Barnaby Large


Date of Call: 2007

What others say

Thank you for the fulsome support you have shown [the Company] this week and congratulations on a splendid outcome. It was interesting to have to sit through the 'Costs' section of the discussions and understanding that the equivalent amount of effort goes into determining the 'costs gateways' and discretionary options open to the judge. That’s 40 minutes of my life I will never get back but it seemed to achieve what I believe we all wanted to do – namely, to draw a line under this procedure. October 2014
Simon Dover of Ideology via NatWest Mentor
Is a star April 2015
Louise Ervin, Head Partnership
The client has just been on the phone. An excellent result thank you. You are officially on our list of preferred Counsel now! June 2011
Tom Watkins – Watkins Ryder LLP
It was a pleasure to work with you during the case February 2015
Deborah Lawrence of Five Rivers Ltd via Mentor
Thank you so much for today. You have no idea how much of a cloud you have shifted off my business. May 2015 – Marc Smith GHS Mechanical & Electrical
Kingswell Berney Solicitors
Worth every penny March 2015
James Howard of Gales Solicitors on Hotchkiss
1st class
Shentons Solicitors
  • Barrister profile

Barnaby ventured into legal practice long before completing his degree, completing a placement with the Department for Constitutional Affairs (now the Ministry of Justice) focussing on the taking of tribunals from their sponsoring departments into the Department.

Preferring litigation to legislating, he progressed to a placement the following year as a paralegal position at a large solicitors' firm in Chichester before undertaking his bar vocational course. He took a brief period out to complete a further placement in Ghana with the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, an NGO lobbying governments, assisting litigation and campaigning for human rights.

Following this Barnaby sought to expose himself to advocacy work, joining the Free Representation Unit in 2007, where he represented clients unable to afford a solicitor or barrister in social security, employment, criminal injuries compensation and enforcement matters. He quickly rose to the role of Chair of the organization where he remained from 2008 to 2009.

From 2008 Barnaby acted as a solicitors' agent, appearing in minor commercial matters across a number of County Courts and as an employment tribunal consultant appearing and advising in employment disputes.

From 2009 until the commencement of his pupillage in 2010, Barnaby also sat on Schools Admission and Exclusion Panels as a lay member of the Tribunal as chair and wing member.

Barnaby took pupillage with Number 18 in 2010 under Ashley Ailes, he was appointed a tenant in 2011 and has maintained practice with Chambers ever since. Barnaby's current roles within Chambers include head of pupillage, librarian and seminar liaison officer.


Family: Care & Children

(International) child abduction

Barnaby has an interest in cross-border disputes, having advised and represented clients in wardship proceedings concerning a child, recovery of a child and permission to leave the jurisdiction application.

Contact and Residence disputes under the Children Act 1989

Barnaby acts for mothers, fathers, grandparents and step-parents in applications concerning the welfare of children including child arrangements (including enforcement), specific issues and prohibited steps orders.

Domestic violence & injunctions

Barnaby represents and advises both applicants and respondents in matters concerning non-molestation orders and applications under the Protections from Harassment Act.

Family: Finance

Divorce & Separation

Barnaby comfortable with enforcement of financial orders for both respondents and applicants. He also has good experience of cross-over work including insolvency, commercial or familial intervening within proceedings.

Barnaby has an interest in international issues within divorce and, in particular, was successful in appealing the registration of a Swiss maintenance order under the Lugano Convention

Barnaby also has experience in representing and advising petitioners and respondents in defended divorce and nullity applications.

Cohabitation including Trusts of Land & Appointment of Trustees Act 1996

Barnaby enjoys the intellectual rigour of advising and representing former marital partners in financial order proceedings and cohabitants in disputes under TLATA.

Inheritance Act claims

Barnaby has experience acting and advising family members, dependants, former marital partners and cohabitants in actions concerning the administration of estates.

Chancery and Commercial

Traditional Chancery

Barnaby has advised and represented clients in Trusts of Land matters and advised in respect of estoppels and undue influence in trusts actions.

Inheritance Act claims

Barnaby has experience acting and advising family members, dependants, former marital partners and cohabitants in actions concerning the administration of estates.

Trusts and Trustees

Barnaby enjoys the intellectual rigour of advising and representing former marital partners in financial order proceedings and cohabitants in disputes under TLATA.

Wills, Probate and the Administration of Estates

Barnaby has advised clients on matters concerning the enforceability and legitimacy of wills, realising estate property and intestate estates, in particular obtaining a writ of ad colligenda bona.

Commercial Chancery

Commercial Disputes

Barnaby has a keen interest in commercial disputes and particularly consumer protection.

He has appeared a criminal litigation concerning misleading and counterfeit alcohol sales. He has familiar experience of advising and representing individuals and companies in disputes concerning the Consumer Credit Act, Sale of Goods Act, Supply of Goods & Services Act and Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations among many others.

Contractual disputes

Barnaby acts and advises on multiple issues concerning contract disputes. He has acted for a multitude of clients from builders to creditors to recruitments consultants, spanning a vast array of issues including illegality, misrepresentation, asset purchase, enforcing compromise, implied terms, franchise agreements as well as guarantees and indemnities.

Insolvency and liquidation

Barnaby continues to act for debtors, creditors and insolvency practitioners both via solicitor clients and licensed access.

He is particularly interested in the cross-over of the jurisdiction into other areas, which has taken him into the Employment Tribunal on a bankrupt's ability to bring litigation, the Crown Court unlocking Proceeds of Crime funds to transfer them to the Trustee in Bankruptcy's possession and control and TLATA declarations within the voluntary liquidation of a social club.

Professional Negligence

Barnaby has advised prospective claimants in actions involving conveyancing disputes in respect of conveyancing and employment matters. He welcomes further instruction.

Barnaby has also advised in respect of actions pre and post legal ombudsman determinations.

Employment & Discrimination

Barnaby represents and advises both employees and employers in contentious and non-contentious work at interlocutory, trial and appellate stages in proceedings.

Barnaby has a keen interest in matters involving TUPE, equality legislation and the interplay of insolvency in employment matters.

Barnaby also accepts instructions in employment matters issued in the civil courts, having advised in respect of restrictive covenant disputes and Equality Act actions in respect of the provision of goods and services. He has also advised and represented clients in interpleader applications in matrimonial proceedings to enforce tribunal judgments, stress at work and employment contract claims.


Tribunals including the HM Land Registry Adjudicator and the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal

Barnaby has assisted in a case advising on alleged apparent bias of an HM Land Registry Adjudicator's decision.

Real property

Prior to coming to the Bar, Barnaby represented a number of mortgagees in actions for possession of residential and commercial property. He continues to advise and represent mortgagees and mortgagors in possession actions, warrants, actions for re-entry and trespass.

Barnaby also has experience advising in matters of nuisance and trespass, easements (right to light, access to neighbouring land and rights of way) boundary and title disputes.

Social Housing

Barnaby has advised in respect of homelessness applications and represented a client potentially being evicted on grounds of antisocial behaviour in respect of comments she made during litigation on social media.

Landlord and tenant

Barnaby has advised and represented commercial and residential landlords and tenants concerning Housing Act, common law and Rent Act tenancies. He has also acted for management companies enforcing maintenance fees against long leasehold tenants.  

He has represented mortgagees and landlords in matters involving eviction of squatters and, before coming to the Bar, would assist the Police on site on behalf of mortgagees with their responsibilities under Interim Possession Orders.

Trusts of land and proprietary estoppel

Barnaby has advised and represented clients in Trusts of Land matters and advised in respect of estoppels and undue influence in trusts actions.


  • University of Kent (2006) - LLB (Hons)
  • College of Law, London (2007) - BVC (Very Competent)
  • Attorney General's Pro Bono Heroes (2009)
  • Inner Temple Exhibition and Duke of Edinburgh Scholarship (2006)
  • University of Kent Judge Rooke Mooting Prize (2006)
  • Free Representation Unit (London) Chairman (2008 - 2009)
  • Education and Exclusion Appeals Panel Member (2009 - 2010)


  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • Western Circuit
  • Free Representation Unit

Publications / Seminars

  • Barnaby is a contributor to Daniel Barnett's employment law email bulletins
  • To Transfer Up or Not to Transfer Up? That is the Question!:An Analysis of the Pros and Cons of Transfer for High Court Enforcement - LPC Quarterly (Summer 2010)
  • How to Tackle the Leaky Tap Defence: Landlord & Tenant Review - LPC Quarterly (Summer 2010)

Personal Info

Outside of Chambers work, Barnaby is a water fanatic, whether under, over or frozen. He enjoys scuba diving (having obtained his master scuba diver ticket), sailing, surfing and skiing. He is also a keen supporter of charities (twice running the Flora London Marathon for the Free Representation Unit in 2008 and 2009) and volunteering in Accra, Ghana, for the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative in 2007.