RIAA Barker Gillette (UK) LLP

0207 636 0555

At RIAA Barker Gillette, we believe every client is unique and tailor our services to meet your needs. Simply stated, our objective is to look after your best interests in the most efficient and cost effective manner. While working with you, we shoulder the burden, taking a step back to take stock of the bigger picture, and the effect it might have, freeing you to focus on what is truly important. Easily accessible and based in the heart of London’s West End, we specialise in all forms of corporate and commercial, dispute resolution, employment, family, real estate and private client law.

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Michael Constable
Verified Michael Constable Added 2 weeks ago Report to admin
March 08, 2019 20190308114204

Wills, Tax and Trusts


I needed an updated will. This was handled in an efficient and in depth. As a result, I felt like a valued client.

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Verified Deborah Added 2 months ago Report to admin
January 01, 2019 20190101201501

Business / Commercial


Veronica has our complete trust. I can’t recommend Veronica more highly, she is a pleasure to work with. She is very diligent and met the tight deadlines that were set for her to complete the liquidation which I realise were made harder by our late responses to her questions!

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Riaa Barker Gillette responded to this review on 10 January, 2019

Thank you so much for your review. We really appreciate the positive feedback and look forward to working with you in the future.

Verified Alexa Added 5 months ago Report to admin
October 11, 2018 20181011211502



Excellent firm. Brilliant people. Barker Gillette made me feel extremely well looked after and confident that I had the A team of legal representation looking out for my interests.

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Verified Brian Added 5 months ago Report to admin
October 10, 2018 20181010211502

Business / Commercial


I and my associates use your practice because yo know what you are doing

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Verified Guy Added 6 months ago Report to admin
September 04, 2018 20180904211501

Debt Recovery


Ultimately we got most of our money back but the time and cost involved are always more than you think and Daniel was very good at keeping expectations realistic, I always felt we had a good chance and thanks to Daniel we did the best we could, with a bad situation.

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Verified George Added 7 months ago Report to admin
August 26, 2018 20180826211502

Highly recommend


I would 100% recommend this firm for its quality, approachability, delivery of commitments and undoubted competency.

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Verified Francios Added 7 months ago Report to admin
August 07, 2018 20180807211502

Excellent Service


Customer Service and communication was brilliant there is nothing negative to say about the service or Emma that assisted me with my case.

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Verified William Added 10 months ago Report to admin
April 29, 2018 20180429211501

Just What You Need


Overall, kind, courteous, understanding and efficient with excellent advise.

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Verified Ann Added 12 months ago Report to admin
March 25, 2018 20180325211501

Wills, Trusts and Probate


Efficient, approachable, understanding and affordable.

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Verified Client
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February 01, 2018 20180201201502

Residential Property / Conveyancing


We have been very happy and satisfied with the level of service received and have not had any cause for concern or complaint in any of the dealings with Mr Jacobs or other members of the team.

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Louise Added 10 months ago Report to admin
May 09, 2018
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Louise Mulcahy


Really amazing staff who helped us with a fairly complex issue. I would recommend them to all my friends and family. I commend the service from both James and Mark, and their teams.

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Riaa Barker Gillette responded to this review on 15 October, 2018

So glad we were able to help.

Solicitors who work at RIAA Barker Gillette (UK) LLP

  • Ahsan Rizvi

    Top-ranked by leading legal directories, Ahsan Rizvi is the Senior and Managing Partner of our affiliated firm, RIAA Barker Gillette and globally recognised as a leading international corporate lawyer. Ahsan has expertise in drafting statutory enactments and regulatory frameworks. He has held a number of prominent positions, including director of the Karachi Stock Exchange, and Chairman of the Committee on Cyber Laws Legislation and IPR of the Ministry of Science & Technology of the Government of Pakistan. Ahsan has advised on Project Finance and Corporate Finance transactions exceeding USD 15 billion in aggregate value, M&A transactions of more than USD 5 billion and privatisation transactions including Pakistan Telecommunication Company, Karachi Electric Supply Corporation, Pakistan Steel Mills Corporation, Pakistan State Oil and Pakistan Petroleum. Ahsan is one of only a handful of lawyers to receive the prestigious Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Star of Excellence) from the President of Pakistan.

  • Alex Deal

    Alex is the Managing Partner of RIAA Barker Gillette (UK) LLP. His practice covers commercial dispute resolution, corporate, commercial and employment law. He started his professional career in 1992 as a barrister and re-qualified as a solicitor in 2001. Alex joined RIAA Barker Gillette in 2005 having formerly been a partner at Amhurst Brown Colombotti and Howard Kennedy.

  • Ben Brownscombe

    Ben forms part of the corporate commercial team at RIAA Barker Gillette. Prior to becoming a solicitor, he gained a first class degree in History before achieving a distinction and commendation on the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Legal Practice Course, respectively.

  • Carly Aitchison

    Carly has worked as a paralegal since 2008 and gained her law degree from the Open University in 2017, having studied at weekends and after work for six years. This commitment and fortitude is typical of Carly’s dedication and approach to work. Carly starts her legal practice course with University of Law in January, after which she hopes to qualify as a solicitor in 2018. Carly largely works in our dispute resolution department, where she proficiently supports partners and solicitors alike with their preparation and research needs.

  • Christine Slevin

    Christine qualified as a solicitor in 2005, and having had her interest piqued, went on to complete a masters degree in employment law and industrial relations. Since then Christine has specialised in employment law, utilising her extensive and much expanded knowledge to advise both businesses and HR professionals on all aspects of employment law, including recruitment, contracts and policies, major restructuring and redundancy exercises and tribunal litigation. Having worked as an in-house lawyer for one of the UK’s largest charities, Christine has inside knowledge of not only working for a large charitable organisation, but of understanding the employer/employee relationship and its complexities from an internal business perspective. Christine has advised on all types of working relationships, including employees, contractors and volunteers. Christine is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA) and the Industrial Law Society (ILS), the leading forum for debate and understanding of employment law and its applications. Businesses can benefit from our Gold, Silver and Bronze level employment and regulatory law advice retainer packages.

  • Daniel Downes

    Daniel’s practice encompasses a wide variety of property and commercial litigation matters. He has considerable experience; qualifying as a solicitor in 2005. Daniel has particular experience of disputes arising out of leasehold interests such as rent and service charge recovery. Daniel receives regular instructions from commercial and residential landlords and tenants, and has acted in many possession claims during his career.

  • Daniela Mensano

    Daniela undertook her degree in European Legal Studies at the University of Westminster. As part of her studies, Daniela spent a year in Italy, following which she attended the College of Law in London to complete her Legal Practice Course, joining RIAA Barker Gillette in 2015.

  • Evangelos Kyveris

    Evangelos studied Political Science and Public Administration at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, whilst working for the Greek Government. Subsequently, Evangelos moved to the UK and completed his law degree at Sussex University. He then went on to do his Masters in International Commercial Law at University College London. Evangelos joined RIAA Barker Gillette’s Real Estate team in January 2017, where he worked full time as a paralegal. That autumn Evangelos began, and subsequently completed, his Legal Practice Course at City University whilst continuing to work part time; demonstrating real commitment and dedication. In August 2018, Evangelos commenced his training contract and currently sits within the firm’s corporate and commercial team.

  • Garry Lucas

    Garry has over 30 years’ in the real estate industry, advising on all types of commercial and residential property transactions, including purchasing and financing of sites, lettings, and sales. His main area of expertise is the purchase and sale of developments.

  • James Mcmullan

    James is the Head of Private Client. Over the years, he has expanded his practice from primarily family law to wills, probate and trusts, estate planning, tax, elderly client matters (including mental capacity issues) and contentious probate. James prides himself on spending sufficient time with clients at the outset of a matter in order to understand fully their position, needs and objectives. James is committed to resolving disputes in a cost-effective manner, frequently using alternative dispute resolution (ADR) with court litigation being a last resort in view of its costs and uncertainty. In connection with his family practice, James is a member of Resolution and strives to comply with their Code of Practice and similarly, with regard to probate and trust disputes, he advises clients of the benefit of complying with the ACTAPS code. James is also a member of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) and the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP).

  • John Gillette

    John is one of the founding partners of what is now RIAA Barker Gillette. Initially he aspired to be a litigation lawyer (and he still likes to “troubleshoot”), but circumstances conspired to lead him into the transactional world, where he has been practising for over 30 years.

  • Joseph O'Neill

    Joseph acts for a wide range of clients on the full spectrum of commercial property transactions from investment to development, landlord and tenant and finance. Joseph began his career as a property lawyer at Herbert Smith and Eversheds before joining RIAA Barker Gillette in 2015.

  • Kane Robin

    After achieving his undergraduate degree at the University of Birmingham, Kane Robin went on to obtain a Commendation in both his Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Courses. He qualified as a solicitor in 2015 and joined the real estate team at RIAA Barker Gillette in November 2017.

  • Karen Cole

    Karen provides pragmatic contentious and non-contentious employment law advice and has a wealth of experience advising a variety of businesses across a range of industry sectors as well as individuals employed at all levels of seniority. Businesses can benefit from Karen's Gold, Silver and Bronze level employment and regulatory law advice packages.

  • Karthiga Sangaralingam

    Karthiga completed her Legal Practice Course at the College of Law before qualifying as a solicitor in 2011. Karthiga joined RIAA Barker Gillette (UK) LLP in 2014 and practices in both residential and commercial property law, including developments and plot sales. Karthiga’s clients therefore unsurprisingly range from property developers and investors to individuals.

  • Lalita Kauldhar

    Lalita qualified as a solicitor in 2016 and joined our private client team in 2017. Lalita works closely with our head of private client, James McMullan, and specialises in wills, tax and trusts, lasting powers of attorney, the administration of estates (both with and without wills) and estate disputes. Lalita’s practice also encompasses family law including financial disputes, cohabitation cases, children disputes and pre and post-nuptial agreements. Lalita takes the time to really understand her clients’ needs and objectives at the outset of a matter. She understands the emotional stress a client can face when estate planning, being named as an executor or when contemplating a divorce. Lalita explains all the available options to her clients and puts in place an agreed action plan to progress their matter in the most cost-efficient way. Regarding probate and trust disputes, Lalita complies with the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists’ Code (the ACTAPS Code). Similarly, in relation to her family practice, Lalita strives to comply with Resolution’s Code of Practice. Lalita is committed to resolving disputes in a cost-effective manner and frequently uses alternative dispute resolution (known as ADR), with court litigation being a last resort in view of its costs and uncertainty. Lalita is an affiliate member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

  • Laura St-Gallay

    Laura joined RIAA Barker Gillette (UK) LLP in 2010. Before that, she worked at Shoosmiths and BP Collins. Laura specialises in commercial and residential property litigation as well as construction litigation. Further, a substantial part of her practice covers commercial, civil and insolvency litigation. Laura focuses on providing commercially driven solutions through advice, negotiation and various forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Laura is a member of the member of the Property Litigation Association.

  • Michael Davies

    Michael was educated at Downside and after graduating in law, he trained at Martin & Nicholson in the Temple. After qualifying, Michael set up his own partnership where he remained until he joined the firm in 2000. Michael believes that until people become involved in a property transaction, most consider it a routine affair. However, as experience has taught him, this is invariably not the case. There are many pitfalls, which the unwary discover to their cost. With this in mind, Michael gives each matter the same high level of attention to detail and importance whether he is dealing with the purchase or sale of a house or flat, or that of a shop, restaurant or other licensed premises, the grant of a commercial lease or the acquisition or sale of a business. Michael was formerly the firm’s Head of Residential Property and was the firm’s Senior Partner.

  • Michael Goodman

    Michael joined RIAA Barker Gillette in April 2017 and has over 15 years’ experience dealing in commercial property. Michael specialises in acquisitions (with related property finance), disposals, landlord & tenant and asset management. Michael acts for property companies, developers, corporate and retail occupiers and high net worth individuals.

  • Qaiser Khanzada

    Qaiser is the Head of Dispute Resolution and is a founding partner of RIAA Barker Gillette having joined its predecessor firm in 1981. Qaiser’s practice covers a range of corporate and commercial disputes encompassing the traditional chancery fields. Qaiser has experience in all forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) ranging from direct negotiations through to mediation. Qaiser’s clients range from companies and their officers through to insolvency practitioners and high net worth individuals.

  • Steven Barker

    Steven is the Head of our Criminal/Serious Fraud Litigation team and is the firm’s Money Laundering Reporting Officer (MLRO) and the Compliance Officer for Legal Practice (COLP). Tutored by Professor Brian Hogan (co-author of Smith and Hogan’s Criminal Law) at Leeds University, Steven started his career as a commercial litigator as well as a criminal defence lawyer. He began to specialise in serious fraud and business crime after the formation of the Serious Fraud Office (the SFO) in the late 80’s.

  • Stuart Jacobs

    Stuart undertook his training, to become a partner, in a boutique London law firm and joined forces with RIAA Barker Gillette in 2014. Stuart is a versatile and experienced litigation lawyer who focuses primarily on commercial, property and civil litigation. Over the years, he has successfully conducted many high profile and ground breaking cases in a number of different areas including “big money” ancillary relief cases. The media, on occasion, contact Stuart for his views and opinions. He is a former Times Solicitor of the Week. Stuart is a member of the Property Litigation Association.

  • Veronica Hartley

    Veronica heads up the company commercial team. She believes that hiring a good lawyer should increase your profits and is very keen to ensure her clients are as protected as possible from the potentially bumpy “Brexit road” which lies ahead. Veronica advises a variety of businesses across a range of sectors, including construction, fashion, financial services, marketing, media, mining, publishing and real estate to name but a few. Her clients include banks and financial institutions, directors, entrepreneurs, joint venture parties, LLPs, members, national and international body corporates, owner-managers, partnerships, PLCs, shareholders, small-medium enterprises (SMEs), start-ups, directors, members, shareholders and many more. Whether your business is a start-up, an SME or an international business making millions, Veronica offers pragmatic commercial advice which could save you time and money in unwanted disputes, fines and penalties.

  • Vinay Verma

    Vinay initially took up practise as a criminal defence lawyer specialising in business crime and serious fraud litigation. Since then, Vinay has broadened his practice to include all forms of civil dispute resolution, particularly those with a quasi-criminal element. With a wide range of skills, Vinay has the ability to manage large-scale cases, and to analyse vast quantities of material. He possesses the aptitude to narrow the field and identify potential issues at an early stage.

  • William Roberts-Phelps

    Assistant Solicitor, William Roberts-Phelps, joined RIAA Barker Gillette UK in May 2018, adding his extensive experience and drive to our fast-growing private client team. A specialist in family law, William works closely with Head of Private Client, James McMullan and financial dispute expert, Stuart Jacobs. William’s practice encompasses all aspects of family law including; matrimonial finances, children cases, injunctive proceedings, divorce suits and pre-nuptial agreements. William’s key objective is to ensure his clients are provided with expert advice and case strategy to minimise the time and costs required to achieve a successful outcome. Regarding financial matters, William has extensive experience acting for clients of all asset bases. He has particular expertise in high-asset value matters including company structures and property portfolios. William is committed to utilising Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) options such as the family arbitration processes. However, should litigation become necessary, William is an experienced court advocate who will meticulously prepare his client’s case before representing the same in a concise and persuasive manner. William is a member of Resolution and strives to comply with their Code of Practice.

About This Branch


At RIAA Barker Gillette, we believe every client is unique and tailor our services to meet your needs. Simply stated, our objective is to look after your best interests in the most efficient and cost effective manner. While working with you, we shoulder the burden, taking a step back to take stock of the bigger picture, and the effect it might have, freeing you to focus on what is truly important. Easily accessible and based in the heart of London’s West End, we specialise in all forms of corporate and commercial, dispute resolution, employment, family, real estate and private client law. Established in 1981, we have grown to become a leading West End firm, which you can rely on with total confidence. Since 2014, we have grown and strengthened our client services, merging with law firm Lucas McMullan Jacobs in 2014, and in 2015 aligning ourselves with RIAALAW, an internationally recognised law firm, through its creation of the RIAA Barker Gillette Global Alliance, of which we are the London affiliate. Throughout this journey, we have fought hard to retain our approachable and collegiate feel and pride ourselves on the expertise, accessibility and flair of our partners, all of which makes us who we are today. The RIAA Barker Gillette Global Alliance offers capabilities in seven countries and twelve cities from New York to Beijing. RIAA Barker Gillette London benefits from the accreditation of the LawNet ISO:9001 Quality Standard, providing a commitment to delivering excellent service. Each firm is admitted only after substantial due diligence and must undergo regular quality and peer review procedures to retain accreditation.

Legal Services
  • Child contact
  • UK Employment Laws
  • Inheritance Tax
  • Property Holding Structures
  • Gardening Leave
  • Whistleblower Protection
  • Deeds of easements, variation, deeds of rectifications
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Children
  • Dispute resolution - civil mediation
  • Separation
  • Professional Discipline
  • Unpaid Rent, Service or Ground Charges
  • Constructive/Unfair Dismissal
  • TUPE
  • Collaborative Law
  • Repossessions
  • Employee Team Moves
  • Right of First Refusal
  • Family Mediation
  • Discrimination at Work
  • Neighbour Disputes
  • Business Crime
  • Litigation Law
  • Landlord and Tenant
  • Extending your Lease
  • Holiday Pay Issues
  • Insolvency and bankruptcy
  • Litigation - Product liability claims
  • Settlement Agreements
  • Harassment/Bullying at Work
  • Transfer of title
  • Litigation - Breach of contract
  • Litigation - Trust and pension issues
  • Family Leave
  • Child Arrangements Following Divorce
  • Housing Management
  • Housing Associations
  • Unfair Dismissal Claims
  • Professional Conduct
  • Restrictive Covenants
  • Adoption, Surrogacy, Care and Special Guardianship
  • Out Of Court Divorce
  • Criminal Damage
  • Regulatory Defence
  • Tax Compliance Services
  • Family law
  • Child Law
  • Divorce After A Brain Or Other Serious Injury
  • Buying at auction
  • Right to Manage
  • Civil Partnership Dissolution
  • Murder and Manslaughter
  • Employment Contracts
  • Privacy and Data Protection
  • Anti-social Behaviour
  • Option agreements and conditional contracts
  • Criminal defence - All
  • Pension Law
  • Service Charge Recovery
  • Cohabitation and Unmarried Relationships
  • Freehold Enfranchisement
  • Possession and repossession proceedings
  • Wills
  • Housing disputes
  • HMRC Tax Investigations and Disputes
  • Senior Executives
  • Valuers
  • Property Disputes
  • Financial Matters
  • Pension and property advice
  • Restrictive Covenants, Easements and Wayleaves
  • Transfers of parts of land
  • Financial advisors
  • Matrimonial transfers
  • Civil partnerships
  • Probate
  • Fraud
  • Declarations of trusts
  • Maternity and Paternity
  • Investment and buy to let properties
  • Lease Extensions
  • Social Services
  • Deeds of Gifts
  • Media and Sports
  • Renting and Tenancy Agreements
  • Inheritance Act claims
  • Unmarried Couples' Rights
  • Trusts
  • New home purchases and sales
  • Service Charge Disputes
  • Tribunal Claims
  • Flexible Working
  • Child Relocation After Divorce
  • Injunctions
  • Dilapidation Claims
  • Remortgaging
  • Part Time Workers
  • Matrimonial finance
  • Tax
  • Asset protection and tax mitigation
  • Exclusivity and lock-out agreements
  • Leasehold properties
  • Right of Way and Rights to Light
  • Equal Pay Disputes
  • Redundancy
  • Disciplinary Hearings
  • Separation Agreement
  • Grandparents' Rights
  • Parental responsibility, paternity disputes, surrogacy
  • Children Act proceedings
  • Professional trustees
  • Tenant Eviction
  • Assault
  • Trusts
  • Insurance brokers
  • Pre and Post Nuptial Agreements
  • Barristers
  • Cohabitation agreements and disputes
  • Litigation - M&A and warranty disputes
  • Agency Staff / Temp Workers
  • Injunctions
  • Evicting Squatters and Trespassers
  • Litigation - Property litigation claims
  • Drugs offences
  • Theft
  • Tenancy Breaches, Injunctions and Forfeiture Claims
  • Residential Conveyancing
  • Transfers of equity
  • IT professionals
  • Litigation - Insurance disputes
  • Stress at Work
  • Purchase and Sale
  • Tax Advisory Services
  • Boundary Disputes
  • Business structures and joint ventures
  • Franchising
  • Merchandising and sponsorship
  • Advertising and Marketing Compliance
  • Confidential Information, Know-How and Trade Secrets
  • Setting up a business
  • Intellectual Property Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Sales and Purchases
  • Development plot sales
  • Anti-Counterfeiting and Anti-Piracy
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Commercial Leases
  • Asset Tracing
  • Credit Control
  • Statutory Demands
  • Personality and Image Rights
  • Insolvency and Bankruptcy
  • Competition law
  • Finance
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Corporate finance
  • Shareholder Agreements
  • Share option schemes
  • Data Protection
  • Design rights and product designs
  • Partnership and LLP law
  • Commercial Litigation Matters
  • Summary Judgment
  • Unfair Loan Charges
  • Trade Marks and Designs
  • Banking
  • Domain Names
  • Commercial mortgages
  • Shareholder and Partnership Disputes
  • Mediation
  • Employment - business
  • Environmental policy law
  • Tax
  • Landlord and tenant
  • Purchase of development land
  • Mis-sold Interest Rate Swap Agreements
  • Management buyouts
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Dealing with intellectual property infringements
  • Commercial Law
  • Agency agreements
  • Developer disputes
  • Corporate Law
  • Sales or purchases of shops, factories, warehouses, offices and licensed premises
  • Investment purchases and Buy to Let
  • Intellectual Property
  • Purchase and Sale Of Commercial Property
  • Patents
  • Rights of way issues
  • Copyright

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