Moore Barlow > Guildford, England > Firm Profile

Moore Barlow
THE ORIEL
SYDENHAM ROAD
GUILDFORD
GU1 3SR
England

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Hampshire Tier 1

With lawyers boasting broad experience in the full spectrum of corporate and commercial work, Moore Barlow is well placed to act for its broad client base of owner-managed businesses, SMEs, entrepreneurs, private equity houses, and more, with particularly strong presence in the IT and technology, education, and charity sectors. John Warchus leads the commercial team from London, and Jeremy Over heads up the corporate team, where he has niche expertise in buy and build strategies and management buyouts. Roger Bailey is well regarded for his work in private equity, capital markets, and banking transactions, while David Bright handles major transactions, in particular for clients in the telecoms sector. Dorothy Agnew (commercial), Peter Jeffery (corporate), and Thomas Clark (corporate) are key contacts for clients in IT, telecoms, and technology. Kirsty Bowyer, newly promoted to senior associate, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Over; John Warchus

Other key lawyers:

Dorothy Agnew; Roger Bailey; David Bright; Thomas Clark; Peter Jeffery; Kirsty Bowyer

Testimonials

‘Great team – really got to understand our business and what is important to us, to be able to advise us and help us with decisions where they counted.’

‘Deep market experience in IT commercial transactions mean that familiarity with the business models, language etc. is a significant strength. The team are partner led with excellent team interaction so they work cohesively. Fair and understandable fee structure with high low estimates and cost waterfalls are helpful. This is important as fixing costs does not work out.’

‘Corporate and commercial – very practical, Strong technically and they get the job done.’

‘I work regularly with several of the corporate partners (on mutual clients) all of whom are very high caliber individuals. A couple of specific mentions: Peter Jefferey has a sharp mind and commercial acumen; he quickly gets to the route of client issues and is highly capable in solving them. David Bright is hugely personable and adept in delivering pragmatic advice in terms a lay person can readily understand.’

‘They are friendly and accessible. They speak plain English and translate complex legal drafting into something we understand. Peter Jeffery is the absolute stand-out lawyer here, he is incredibly smart, charming and efficient. He is also great fun to work with. High praise that is well due.’

‘Roger Bailey – extremely responsive, very pragmatic and easy to deal with – feel assured that our risks are covered.’

‘Peter Jeffery is outstanding for good practical advice which is technically well supported. Thomas Clark is good too.’

Key clients

Shareholders of Smartlogic

Bedroq

Serocor Group

D4TD PLC

SKS Business Services Ltd

Fluorogenics Limited

Hall & Woodhouse Limited

New Path Fire & Security

Aqua Cooling Limited

R&D Groupe SAS (trading as FOLAN)

Southern Communications Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of long-term client Smartlogic on their sale to $1.2bn Silicon Valley tech giant Marklogic (a portfolio company of Vector Capital).
  • Acted for the shareholders of Fluorogenics Limited in relation to the sale of the entire issued share capital to New England Biolabs, Inc. based in Massachusetts.
  • Advised New Path Fire and Security Ltd on numerous acquisitions.

Employment > Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 1

Moore Barlow has six offices in the South East region. The ‘friendly and approachable’ employment team acts on complex litigation matters, brings and defends employment tribunal claims, and advises on a range of non-contentious employment matters. Team head Katherine Maxwell is particularly known for her expertise in relation to TUPE advice, negotiating high value severance packages for senior executives, advising in relation to reorganisations and largescale redundancies and advising on post termination litigation. David Ludlow has practised in the field of complex boardroom disputes and conducted the associated litigation for 25 years. Naomi Greenwood has extensive experience in high value employment litigation, particularly in the advertising, media and financial services sectors.

Practice head(s):

Katherine Maxwell

Other key lawyers:

David Ludlow; Naomi Greenwood; Michelle Tudor

Testimonials

‘Moore Barlow provides the complete professional organisation in terms of HR advice and all other disciplines both in terms of business and personal matters. There fee structures are acceptable for the quality of service which is provided in a friendly manner.’

‘David Ludlow is the consummate professional who deals with our queries and instructions with advice in a friendly forthright manner at all times.’

‘Friendly and approachable. Sound advice.’

‘Excellent team. Solid advice.’

Key clients

Alan Greenwood & Sons Limited

Aligned Assets Limited

BD Network Limited

Camm & Hooper Limited

Churchill Retirement Plc

Cowdray Estate

Darwin & Wallace Plc

Eliga Services Limited

D4t4 Solutions Plc

Explore Learning Limited

Enspire Group

Euronews Group

Firefly Capital Limited

Foreman Homes Group

Gravity Media

Hann Tucker Associates Limited

Hamlyns Chartered Accountants LLP

Hozah Parking Limited

Hythe Marine Services Limited

Kartesia

Medicolegal Partners Limited

Moorfields Eye Hospital

People Check Limited

Workaround GmbH

PK Group Limited

Plum Products Limited

PZI International Solutions UK Limited

ZE PowerGroup Inc

Sir Richard Sutton Limited

Solventis Limited

Southern Communications Limited

SKS Business Services Ltd

Tjarks & Tjarks Design Limited

Total Merchandise Limited

ViewSonic

Wey Education Plc

World Sailing (UK) Limited

Worldnet Inc Group

Xenor Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised the General Counsel of Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust on complex, project-specific employment matters.
  • Advised the Dutch haulage and distribution group Xenor in the start-up of their UK subsidiary.
  • Representing Euronews broadcasting company on the full range of employment law matters.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Moore Barlow focuses on insolvency work across the full spectrum of contentious, non-contentious, restructuring and risk advisory issues. The firm has expertise in sectors such as education, charity, property and technology.  Practice head Heather Dobson has experience of a broad range of corporate and personal insolvency procedures and restructuring strategies. Rebecca Chaplin acts for insolvency practitioners on a range of corporate and personal matters. Peter Worrall is a notable practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Heather Dobson

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Chaplin; Peter Worrall

Testimonials

‘Varied team with a high level females as well as men. Talent is recognised and promoted within the firm. Engagement terms are clear and well set out and truly feels like a close knit team that work together concisely.’

‘Rebecca Chaplin and Heather Dobson are professional, courteous and highly recommended. Work adheres to legislation but commercial viewpoint is always considered and fees are transparent, fair, reasonable and cost effective to the client. Goal posts are never moved and clients are informed at all times.’

‘I highly rate Moore Barlow. They have excellent solicitors whose technical knowledge is very good and their fees are very good value for money vs the quality of the advice received. I would have no hesitation in recommending Moore Barlow to clients.’

‘Heather Dobson is a joy to work with. Technically excellent, pro-active and commercial. Rebecca has assisted me on various matters and has always been able to work to tight timescales and deliver under pressure. Friendly personality and easy to work with.’

‘Good technical knowledge and very approachable / commercial.’

‘Very detailed knowledge of a highly technical area, good analysis, realistic, commercial approach and extremely hard-working. A pleasure to work with.’

‘Heather Dobson is extremely knowledgeable, committed, very approachable with an excellent analysis of client’s position.’

‘The restructuring team is approachable, reliable and willing to take a commercial view on fees.’

Key clients

Antony Batty & Co

Azets

Begbies Traynor

Cooper Young

FRP Advisory

Interpath Advisory

James Cowper Kreston

Kewans

Kirks

Mazars

McTear Williams & Wood

Menzies

Moore Kingston Smith

Moorfields Advisory

PKF GM

Portland Leonard Curtis

PWC

Quantuma

RSM Restructuring Advisory

SKSi

Smith & Williamson

Work highlights

  • Advised on a highly complex and contentious bankruptcy.
  • Advised liquidators of Experto Credite Limited on complex creditor claims.
  • Advised Fundsquire Limited who specialises in funding technology start-ups in respect of a borrower who defaulted.

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Moore Barlow‘s personal injury team is led by Southampton-based Damian Horan; he is a dual qualified solicitor and barrister, and ‘understands the market well, knows what clients want, and is committed to the various charities associated with this field of work‘. The clinical negligence team is led by Richmond-based Anne Cassidy, who works with Guildford-based firmwide chair Helen Goatley – ‘a compassionate and highly capable Deputy in Court of Protection matters‘ – and the ‘tenacious and caringMaya Sushila in Southampton, who is well regarded for her work on cases involving spinal injuries. Other key names include Matthew ClaxsonFadwa ErrhiouiVictoria Jones, who was recently promoted to partner, and Emma Potter, the head of serious injury in Guildford and Woking.

Practice head(s):

Damian Horan; Anne Cassidy

Testimonials

‘The team show very good knowledge of client needs, careful and considerate handling of clients in distress, clear advice and guidance through the litigation process for clients.’

‘The lawyers I work with in this practice have empathy for their clients and the situations they find themselves in, the understand the need to take time, to help clients adjust their expectations and to appreciate that legal cases often cannot progress as quickly as clients wish.’

‘Working with Moore Barlow is always a pleasure. Cases are always prepared thoroughly and their knowledge of the sector is second to know, particularly in relation to finding the right team for each case, be that counsel or experts.’

‘Enhanced by the merger of two great firms, this is now a market-leading claimant PI/clin neg firm in the south of England. Helen Goatley is a force to be reckoned with. The firm are very good at bringing on juniors and nurturing the partners and leaders of the future.’

‘From my very first meeting with Victoria Jones I was confident in her knowledge of Cauda Equina cases and the realistic perspective she provided regarding the merits of my claim. Victoria’s command of the detail of my case was exceptional and at every stage I felt comfortable with her advice, she showed compassion and understanding for the trauma caused by my injuries and the lasting  effects upon my life. My claim was a complex one with no guarantee, but Victoria took her time working in a highly professional and diligent manner which resulted in us reaching a successful settlement.   Typically claims of Cauda Equina take upwards of five years, Victoria managed to reach a settlement in just over four years. Victoria has helped to change the course of my life and I will be eternally grateful to her and the support of the many expert health professionals.’

‘Excellent team with depth of legal knowledge and client care.’

‘This team’s strength lies in its diversity, but that is not at the expense of competency. Although members of the team hail from a range of backgrounds, each can be relied upon to progress a case to their client’s best advantage.’

‘Matthew Claxson – mild-mannered but uber-resilient, Matthews displays total dedication not only to the cause of his clients (for whom he works as hard as it takes to get great results) but also to the solicitors’ profession at large.’

Work highlights

  • Represented client in catastrophic spinal cord injury claim, securing a £7,000,000 settlement for her.
  • Represented a Croydon tram disaster victim in a personal injury claim securing £3,750,000 for him.
  • Advised client in a landmark clinical negligence brought under the Congenital Disabilities (Civil Liability) Act 1976, which gives a statutory right of action to people born disabled because of negligence which “affected either parent … in his or her ability to have a normal, healthy child”. This is the first claim under the Act based on negligent advice.

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 1

Moore Barlow offers a broad range of real estate, development and asset management advice to agriculture and estates clients across the South East. Southampton-based rural services head Sarah Jordan is a property specialist, while Lymington-based private wealth head Philip Whitcomb specialises in succession planning, asset protection, wills, tax and farming partnerships. Managing partner Edward Whittington is a Fellow of the Agricultural Law Association – other key names include property specialists Julian Parkes and senior associate Kerry Dovey.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Jordan; Philip Whitcomb

Testimonials

‘A specialist partner-led firm, which has a strong department focusing on rural and agricultural property.’

‘Partners are strong communicators with well-informed, decisive yet practical advice.’

‘A strong, responsive and empathetic team with a good understanding of their client’s business.’

‘They strive to create a personal relationship with a detailed understanding of their client’s business.’

‘Diverse team. Well established. Works very well with other departments in practice.’

Key clients

Cowdray Estate

The Grange Estate Hampshire

Work highlights

  • Cowdray Estate – Rural Asset Management legal support
  • The Grange Estate Hampshire – Rural Asset Management support

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

Moore Barlow runs a Guildford-based schools and charities practice which advises charities on the full range of matters, drawing on support from the wider firm. The practice is praised for its 'excellent approach to customer service combined with really strong expertise in the charity sector'. Key names include charities head Gordon Reid and Joanna Lada-Walicki, who heads up the independent schools and charities practice. Associate George Shepherd leads on a range of youth charity cases.

Practice head(s):

Gordon Reid; Joanna Lada-Walicki

Other key lawyers:

George Shepherd; Adam McRae-Taylor

Testimonials

‘My experience of the team is that they provide clear, practical, moral and realistic advice. They were able to look at a serious and difficult safeguarding report my church had received and provide advice.’

‘Adam McRae-Taylor dealt with the majority of the work in our case. He was exceptionally accessible, and he provided clear, structured and well reasoned advice. It is not an exaggeration to say that his help shaped our church for the better and has helped us deal with a very difficult and sad situation.’

‘We used Moore Barlow for a charitable organisation’s restructure during the midst of the pandemic and were delighted by their responsiveness then and their familiarity with the legal and financial territory. Their team work was great – we got continuity and level of staff seniority appropriate to each stage of the process.’

‘The individuals we worked with were knowledgeable and genuinely interested in our charity and its unusual beneficiaries’

‘First class knowledge and very commercial/pragmatic. Extremely easy to work with.’

‘Exceptional knowledge. Giving extremely useful advice. Very quick responses – almost always the same day.’

‘We have been delighted with the service we have received from the charities team at Moore Barlow. The team have supported us on a range of matters, including establishing a trading a subsidiary, support with collaboration agreements, governance advice, and copyright advice. They have an excellent approach to customer service combined with really strong expertise in the charity sector.’

‘We have worked closely with George Shepherd and Gordon Reid, both of whom are extremely professional, reliable, approachable, and highly knowledgeable in the charity sector and related matters.’

Key clients

Young Minds Trust

CWR

National Rifle Association

Richmond Charities

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

Compassion UK

Lloyds Bank Plc

Woking & Sam Beare Hospices

Nautical Institute

Falkland Islands Trust

Shooting Star Children’s Hospices

Lloyds Bank plc

Phyllis Tuckwell Memorial Hospice

Richmond Parish Lands Charity

Hospital of the Blessed Trinity (Abbot’s Hospital)

Walton on Thames Charity

Co-Mission Churches Trust

Croydon Almshouse Charity

The Poland Trust

Work highlights

  • Advising Young Minds Trust on its commercial participator and other commercial arrangements with Wagamama, two major high street banks and a household name juice brand.
  • Acting for Shooting Star Children’s Hospices in its lettings of charity shops throughout the South East and London, including grants of leases, exercising breaks and lease surrenders.
  • Advising Richmond Charities on its merger with Mortlake Almshouse Charity and associated technical applications to the Charity Commission.

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Moore Barlow‘s team advises clients including high-net-worth individuals on a wide range of matters – the practice is known for its expertise in ‘complex contentious probate litigation, offering a first class service’. The Guildford-based team is led by Scott Taylor, ‘a shrewd litigator with a strategic mindset’. Thomas Middlehurst has particular knowledge of property-related trust disputes, including high-value and cross-border work. Experienced senior associate Lisa Green is described as 'intelligent, caring, and highly focussed on her clients' best interests.'

Practice head(s):

Scott Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Middlehurst; Lisa Green; Emily Travell; Graham McLean

Testimonials

‘This is a very good southeastern firm for clients who do not want to spend London firm money but want to get the same quality.’

‘Scott Taylor is a practical and effective litigator, who champions his clients’ cause very strongly.’

‘Tom Middlehurst – proactive, enthusiastic and focused.’

‘They have a strong group of solicitors who practise predominantly in this area – their expertise and experience makes them stand out.’

‘Thomas Middlehurst is excellent. I feel like I am working as part of a team with him, rather than just having one brain on the job. He is very astute and comes up with good legal arguments. I know he is also very quick to respond to his clients.’

‘Moore Barlow are a go-to firm for contentious trusts and probate. Headed up by Scott Taylor, the team is experienced in complex contentious probate litigation and offers a first class service. Clients can feel confident in this legal team.’

‘Scott Taylor is a shrewd litigator. He is intelligent and approaches his cases with a strategic mindset. He also has a wonderful demeanour with clients and provides excellent client service. Emily Travell is very smart. She is also practical and dynamic in her approach. Definitely one to watch.’

‘Graham McLean has impressive attention to detail and is client-orientated.’

Key clients

Sheila Hirachand

J Hatchard & E Truell, PRs for estate of Daniel Truell (Deceased)

Scott Taylor as representative for beneficiaries in the estate of Mr G.

Trustees of the M & M SSAS

Layzell (Deceased)

Work highlights

  • Advised client in an Inheritance Act claim for reasonable financial provision from her father’s estate on a Conditional Fee Agreement and partially recovered a percentage of the ‘success fee’ as part of the award.
  • Advising the PRs in a claim for the recovery of £4m allegedly gifted to the deceased’s girlfriend, including successfully freezing £4m of the defendant’s assets.

Private client > Family: Hampshire Tier 1

Working across the firm’s network of offices, Moore Barlow‘s family team is noted for its strengths in dealing with HNW clients and cross-border matters. Joanna Farrands heads the team from the Guildford office, while Debra Emery leads its Southampton offering. Emery has experience across the full spectrum of family law, and is particularly skilled in handling wealth protection and complex child-related cases. The team is extending its capacity in alternative dispute resolution, with Richmond-based Jan Galloway especially interested in child-focused mediation. Judith Ball works across the Guildford and Southampton offices, and has experience in cases involving significant business assets.

Practice head(s):

Joanna Farrands

Testimonials

‘Quick and thorough response to all questions – sensible use of junior staff for less critical questions.’

‘Debra Emery and Jenny Wigginton gave excellent advice and looked after my best interests throughout.’

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

Moore Barlow’s Guildford-based family law team is ‘well organised and prepared’, according to clients. Team head Joanna Farrands is ‘a sensible, thoughtful lawyer who works hard for her clients’ and has advised on several ultra-high-net-worth pre-nuptial agreements. Jan Galloway, whose ‘attention to detail is fantastic’, has extensive experience representing international clients in the UK and abroad both before marriage and after. Judith Ball has over 35 years’ experience working on high-value and complex cases, particularly those involving business assets and complex pensions.

Practice head(s):

Joanna Farrands

Other key lawyers:

Jan Galloway; Judith Ball; Mandy Spring; Victoria Walker

Testimonials

‘The team is always keen to ensure they look after their clients. They are well organised and prepared. They are a safe pair of hands.’

‘Strength in depth. A major player in the South East. Good client relations. Hard working and thoughtful. Very thorough.’

‘They have a highly collaborative ethos between the lawyers and the availability of a wider range of knowledge is a real benefit to clients.’

‘Joanna Farrands is highly responsive, creatively minded and not afraid to deliver pragmatic advice to clients in high value financial remedies cases while going “toe to toe” with City firm opponents who are used to deploying aggression as a tactic.’

‘Mandy Spring – wonderful. Pragmatic, empathetic and knowledgeable.’

‘Victoria Walker moved heaven and earth to enable us to help us and was then available at very short notice during the hearing itself. Her commitment was unwavering.’

‘Jo Farrands is a great collaborative lawyer and really works hard for her clients. Mandy Spring has just been made a partner. She is great lawyer and is easy to speak to if you are in the other side to try and resolve things amicably.’

‘Jan Galloway’s attention to detail is fantastic. She has a client centric approach and brings in all necessary expertise to ensure the best outcome for the client.’

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

The private wealth team at Moore Barlow advises predominantly regional HNW clients. Lymington-based Philip Whitcomb leads the rural subteam, with particular experience in agricultural and business property relief. Southampton-based Naomi Wilkes, who recently took over from Tim Adams in Guildford as head of private wealth, is adept at handling the range of private client matters, while Fiona Heald is especially well known for her Court of Protection work. Alison Lloyd specialises in estate administration, including intestacy and the tax implications of deceased estates. Rebecca Sparrow joined the Basingstoke office as a partner from Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP in August 2021, and now acts as head of department for the Court of Protection team.

Practice head(s):

Tim Adams

Other key lawyers:

Philip Whitcomb; Naomi Wilkes; Fiona Heald; Alison Lloyd; Rebecca Sparrow

Testimonials

‘Moore Barlow is a firm that knows what it does and does it well.’

‘Farm partnership law combined with taxation knowledge.’

‘Philip Whitcomb is in a very small elite in the UK who can advise across farm partnership issues and taxation.’

‘Philip Whitcomb is a reassuring and practical expert on landed and agricultural families.’

Real estate > Commercial property: Hampshire Tier 1

Continuing to grow on the back of the 2020 merger of Moore Blatch and Barlow Robbins, Moore Barlow boasts a large and varied team in the Hampshire area, with each partner heading a dedicated subdivision, under overall team lead Jo Farr in Guildford. Well known for his broad commercial property experience, Luc Algar heads the real estate division, with particular experience working for clients in the transport, logistics, and marine sectors. Julian Parkes is also noted in this area. Taking over from Stephen Ball, Sam Willey now heads the land development offering, which works closely with Zoe Owen‘s plot sales team to provide full-service support from project inception to disposal of finished units. Led by Jolanda Peters, the leasehold enfranchisement handles matters including lease extensions, collective enfranchisement, and right to manage claims, and was recently strengthened by the arrival of senior associate Louise Uphill, who is based in Richmond. Rural property, under Sarah Jordan, is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Jo Farr; Luc Algar; Sam Willey; Jolanda Peters; Zoe Owen; Sarah Jordan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team’s focus on our needs and responsiveness makes it feel like we have in-house legal counsel. We have several active matters at any one time, and they have worked with us to develop continually-improving management systems to ensure everyone is up to date with what is happening.’

Key clients

Vesta Investments Management Limited; and Vesta Investments Residential Limited

Family in Surrey

Fastned UK Limited

Albion & East Limited

Russbrit Limited

Inland Homes

Leith Limited and Bellstar Limited

Handelsbanken plc

Churchill Retirement Living Plc

Hall & Woodhouse Limited

The Halebourne Group

Orchard Farm Kennington Limited

Cloud Retail Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Leith Limited and Bellstar Limited on the disposition of a £8.6 million industrial business park.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Hampshire Tier 2

Moore Barlow‘s commercial dispute resolution team acts for clients in the education, engineering, manufacturing and property sectors, with a particularly strong practice in the insurance arena. David Foster leads the team from Guildford, while Mark Osgood and Claire Haverfield are key contacts in Southampton. Osgood’s experience includes handling internal business disputes, negligence claims and contentious insolvencies, and he has a particular interest in marine law, while Haverfield handles a breadth of matters, with notable experience in IP disputes. Sarah Watley leads the financial services litigation team, and Susannah Marsh handles residential and commercial property matters as well as debt recovery and professional negligence claims. Associate Karina Rafalska has an interest in international arbitration alongside her experience in contract and construction disputes and issues arising from share purchase agreements. The team was recently strengthened by the recruitment of Nichola Gordon-Jones from Blake Morgan LLP, who was subsequently promoted to associate.

Practice head(s):

David Foster

Testimonials

‘Moore Barlow has a great commercial litigation team that specialises in financial services work and group litigation and has some very robust litigators, with good experience in insolvency and professional negligence work as well.’

‘Claire Haverfield is a very robust litigator and very commercial. Mark Osgood is an expert strategist and fantastic with colleagues, clients, and opponents alike.’

‘Good strong experienced team who are accessible, knowledgeable, flexible in their approach and a natural extension of our business – we work in partnership.’

‘I have recommended Claire Haverfield of Moore Barlow to clients in the past and will continue to do so. She is a very strong, confident litigator who stands up for the client every inch of the way. She is extremely efficient, always on top of the detail and is genuinely dedicated to obtaining the best result for the client. She does not shy away from litigating when necessary and is never afraid of taking a point to court or letting the judge decide. She is super-bright and very capable of understanding complex technical materials – in my experience ranging from computer code, to engineering, to share valuation to points arising on the law.’

‘Sarah Watley & Susie Marsh are partners that lead from the front and far more accessible than other firms’ partners worked with. Very knowledgeable, clear communicators, sound advice, flexible and people you really want working for you, not against you!’

‘Claire Haverfield is a standout litigator.’

Key clients

Macquarie Bank

Business Mortgage 4, 5, 6 and 7 Plc

Hrothgar Investments Limited

Octopus Real Estate

Oblix Capital Limited

Churchill Retirement Limited

Patley Wood Farm LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised Business Mortgage Finance 5 PLC and Business Mortgage Finance 7 PLC in a Court of Appeal case dealing with issues relating to payment of secret commissions, bribery, breach of fiduciary duties and unfair relationship.
  • Advised Patley Wood Farm LLP in connection with a claim against a law firm, one of its former partners and other persons for an unlawful means conspiracy that defrauded the creditors of a liquidation and associated bankruptcies of the proceeds of a wedding and conference country estate in Dorset, and its business.
  • Advised Business Mortgage Finance 7 PLC in connection with a £2.2m claim relating to a property over which it had a first ranking legal charge.

Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 2

Split between Guildford and Southampton, the wider debt recovery and financial services litigation team at Moore Barlow divides itself into a commercial recoveries group and financial services recoveries team. The former, led by Mark Osgood and Daniel Baker, concentrates on assisting clients with the recovery of trade debts, while the latter, led by Susannah Marsh and Sarah Watley, assists lender clients with the recovery of commercial and business debt, mortgage debt, and asset-based lending debt. Osgood, Baker and Marsh lead the wider debt recovery practice.

Practice head(s):

Mark Osgood; Daniel Baker; Susannah Marsh

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They go above and beyond what one would expect from any legal team. They are quick to respond and will leave no stone unturned in order to get the result needed.’

‘They take a personal interest in each case they deal with, which makes it possible for them to get a holistic view of the situation. This extra interest helps them provide the best possible service.’

‘All I can say is that I found Moore Barlow to be the most efficient, helpful and trustworthy firm of solicitors I have ever dealt with. I was very impressed.’

‘Moore Barlow LLP have a very good understanding of the nature of our business, our client contractual terms and how best to engage with our customers regarding debt recovery.’

‘The team at Moore Barlow LLP have proven to be responsive, efficient and very diligent in following up the cases we bring to them.’

‘Our success rate in dealing with debt recovery is due largely in part to the efforts of the team at Moore Barlow LLP.’

‘The individuals have proven to provide comprehensive advice and support. They are not afraid to speak to our clients directly in order to get resolution on debt recovery matters.’

Key clients

Hann Tucker Associates Limited

Macquarie Bank

Tokio Marine HCC

Bank of China UK Limited

Herz Valves UK Ltd

Symington Elvery Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing Herz Valves UK Ltd in a claim for unpaid invoices.
  • Assisting Hann Tucker Associates Limited with the recovery of numerous unpaid invoices.
  • Assisting Tokio Marine HCC with the recovery of numerous unpaid insurance premiums.

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 2

Moore Barlow was formed in 2020 through the merger of Moore Blatch and Barlow Robbins; the combined firm has a broad range of knowledge in the professional negligence sphere, with a particular focus on claims against solicitors related to conveyancing, tax, wills, litigation conduct and commercial transactions. The firm also handles privately funded defendant work, although, unlike other defendant firms, it does not act for PI insurers, freeing it from conflicts of interest. The Guildford-based team is led by David Foster, a member of the London Solicitors Litigation Association and the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association – his recent work has included cases in the leisure and hospitality sectors.

Practice head(s):

David Foster

Other key lawyers:

Mark Osgood; Andrew Reid; Claire Haverfield; Esther Millard

Testimonials

‘Moore Barlow are adept at dealing with claims on behalf of lenders, high net worth individuals and businesses. They have innovative funding and case management mechanisms and are experienced in group actions.’

‘Mark Osgood is a great strategist and fantastic with clients and opponents alike, and also a real team player internally.’

‘Andrew Reid is extremely bright and good at using technology to assist the presentation and progress of claims.’

‘Claire Haverfield is a robust and tough litigator who gets clients’ commercial objectives.’

‘Esther Millard is lovely to work with and very able.’

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

Moore Barlow’s private wealth team in Guildford is known for being ‘very professional, friendly and approachable’. Tim Adams heads up the private wealth team, which is spread over over six offices, and specialises in succession planning for high-net-worth individuals and their families in the South East. In addition to notable experience in high-net-worth succession planning, Alexandra Milton works very closely with the firm’s major trauma team, advising on personal injury trusts.

Practice head(s):

Tim Adams

Other key lawyers:

Alexandra Milton; Daniel Milano

Testimonials

‘The team are very professional, friendly and approachable.’

‘Tim Adams is approachable and provides high levels of client service.’

‘Very sound, able and sympathetic lawyers.’

‘City service at regional rates. Helpful, friendly and willing to go that extra mile to help when needed.’

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

Following the merger of Barlow Robbins and Moore Blatch in May 2020, Moore Barlow ’s real estate team now has offices in Southampton, Guildford, Woking, Lymington, Richmond, and Central London. Jo Farr heads up the commercial property department and is based in the Guildford office. She has a broad client base, including national retailers, investment landlords, banks, and property developers. She also has particular expertise in entrepreneurial ventures.

Practice head(s):

Luc Algar (Real Estate Division); Jo Farr (Commercial Property); Sam Willey (Land Development); Jolanda Peters (Leasehold Enfranchisement); Zoe Owen (Plot Sales); Sarah Jordan (Rural Property)

Other key lawyers:

Helen Archibald; Julian Parkes; Archie Sherbrooke; Richard Hughes; Lee Edwards; Martin Duck; William Warnock; Louise Campbell

Testimonials

‘I worked with Moore Barlow on two separate matters. I was very happy with them as they were very professional and efficient. I can’t praise them high enough.’

‘Jo Farr represented me during the transactions. I was very impressed by her effort. She was happy to answer all my questions clearly as I found the whole process very complicated. The whole team was responsive and extremely professional.’

‘Richard Hughes and Callum Leary have learned intimately what makes our company tick, so we can trust them to negotiate actively on our behalf and our best interests. For a company like ours that is used to in-house legal in the rest of Europe, giving such trust can be a big ask, but Richard and Callum have very much earned this.’

Key clients

Vesta Investments Management Limited; and Vesta Investments Residential Limited

Family in Surrey

Fastned UK Limited

Albion & East Limited

Russbrit Limited

Inland Homes

Leith Limited and Bellstar Limited

Handelsbanken plc

Churchill Retirement Living Plc

Hall & Woodhouse Limited

The Halebourne Group

Orchard Farm Kennington Limited

Cloud Retail Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Leith Limited and Bellstar Limited on the disposition of a £8.6 million industrial business park.
  • Advised on the commercial terms and real estate transactional elements of a cross jurisdictional joint venture agreement for a 105 plot self-build development in Kent.
  • Advising on a Joint Venture with another care home operator to construct and then operate a 70-bed care home site at Bedhampton.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 2

Moore Barlow‘s South East property litigation offering is split across two teams: the real estate disputes group and financial services litigation practice. Chris Marsden in Southampton heads up the real estate disputes team, and acts for a broad range of clients from landlords and developers to those in the retail and telecoms sectors. Sarah Watley, also in Southampton, leads the financial services litigation team, where her most prominent real estate clients are lenders and mortgage providers. Broadly experienced across commercial and residential matters, Susannah Marsh has a particular focus on complex disputes involving unfair relationships, secret commissions, and bribery issues. Simon Beetham has specialist knowledge of banking and insolvency issues and matters concerning rural and agricultural property, and Zoe Thompson and Gemma Richards, both based in Guildford, are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Chris Marsden; Sarah Watley

Testimonials

‘I find Moore Barlow LLP to be extremely professional, knowledgeable and efficient. They are always available to answer a query or question, and do so promptly, which in turn gives me great confidence in them as a firm.’

‘I have worked with both the Real Estate Team and the Insolvency & Restructuring Team and they are both very competent teams with a wealth of knowledge and experience. Both teams are good, safe pairs of hands that can be relied upon.’

‘Great strength in depth. Very responsive, diligent and on top of the detail.’

‘Chris Marsden runs a good team.’

‘Susannah Marsh has been excellent – professional, knowledgeable and friendly and exactly the sort of individual you would like working with.’

Key clients

Travis Perkins

Churchill Retirement Limited

Inland Homes Plc

Business Mortgage Finance 4, 5, 6 and 7 PLC

London’s Royal Docks

Oblix Capital Limited

Octopus Real Estate

British Heart Foundation

South Somerset District Council

Southampton University

Work highlights

  • Advised Business Mortgage Finance 5 PLC and Business Mortgage Finance 7 PLC in a Court of Appeal case dealing with issues relating to the payment of secret commissions, bribery, breach of fiduciary duties and unfair relationship.

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

Moore Barlow is adding a growing Fintech and AI offering to its IT practice, including software development and outsourcing, licensing, and data analytics. Former litigator turned contractual lawyer, department head John Warchus advises on agreements relating to IT and IP. Dorothy Agnew operates on the cutting-edge of technology, focusing on contractual structures for new to market technologies, with particular expertise in telematics and electronic tracking technologies. They have recently been joined by Quintin Farley from Herrington Carmichael LLP, who broadens the firm’s contractual and data protection offering.

Practice head(s):

John Warchus

Other key lawyers:

Dorothy Agnew; Sarah Crookall; Quintin Farley

Testimonials

‘John Warchus is our point guy at MB and he is an exceptional adviser to our business. John blew it out of the water and showed supreme intelligence.’

‘It’s the combination of response times, the reduced fee retainer, the level of integrity, the consistency of service, and the ease of doing business. We have no problem with recommending MB to anyone, including Legal 500!’

‘They have overall diverse skills across the sectors so it’s like a one stop shop.’

‘John Warchus is involved in every piece of our technical legal requirements.’

‘John Warchus is a knowledgeable, amenable, and thoughtful lawyer. He was very pleasant to work across from and works in a collegiate and collaborative spirit.’

Key clients

Smartlogic Semaphore Inc.

MyWorkPapers Limited

Eliga Services Limited

Crave Interactive Limited

BTCSoftware Limited

Red Maple Technologies Limited

NAK Consulting Services Limited

IPO/WebTMS

In-Tech Group

Hidalgo/Equivital

SQLI Group

Essential Information Group Limited

NetPay Solutions Limited

Tyrewatch.com Limited/IT5 Holdings Limited

Cobweb Solutions Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Eliga Services on a licence for a new open banking platform and FCA authorisations.
  • Drafting new standard terms for MyWorkpapers Limited, a SaaS accountancy product competing with Xero.
  • Advising an IT service provider on a long-term multi-million pound platform licence with associated services and resale rights.

Private client > Family: mediation Tier 2

Moore Barlow has the ‘first-rateKaren Barham who has ‘huge emotional intelligence and a commitment to reaching fair and amicable settlements’. Barham is qualified to consult children and is also a professional practice consultant supervising over 20 other mediators. Barham is praised for being ‘very skilled in bringing couples to a resolution of issues. She puts people at ease and makes them feel heard’. Joanna Farrands leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Joanna Farrands

Other key lawyers:

Karen Barham; Mari Magnussen

Testimonials

‘Karen Barham is the only mediator I use at MB, but she always appears on my recommended list of mediators sent to clients to select. She is innovative, not shy in dealing with confrontation and above all, successful’.

‘Moore Barlow is a great team – particularly Karen Barham and Jo Farrands’.

‘Karen Barham is an excellent mediator, particularly for high conflict couples. Mari Magnussen has also assisted clients in a calm and supportive way where feedback has been positive’.

‘Karen is an extraordinary talented mediator, valued across the family law industry. She brings charm, patience and wit to her work. This year she managed an extraordinary difficult situation to a successful conclusion – despite obstacle-generation that would have tested a saint’.

‘Karen Barham is absolutely at the top of the DR tree!’.

‘Karen Barham is exceptionally experienced, knowledgeable and her gravitas radiates’.

‘Karen Barham is passionate about non-court dispute resolution methods, and she has campaigned for a better way for several years’.

Karen Barham is very experienced, endlessly helpful and flexible and innovative in her mediation practice. She is also a delightful person’.

Work highlights

  • Advised on Hybrid mediation that included the lawyers in the mediation sessions. This enabled both parties to have immediate access to legal advice. An IFA was also available for pension and tax advice. These supportive and practical arrangements facilitated early settlement.
  • Advised on Children matter where it was appropriate for a 10-year-old to be invited to have a voice in the arrangements being made for him. A mediator colleague was asked to undertake the Child Inclusive meeting and she provided the child’s feedback to the retained mediator and the parents.
  • The mediator’s colleague Mark Lucas was brought into the mediation as a neutral to provide company commercial assistance.

Public sector > Education: schools Tier 2

Moore Barlow advises independent schools on a wide range of issues, including mental health issues, trade union matters and anti-vaccination protests. Joanna Lada-Walicki  advises on complex employment and pastoral issues, including matters related to bullying, sexual misconduct and allegations of abuse. Ben Collingwood advises on SEN, safeguarding and child personal data issues. Gordon Reid focuses particularly on the charity side of education law, including governance, public benefits and reporting serious incidents to the Charity Commission. Associate Adam McRae-Taylor advises on safeguarding and pastoral issues.

Practice head(s):

Joanna Lada-Walicki

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘We moved to using Moore Barlow after a successful reorganisation piece of work which was handled with sensitivity and careful practical planning. Questions and queries are answered in a very timely manner and meetings held in person where possible.’

‘We have a close and strong relationship with both contacts at the firm who have dealt with HR issues at our school. They are quick to respond and clear in their explanations on what is possible and and not possible. Ben Collingwood and Adam McRae-Taylor are always personable in their approach and helpful with honest and practical solutions.’

‘Excellent service in assisting us though an employment consultation. First time using Moore Barlow and looking to move further work over based on our experience.’

‘A well balanced and dependable team, who provide a wealth of sound advice. They are friendly, customer-focussed, understand the sector and have good insight into the business side of a charitable independent school. They deliver good value and consistently high quality advice.’

‘Ben Collingwood quickly grasps complex issues and reduces them to their essential components without over simplifying. He is responsive and gives clear, sound advice. Gordon Reid is dependable and solid, giving a great, reliable service. Adam McRae-Taylor has always reliably and successfully guided us though the complexities of employment law.’

‘Broad and detailed knowledge and experience within the team. A one-stop shop for all education/charity issues. Prompt response to any issues and always willing to help or recommend someone who can.’

‘Professional, quick to respond, relevant experience, pragmatic.’

‘All I can say is that those who have given advice and prepared documents went beyond the usual effort to make sure that everything ran smoothly.’

Key clients

Seaford College

St Albans High School for Girls

Royal Grammar School, Guildford

Badminton School

Forest School

Cranford House School

Eastbourne College

St Paul’s Girls’ School

Hurstpierpoint College

Bede’s School

Work highlights

  • Advised various schools in connection with post-pandemic mental health and special educational needs issues including: anxiety disorders, depression, diverse behavioural conditions and attempted suicide.
  • Advised a leading London independent school on a TPS consultation involving changing the terms and conditions of over 200 teachers including managing the involvement of two separate trade unions, strike action and requests for recognition.
  • Advised many schools in relation to anti-vaccination protesters at the school gates and communications received from anti-vaccination campaign groups, including threats of litigation based on alleged harm to pupils caused by vaccination of pupils on school premises.

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

Moore Barlow’s corporate and commercial team at Southampton typically acts for owner-managed businesses with a turnover of up to £10m and SMEs with a turnover between £10m-£100m, as well as their owners. The team provides multi-disciplinary service by calling on support from the wider firm's employment and commercial property teams, as well as other specialists. Team head Jeremy Over  supports a broad client base, with a particular niche expertise in executing buy and build strategies and management buyouts.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Over

Other key lawyers:

Roger Bailey; Peter Jeffery; David Bright; Tim Matthews; Mark Lucas; Thomas Clark; Kirsty Bowyer; Polly Cross; Matthew Devine

Testimonials

‘Mark Lucas and Matthew Devine have been and continue to be exceptional at listening to the complex and making it simple and easy to deliver. At the same time, they leave no stone unturned to ensure that we are well covered for all eventualities. I want to know that we can trust our legal team to look after our best interests without continual oversight and I can honestly say that over multiple transactions the level of trust built by Mark and Matthew’s outstanding professionalism makes them ‘go to’ people for our business and well-trusted and valued partners.’

Key clients

Shareholders of Smartlogic

Bedroq

Serocor Group

D4TD PLC

SKS Business Services Ltd

Fluorogenics Limited

Hall & Woodhouse Limited

New Path Fire & Security

Aqua Cooling Limited

R&D Groupe SAS (trading as FOLAN)

Southern Communications Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of long-term client Smartlogic on their sale to $1.2bn Silicon Valley tech giant Marklogic (a portfolio company of Vector Capital).
  • Acted for the shareholders of Fluorogenics Limited in relation to the sale of the entire issued share capital to New England Biolabs, Inc. based in Massachusetts.
  • Advised New Path Fire and Security Ltd on numerous acquisitions throughout the year, to add to their group and assist with their ongoing growth and business plan.

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

Following the 2000 merger of Moore Barlow and Barlow Robbins, Moore Barlow’s Guildford commercial dispute resolution team is now able to offer clients the full spectrum of litigation services and has a varied client base operating across all industry sectors. The team has a strong track record of cases in the High Court, as well as recent cases in both the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. Team head David Foster has over 30 years’ experience and was the chairman of the Commercial Litigation Association.

Practice head(s):

David Foster

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Middlehurst; Chris Darvill; Esther Millard; Daniel Baker

Testimonials

‘Very pragmatic and user-friendly – explain things in easy to understand manner.’

‘A strong team, with highly commercial partners and associates. Always prepared to think laterally to achieve the best outcome for the client. Brings all the tactical sense of a major London firm at highly competitive rates. Always a firm I recommend.’

‘Moore Barlow has an excellent team with good partners with very diligent support staff. They provide a first class litigation service which I have no hesitation in recommending.’

‘David Foster – a first-class litigator. Brings a sharply commercial instinct, along with a creative verve to devise the best strategy to resolve disputes. Always a great pleasure to work with.’

‘David Foster is a stand out solicitor. He has considerable experience and is very good with clients.’

‘Rachel Hetherington – a rising star; Rachel is always totally on top of the details and has good tactical sense. A great pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Darwin and Wallace plc

KTM Online Limited

Tokio Marine HCC

Aspen Insurance UK Limited

PR Entertainments Limited

Charterhouse

Hann Tucker Associates Limited

Bede’s School

Hampton School

M.D.M. Medical Limited

CNK Alliance Limited

AFC Bournemouth Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Abraham and Chaya Fixsler on applications to the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights, and then subsequently to United Nations Committee for Disabilities and the UN Rapporteur for that area.
  • Acted for Lanre Haastrup in a matter which required the court to consider the extent to which it had jurisdiction to maintain a Reporting Restriction Order prohibiting the naming of any medical clinicians involved in the care and treatment of a child who had been the subject of ‘end of life’ proceedings.
  • Acted for Camila Batmanghelidjh to pursue a claim for judicial review of the Charity Commission’s investigation into the charity, Keeping Kids Company.

Employment > Employment: Hampshire Tier 3

Moore Barlow‘s employment team works across multiple offices, led by Katherine Maxwell, who splits her time between Richmond and Southampton. Maxwell acts for businesses ranging from SMEs to global companies in a range of sectors, with particular experience in high-value and large scale matters, including reorganisations, redundancies and TUPE transfers. Emma Edis is adept at handling the employment aspects of significant business changes such as mergers, acquisitions, and restructures. Associate Stephanie Clarke is noted for her work in employee relations, which ranges from advising on handbooks to disciplinary and grievance procedures.

Practice head(s):

Katherine Maxwell

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Excellent technical knowledge combined with an empathy and understanding of their client’s business and objectives.’

‘Responsiveness, gravitas but all combined with a personal relationship.’

Key clients

BD Network Limited

Bytes Technology Group UK

Camm & Hooper Limited

Casper & Cole

Churchill Retirement Plc

Cowdray Estate

Darwin & Wallace Plc

EQ Investors Holdings Ltd

Explore Learning Limited

Firefly Capital Limited

Foreman Homes

Gill Instruments Limited

Gravity Media

Hann Tucker Associates Limited

Holland & Holland Limited

Hozah Parking Limited

Hythe Marine Services Limited

Integrity Communications UK Limited

Jaltek Systems Limited

Monitor Audio Limited

Moorfields Eye Hospital

PAE Business Limited

Pitch Software GmbH

PK Group Limited

Raithwaite Trading Company Limited

Sir Richard Sutton Limited

SKS Business Services Ltd

Southern Communications Limited

Symetrica Limited

Talley Group Limited

Taylor Made Computer Solutions Limited

Total Merchandise Limited

Transparity Solutions Limited

Wey Education Plc

World Sailing (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Firefly Capital Ltd on a variety of employment law matters.
  • Acted for the shareholders of Smartlogic on its sale to $1.2bn Silicon Valley tech giant Marklogic, involving a complex cross-border structure.
  • Advising Casper & Cole Limited on employment issues arising throughout its chain of restaurants in London.

Public sector Tier 3

Moore Barlow‘s Southampton-based ‘skilled, knowledgeable, and collaborative team‘ is one of few dedicated community care teams in the South East which offers specialist advice and assistance to those requiring access to health and social care services from the NHS or local authorities. Rebecca Sparrow now leads the team, having joined from Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP in August 2021. Associate Mea North‘s practice focuses on health and social care provision issues, and Nicholas Endean is ‘very knowledgeable in community care issues’.

Practice head(s):

Rebecca Sparrow

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Skilled, knowledgeable, and collaborative team. Easy to work with. Good communication.’

‘Nicholas Endean is very knowledgeable in community care issues, caring, and an excellent communicator.’

‘We dealt with Nicholas Endean. He was extremely knowledgeable and approachable.’

‘Very professional and outcome focused. Displayed a good partnership dynamic, working successfully with a separate, adjacent legal team. Very accessible and responsive.’

‘My main dealings were with Nicholas Endean. He was flexible enough to take on board the ideas and knowledge of others, whilst still maintaining a clear and authoritative “direction of travel” for the case. Abundant specialist knowledge and firm, meaningful advice at the critical stages. Very sharp analysis of case material and effective communication with client. Highly competent.’

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

Moore Barlow advises companies in life sciences and technology on all aspects of their IP. Additionally, practice head John Warchus handles disputes as well as counselling clients on matters pertaining to innovation and research and development. Another specialist in this area is Dorothy Agnew, who specializes in the intersection of IP and IT, advising on copyright, licensing, and data rights.

Practice head(s):

John Warchus

Other key lawyers:

Dorothy Agnew; Chris Darvill; Quintin Farley

Testimonials

‘They are accommodating and have very good communication. They want to get to know your business to truly help you.’

‘A uniqueness of Moore Barlow is the personal, small company approach, but a highly professional, seamless service provision of a large firm. In particular, they have a strong focus on entrepreneurs nurturing their business ideas into commercially successful reality. They have the ability to match the right partner with the client.’

‘Dorothy Agnew is a superb lawyer with a significant breadth of knowledge and experience. Her ability to provide very clear and practical advice as well as her technical understanding and interaction and engagement with clients is second to none.’

‘Client-centric in the highest order. I’m not a legal guy and they really support me with their really smart people who are able to offer professional, kindly offered and patient lay-man’s translations of what we need to know!’

‘John Warchus is on speed dial. John has taken the time and trouble to get to know our business well. He has saved us a lot of money over the years protecting our interests. Quintin Farley works for John, he’s great and does most of our day to day work now, smashing chap, quick and efficient.’

‘A diverse knowledge across the team.’

‘The best one who has helped us in this area when it comes to contracts is John Warchus because he takes what we are trying to achieve and make it straightforward without complicating it.’

‘Moore Barlow is client-centred. They are only interested in what the client needs rather than what they have to sell.’

Key clients

Crave Interactive Limited

NetPay Solutions Limited

Fluorogenics Limited

Essential Information Group Limited

Morgan Innovation & Technology Limited

Smartlogic Semaphore Inc

Inner Eye Productions Limited

Aqua Cooling

Biogene Ltd

BTCSoftware Limited

Gill Group Companies

Hidalgo Limited

Intellectual Property Online and Web TMS Limited

SQLI Group

Eliga Services Limited

Kyocera SGS Europe Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of Fluorogenics Limited in relation to the sale of the entire issued share capital to New England Biolabs, Inc.
  • Advised Eliga Services on a licence for a new open banking platform and FCA authorizations.
  • Advising an IT service provider on a long-term multi-million pound platform licence with associated services and resale rights.

Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 3

Formed from a merger in 2020, the Richmond-based team at Moore Barlow is headed by ‘outstanding individual’ Anne Cassidy. Its complex workload includes claims involving brain, maternal and spinal injuries, including cauda equina syndrome; cerebral palsy; oncological, orthopaedic, ophthalmic, neurosurgical and endocrinological conditions; and infections of the central nervous system. A number of qualified medical professionals - including specialists in anaesthetics, orthopaedics and general medicine - are integrated into the team of lawyers, giving the practice a considerable medical expertise within the clinical negligence offering. It is developing a reputation for pursuing well founded claims in previously unchartered areas of law and medicine; Tim Spring and Sarah Stanton have had a particularly standout year, acting for the claimant in a high profile, landmark case brought under the Congenital Disabilities (Civil Liability) Act 1976.

Practice head(s):

Anne Cassidy

Other key lawyers:

Mala Sidebottom; Tim Spring; Sarah Stanton

Testimonials

‘Our initial conversation with the firm was handled with the utmost care and respect. Throughout the process Mala Sidebottom and the team were very supportive and communicative, taking extra care to better explain processes and paperwork.’

‘Mala Sidebottom was extremely supportive during my claim, and attentive throughout. We would like to thank her and her team again for all of their hard work and dedication.’

‘Mala Sidebottom – I enjoy working with her, she knows her stuff and is good with clients.’

‘Mala Sidebottom brings her medical experience to her work.’

‘Moore Barlow have the willingness to take on difficult cases and pursue them with great skill, in particular, by the allocation of the best-suited lawyers to the challenging claims.’

‘For me, the outstanding individual is Anne Cassidy. There is no better forensic approach found in clinical negligence than that provided by Anne. She explains truly complex medical issues in terms that clients can understand, and pursues cases that other lawyers would not even start.’

‘Mala Sidebottom is very communicative and approachable. She constantly actively thinks about cases, and keeps everything under review.’

‘Anne Cassidy is brilliant: tenacious, with a great forensic mind, she knows the medicine inside out and really pushes to achieve the very best result for her clients.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for the claimant in a landmark clinical negligence case brought under the Congenital Disabilities (Civil Liability) Act 1976, wherein a GP was found to have been negligent regarding potential conditions a child may develop, pre-conception.
  • Represented the claimant in a seven-figure settlement arising from delay in treatment of autoimmune encephalitis, which was achieved with input from the UK’s leading medical authority on this condition.
  • Acting for mother and child in a claim arising from catastrophic birth injury and serious psychiatric harm.

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 3

The large team at Moore Barlow works with a variety of landed estates, farmers, private landowners and equestrian businesses. With Sarah Jordan and Philip Whitcomb at the helm, the team advises on diverse issues relating to agricultural property, land development and high-value residential property. Edward Whittington is a Fellow of the Agricultural Law Association. Jordan has extensive experience in all aspects of rural property. Whitcomb specialises in agricultural succession planning, asset protection, farming partnerships and heritage law. Consultant Anita Symington is also well-regarded.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Jordan; Philip Whitcomb

Other key lawyers:

Edward Whittington; Anita Symington; Charlotte Brackley

Testimonials

‘The lawyers have given excellent advice with great diplomacy and understanding’.

‘A strong understanding of both the industry and the client’s businesses. Always keen to understand their clients’ businesses and objectives. Attentive and responsive. A true personal relationship and they feel part of our wider team’.

‘We have dealt almost entirely with Edward Whittington. He has given us exceptional advice and support dealing with potentially combustible family relationships‘.

‘Anita Symington. She is the perfect, rounded, solicitor for this type of work. Approachable, can explain the most technical points in plain English, focused on outcomes. She has unparalleled experience in agricultural work‘.

‘I have used the team for a number of property purchases and disposals. Their communication and availability around some fairly nuanced issues were exemplary’.

‘They have been excellent in listening to the challenges faced and respond to the actual question with great clarity and transparency of the options with great summaries of the advantages and risks of each path. It has been a refreshing experience as this has kept timeframes manageable and rework to a minimum‘.

Key clients

Cowdray Estate

The Grange Estate Hampshire

Work highlights

  • Advised Cowdray Estate – providing rural asset management legal support.
  • Advised The Grange Estate Hampshire – providing rural asset management support.

Insurance > Personal injury: claimant Tier 4

The London-based personal injury team at Moore Barlow is co-led by major trauma specialist Trevor Sterling and Damian Horan, who is experienced in dealing with both national and international claims. It has particular expertise in orthopaedic injuries and amputations, fatal accidents and severe brain injuries in adults and children; its expertise in the last of these areas is illustrated by panel membership on the Child Brain Injury Trust in London. In collaboration with Aspire Law, the team also acts on a considerable number of spinal injury cases. Amandeep Khasriya founded and chairs the firm’s diversity and inclusion committee, and is developing a strong reputation in the injury field, working exclusively on major trauma cases.

Practice head(s):

Damian Horan; Trevor Sterling

Other key lawyers:

Work highlights

  • Represented the claimant in a catastrophic spinal cord and brain injury claim, securing a £5m settlement in addition to extensive rehabilitation, care and adapted housing within the lifetime of the claim.

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.

Contacts:
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

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Managing Partner Edward Whittington
Partner & Chairman Helen Goatley
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Number of partners : 71 partners
Assistant solicitors and other lawyers : 196 lawyers and legal professionals