Commercial and Corporate Legal Advice in the Heart of Mayfair
Barnes LawCommercial Law Firm
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Arbitration is a form of alternative dispute resolution that parties can agree on while signing a commercial contract. That the decision of the arbitrator is a legally enforceable one distinguishes it from mediation or conciliation. In case your contract stipulates this form of dispute resolution, the Barnes Law team can advise you on the arbitration process and assist you with drafting the agreement to arbitrate.
Our Business Legal check-up aims to minimise the risks that arise from professional relationships with partners, shareholders, employees, customers and authorities.
If you have not sought high-quality and regulated legal advice before, and instead relied on online templates and self-help resources, our Business Legal Check-Up service can help to review the legal health and compliance of your business.
Our commercial specialists provide pragmatic, clear and up-to-date advice to businesses of all sizes, whether you are a multinational corporation or just starting up. We are here to provide solutions tailored to your situation, explained in simple language.
Commercial property is essential to the functioning of many businesses. Property transactions often involve substantial costs and liabilities. That is why it is vital to negotiate and draft commercial property agreements with a high level of diligence. Barnes Law has detailed knowledge and experience in the commercial property sector that enables us to guide our clients through the complex legal framework whilst ensuring the needs of the business are met.
Whether you are an established small or medium-sized enterprise, run a family business or you are only just starting out with a business idea, well-drafted and clear ownership structures and governance arrangements are essential.
Businesses are always founded with optimism and excitement. However, the unfortunate reality is that sometimes things can go wrong down the line and leave you unprotected. Adequate arrangements can provide for what happens if, for instance, partners disagree on major business decisions, dispute to which extent each is responsible for running the business, or wish to exit the business altogether.
To prevent your relations with business partners (especially if they are friends or family members) from deteriorating and avoid costly legal disputes, Barnes Law can leverage its market insights to optimally structure your business in a way that is clear to everyone involved.
Our commercial litigators and dispute resolution lawyers represent high net worth individuals and private organisations in handling and resolving complex disputes that their business may be involved in. Whether they are disputes between co-owners, such as shareholder or partner disputes, or external disputes that require debt recovery or contractual dispute services.
Employees are your company’s most important asset, but the ever-evolving digital world is changing workplaces rapidly. Our team of expert employment and HR lawyers work closely with you to offer tailored legal advice suited to your business’s needs. Our practice-oriented employment service ensures that your workforce is managed effectively and efficiently, regardless of the size of your organisation.
Family Law is an increasingly complex area that demands not only robust legal skills but also a deep understanding of the emotions involved. Barnes Law guide its clients through challenging times with its experienced team in family law matters, from divorce proceedings to financial remedies or legal matters concerning children.
A franchise allows the franchisee to trade under the brand of the franchisor, following the franchisor’s proven business format. This allows brand owners to exploit their existing intellectual property and generate additional revenue without the commitment of further capital, for the franchisee the agreement lowers their risk through following a business model that has already been demonstrably successful elsewhere. Barnes Law with extensive experience can assist you in drafting and negotiating your next franchise agreement.
The significance of the decision to move to the UK, whether for yourself, your family or your business, should never be underestimated. Within the dynamic realm of UK immigration law, Barnes Law recognises the vital importance of remaining up-to-date with the constant change of immigration rules and policies. Whether it is hiring foreign talent for your business, investing and living with your family or moving to the UK as an international student, Barnes Law offers comprehensive range of services within the realm of UK immigration law
Intellectual Property, or IP, is central to any business; the idea or concept that you have spent valuable time and resources creating becomes the lifeblood of your organisation. Applying for Intellectual property protection and patents is the best way to protect your idea and your company’s future.
With the growth of digital technology, the range of contracts related to software or hardware is increasing exponentially. It's also vital to ensure that your website remains up to date with the current regulation. We advise clients on various IT-related issues, from website legal support to drafting IT contracts. Whether you are an IT business that needs support selling its products, or a business wishing to secure IT support or purchase corporate software, we are ready to use our expertise to help your company.
Our team of dedicated and hard-working professionals resolves the most complex legal challenges faced by businesses. We only work with the most qualified lawyers, all of whom have excellent track records and immaculate reputations.
Yulia BarnesManaging Partner
Ioulia TatawatFamily Law Adviser
Julia PodgornovaInvestor Relationship Manager
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Future female entrepreneurship
We are proud to be a part of the Future Female Entrepreneur (FFE) initiative which aims to support more young women with their entrepreneurial goals by providing online mentoring.
FFE was founded to help girls and young women achieve their potential through empowerment, regardless of their background. It incorporates a range of engaging initiatives to empower young women with skills, knowledge, and confidence. FFE is delivered in collaboration with other successful female founders, like Yulia, who share the aim of ensuring more businesses are established by women in the future.
Yulia BarnesManaging Partner
Yulia Barnes is our Managing Partner. She is an experienced solicitor and advises on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters for both private and corporate clients.Yulia started her legal career at a large international Magic Circle firm. She then became a partner at a regional law firm and headed a Dispute Resolution Department. She then moved in-house before starting her own Boutique practice, Barnes Law, with the aim of providing exclusive services to high net-worth individuals and privately-owned businesses. More details can be found on her LinkedIn profile.
Expertise Yulia and her team are widely recognised for their professional and practical approach to matters. She is committed to ensuring that her clients’ objectives are achieved in the most cost-effective way possible.
Approach Yulia has a wealth of experience working with businesses of all sizes: from large multinational corporations to start-ups. She has particular expertise in a hospitality industry, investment funds, private and corporate clients, and focuses on startups and technology-driven companies. Yulia brings the same level of attention to detail, professionalism and a personal touch to every case and client, and truly immerses herself in her clients’ businesses. She prides herself on her problem-solving, commercially astute approach and her track record of partnering with clients to help them achieve their strategic objectives.
Will joined Barnes Law as an Associate Solicitor in Spring 2023, shortly after qualifying in September 2022.
Will works mostly on real estate and corporate/commercial matters. Will enjoys providing advice on transactional matters.
Away from the office, Will can be found reading or playing golf. While he played rugby until university, and rowed throughout his degree, he now tends to watch both from the sidelines. During the winter he can also be found skiing.
Will plans to continue developing his legal skills and experience at Barnes Law, under the expertise and guidance provided by Yulia.
Mark is an experienced solicitor whose practice areas include intellectual property (IP), IT, data protection and general commercial law.
Mark advises businesses of all sizes – from sole traders to corporations. Among his clients are: clothing and lifestyle brands, restaurants and food suppliers, IT companies, banks, hedge funds and venture capital firms, education providers, medical and pharmaceutical brands.
Outside of his practice, Mark also advises members of the Institute of Directors as part of its Directors’ Advisory Service.
- Prosecuting a UK trademark application on behalf of an education provider and representing them in related UK IPO opposition and revocation proceedings;
- Advising a publisher and a delivery business on data protection matters, B2B and B2C Ts & Cs of sale, website and app Ts & Cs, all aspects of global brand protection;
- Advising footwear brands, alternative asset managers and hedge funds on their global brand protection, including overcoming various refusals, representing them in opposition proceedings and settlement negotiations;
- Representing a central bank in opposition proceedings before the UK IPO;
- Advising a lifestyle brand concerning trademark clearance and protection, negotiations for a website/app development and maintenance agreement.
Ioulia TatawatFamily Law Adviser
Ioulia has a solid background in family law and offers guidance, clarity, and support to clients during one of their most challenging times in their life.
She advises on all three pillars of separation: divorce, children matters and financial settlements. Ioulia is a member of Resolution and is keen to try to settle matters at early stages.
Ioulia is dedicated to assisting clients and navigating them through their legal matters with clarity and support.
Alex joined Barnes Law in September 2023 after finishing his master’s degree in law. Prior to joining Barnes Law, Alex worked in property litigation at Ashfords. Alex assists Yulia on a variety of both contentious and non-contentious matters.
Outside of the office, Alex enjoys reading and hiking. Prior to working in law, Alex was a competitive tennis player.
Alex continues to develop his skills in legal practice under Yulia’s guidance, he plans to sit the Solicitor’s Qualifying Exams (SQE) in 2024.
Mehves joined Barnes Law in August 2023, right after graduating from Queen Mary, University of London (LLB Senior Status). As part of her qualification journey, Mehves is currently pursuing her Legal Practice Course (‘LPC’) at the University of Law. She also holds a degree in European Union Law from Maastricht University, Netherlands.
Mehves works closely with Yulia on a variety of contentions matters and also writes Barnes Law’s legal blogs, manages social media accounts and is responsible for marketing.
Outside of work and studies, she enjoys running, tennis and yoga.
Mehves is looking forward to developing her legal skills at Barnes Law.
Julia PodgornovaInvestor Relationship Manager
Julia guides clients in making important business decisions based on comprehensive risk assessment and strategy. She supports investors in devising strategies designed to maximise each business’s potential from pre-seed to IPO.
Julia’s particular area of expertise are IT start-ups at different stages. Julia supports business through their fund-raising journey. As an Investor Relations Manager, Julia communicates with investors to facilitate a smooth round and legal part of each transaction.
In her free time Julia enjoys sailing, ballroom dancing, art exhibitions and travel.