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Sherrards Solicitors LLP

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141853 ST ALBANS 17
London, St Albans

Barney Laurence

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Sherrards Solicitors LLP

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Dispute Resolution & Commercial Litigation


Partner in the commercial litigation and dispute resolution department, handling all types of commercial disputes, specialising in actions involving High Court injunctions and injunction-related litigation, in particular in the recruitment and franchising sectors, with a particular niche in restrictive covenant cases. The majority of Barney’s work involves High Court litigation and mediation. Barney is very active in the recruitment sector and heads-up the firm’s recruitment division. On the franchising side, clients include Headmasters, Winkworth Plc, Chips Away, Property Search Group, Countrywide, Pirtek and Stagecoach, and Barney had particular success in the widely-reported High Court case of PSG Franchising Ltd v Lydia Darby Ltd [2012], a case involving breaches of restrictive covenants. High-profile cases in the Court of Appeal, House of Lords and Supreme Court include TRM Copy Centres (UK) Limited and others v Lanwall Services Limited [2009], where Barney guided the claimant to success, obtaining a landmark ruling that defined the meaning of what can be considered a ‘consumer hire agreement’, and he also represented Alan Beesley at the Supreme Court stage in the widely-publicised “barn case”, involving a building constructed as a dwelling house but disguised as a barn. Clients remark that Barney 'acts with extreme diligence and speed, leaving no stone unturned'; that he '…offers practical advice and offers clarity in what can be emotionally charged circumstances'; and that his 'considered judgement and expertise has been invaluable over the years'. Further, clients comment that 'He's professional, ethical and effective. His advice is realistic and based on expert knowledge.'


Qualified October 2004 at City-based firm Wedlake Saint. Joined Sherrards in April 2005; promoted to Associate in 2011.

South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx

Within: Next Generation Partners

Barney Laurence - Sherrards Solicitors LLP

Within: Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx

Sherrards Solicitors LLP’s litigation practice has a far-reaching international scope and handles complex cross-border and multi-jurisdictional matters with a focus on Russia, Ukraine and the CIS, China, North America and French-speaking countries. In the UK, the practice is best known for its expertise in the recruitment sector. Major fraud, financial services-related investigations, franchising, retail and banking-related litigation, debt recovery and insolvency, white collar crime and asset finance litigation are other areas of strength. Paul Marmor heads the practice. Barney Laurence, who was made partner in March 2018, and CIS specialist Marta Grieve are other names to note.

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