Barker Gotelee features in Legal 500 2017

Barker Gotelee has once again been showcased in the 2017 legal rankings, Legal 500 Series. The firm maintains its Top Tier ranking for Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate and ranks for the categories of Agriculture and Estates and Insolvency and Corporate Recovery, which also achieves a Leading Individual ranking for head of department, John Bradshaw.

Of our top ranked Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate Team, Legal 500 states:

Clients of Barker Gotelee note the firm’s ability to provide ‘prompt and concise advice’ and highlight the ‘excellent support and attention to detail’ provided by associate Ann-Marie Matthews, who joined from Nicholsons Solicitors LLP. Senior partner James Skellorn leads a team of seven fee earners and is praised for ‘his knowledge, clarity and integrity,’’ and ‘Clients remark that ‘its lawyers work as a team to ensure clients are not kept waiting for answers’. ‘Professional and compassionate’ trust manager Peter Gooch and ‘friendly and personable’ solicitor Gail Frankland are also picked out for praise.’

Our insolvency and corporate recovery team received a ranking, with John Bradshaw in particular standing out as a Legal 500 Leading Individual. Legal 500 states:

The Barker Gotelee team is an integral part of the firm’s business services department and is led by ‘first-class insolvency lawyer’ John Bradshaw, who is ‘not only technically brilliant and on top of the details of legislation, but also commercially sensible and practical’’ and ‘Chartered legal executive Sarah Mower ‘deals with matters quickly and efficiently’ and stands out for insolvency litigation.’

Our property team also received a ranking for Agriculture and Estates, with partners Toby Pound and Andrew Nichsolson receiving mentions. Legal 500 states:

Barker Gotelee ‘never drags its heels and is proactive in getting all matters progressed as soon as possible’. Toby Pound’s team has extensive knowledge of Common Agricultural Policy reforms and has built a strong reputation for land transactions for farmers and landowners across the UK. Pound has 38 years’ experience and is head of the firm’s property team, which mainly handles the sale and purchase of farms and large estates, complex tenancy issues and property-related diversification schemes. Andrew Nicholson has specialised in agricultural law for 25 years and deals with a wide range of issues affecting farmers and landowners, including rights required for cabling to be laid through their land in conjunction with the supply of energy from substantial offshore wind farms.

Whatever the matter, the experienced team at Barker Gotelee are here to help. Call us on 01473 611211 or email