Barlow are now becoming a major player in PI.’

‘Trevor Sterling has an excellent feel for a case and brings great wisdom and experience to his handling of matters. He works tremendously hard for clients who love him and trust his judgment. Most of all he is respected and admired by his peers and opponents alike. Sophie Davies is very much an up and coming star who is a capable and hard working member of the team and understands the stresses that a catastrophic injury can have not just on the claimant but his/her whole family.’

‘Damian Horan is a standout practitioner – vastly experienced, lovely manner with clients and not afraid of a fight.’

‘Friendly, dynamic and efficient.’

‘This practice has great expertise in brain injury cases. I was impressed by their ability to pay attention to the needs of their clients and how they manage to secure appropriate rehabilitation for clients at an early stage.’

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

CommercialJohn Warchus

CorporateJeremy Over

EmploymentKatherine Maxwell

LitigationDavid Foster

InsolvencyHeather Dobson

FamilyJo Farrands

Private wealthTim Adams

Commercial propertyJo Farr

Residential propertyClare Andrews

Clinical negligenceAnne Cassidy

Personal injuryTrevor Sterling

Managing Partner Edward Whittington
Helen Goatley Partner & Chairman
Tim Adams  photo Tim Adams Partner and head of the private client department, covering wills, probate, trusts…
Judith Ball  photo Judith Ball Partner and head of family department dealing in all aspects of family…
Ray Black  photo Ray Black Chief executive at Barlow Robbins. His expertise lies in strategic management within…
David Foster photo David FosterPartner and head of the litigation department; leads the firm’s extensive litigation…
Helen Goatley  photo Helen Goatley Partner acting for claimants in maximum severity personal injury claims and clinical…
Joanna Lada-Walicki  photo Joanna Lada-Walicki Joanna is a very experienced lawyer. She has particular expertise in advising…
Mark Lucas  photo Mark Lucas Partner with extensive experience of corporate and commercial matters. A principal focus…
Gordon Reid  photo Gordon Reid Partner and head of commercial property team in Guildford; work undertaken includes…
Mr Peter Sisson  photo Mr Peter Sisson Consultant specialising in the fields of complex mortgage litigation and professional negligence.
Number of partners : 71 partners
Assistant solicitors and other lawyers : 196 lawyers and legal professionals