Sarah Watley > Moore Barlow > Southampton, England > Lawyer Profile

Moore Barlow
SO53 3TG

Work Department

Banks and lenders


Sarah is a partner and head of the firm’s banks and lenders team. She specialises in residential and commercial possession claims, property litigation, shortfall claims, debt recovery and professional negligence litigation. Her clients are major financial lenders and mortgage providers whom she supports with quick responses and no-nonsense legal advice that helps them recover their money quickly and cost-effectively.

She provides a high level of personal service to my clients, based on a detailed understanding of their business priorities and what they want to achieve. Sarah’s clients have the reassurance of knowing that she is involved with every aspect of the work, and that the process will be completed as quickly, thoroughly and efficiently as possible.


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Lawyer Rankings

South East > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Hampshire

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.

South East > Dispute resolution > Debt recovery

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.

South East > Real estate > Property litigation

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.