Legal Rankings


Legal 500

Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate – Tier 1

Rising Star: Ann-Marie Matthews

Key Lawyers: James Skellorn, Nick Palmer, Ann-Marie Matthews, Peter Gooch, Lindsey Sharples, Gail Frankland

Legal 500: “The private client practice at Barker Gotelee handles the full range of wills, tax planning, trusts and estate administration work, including matters involving capacity issues, powers of attorney and Court of Protection issues. It predominantly advises family businesses in the agricultural sector. Practice head James Skellorn has more than 30 years’ experience and STEP members Nick Palmer and Ann-Marie Matthews are highly recommended. The firm also has a case worker, Roswyn Bradshaw, who acts as a point of contact for vulnerable clients. Clients praise the firm’s ‘responsiveness, empathy and clarity of advice‘.

Agriculture & Estates – Tier 2

Key Lawyers: Andrew Nicholson, Toby Pound, Miles Coates, Fenella Eddell, Sam Read

Legal 500 says: “Barker Gotelee has extensive experience in dealing with substantial transactions for farmers and landowners across the country. During 2018, the practice, led by Andrew Nicholson, acted in the sale and purchase of farms and land for residential, commercial and renewable energy developments, and for landowners in relation to the proposed Sizewell C development. The firm also assisted clients who entered into the surrender and re-grant of existing secure agricultural tenancies to secure full relief from inheritance tax.”

Insolvency & Corporate Recovery – Tier 2

Leading Individual: John Bradshaw

Key Lawyers: Dermott Thomas, Clare Richards, Sarah Mower

Legal 500 says: “The business services department at Barker Gotelee provides specialist advice on insolvency and business recovery to insolvency practitioners, creditors and debtors, directors and stakeholders. Practice head John Bradshaw calls upon the services of litigator Dermott Thomas and Clare Richards, who leads on corporate and charity matters. The firm is noted for its advice on the technical insolvency issues faced by IPs, as well as the disposal of assets of insolvent entities, and both the instigation and defence of insolvency proceedings.”

Commercial Property – Tier 3

Key Lawyers: Andrew Nicholson, Chris Green, Luke Cain, Fenella Eddell, Miles Coates, Sam Read

Legal 500 says: “The commercial property practice at Barker Gotelee is led by managing partner Andrew Nicholson and focuses on development projects that require site assembly and subsequent plot sale, promotion agreements, option agreements, overage agreements and conditional contracts. The firm also handles projects involving the transmission of electricity generated offshore to the National Grid and other renewable energy projects, and has specialist expertise in secured lending.”

Chambers and Partners

Agriculture and Rural Affairs – Band 2

Senior Statespeople: Toby Pound

Ranked Lawyers: Andrew Nicholson – Band 1

Chambers says: “Acts for clients on the sale and purchase of farms and estates, tenancy issues and diversification projects. Advises a range of clients, including farmers, landowners and charitable trusts. Also assists with the establishment of farming partnerships.”
“The team is always very efficient and gives good advice.”
“Courteous, well-mannered and sharp-brained professionals.”

Insolvency and Business Recovery

Ranked Lawyers: John Bradshaw – Band 1