And now a little bit about Barney Laurence

Barney is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution team, he has considerable experience advising on a broad range of commercial disputes, specialising in actions involving High Court injunctions.

He is an expert in his field, evidenced by his continued recognition as a ‘Next Generation Partner’ in the legal directory The Legal 500.

He also heads up the Firm’s Recruitment team and is well-known in the Recruitment sector for being “someone really good to have on your side”.

He is respected for breaking down legal jargon into simple terms and for making himself accessible to clients at all hours. They appreciate him for his honesty, humour and down to earth style.

Clients say he is a “standout Partner with a winning track record”, he “takes the stress off me, allowing me to focus on the rest of my business”.

That’s Barney for you.


Client testimonial

“Barney Laurence is excellent, extremely professional, and able to explain complex legal concepts. ”

“Barney gets on top of complex subject matters rapidly and diligently.”

“He’s professional, ethical and effective. His advice is realistic and based on expert knowledge. ”

“He is able to take the client through a very stressful litigation situation with confidence.”

“He is approachable, can relay legal dilemmas succinctly and clearly.”


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Notable cases:

Coltech Recruitment Limited & 1st PS Limited v Cera Care Limited [2024] EWHC 466 (KB)

A High Court case about the identity of the recruitment agency in a contract for the provision of recruitment services.


Winkworth Franchising Limited v Nicholas Goble [2023] EWHC 2883 (Comm)

High-stakes franchise dispute with Winkworth’s longest-running and biggest franchise over renewal rights and associated termination pertaining to multi-unit franchise in prestigious London areas.


Winkworth Franchising Limited v Calum Mason & Stilum Properties [2020] EWHC 2634 (QB)

Complex and high-stakes litigation involving an urgent application to enforce restrictive covenants in an estate agency franchise agreement.

Judgment here:


A v B (anonymised) (LCIA Arbitration)

Successfully acting – in conjunction with junior and Leading Counsel – for a well-known, high-end cosmetics company in a multi-million pound LCIA Arbitration Claim arising under an English Law agreement for the distribution of luxury skincare products in Hong Kong, Macau, and cross-border into China.


A v B (anonymised) (Commercial Court)

High-value, extremely complex commercial fraud case against Managing Director of a high-end, well-known cosmetics company.


PSG Franchising Limited v Lydia Darby Limited, Lydia Victoria Darby & David George Darby [2012] EWHC 3707 QB

Acting for PSG Franchising in a major case against former franchisees who set up in competition.


TRM Copy Centres (UK) Ltd  et al –v- Lanwall Services Limited [2009] UKHL 35 on appeal from:[2008] EWCA Civ 382

Acted for TRM Copy Centres (and others) in an action against a competitor, where the competitor was alleged to have unlawfully interfered with TRM’s customers’ contracts by entering onto their premises and removing TRM’s photocopiers without warning or notice. Following a successful injunction application to stop the competitor in December of 2006, the matter proceeded to a High Court trial on a number of issues relating to the Consumer Credit Act 1974. Justice Flaux delivered his Judgment on 18th July 2007, deciding in favour of TRM on all issues. Case reported at

Successfully defended Lanwall’s subsequent appeal in the Court of Appeal.

Then successfully defended further Appeal to The House of Lords, which was heard on 30th March 2009. Matter attracted extensive media interest within the Leasing sector.


Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and another (Respondents) v Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council (Appellant) [2011] UKSC 15

On appeal from: [2010] EWCA Civ 26

Acting for Alan Beesley in the famous Supreme Court “Barn case” about a house constructed by Mr Beesley in 2002 as a dwelling house but disguised as a barn.

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