Barker Gotelee succeeds once again in the Legal 500 rankings

Barker Gotelee is delighted to announce that the firm has again been ranked by the Legal 500 across a number of areas.

Private Client once again received a ranking in the top band for Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate, with several of our professionals receiving praise from the extensive research carried out by the Legal 500 team. The Legal 500 stated that “Barker Gotelee’s ‘knowledgeable staff are polite and friendly, with in-depth knowledge of their subject’. STEP-qualified partner Nick Palmer has 18 years’ experience and is recommended for trusts, tax planning and care fees planning. ‘Caring, passionate’ STEP-qualified associate Ann-Marie Matthews is ‘excellent, very efficient’. Associate Gail Frankland is ‘enthusiastic, practical and does what she promises to do on time; she also has empathy, strength and emotional resilience that enable people who deal with her to feel confident’. Probate and Trust Manager Peter Gooch is also recommended.

Once again Agriculture and Estates appeared in the rankings with Legal 500 saying: “Head of both the property and the agriculture and estates practice Andrew Nicholson has specialised in agricultural law for more than 25 years and is highly recommended for complex property matters. Clients describe him as ‘very good in terms of both ability and speed of service’.”

Insolvency and Restructuring features in Band 2, with John Bradshaw named as a Leading Individual in this area. Legal 500 explained, “Barker Gotelee is ‘consistently one of the “go-to” firms for insolvency and corporate recovery work in East Anglia’ and the team ‘always responds promptly and in a professional manner, and the advice given is relevant, useful and easy to understand,’ says a client. Leading light and insolvency specialist John Bradshaw is ‘very personable and good to bounce off potential cases’. Bradshaw and legal executive Sarah Mower provide ‘a continuous high standard of service; they have bags of technical ability and practical nous, and they are superb with clients.’

Commercial Property this year receives its first Legal 500 ranking. “Barker Gotelee joins the ranking and is ‘excellent, always available to discuss anything and the work is always carried out in a good time frame without any hitches’“. The Family team also received a mention, with Legal 500 saying, “The family practice at Barker Gotelee has an experienced partner and mediation specialist in Nicola Furmston, who has the support of associate Amanda Erskine. The firm has a growing client base in Suffolk and, increasingly, from London. It handles divorce and cohabitation matters for a broad range of clients, including numerous high-net-worth individuals, and provides specialist advice on financial matters including corporate structures, farms, pubs and trusts in the context of family law.”

For information on our range of legal services, please call the team on 01473 611211 or email