Barney Laurence

Very personable and very good at what he does

Chambers and Partners

Barney Laurence

Partner, Dispute Resolution

Barney joined Sherrards in 2005 from a London City-based firm and handles all types of commercial disputes, specialising in actions involving High Court injunctions, in particular in the recruitment and franchising sectors.

The prestigious Chambers UK 2017 guide to the legal profession describes him as “very personable and very good at what he does”. Clients say: “He is efficient and clearly inspires confidence.” The Legal 500 describes Barney as ‘excellent’.

Barney is regularly instructed in cases involving urgent restraining and freezing injunctions, requiring swift and decisive action. He writes regular articles and presents seminars on the subjects.

Barney’s approach is consistently praised by clients, including:

  • “He is approachable, can relay legal dilemmas succinctly and clearly and also has an appreciation of the commercial factors involved in litigation.”; and
  • “He’s professional, ethical and effective. His advice is realistic and based on expert knowledge. I have no hesitation recommending him.”

Barney has handled a number of reported cases, including the following:

  1. PSG Franchising Ltd v Lydia Darby Ltd [2012] EWHC 3707 (QB) (20 December 2012) A case against former franchisees, restraining them from competing against their former franchisor
  2. Re Protege Services Ltd [2011] EWHC 3679 (Ch) An unfair prejudice claim against fellow shareholders
  3. TRM Copy Centres (UK) Ltd & Ors (respondents) v Lanwall Services Ltd (appellant) [2009] UKHL 35 A case that led to a defining ruling in the House of Lords
  4. Welwyn Hatfield Council v. SoSCLG & Beesley [2011] UKSC 15 The well-publicised “barn” planning case involving a three-bedroom luxury house disguised as a barn

Very personable and very good at what he does

Chambers and Partners