New Top 100 firm represents regional powerhouse with unique specialisms and significant strength in private client, property and personal injury
SOUTHAMPTON and GUILDFORD (1 May 2020): Top 100 UK law firm Moore Barlow has launched today as a combined firm, as a result of the successful merger between Moore Blatch and Barlow Robbins. The combination establishes a new regional powerhouse firm with a significant geographic footprint across the South East, serving clients across the UK and internationally.
In terms of clients, Moore Barlow is focused primarily on meeting the needs of owners and leaders of fast-moving organisations and businesses, private individuals & families, and people whose lives have been affected by serious accidents or negligence. Each of these groups require relationship-oriented legal advisors who are dedicated to helping them find the best path for their circumstances, be that exciting new business opportunities or complex and challenging situations – a focus and approach which will set Moore Barlow apart in the marketplace.
The firm boasts some of the largest and most comprehensive teams of legal advisors in areas such as private client, personal injury, clinical negligence and property. In addition, Moore Barlow has a number of renowned specialisms which include Charities & Not-for-Profits, Agriculture & Rural Affairs, Land Development, and its nationally ranked Independent Schools practice.
Moore Barlow has a combined turnover of almost £40 million, putting it well within the roster of the UK’s top 100 law firms. The new firm comprises 69 partners, 272 lawyers and legal professionals, and a total staff of nearly 500 across six UK offices (Guildford, London, Lymington, Richmond, Southampton, and Woking).
Ed Whittington, managing partner of Moore Barlow, said:
“Bringing together two terrific firms into an even greater, more ambitious and more comprehensive offering for our clients and communities has been an exciting journey, despite the challenging times in which we are all operating. Moore Barlow is one of very few firms with the breadth, depth and resources to meet all the needs of our core client groups, and we firmly believe that our people-led approach will set us apart. We have purposefully created a meaningful governance structure and given many of our partners and employees important parts to play in driving the future of our new firm.”
The new firm is structured around five key divisions:
- Businesses & Organisations – led by Mark Lucas and Peter Jeffery
- Property – led by Helen Archibald and Luc Algar
- Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence – led by Trevor Sterling, Damian Horan and Anne Cassidy
- Individuals & Family – led by Jan Galloway, Tim Adams and Joanna Farrands
- Dispute Resolution – led by David Foster and Heather Dobson
Helen Goatley, chairman of Moore Barlow, added:
“As we have moved rapidly, along with the rest of the world, to remote working, we are more convinced than ever that we are stronger together. I have seen that strength already translate into tangible, valuable benefits for both our staff and for our clients. The very fact that we have managed to complete this merger, taking our people with us all the way in the midst of such challenging circumstances, is a testament to the enthusiasm, hard work and commitment of everyone in the Moore Barlow family. We look forward to a bright, ambitious future.”