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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Verified Deborah Added 2 weeks 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 3 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 3 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 4 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 4 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 5 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 8 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 9 months ago Report to admin
March 25, 2018 20180325211501

Wills, Trusts and Probate


Efficient, approachable, understanding and affordable.

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Verified Verified Client Added 11 months ago Report to admin
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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Verified SHEILA Added 12 months ago Report to admin
January 18, 2018 20180118201501

Helping with redundancy


Karen Cole dealt with my case, she made the legal jargon very easy to understand, was patient, understanding but to the point.

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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 RIAA Barker Gillette in April 2017 as an Assistant Solicitor in the Private Client team. Lalita's practice focuses on all aspects of private client work including estate and tax planning, wills and probate, trusts, elderly client matters (including mental capacity issues) and family law (and all its complexities). From the outset of a matter, Lalita spends time with her clients to ensure that she understands their needs and objectives and explains all the available options to them to put in place an agreed plan to progress their matter in the most cost efficient way. In relation to contentious probate matters, she is committed to resolving disputes and uses alternative dispute resolution (known as ADR), with court proceedings being a last resort in view of its cost and uncertainty. In relation to family disputes, Lalita ensures compliance with the Resolution Code of Practice and similarly, with trust and probate disputes, she advises clients of the benefits of complying with the ACTAPS Code.

  • 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.

  • Mark Lyon

    Mark joined RIAA Barker Gillette (UK) LLP from a commercial law firm in the City and brings with him a wealth of experience in both residential and commercial property transactions. Lawyers know that they have gained “long experience” when they find themselves representing the sons and daughters of clients they acted for over 25 years ago… Mark has reached that point in his career!

  • 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. Michael also deals with residential property requirements for commercial clients.

  • 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.

  • Simon Levi

    Simon has developed a broad commercial and residential real estate practice. He has extensive experience of commercial property transactions and negotiating commercial leases (on behalf of both landlords and tenants). His clients range from retailers, start-ups, restaurateurs, a large coffee shop franchise and interior designers. Simon’s expertise covers secured lending including advising a select number of private international banks. Alongside his commercial expertise, Simon specialises high value residential property transactions. He frequently works for both UK and international clients, with particular focus on the buying and selling of investment portfolios. Simon is experienced in all aspects of collective and leasehold enfranchisement.

  • 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.

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

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