The Grange Hampshire – Redefining Arcadia

Looking after our history There is something about an English historic house that captures our imagination. We are steeped in heritage in the UK and we love our costume dramas that give us a glimpse of life in Jacobean or Elizabethan England. But running these stately homes is an expensive business. Over the last two […]

Agricultural tenancy reform update

In an earlier edition of Rural News, we considered the proposals put forward in the Defra Consultation Paper on Agricultural tenancies. The most controversial of these proposals were: for AHA tenancies to be assignable by a Tenant at a premium where no eligible successor remained; the extension of the category of eligible relatives to include […]

Family law and property transactions – unregistered land

As family lawyers, we work closely with colleagues in other teams to provide expertise to our clients going through relationship or marital break-up. This work could relate to company affairs, or ensuring our separating clients have their Wills and estate planning in order. Such matters often involve our property team. In most relationship breakdowns there’s […]

Holiday time for stamp duty

In his Summer Statement the Chancellor announced a temporary reduction in residential stamp duty land tax (SDLT) rates in England and Northern Ireland. The reduction applies to contracts exchanged between 8 July 2020 and 11.59pm, 31 March 2021. It means that the nil-band rate (below which no SDLT is payable) is increased from £125,000 to […]

Rural news – Issue two

Welcome to the second issue of our rural newsletter, I am delighted to report that our Rural Services team achieved Band 1 status for Agriculture and Rural Affairs work in the legal directories, Chambers & Partners and Tier 1 status for Agriculture and Estates work in the national Legal 500 rankings of top teams. It’s […]

Olu Falua

Residential Development Acquisitions and Disposals Real Estate Finance I am a Senior Associate Solicitor in the Land Development Team, based in the Southampton office. I qualified as a solicitor in 2006 and prior to joining Moore Barlow in February 2020 have worked in a variety of roles in both commercial and residential property and in […]

Real Estate 4

They are a very commendable firm – they are available when needed and help clients understand difficult notions.

Real Estate 3

They are very professional, they give prompt, good advice and they have very good resourcing.

Commercial property and development

At Moore Barlow, property is at the core of what we do. Our expert lawyers work collaboratively across anetwork of offices in the City of London, Richmond, Lymington, Guildford, Woking and Southampton. We can provide advice on areas including property investment, development, finance, lending, planning, lettings, management and disposals.

Real Estate 2

A strong presence in the South. High quality team with excellent high net worth client base.

Real Estate 1

Moore Barlow punch well above their weight in terms of real estate litigation, dealing with complex disputes on behalf of large nationally and internationally recognisable clients. They are able to compete favourably with much bigger firms including City firms. The team take a commercial approach, recognising the value in early strategic advice in achieving their […]

Commercial Property 3

Easy to approach. All round professional team who clearly enjoy what they do and display good interaction between their respective colleagues/departments.

Commercial Property 2

The Southampton team is competent, excellent at working to deadlines, approachable. Typically very close to quote.

Commercial Property 1

The firm has a fantastic array of staff displaying competence in all manner of legal issues. Moore Barlow is a firm I would choose to use over many others due to their approach to the work undertaken.

Restructuring a family business for the third generation

Moore Barlow has many clients who are family businesses. From entrepreneurial investment vehicles, to landed estates and rural businesses, to thriving privately-owned software and manufacturing companies, we walk alongside our clients as they hand down their businesses through their generations, helping them to flourish, change, restructure and take advantage of opportunities, capital injections, tax and […]

Moore Barlow advises Inland Homes on two major deals

Partners Mark Grant and Richard Hughes lead team on transactions in Hertfordshire and Staines worth £56.1m. Moore Barlow has advised regarding two major transactions announced today by Inland Homes plc, a leading brownfield developer, housebuilder and partnership housing company with a focus on the South and South-East of England.   The first deal saw Inland […]

Coronavirus: real estate disputes

If you have a dispute concerning property or land, then strategic advice at the earliest stage can help you resolve issues.  Landlords and tenants are both becoming increasingly concerned about maintaining their respective obligations under leases and – if possible – avoiding them. The situation is changing rapidly and the government is seeking to react […]

Daisy Waldren

Commercial property I advise private individuals, pension funds, banks, owner manager businesses and SMEs on all aspects of commercial property work, including landlord and tenant related matters, development work, property finance and securities work, freehold and leasehold sales and acquisitions and portfolio management. I pride myself on offering prompt, pragmatic, cost effective legal advice and […]

Lewis Young

Commercial property I am an associate solicitor in the commercial property department, dealing with all aspects of landlord and tenant work, acquisitions and disposals, secured lending, and development. Before joining Barlow Robbins LLP, now Moore Barlow LLP, I have had 5 years’ experience in Property Law dealing with a broad range of transactions. I take […]

Graham Wilson

Real estate Property law I undertake all aspects of property law including the acquisition, letting and disposal of commercial and residential land and buildings. Broadly my clients are property companies, occupational tenants, developers or investors. I have also acted for a number of foreign clients buying either residential or commercial property for own occupation or […]

Verity Mount

I am a trainee solicitor in my final seat in the commercial property team. I primarily support other solicitors, working within a team for six months at a time. I gain valuable experience working within a range of different teams at Moore Barlow, supporting them in providing the high level of service that our clients […]

Sam Ho

Commercial property Landlord and tenant I am a solicitor in the commercial property department. I assist clients with all aspects of commercial property transactions, including landlord and tenant work, acquisitions and disposals and secured lending. I take the time to understand my clients’ business and consider their priorities and concerns. I take pride in my […]

Katherine Matheson

Landlord and tenant Freehold and leasehold I have worked as Commercial Property lawyer for over 10 years gaining experience of landlord and tenant work including complex conditional agreements for lease; freehold and leasehold acquisitions and disposals including auction sales and portfolio management. My approach is to provide prompt and practical advice underpinned by an understanding […]

Victoria McDonagh

Commercial property I help clients with their commercial property needs, be it acting for a company moving into new office premises, a high street retailer taking a shop lease, or a manufacturer seeking new factory premises. I act for both tenants and landlords ranging from start ups through to investors with a property portfolio which […]

Jo Farr

Property sales and acquisitions Commercial leases Land development Property finance My role at Moore Barlow is to head the commercial property team. I have worked as a property lawyer for over 15 years building up technical know how and wide connections with property professionals both locally and further afield. My work usually involves one or […]

Helen Archibald

Commercial property law Residential property law My role is chair of the real estate division at Moore Barlow.  I have practised in property law, both commercial and residential, for more than 30 years, acting for a wide range of clients, from property investors, developers and banks to owner occupiers and private landowners. These days most […]

Mark Grant

Site acquisition and disposals Strategic option agreements Promotion agreements Joint venture and collaboration agreements Development agreements I am a partner in the firm’s land development team with expertise in all aspects of land development, but particularly site acquisition and disposal. I act for private and publicly owned housebuilders and property developers.  I also act for […]

Delver Punia

I am a trainee solicitor. I primarily support other solicitors, working within a team for six months at a time. I gain valuable experience working within a range of different teams at Moore Barlow, supporting them in providing the high level of service that our clients have come to expect. Whether working directly with clients […]

Mark Barratt

Residential Sales and Purchases (Leasehold and Freehold) Re-mortgages Right to Buy Help to Buy I started working in residential property in 2002 after completing my Law degree. I have spent most of my time working in the Hampshire area but have dealt with residential properties ranging from Newcastle down to the Isle of Wight. My […]

William Warnock

Property Development Commercial Property Commercial Lending I am a Senior Associate Solicitor in our Lymington office and part of the Real Estate team. I have many years of experience working on property development and commercial property transactions as well as acting for lenders in commercial lending situations. My property work often entails subject to planning […]

Louise Campbell

Landlord and Tenant Acquisitions and disposals Development I am a Senior Associate Solicitor within the Commercial Property team based in our Southampton office. I act for private individuals and corporate clients in the acquisition of property as owner/occupiers or for development. Most development clients utilise bridging finance and I am experienced in acting for borrowers […]

Olivia Hiscock

Commercial Property I am a paralegal in the firm’s Commercial Property team, working with banks and lenders in relation to repossession sales and applications by the borrowers which affect the security following completion of a loan, such as leases, transfers of equity and sales of part. Outside of work I enjoy going to concerts, organising […]

Dawn Searles

My clients range from household names to owner-managed businesses, investment companies and private individuals looking for commercial property advice. I advise clients on all legal matters relating to commercial property, although I predominantly advise on matters related to landlord and tenants. I also specialise in supporting clients with the acquisition and disposal of all forms […]

William Bond

Landlord and tenant Acquisitions and disposals Acting for lenders Development Residential property Rural services I am an experienced commercial property solicitor acting for businesses and high net worth individuals. My clients are companies, banks (commercial lettings) and high net worth individuals. I advise clients on the acquisition and disposal of commercial and residential property, and […]

Nicola Curtis

I am an assocaite solicitor and plot sales manager in the residential property team helping people buy and sell their homes. My clients want accuracy, efficiency and a quick turnaround for their property sales. I keep them well informed throughout their transaction and make myself available to talk to them when they need me. I […]

Michelle Moore-Saxton

I qualified as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in 2005 specialising in Residential Property and I am a Partner in the firm. I act for a wide range of clients from the first-time buyer to “upsizing” families or people buying a retirement property as well as high net worth individuals and […]

Mike Wilson

As a Partner, team leader for our Rural, Town & Country teams in Lymington, Mentor, Professional Deputy and overall Head of the Lymington office, I specialise in all property matters including complex and high value residential transactions, leasehold property issues, lease extensions, commercial property transactions and financing. I am regularly appointed as Attorney by those […]

Richard Hughes

Property investment Corporate occupiers Property finance Retail and leisure Rural services I am a partner in the firm specialising in supporting clients with commercial property and development work, some of which has residential components. My clients include national property companies and funds, corporate occupiers, property developers and private investors. I advise clients from various sectors […]

Sadia Sham

I am a Solicitor in the firm’s Real Estate team, working for clients on a variety of property transactions. Our clients include property investors, developers, lenders and businesses looking for commercial property advice. I assist clients with a range of different transactions with a focus on Commercial Property, including acquisitions, disposals, corporate support and landlord […]

Sam Willey

I am a Partner in the firm’s land development team with over ten years experience in property law. I advise on all matters relating to residential and commercial land development and specialise in negotiation of conditional contracts subject to grant of planning permission and option agreements over land. My clients are local and regional house […]

Simon Beetham

Real estate litigation Agricultural, rural property and farming disputes Banks and lenders Receivership I specialise in property litigation and contentious property matters across the spectrum of property types, whether it be commercial, residential, mixed use, rural or agricultural. Alongside landlord and tenant issues and disputes, I advise on matters arising out of the use of […]

Archie Sherbrooke

Commercial and Residential Property Property investment Asset recovery – insolvency Charity Property Land development I am a partner in the Real Estate team. I provide businesses, charities and private individuals with advice on commercial property and development some of which has residential components. My clients include property developers and private investors, trusts, banks, corporate occupiers […]

Charlotte Ward

Commercial property disputes Receivership and appointing Law of Property Act receivers Residential possession proceedings for landlords, agents and lenders I originally joined Moore Blatch as a Litigation Executive in 2011. I specialise in property litigation for commercial and private individuals. I can assist with all aspects of real estate litigation including land disputes and advice on claims […]

Chris Marsden

I am a partner advising clients on all areas of real estate litigation and dispute resolution. My clients include developers, owners, property institutions, financial institutions, hoteliers, retailers and insolvency practitioners. Clients often come to me for advice on high-value and complex disputes relating to the use and occupation of land. I advise clients on lease […]

Jackie Nash

I am a Partner in the Residential Property team based on The Green in Richmond, specialising in all types of Residential Property work including for first time buyers, families on the move, property investors and high net worth individuals. I like to establish clear lines of communication with my clients and will always make time […]

Kerry Dovey

Farming and landed estates Commercial property I support clients with the sale, purchase and lettings of rural property — both residential and commercial. My expertise is far-reaching and includes assisting clients with everything from the purchase of large estates through to smaller country properties. I act for high net worth individuals and landowners who want […]

Lee Edwards

Land development Land promotion Secured lending I am a highly experienced partner working in property. I specialise in supporting clients with all aspects of land development and secured lending work. My clients are developers (national, regional and local) and funders (clearing bank and specialist). I provide solutions for whatever issues they face. Clients value my […]

Jenna Wilson

I specialise in residential property and conveyancing. My clients are typically property developers, and I deal with both plot sales and part exchanges on their behalf. My role is to provide clients with a reliable, timely and accurate service that meets all their commercial needs. I aim to ensure that both the new-build sales and […]

Rachael Kelly

I am an associate solicitor on the firm’s real estate team, working for clients on a variety of property transactions. Our clients include property investors, developers, lenders and businesses looking for commercial property advice. I assist clients with a range of different transactions with a focus on commercial property including acquisitions, disposals, and landlord and […]

Rubilee Stockley

Site acquisitions Sale and Purchase transactions for land and residential properties First registration applications of unregistered land including adverse possession applications I am a solicitor in our Land Development team, having recently qualified in 2020. I began my journey with Moore Blatch in 2014 (now Moore Barlow, May 2020) as a paralegal specialising in rural […]

Christopher Saunders

My clients are private individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. I help my clients by providing extensive knowledge of the property market in and around Richmond, an area I have lived and worked in for many years. With extensive experience in conveyancing and general property matters, I provide clients with a personal service at […]

Caroline Cable

Residential sales and purchases Transfers of equity Re-mortgages I am a paralegal in the Richmond property team and assist consultant solicitor Christopher Saunders. I have particular expertise supporting and guiding clients through the conveyancing process. I am now studying to qualify as a Licenced Conveyancer. I am part of a team that supports clients buying […]

Callum Leary

I work with private clients through to multinational companies involved with multi-million pound transactions. Many of my clients specialise in investment, landlord and tenant, development and real estate finance. Over the past few years, I have supported clients on a variety of issues related to property law. I am a member of Moore Barlow’s Richmond […]

Melanie McCracken

Remortgages Acting for Freeholders and Investor clients of blocks of flats Equity Release Mortgages Transfers of Equity I am a solicitor in our Richmond office, having joined Moore Blatch (now Moore Barlow as of May 2020) over 5 years ago I currently specialise in the above aspects of residential conveyancing. My clients are typically private […]

Sarah Jordan

A trusted legal adviser to the rural sector,  my client base is focused on acting for families of landed estates, farms, landowners, equestrian businesses and lifestyle clients looking to set up home and connections in the country from a city base. I head up the Rural Services team at Moore Barlow and we are able […]

Steven Watts

Land development Land promotion I am a senior associate solicitor in the firm’s land development team. I advise residential and commercial developers in connection with land acquisitions, options, conditional contracts, overage agreements and development agreements. I have developed particular expertise in working with land promoters and landowners in connection with strategic land opportunities. I also […]

Christopher Ward

I am a specialist in property law, working as a consultant to the firm’s property team. Most of my clients are high net worth individuals looking for expert advice regarding the management of their property portfolios. My clients are looking for a proactive approach and excellent attention to detail, with any legal issues resolving quickly […]

Julian Parkes

Land development Real estate Leisure Marine Rural I specialise in assisting clients with the purchase and management of commercial investment property portfolios and leisure properties. I work with a wide range of commercial property clients across a number of sectors. In addition to real estate, I also have extensive experience in the sale and purchase […]

Nicole Millard Sharp

I am a senior solicitor in the firm’s commercial property team, advising banks and lenders. I work with banks and lenders and advise them on repossession sales. I also advise on borrowers’ applications that affect the security following completion of a loan, such as leases, transfers of equity or sales of part. My clients receive […]

Luc Algar

I am a partner in our commercial property team and also the head of our Real Estate division. My role allows me to spend time with all of our Real Estate teams across all of our offices and closely monitor the ups and downs in all property sectors. It is a real privilege for me […]

Janice Taylor

I am a senior plot sales conveyancer working with the land development team. I support clients who are selling new-build properties. My clients are national house-builders and developers looking to sell their new-build properties as quickly as possible. Speed is of the essence, so I help them by ensuring that the conveyancing process runs like […]

Martin Duck

I practice in the land development team and work with some of the country’s leading national and regional house builders. Having first qualified as a chartered surveyor, I know land development inside out meaning clients benefit from my excellent understanding of the development process from the initial identification of land opportunities (which I refer to […]

Two new pre-action Housing Protocols introduced: Social Possession and Housing Conditions

Two new pre-action protocols were introduced on 13 January 2020. These were a new and revised pre-action protocol for possession claims by social housing landlords and a new pre-action protocol for housing condition cases in England. The new Pre-Action Housing Condition Protocol brings small changes to fully incorporate the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act […]

Employees living on site

Many roles in the UK require employees to live close to their place of work. Sometimes, employees are required to live on site. In these circumstances, it is not uncommon for an employee to be offered accommodation as part of their overall work package. If you are considering providing accommodation for your employees, it is […]

Applications for relief from forfeiture can extend to licences

The recent decision in The Manchester Ship Canal Company Ltd v. Vauxhall Motors Ltd [2019] has expanded the Court’s jurisdiction to grant relief from forfeiture to licences deemed to give rise to possessory rights over land. The Facts Vauxhall Motors has a factory at Ellesmore Port, Cheshire, on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal. […]

Putting unused buildings to good use

There are many ways of putting redundant agricultural buildings back into use. Diversification can help stabilise the farm across the calendar year and boost income. At Moore Blatch we regularly advise clients on diversification, which can range from barn-to-office conversions for activity farms, to more ambitious schemes such as holiday parks.

Receivers can issue possession proceedings against borrowers

The High Court has recently confirmed that receivers appointed over individual borrowers can issue possession proceedings against those borrowers. Until now there has been no conclusive authority on this point upon which receivers, lenders and borrowers could rely. Menon v Pask [2019] EWHC 2611 (Ch) The case itself stemmed from familiar facts. Mr and Mrs […]

Moore Blatch shortlisted in the South Coast Property Awards

With offices in Southampton, Lymington, Richmond and the City of London, the 350 strong law firm has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Property Law Firm award in this year’s South Coast Property Awards. This award celebrates law firms whose property team has had an exceptional year, either in terms of volume of work, […]

Assets of community value

The recent case of Banner Homes Limited v St Albans City and District Council illustrates how the Asset of Community Value scheme can cause problems to development. In this particular case, a field was listed as an Asset of Community Value (“ACV”) – despite its use by the local community having been unlawful.

Moore Blatch advises award winning jewellers, Allum & Sidaway

Leading law firm Moore Blatch LLP has advised Allum & Sidaway, an award-winning chain of jewellers, on their recent refinance to allow for refurbishment of their portfolio of stores. Established in 1942, Allum & Sidaway is a family-run business with stores in Hampshire, Dorset, Kent and Wiltshire.   Commenting on the deal, Richard Hughes said: “This important transaction […]

Moore Blatch announces 17 firm wide promotions

Moore Blatch solicitors, which has offices in Southampton, Lymington, the City of London and Richmond, has announced 17 firm-wide promotions including four partner promotions, three new partners and six new associate solicitors. Moore Blatch is one of the largest law firms in the South of England, employing around 300 people. It reported income of almost […]

Moore Blatch advises on Ingersoll-Rand’s acquisition of ICS Group Holdings

Moore Blatch’s corporate and property teams have advised the shareholders of ICS Group Holdings Limited (ICS Cool Energy) on the successful sale of the group to Ingersoll-Rand plc, a world leader in creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments. ICS Cool Energy will be part of Ingersoll Rand’s Commercial Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) business.

Sam Willey joins Moore Blatch as Partner

Moore Blatch, a top 100 law firm, has boosted their Land Development team with the appointment of residential and commercial land development specialist Sam Willey as Partner.

Moore Blatch is delighted to announce commercial property expert Richard Hughes as partner

Richard, who is based in the firm’s City of London office, specialises in commercial property and land development. He acts on a wide range of commercial property transactions, including property investment, corporate occupier and retail property work. Richard’s experience also includes acquisitions and disposals, portfolio management and landlord and tenant instructions.

Moore Blatch celebrates record year in Legal 500 rankings

Moore Blatch, a top 100 law firm with offices in Southampton, Lymington, Richmond and the City of London, has been widely recognised in the UK’s leading guide to law firms, Legal 500, for 15 of its work areas and 40 of its solicitors.