Clarke Barnes Solicitors LLP is a niche City firm specialising in Litigation and Business services to both Private and Corporate and Industry clients. The practice is a Partnership between Tim Clarke and Arthur Barnes and was established in 2007. Well-established Regulatory Law and Criminal and Litigation Practitioner Stephen Gilchrist joined as a Consultant in 2015.


As the Practice has developed, the range of Litigation and Business services we offer includes:

Dispute Resolution and Corporate Debt Recovery
Personal Injury Litigation
Defending Injunction Proceedings and Applications for Freezing Orders
Defence of Criminal Proceedings
Regulatory Advice and Representation
Motoring Law
Insolvency Law
Media, Privacy and Intellectual Property Law
Commercial Property Transactions

Both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 directories rank our partners as some of the leading solicitors in the UK. We pride ourselves on offering a first class service at an affordable cost and we are happy, in appropriate cases, to discuss Conditional Fee Agreements (‘no win, no fee’), Third Party Litigation Funding and Fixed Fee cost agreements.




Arthur Barnes

Admitted as a solicitor in 2003, Arthur specialises in litigation and is instructed by businesses and national organisations on litigation matters varying from High Court processes to general day-to-day dispute resolution. He has a leading practice in personal injury and housing disrepair, and has wide experience in dealing with cases from the County Court up to the Court of Appeal.

Before setting up Clarke Barnes Solicitors LLP with Tim Clarke in 2007, Arthur was a partner at a niche law firm in Canary Wharf specialising in high-end litigation.

“Arthur saw my case through from the initial hearing in Central London County Court that lasted 5 days up to the Court of Appeal where he obtained an excellent result for me. His belief in my case was such that despite it going to the Court of Appeal he continued to act for me on a conditional fee agreement”.

Yaw Asiedu (Popinder Kaur Dhillon v Yaw Asiedu 2012 EWCA Civ 1020)


“Arthur provides strong, robust legal advice that takes into account not only the legal niceties of any litigation but also the commercial implications. I would happily recommend him to anybody considering instructing him”.

Jonathan Neame, Chief Executive Shepherd Neame Limited



Tim Clarke

Admitted as a Solicitor in 1992, Tim is a Partner at Clarke Barnes Solicitors LLP. Tim has vast experience in all aspects of civil litigation, property disputes and commercial property, and contested divorces. Before joining Clarke Barnes, Tim worked in a major litigation firm in the West End before moving to another one in the city.



Stephen Gilchrist

e: stephen@clarkebarnes.co.uk

t: +44 (0) 207 278 3046

Stephen is delighted to have been given the opportunity of joining Clarke Barnes Solicitors LLP during an exciting period of its development.

Admitted as a Solicitor in 1974, Stephen has been a well-known commentator on legal issues, regularly appearing on the major TV channels, writing columns in the legal press and contributing to international conferences. He has trained the legal profession on litigation topics in the context of Continuing Professional Development.

For many years a leading White Collar Crime lawyer, Stephen now principally focuses on Regulatory issues and related litigation. He has a leading practice in Fraud, Financial Services Litigation, Health & Safety, Professional, Sports’ Regulation, Tax appeals, Proceeds of Crime Act and Money seizures, but relishes new challenges.

Before joining Clarke Barnes, Stephen was a founder and Chairman of Saunders Law Limited.

Legal Directory Chambers (2013 edition) states:

Stephen Gilchrist [of London-based criminal law boutique Saunders Law Limited] is praised for both his “top legal brain” and criminal fraud expertise


He has been described a leading QC as having one of the ‘shrewdest tactical minds [I know] and …. very compassionate and supportive client care’


Legal Assistant

Louis Bond

Louis Bond is a legal assistant concentrating on personal injury and private client litigation with a particular interest in business law. Louis has an impressive academic background, having graduated in law from Christs College Cambridge in 2014. He was awarded a grant from the Isaac Newton Trust and was the Winner of Christ’s College Law Society Mooting Competition in 2012. Louis joined Clarke Barnes Solicitors LLP in 2015 and is currently undertaking the Legal Practice Course in order to qualify as a solicitor. 


Legal Assistant

Eva Duran (cropped)

Eva Duran assists Arthur Barnes with a wide range of clients on Housing Disrepair matters and Commercial Property Disputes. Eva is a Spanish Lawyer and has completed an LLM in International Law, Commercial and Transport at London Metropolitan University. During her work in the UK she has gained experience in Commercial Litigation, Bankruptcy Law, Dispute Resolution and Housing Disrepair matters. Eva is fluent in English, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese


Legal Assistant

Sarina Mahmi (cropped)

Having graduated from University of Plymouth with a LLB (Hons) degree, Sarina Mahmi is a high achieving academic who has excelled working as a Legal PR executive as well as having exposure to working with the Magistrates’ Court. Sarina has successfully joined Clarke Barnes as a legal assistant primarily assisting Arthur Barnes in Housing Disrepair Matters. Outside of work, Sarina volunteers for the Middlesex Blind Association and gives her time regularly to help people with sight loss.


Head of Customer Care – Housing Disrepair Department

James Greenwood (cropped)

James Greenwood is Head of Customer Care for the Housing Disrepair Department and is the first point of contact for new housing clients of Clarke Barnes Solicitors. James has a Masters Degree in Global Governance and Ethics from UCL. He has a wealth of experience in the social housing sector having previously worked for the UK’s largest social Housing claims management company.



Owen Poole (cropped)

Owen Poole is a consultant at Clarke Barnes Solicitors whose legal career started twenty years ago when he moved from insurance to working for a leading West End law firm as a paralegal. Since that time, Owen has worked for a number of different firms and gained significant experience in both civil and commercial litigation whilst at the same time becoming a successful law costs draftsman. Owen enjoys the variety that comes with his differing roles though in both instances the need to be successful and to achieve the best possible outcome for his clients keeps him driven and focused. At present, Owen is predominantly focusing on housing disrepair work to try and help disadvantaged tenants fight landlords to achieve justice and a satisfactory level of living.