Joanna Lada-Walicki > Moore Barlow > Guildford, England > Lawyer Profile

Moore Barlow


Joanna is a very experienced lawyer. She has particular expertise in advising and guiding independent schools on all areas of employment law as well as parent/school contracts, policies and procedures (including regulatory requirements), child protection and parental complaints. She is a regular speaker at seminars and conferences, runs training programmes and writes articles on a wide range of topics.


Worked for a number of years with Richards Butler (now Reed Smith) in the City and for Charles Russell in Guildford.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Public sector > Education: schools

(Leading individuals)

Joanna Lada-WalickiMoore Barlow

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.

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

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.