Firm Profile > Moore Barlow > Southampton, England

Moore Barlow
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Charities and not-for-profit Tier 1

Barlow Robbins LLP’s Guildford-based team are regularly called on to assist local and national charities and non-profit organisations with a range of matters, such as commercial and residential property and financial matters, data protection and regulatory issues. The 'very impressiveGordon Reid advises on the formation and registration of such organisation as well as constitutional and governance issues and  mergers.  Joanna Lada-Walicki is the key advisor for educational charities and schools and Helen Harvie also handles all aspects of charity law, structural and governance issues. Ben Collingwood and Scott Taylor are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Gordon Reid


‘Excellent knowledge of the charity sector and particularly swift response times.’

‘The team, led by Gordon Reid consistently provides well-thought out information which is clear, concise and appropriate.’

‘Gordon Reid has a wealth of experience and knowledge. He has a calm demeanour and takes time to understand clients’ needs and then give pragmatic useful advice.’


Key clients

Compassion International

Shooting Star Chase

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

Royal Grammar School, Guildford

The Meath Epilepsy Charity

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

The clinical negligence team at Moore Blatch LLP specialises in infectious diseases of the brain, neurosurgery, cauda equina syndrome, and rare endocrinological conditions. The team is led by Tim Spring and includes Maya Sushila, who handles complex catastrophic claims pertaining to gynaecological incidents. Other key members include Victoria Hydon, who handles neonatal deaths.

Practice head(s):

Tim Spring

Other key lawyers:


‘The clinical negligence team at Moore Blatch is probably unique in being the only Claimant team, that consists almost entirely of solicitors who previously undertook Defendant work. This background gives the team much greater insight in how to present claims successfully to the Defendants and to achieve a good outcome’.

‘The stars of the team are Tim Spring (head of clinical negligence), Maya Sushila, Mala Sidebottom, Sarah Stanton and Denise Deakin. Tim is a tenacious lawyer with vast experience. Maya, Mala, Sarah and Denise are skilled clinical negligence lawyers who care deeply about their clients, and who work tirelessly to resolve their claim. Mala has the benefit of being a qualified doctor’.

‘One of those smaller firms that does a fantastic job, quite the equal of large national firms’.

‘Maya Shushila is outstanding – careful, thorough, brings great intelligence and thought to the problems of a particular case’.

‘Excellent case selection due to depth and breadth of the knowledge of the medical field. Work directly with the Charitable sector to support clients’.

‘Tin Spring is an excellent person to work with’.

Commercial property: Hampshire Tier 1

In May 2018, Moore Blatch LLP merged with real estate firm Dempster Binning, which saw name partner Peter Dempster and Dawn Searles join the amalgamated commercial property team. Acquisitions and disposals of commercial property portfolios, property financing work and landlord and tenant transactions are notable mainstays of the work. The land development arm of the practice regularly acts for national housebuilders. Martin Duck is the team head. Luc Algar has specialist experience of acting for transport, logistics and marine sector clients.

Practice head(s):

Martin Duck

Other key lawyers:

Julian Parkes; Luc Algar; Charles Cantoni; Bernard Ralph, Lee Edwards, Stephen Ball; Peter Dempster; Dawn Searles


‘The commercial team are a very professional team who provide us the information and service we require as housebuilders in often ( whilst formal) a relaxed and considered approach.  They provide us the confidence and information we require need in order we can front acquisitions and often land assemblies in the best way from the start.  We have encountered several very difficult transactions of late and the expertise in getting these transactions to exchange have been a challenge to say the least.  Given the teams need to deliver a cradle to grave service, (acquisition to sale) there is little room for error and our regular meetings and telephone dialogue has played an important role in providing this’.

‘Stephen Ball & Janice Taylor continue to stand tall against tough competition within the commercial housebuilding industry’.


Key clients

Rosa’s London

Darwin & Wallace

Purlieu Construction Company


Wright & Bell

Almax Group

Foreman Homes

William Grant & Sons

Hampshire Homes Group

Commercial First

Albion & East

Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 1

The team at Barlow Robbins LLP combines expertise in commercial and residential acquisitions and disposals, secured lending and commercial landlord and tenant work. It attracts local regeneration work and handles  options, conditional contracts and promotion agreements. Helen Archibald oversees commercial property and Clare Andrews residential property work and Jo Farr is recommended  for her work with national retailers, investment landlords and property developers.

Practice head(s):

Helen Archibald; Clare Andrews

Other key lawyers:

Jo Farr; Daisy Waldren; Sara Abou-Jaoude


I have found the whole team approachable, very knowledgeable, quickly return calls and pro-active in offering solutions.’

Although a small team, they cover for each others well.’

They are really nice people to deal with.

Special mention to Jo Farr who led the team.’

Key clients

Svenska Handlesbanken

Lloyds Bank plc

Soaro Developments

Vapestore Retail Limited

The Halebourne Group

Magi Investments


NEP Visions Limited

Jetts 247 Limited

Genesis Real Estate

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

'Hard working, flexible and efficient', the contentious trusts and probate practice at Barlow Robbins LLP 'works extremely well under pressure'. The team has successfully built longstanding relationships with private individuals, often assisting the same family across several generations. Not-for-profit entities also feature on the firm's client roster. Clients benefit from the firm's ability to deliver cross-practice support, with contentious trusts and probate specialists working with the private wealth and tax team to advise on the most tax-efficient strategies for resolving probate disputes and succession issues arising from such disputes. Scott Taylor is the practice head. Another name to note is senior associate Lisa Green, who is experienced in contested Court of Protection matters. Jeremy Duffy departed for Mundays LLP  in October 2018.

Practice head(s):

Scott Taylor

Other key lawyers:


There is a clear focus on client needs; everything is done to ensure the client understands the procedure and the relevant laws and the client is given every opportunity to voice their opinions on the process’.

The firm is organised and meticulous when instructing counsel‘.

Real specialist knowledge in the field combined with extensive experience; a genuine match for private client firms in the City but with a more approachable atmosphere‘.

Scott Taylor and Senior Associate Lisa Green provide a city quality service at out-of-city prices. They are a really an excellent choice in the Guildford area‘.

They are very impressive in their ability to marshal the relevant issues and evidence in a case efficiently and they always seek to settle cases in an efficient, common sense and commercial fashion‘.

I have found all practitioners to be highly competent across all levels, from partner down to newly qualified solicitors‘.

They stand out from other instructing solicitors for their mastery of litigation in this field; they regularly handle complex and legally difficult matters with ease and provide practical, strategic advice‘.

The service offered is on a par with that offered by many London firms. The team is technically strong and a very attentive to the needs of its clients‘.

David Foster, as head of litigation, is an excellent leader. He is a low-stress operator, able to calm a nervous client and remind them of the bigger picture‘.

Scott Taylor is exceptional; his knowledge of the law is unparalleled and he has an excellent strategic view. He is practical, tireless and driven by the best interests of the client‘.

Lisa Green is a conscientious lawyer; she is approachable and always ensures that I have everything I need for a piece of work or hearing. Lisa is proactive in terms of case progression and deals effectively with the lay client‘.

Scott Taylor is highly experienced and great on detail. He has a real command of the facts and understands the specifics of a client’s case. He remains calm under stress‘.

Scott Taylor is highly experienced and has sound judgment. He is also very personable and easy to work with‘.

Senior associate Lisa Green is thorough, sensible and effective. She inspires confidence in her clients‘.

Lisa Green is highly capable and has a good sense of overall strategy in a case. Scott Taylor has technical pedigree but also huge commercial sense‘.

Scott Taylor a first class solicitor who cares passionately about his clients and their cases and provides a stellar service‘.

Scott Taylor has a fantastic mind and is a go-to solicitor for work in this area. He has developed a wealth of experience which makes him a very impressive litigator. He is tactical, clever and has exceptional judgment. I have also been impressed by his outstanding level of client care‘.

Senior associate Lisa Green is highly competent in her field and gives wise advice; she is a shrewd negotiator‘.

Solicitor Oliver Black is bright and talented – he is one to watch‘.

Corporate and commercial: Hampshire Tier 1

In addition to acting for entities in the technology, financial services and manufacturing & logistics sectors, Moore Blatch LLP generates work from private entrepreneurs. Its practice covers M&A, IPOs, private equity transactions, fundraisings, buy-ins and buy-outs. The team is experienced in assisting clients with strategic serial acquisitions. Peter Jeffery is sought out to act for management teams, with a primary focus on the tech sector. Dorothy Agnew is the name to note for IT contract work.

Practice head(s):

Roger Bailey

Other key lawyers:

Peter Jeffery; Jeremy Over; Dorothy Agnew; David Bright; Thomas Clark


‘They are more commercial than most lawyers and tend to focus on keeping legal ‘speak’ as simple as possible’.

‘Jeremy Over is ambitious and driven and genuinely wants to drive fast results’.

‘The team of Moore Blatch is outstanding in their response time and always right to the point’.


Key clients

ICS Group Holdings

Churchill Retirement

F.T.E Group

MCT Engineering

Peach Technologies

Venture Equity Partners

Excalibur Unified Communications

Motorcare Motor Factors

Family: Hampshire Tier 1

Matrimonial finance and children matters are cornerstones of Moore Blatch LLP's family practice, with the firm mainly acting for high net worth individuals. The firm has recently handled a significant number of cross-border mandates and maintains a notable reputation for wealth protection work. Team head Debra Emery specialises in the management of business and property portfolios upon divorce, particularly cases involving complex or unusual assets, such as farms and business structures. Associate Katy Barber is recommended for private law children issues.

Practice head(s):

Debra Emery

Other key lawyers:

Katy Barber; Sarah French


‘A strong family law team, with a wealth of experience at all levels’.

‘Debra Emery, Katy Barber and Sarah French have a thorough grasp of the law and give realistic advice. They are sensitive to their client’s needs and deal with cases with compassion’.

‘The team have strength in depth and they complement each other well’.

‘Debra Emery is highly competent and very experienced. Katy Barber is personable and relates well to clients. Sarah French is technically good and is a skilled mediator’.

‘Katy Barber dedicated to the core . Her professionalism and commitment to her clients is exceptional. She has been my skilled guide for three years taking me through all the twists and turns of my legal journey. Katy has certainly humanised the whole process for me . Thank goodness for her calm knowledgable approach ‘.

‘I have only ever worked directly with Sarah French, although I am very aware of the firm’s formidable reputation’.

‘ I have worked with Sarah French for a number of years, having been introduced to her when she was at Blake Morgan. Sarah’s attention-to-detail is second-to-none. She is meticulous, always striving to achieve the best for her clients. I am aware that Sarah’s practice is now predominantly ADR, accredited as a mediator and collaborative lawyer. Sarah’s direct, yet non-confrontational approach is perfectly suited to this work’.


Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 1

Barlow Robbins LLP offers an impressive breadth of work, from financial disputes involving overseas assets, businesses, trusts and pensions to children issues. The offering includes ADR methods and Hague Convention expertise (it has joined the International Child Abduction and Contact Unit). The team also counts four collaboratively trained lawyers and two mediators in its ranks. Judith Ball is especially singled out for her handling of complex finance and pensions disputes and Joanna Farrands heads the children team; she has obtained a Legal Aid contract for abduction work.

Practice head(s):

Judith Ball

Other key lawyers:

Joanna Farrands; Mandy Spring; Helen Habershon; Mari Magnussen


The firm gives excellent advice at an early stage which is sometimes hard to do. It also offer great value for money.’

They provided a service to navigate the court procedures expertly and the firm as a whole played a great part enabling this process, which was very long and expensive. You need great tact and confidence to bring such complicated family matters to a satisfactory conclusion and I was very grateful I found this combination at the firm.’

They have the expertise to serve a broad spectrum of clients‘.

Judith Ball is good –  she has built a formidable team‘.

Mari Magnussen is an excellent mediator‘.

Joanna Farrands is very realistic and knows how to get the job done, she steered me through a difficult process.’

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Led by specialist insolvency lawyer Heather Dobson, the insolvency and restructuring team at Moore Blatch LLP's Southampton office has rapidly grown its client base and volume of instructions over the last 12 months, doubling its turnover and exceeding its targets. The team undertakes the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious restructuring and risk advisory work. The team is also able to work in many complementary areas that cross over into insolvency, including financial services, banking and professional negligence, charity, property, family and probate.

Practice head(s):

Heather Dobson

Other key lawyers:

Heather Dobson; Rebecca Chaplin; Lisa Saxby


‘Moore Blatch has one of the strongest Insolvency Teams on the South Coast and are able to assist with all matters and involving the wider team where necessary.  The team are approachable, knowledgeable and friendly.  It is always a pleasure working with them’.

‘Heather Dobson is exceptionally knowledgeable and able to deal with clients in a friendly and confident manner to reach the desired outcome’.

‘They have been there, seen it and done it.  Not phased by any complexity.  A real can-do attitude.  Brutally competent.  I have a work referrer who is an extremely hard taskmaster.  Once he used Moore Blatch he refuses to even contemplate any other solicitors’.

‘Supremely competent, value for money, can-do attitude and very nice people with it’.

‘Moore Blatch are able to demonstrate a very professional and competent approach to matters, whilst also having a very friendly, warm and engaging manner with clients. That’s not an easy balance and is not a balance always emulated by other firms’.

‘Beckie Chaplin provides a no-nonsense approach, whilst demonstrating a fantastic ability to work with and positively influence stakeholders at all levels to engage and move towards the desired outcome. Lisa Saxby is technically excellent and her skilful endeavours at working with opponents and those on the periphery of proceedings have brought great results’.

Key clients

Begbies Traynor

CVR Global

James Cowper Kreston



Moore Stephens




Smith and Williamson

Personal injury: claimant Tier 1

Moore Blatch LLP deals with severe brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, complex musculoskeletal injuries, and other fatal accidents. Under the leadership of Damian Horan, the team has handled numerous multimillion-pound matters pertaining to serious brain injuries. Fadwa Errhioui is an increasingly visible adviser in the personal injury field and is building a reputation for securing rehabilitation and settlements for her clients. Another name to note is Richmond-based Trevor Sterling, who has a focus on trauma cases.

Practice head(s):

Damian Horan; Trever Sterling; Matthew Claxson

Other key lawyers:

Fadwa Errhioui; James Glasper; Martin Usher


‘Matthew Claxson stands out as an exceptionally committed solicitor, who is both commercially astute and driven to ensure the best outcome possible for his clients’.

‘Despite having offices across the UK, to my mind, the South East Moore Blatch team remains focused on serving their local community.  As a result, they provide the high-end legal services associated with national firms but tailored to the needs of their clients.  The quality of members in the team is extremely good and I would have no hesitation recommending them to friends and family’.

‘Matthew Claxson: a calm and focussed litigator who gets the best from his team to deliver for his clients but who also does much for the wider field of personal injury at large. Always goes the extra mile’.

‘A top notch regional firm and a leader in its field in SE England’.

‘They are all extremely committed to getting the best possible result for their clients’.

‘Matthew Claxson is phenomenally hard-working and has beaten market-leading rivals in beauty parades by some very demanding clients. His commitment to securing the best outcomes for his clients is unrivaled’.

Agriculture and estates Tier 2

Moore Blatch LLP’s rural services sector team deals with a wide range of matters across private client, property, land development, planning, litigation, employment and family and company structures. The client portfolio includes owners of landed estates, farms, large country homes, polo and horse racing businesses, stud farms and veterinary practices. Sarah Jordan heads the practice in Southampton. Ed Whittington in Southampton and Phillip Whitcomb in Lymington office are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Jones

Other key lawyers:

Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 2

Barlow Robbins LLP acts for national and international clients and individuals on a comprehensive range of employment matters ranging from the employment aspects of M&A deals to employment tribunal and High Court claims involving issues such as disability discrimination and whistleblowing. David Ludlow has especially broad expertise; Joanna Lada–Walicki and Ben Collingwood focus on education- and charities-related work and the much appreciated senior associate Michelle Tudor takes on discrimination, maternity, paternity and other family-related issues especially in the education sector.

Practice head(s):

David Ludlow


We have found Barlow Robbins to be knowledgeable, realistic and extremely human in their dealings with us.’

I have always found Barlow Robbins to provide a professional but accessible service. We regularly attend briefings and updates hosted by Barlow Robbins.  These provide great insight into legislative updates and case law and give practical applications of law for employers to take away and implement.

David Ludlow has been very responsive on all employment matters providing very good advice and support. In addition, there is a clear  understanding of our business and the need to build effective long term relationships.’

Senior associate Michelle Tudor has dealt with a range of employment matters and has brought her knowledge both of the law and the education sector to the forefront.’

Michelle Tudor’s questioning is brilliant and is able to pull the key and relevant points and themes from what can be an overly emotive area. We have learnt a lot from her approach. She has a calm and collected approach to everything and always manages to reassure and guide in a balanced manner – and is committed to achieving the best possible outcome for us.’

Key clients

Pinnacle Foods Limited

Explore Learning Limited

Wey Education PLC

Midatech Pharma PLC

ACG Europe

Nyman Resourcing Limited

Focus 21 Limited

ENS Recruitment Limited

D4T4 Solutions PLC

Plum Products Limited

Health Tier 2

Moore Blatch LLP focuses its healthcare practice on individuals, providing a wide range of services for those with care and support needs. The practice  acts on behalf of adults and children, as well as working on Court of Protection matters. Tim Spring heads the overall healthcare practice, and is particularly focused on clinical negligence matters, while Mea North heads the community care team following Paula Barnes' departure for Lester Aldridge LLP in January 2019.

Practice head(s):

Tim Spring

Other key lawyers:

Health and safety Tier 2

Moore Blatch LLP is best known for its work defending fatal and serious injury cases, particularly within the construction, manufacturing, food and drink and transport industries. Regulatory expert David Thompson is the key advisor for clients seeking representation in investigations by the Health and Safety Executive or defence when faced with serious violation offences.

Practice head(s):

David Thompson

IT and telecoms Tier 2

Moore Blatch LLP provides a wide range of commercial IT services, and is noted for its particular expertise in data analytics, often advising clients in relation to new and emerging technologies in the sector. The practice also advises on data protection, outsourcing and framework and re-seller agreements for technology providers. Dorothy Agnew has a broad commercial IT practice, while practice head John Warchus is the president of pan-European technology law network, the IP and IT Law Group.

Practice head(s):

John Warchus

Other key lawyers:

Dorothy Agnew; Sarah Crookall; Jasnoop Cheema


‘Moore Blatch’s team has great response time and their reply is always straight forward with deep inside knowledge’.

‘John Warchus is our primary contact. He is easy to reach, always competent and a great team leader – in brief: A TMT legal rockstar!’.



Key clients

Bytes Technology Group UK

Core Technology Systems (UK)

Best Invest (Brokers) and Tilney Bestinvest Group

Intellectual Property Online / Web TMS

Kyocera SGS Precision Tools Europe

NAK Consulting Services

Cluttons LLP

Datamatics Business Solutions

Box-It Data Management

Talisman Innovations

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Hampshire Tier 2

Moore Blatch LLP's diverse client roster includes SME business owners, high net worth individuals, trustees, attorneys and deputies. Its team has expertise in business property relief and care fees planning, and also advises on asset protection and complex tax planning matters. Team head Phillip Whitcomb is an expert in issues specific to clients in rural and farming communities. The firm also has a specialist sub-division which focuses on Court of Protection work; Fiona Heald is recommended in this space. Carla Brown departed for Ellis Jones Solicitors LLP.

Practice head(s):

Philip Whitcomb

Other key lawyers:

Alison Lloyd; Fiona Heald; Matthew Billingsley; Peter Stagg; Kate Marsh

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

Barlow Robbins LLP has a long-established practice serving local, national and international clients with estate planning, trust matters and Court of Protection work and is especially known for its expertise in dealing with complex wills and probate. Tim Adams and Scott Taylor advise on trusts, tax and wealth management, assisting high-net-worth individuals and their families on estate planning and probate. Alexandra Milton is one of the team's senior associates who is noted for her broad private client expertise.

Practice head(s):

Tim Adams

Other key lawyers:


The are very engaging with clients and have identified the value of including different professionals in client review meetings.’

Alexandra Milton is personable and demonstrates her knowledge and solutions in a relaxed environment.’

Property litigation Tier 2

Moore Blatch LLP's contentious property work is managed by the asset recovery & dispute resolution team. Its client roster includes property developers, landowners and banks and lenders. Sarah Watley heads up the asset recovery litigation and sales teams, which are active in commercial and residential landlord and tenant matters. Mortgage repossessions are another key area of specialisation. Chris Marsden heads the real estate litigation team, while Thomas Middlehurst works on complex boundary disputes.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Watley

Other key lawyers:


‘In relation to our experience with Moore Blatch we found them to be very professional, knowledgeable and coupled with a realistic and practical approach’.

‘Thomas Middlehurst conducted our case in a professional, realistic and practical manor. Despite the continuous threatening bravado and bluster from the claimant’s solicitor, Mr Middlehurst’s responses were always professional rather than emotional. Mr Middlehurst had the ability to take the emotion out of the issue and was always realistic in his communication of the potential outcome scenarios’.

Key clients

Commercial First Business Limited

Sidha Investments Limited

Richmond Charities

Commercial litigation: Hampshire Tier 3

Rob Evans leads the commercial litigation department at Moore Blatch LLP. The team primarily handles commercial and IP-related disputes for larger SMEs, owner-managed businesses and entrepreneurial private clients. Disputes arising from corporate transactions are a key area of expertise, specifically warranty claims and restrictive covenant disputes. Claire Haverfield is recommended.

Practice head(s):

Rob Evans

Other key lawyers:

Mark Osgood; Claire Haverfield; Andrew Reid; Marina Clinnick


‘The team is led by particularly strong commercial and highly technical lawyers in the shape of Mark Osgood and Sarah Watley along with Rob Evans. They are supported by a number of equally excellent technical more junior lawyers. They also have a relatively unique litigation funding offering called Escalate’.

‘Mark Osgood is a good technical lawyer, extremely commercial and brilliant at dealing with clients and opponents alike’.

‘Sarah Watley is a very good technical lawyer, also very robust and commercial’.

‘Andrew Reid is one of the brightest and most technically able solicitors I have come across.  A real details person.  Also good tactically, in litigation’.

Key clients

Creation Flooring


Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 3

Barlow Robbins LLP is known for its focus on the life sciences and technology sectors, serving SMEs, AIM-listed companies, private equity houses, schools and charities. It combines its corporate skills with practices in tax, employment and real estate and includes expertise in complex share buyback transactions. Mark Lucas' extensive experience includes a focus on mergers in the education sector and associates Ian McDonald and Graham Jewel, who trained at City firms, and Matthew Devine, assist on a range of M&A transactions and corporate matters. The team has been enlarged with the hire of corporate partner Tim Matthews from Brown Rudnick LLP in mid-2018.

Practice head(s):

Mark Lucas


I really appreciate that the team is local, but has international experience.’

I greatly valued their integrity and timely responses.’

Matthew Devine is as sharp as a razor and completely dedicated to his job.  I found him very easy to work with.  Always several steps ahead looking at every angle and very fast to respond during and outside office hours.’

Key clients

Lifelines Limited


AFC Bournemouth

OLM Systems

Motion Consultants

A&DC Group


NEP Visions

Veriton Pharma

The Federation of Racecourse Bookmakers

Debt recovery Tier 3

Moore Blatch LLP handles debt offering ranges from advising on pre-issue recovery, issuing claims in the County Court and High Court and enforcement of judgements. Associates Peter Worrall and Susannah Marsh are the main practitioners and have a strong track-record in trade debt collection and working with letting agencies and landlords in the collection of rent arrears.

Practice head(s):

Peter Worrall

Other key lawyers:


‘Moore Blatch provides us with debt recovery services when standard collection methods have failed. They take the time to understand how our business works in order to find the best solution and litigation methods to apply. The team always answer our queries in a timely manner and help us through challenging litigation cases.’

‘Peter Worrall’s approach is friendly and welcoming, adapting his litigation language to meet our requirements. We have built a trusted relationship with Peter.’

Key clients

Tetnet Communication Services LLP

Octopus Property

Futurebuild Recruitment Limited

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Education Tier 3

Moore Blatch LLP focuses on individuals dealing with the education sector, acting primarily for parents and guardians. The firm predominantly works on special educational needs issues and frequently represents clients in SEN tribunal proceedings. it also handles exclusion and school choice matters. Former practice head Erin Smart departed the firm for Irwin Mitchell in November 2018, while former team member Janata Ali rejoined to head the team from Boyes Turner.

Practice head(s):

Janata Ali

Employment: Hampshire Tier 3

Moore Blatch LLP is known for assisting clients operating in the technology, advertising, media, financial services and hospitality sectors. Its practice covers the employment aspects of corporate transactions, unfair dismissal claims, reorganisations and restructurings, and senior executive terminations. Katherine Maxwell, who leads the group, advises employers and senior executives.

Practice head(s):

Katherine Maxwell

Other key lawyers:

Naomi Greenwood; Emma Edis

Key clients

No 1 Lounges

Southern Communications

Monarch Laundry

Chichester Trees and Shrubs

SKS Business Services

Stable Family Home Trust

ICS Group Holdings

Peach Technologies

Intellectual property Tier 3

Barlow Robbins LLP practices across all areas of IP law, including patents, and is a key name in the Surrey market.  The firm also works on cross-border matters, particularly those involving the US, and acts for clients operating in a wide range of sectors. Of counsel Laurie Heizler leads the IP team, and is particularly experienced in licencing work as well as contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Laurie Heizler

Key clients

Veriton Pharma Limited

Kallo Foods Limited

Volume Limited

Reconnaissance International Limited

Ci-Pod Limited

Vision Engineering Limited

Kyanmedia Limited

Digitop Limited

Pragmatic DLT

Brainstorm Limited

Professional negligence Tier 3

Barlow Robbins LLP's negligence team handles a wide array of claimant work for high-net-worth individuals, with a particular focus on bringing claims against solicitors, banks and financial services providers. David Foster is a key figure in the practice group and brings a blend of his litigation expertise to professional negligence claims. Scott Taylor is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

David Foster

Other key lawyers:


Most helpful and confidence-inspiring.

The team is warm and friendly while maintaining a very professional approach to the job in hand.’

They are effective communicators and give quick responses, making sure I am in the loop at all times.


Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex Tier 4

David Foster, who leads the dispute resolution team at Barlow Robbins LLP, combines being an accredited mediator with litigation, acting for corporates and private clients on a range of disputes, often with an international dimension. He is also an expert on Judicial Reviews. Scott Taylor undertakes contentious trusts and estates work and Graham Scott, who has joined the team from Shakespeare Martineau LLP, has a similar focus. The team handles contractual disputes in myriad sectors including insurance, education and retail.

Practice head(s):

David Foster

Other key lawyers:

Scott Taylor; Chris Darvill; Graham Scott; Chris Darvill

Key clients

Mr Graham Nyman and Mrs Linda Nyman

CNK Alliance Limited

Commshare Limited

Kallo Foods Limited

Top rated state boarding school for pupils aged 11 – 18

Aspen Insurance UK and HCC International Insurance Company plc

Walberton Parish Council

Alfie Evans

JIC Suit Limited

Education: schools Tier 2

Barlow Robbins LLP acts for an impressive roster of clients which includes several high-profile schools. Led by the 'exceptionalJoanna Lada-Walicki, the team combines charity and education law expertise to cover a wide range of education matters, including employment issues, mergers, commercial contracts and governance. Ben Collingwood has a focus on safeguarding and pastoral care issues.

Practice head(s):

Joanna Lada-Walicki

Other key lawyers:

Ben Collingwood; Gordon Reid


Ben Collingwood is outstanding in his measured advice, wise counsel and ability to analyse situations with great clarity and perception at great speed.

Barlow Robbins’ education and charities department is exceptional due to key partners such as Joanna Lada Walicki, who is exceptional and outstanding in her advice, experience, professionalism, and value for money.’

Joanna Lada-Walicki is an expert in employment law and has worked for a long time in this sector. She understands the sector very well from all angles and gives excellent advice.’

‘Joanna Lada-Walicki is very diligent, very supportive and provides much-valued help and advice.’

Gordon Reid is very helpful and provided very tailored advice when needed.’

Key clients


West Buckland School

Boarding Schools’ Association

Independent Schools Examinations Board

Eastbourne College

Bede’s School

Hurstpierpoint College

Seaford College

Lewes Old Grammar School

Prior’s Field School

Family: mediation Tier 2

Karen Barham at Barlow Robbins LLP continues to be one of the ‘go-to’ mediators involving both children and finance cases where there is an international element. In 2018 Barham qualified in the Hybrid Model and has qualified as a parenting co-ordinator.

Practice head(s):

Judith Ball

Other key lawyers:


‘Karen Barham is a very competent and capable mediator. She is a fantastic communicator and is able to manage stressful and emotional situations by bringing calm and focus‘.

Karen Barham is a very experienced and fair mediator‘.

‘Karen Barham is an exceptionally versatile mediator who can bring an unflappable and considered approach to even the most challenging cases‘.

Karen Barham is very approachable and has a  pragmatic approach, which gets results‘.

Karen Barham is one of the most experienced mediators in the country . Highly responsive and with excellent communication skills‘.

‘Karen Barham is a very proactive and successful mediator.  She is invariably successful in getting positive results in the meditations she undertakes, even in the most challenging cases‘.

Karen Barham has always had a strong reputation and is an experienced mediator‘.

Karen Barham has a fantastic, no nonsense, humorous manner, a great knowledge of the law from her years of practice as a family lawyer before specialising in mediation and an ability to think laterally and out of the box to achieve resolution‘.

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 3

Moore Blatch LLP fields a team with an unparalleled success rate settling an array of high-value claims arising from clinical negligence. Practice head and neurological injury specialist Anne Cassidy provides key support to Tim Spring, who oversees both the Richmond and Southampton offices. Cerebral palsy is an area of particular expertise for the department, which is also adept at handling cases involving neurosurgery, cauda equina syndrome, as well as infectious diseases of the brain and endocrine conditions.

Practice head(s):

Tim Spring; Anne Cassidy

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Stanton


‘Excellent case selection due to depth and breadth of the knowledge of the medical field. Work directly with the Charitable sector to support clients.’

‘Tim Spring is an excellent person to work with’.

‘Always found them to be very professional’.

‘Very thorough and personable to deal with’.

‘Moore Blatch quickly got back to me about my case after several solicitors had not answered. Once they took the case I was kept informed on progress, always in a helpful and courteous way. I was quite satisfied with the outcome of the case’.

‘Tim Spring – Quick response to my initial inquiry, clearly an immediate insight of valid case Mala Sidebottom Very good conduct of the whole case start to finish Amie Ketteridge Lowe Excellent communication with frequent updates on case progress’.

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