Larry is a primarily a dispute resolution lawyer with significant experience in many areas of law including; bankruptcy & insolvency, construction, contractual disputes, debt recovery & enforcing judgments, director’s disqualification & misfeasance, property & probate disputes and professional negligence claims.
Having been employed in the financial services sector immediately before qualifying as a solicitor, Larry also has experience in dealing with investment, insurance and assurance claims, including Force Majeure disputes.
Larry gained over 20 years’ experience in other industries including sales, management and commercial experience in various industries such as; education, FMCG; distribution & logistics, construction and recruitment before becoming a solicitor, making Larry unique among his contemporaries.
To the satisfaction of his many and varied private and commercial clients, which are based both in UK and Europe and many of whom have dealt with him throughout his years in practice, Larry has successfully settled both in court and by ‘alternative methods of dispute resolution’ many complex and valuable disputes.
Larry also acts in other areas of law such as agricultural & commercial property and planning law.
Larry is very approachable and able to make the complexities of law easy to understand.
- Successfully concluded by both mediation and litigation several commercial contractual disputes for an Italian manufacturer of complex CNC machines, each machine costing between circa £250,000 and £750,000
- Successfully brought a claim and defended a counterclaim in respect of breach of terms of hire involving two UK PLC’s, value of claim and counter claim, circa £500,000
- Successfully brought a claim of fraud by one director of a property development company against a second director, value of fraud was circa £325,000
- Recovered many debts (too many to remember) of various sums and where necessarily enforced such judgments for many clients in many varied fields of work such as recruitment, supply of goods and services, the motor vehicle industry and construction
When not working Larry is a keen runner, skier and golfer who, being a former union and league player, coach, and referee enjoys watching rugby and football as well as assisting his wife with her equestrian activities. He also enjoys playing cards and board games, travel, music and reading.
He is a town councillor in Congleton and a member of the Congleton Partnership.
I instructed Excello Law to represent me as an individual for a breach of contract claim against a multi national company with a 2 billion dollar turnover. From the outset Larry was extremely diligent in his preparation of my claim. The defendant doggedly refused to engage, so we were forced to issue proceedings. As we progressed towards trial Larry was able to engage with the defendant’s legal team very effectively. Despite the huge resources of the defendant, it was clear that we were better prepared and had the legal arguments to win the case. Mediation was proposed by Larry and agreed by the defendant. The mediation day was executed with perfection, we advanced our case and refuted any of the arguments presented by the defendant. The matter was resolved with a financial settlement 6 times larger than what had been previously offered. Larry’s experience and perspective was key to achieving this success. I recommend Larry unconditionally and would be happy to be a reference for any future client.
MR S RICHARDSON
I had an extremely difficult and complex employment claim to defend relating to an ex-employer. From my initial call with Larry I knew I had the right person fighting my corner. Larry took time to understand the intricacies of the matter in detail and began putting in place a strategy which over time turned the tables and put us in control of the running of the case.
Larry used his years of experience to know when to doggedly press the Claimant when we required a response and push back hard when they tried to do the same. This consistent approach, combined with Larry methodically dismantling the Claimant’s claim, brought them to ask for mediation. The outcome was that we settled for a faction of what they had originally claimed, allowing us to bring matters to a close and focus our energy on building our business.
Throughout the entire process Larry clearly and proactively communicated what the litigation process involved and continuously reiterated that we were working as a team. At no point during the case did I feel I was fighting it alone.
I am extremely grateful for everything Larry did to bring the case to a successful conclusion, I would not hesitate to recommend his services.
It is my privilege to recommend Larry Barker, an excellent lawyer in your organization. I have known him for the past six years. I find that Larry is the mixture of all the qualities I would wish present in an excellent lawyer. He recently represented me in a sensitive case concerning an eviction which he handled with great care and empathy, a skill which I find to be missing in many these days. He has a strong ability to draw reasonable and logical assumptions from limited information, which was shown to me during this recent case, and kept me informed at all stages.
He is very personable and I should think easily gains the trust of clients and has been always the sign of truth. I would highly recommend Larry to any person involved in litigation, and consider him not only as an excellent lawyer but also as a person who has great listening skills.
Paul J Exley