At Moore Barlow, we focus on helping entrepreneurs and leaders of businesses and organisations, and private individuals and families through the opportunities, the challenges, and the sometimes life-altering circumstances that may come their way.
For us, it is all about starting a conversation and building a relationship between people who care about the outcome, rather than just between a ‘firm’ and a ‘client’. By understanding what’s at stake, we can apply a personalised approach and the highest standards of care, so you get the best outcome.
In the commercial world, we help entrepreneurial businesses thrive in the long-term, and we also support individuals and families protect and transfer their wealth. Your immediate need is part of a complex whole.
We don’t simply do the job in a vacuum, in the same way each time. Instead, we think about the best way for each individual person we’re advising. Often, you will need advice from different people in our firm who bring their expertise and experience to bear. Our firm is the right size to make this happen: we all know each other and work with each other all the time, so everything is coordinated and efficiently run. You’ll get a seamless team working on your behalf.
We know that your plans and aspirations are long-term. So our advice always takes this into account. We also build teams who work together so you will get to know us over time. You can only get the best advice within a long-term relationship and this is very much our bread and butter.
At Moore Barlow we are like you. We have our own dynamic growth business to run, and we too have families to support. This, combined with years of experience, means we completely ‘get’ what you need from advisors like us.
We are also proud of our open and communicative culture, which means you always know what’s going on and where you are in the process.Show more +
A dispute resolution expert specialising in high-value and complex claims, covering disputes involving contentious trusts and probate, property ownership and all aspects of real estate.
I specialise in acting for high net worth individuals, estates, trusts, owner-managed businesses, developers and serial entrepreneurs.
My clients prize my pragmatic, commercial and cost-effective legal advice. As an experienced litigator and negotiator, I utilise alternative dispute resolution (where possible) to avoid the time and expense of court proceedings.
I am named in the 2019 and 2020 edition of the Legal 500 for Property Litigation and Contentious Trusts and Probate and below are examples of client feedback received from past Practitioners Guides:
“Thomas Middlehurst stands out for us – he has an excellent commercial approach whilst being very a friendly and approachable.”
“Thomas' has a very good manner, excellent professionalism and excellent knowledge of his specialist areas of law. He is very responsive and trustworthy.”
“His outstanding qualities are his ability to communicate effectively with clients in dealing with complicated cases and to progress matters with minimal input. There are some very good lawyers I work with, but Thomas stands out on the litigation side.”
“Thomas Middlehurst conducted our case in a professional, realistic and practical manor. Despite the continuous threatening bravado and bluster from the claimant's solicitor, Mr Middlehurst's responses were always professional rather than emotional. Mr Middlehurst had the ability to take the emotion out of the issue and was always realistic in his communication of the potential outcome scenarios.”
“Tom Middlehurst: a good solid litigation partner. Works hard at early case analysis, carrying out thorough investigations and taking appropriate advice from counsel to identify clear and realistic objectives for the client, which he then pursues ruthlessly.”
Outside of work I enjoy cooking, cycling, golf, rugby (more watching than playing these days) and adventure sports, in particular backcountry skiing. I’m also a qualified skydiver.
A few recent work highlights include:
- Advising the trustees of a SIPP in a ToLATA claim and a claim for breach of fiduciary against the co-owners of the land over a wind farm development.
- Successfully advising on a claim for breach of trust and professional negligence against the conveyancing solicitors involved in its purchase of a residential property sold pursuant to fraud.
- Successfully defending an Inheritance Act claim by the deceased’s ex-partner as a result of his abuse.
- Advising the executors of an estate worth £20 million to reclaim gifts as a result of undue influence and fraud by the deceased ex-partner/career
Wills & Estates in England
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