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Moore Barlow

Work Department

Commercial property.


I lead the charities team. I work with charities and independent schools of all shapes and sizes, advising on all aspects of charity law and practice – initial formation and registration, day-to-day advice on constitutional and governance issues, mergers, dealing with charity property and dissolution. I regularly run training sessions for trustees and governors, helping them to better understand their role and responsibilities.

I seek to get to know my clients well, to understand their priorities and challenges. I serve as a trustee for a number of faith-based organisations and two of Guildford’s oldest charities, this hands-on experience enables me to give practical advice to clients.


Trained Moore & Blatch; qualified 1987; property department, Southampton 1987-92; partner Reid MacPherson 1992-97; Barlow Robbins LLP 1997-2001; partner 2001 to date.


French, German.


Law Society.


Royal School, Dungannon; Southampton University (1984 2(1)); College of Law.


Tennis, golf, food and wine, travel, local Church.

Lawyer Rankings

South East > Private client > Charities and not-for-profit

(Leading individuals)

Gordon ReidMoore Barlow

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.

London > Public sector > Education: schools

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.