Moore Barlow managing partner recognised for game-changing merger

Ed Whittington, managing partner of law firm, Moore Barlow, has been recognised as one of the legal industry’s leading figures by The Lawyer magazine.

The Lawyer’s annual Hot 100 recognises excellence in the sector and this year represents a diverse mix of legal professionals – including those who are working to better the legal profession by making it more sophisticated, more innovative, more diverse and more fair.

Ed has been recognised for spearheading what the magazine describes as the “game-changing merger” between Southampton and London-based Moore Blatch and Surrey-based Barlow Robbins in the midst of a global pandemic. The move created Moore Barlow, a new Top 100 firm with significant specialisms including private client, property and personal injury.

He is also commended for his ambition “to build a City-style firm, with the level of expertise and confidence that this suggests, but in the regions,” as well as his people-first approach to firm culture and commitment to diversity and inclusion: “Moore Barlow is not simply just another corporate law firm. It has a 50:50 male/female equity partner ratio along with a high proportion of part-time female equity partners.”

It’s fantastic to be recognised amongst such a diverse and talented group of legal professionals. I truly believe we’ve created a firm that not only delivers an excellent service to all of our clients, but one that creates positive outcomes for our people too. We want to be a firm where people can grow, where they have the opportunity to develop a sustainable career within the legal industry and we believe that our people-first approach is a genuine point of difference within the sector. We’re proud to have built a culture of excellence and support from our home here in the South East.

Managing Partner, Ed Whittington

Moore Barlow began trading on 1 May 2020 and the firm employs nearly 500 people across the South of England, with offices in Southampton, Guildford, Woking and Lymington, as well as two locations in London (Richmond and the City).