Theodore Roosevelt once said “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care”.

David Barney very much cares that his clients do not get themselves into trouble when they buy a French property and does all he can to try and see that this does not happen! That is why his clients like what he does for them because they know he really cares. How many other lawyers can be said to feel the same?

What our clients say…

I first contacted David Barney in 2017 as my fiancé and I were wanting to make the move to France. Our plan was to find a house with a couple of gites that we could buy, live in the main house and run the 2 gites as a business. Right from the outset David was invaluable. He set out the whole buying process – which was key to our planning, but in addition to that, as the French legal system is very different to UK law, he explained how other areas of French law could impact on us e.g. wills and succession, tax as well as matrimonial law, enabling us to plan for/mitigate against. Having given us really sound advice on the overall legal implications he then became pivotal to the whole buying process liaising with the notaire and seller on our behalf, providing translations of key communications and just ensuring the whole process went smoothly end to end. And it did. We are now living in a converted barn in the Poteau Charante region and have the farm house and stables to rent out for next years holiday season. I could not recommend David highly enough to anyone looking to buy in France having the reassurance of David acting on our behalf coupled with his legal expertise meant that our whole experience couldn’t have been better or the purchase any smoother
A recent client October 2018
I would like to take this opportunity, to thank David Barney, of Barney and co, for having worked tirelessly over the last year, to bring closure to my late fathers estate. My father had left shares in A French bank, and the French made it very difficult every step of the way for my mother, who at the age of 89 , found everything too much to handle. David kept us informed every step of the way, and his knowledge in French law , and his persistence was the key to being able after so long to bring this to its conclusion. I would highly recommend David to anyone .
Mr WB of Bristol July 2018
My wife and I contacted David Barney in October 2017 as we wanted to sell a property in France, which had serious legal issues with regards to beneficiaries after a colleague’s death. We can confirm that David has been a great asset in fighting our corner and I would go as far as to say that David’s knowledge of French Property Law is probably more extensive than Notaires based in France. In our case, I am positive that if it had not been for David’s knowledge and know how, we probably would not have been able to proceed to a successful completion and sold the property. I would have no hesitation in strongly recommending that you contact David Barney in the event that you have a property in France that you may wish to sell or that you may be considering purchasing a property in France. He will provide you with all the information required and will give you every assistance in ensuring that you have the right advice in any proposed transaction.
Mr & Mrs AP of Somerset July 2018
I was very grateful for David’s friendly advice and deep knowledge of French inheritance law during the settlement of my father’s estate. He answered my questions promptly and with courtesy and pointed out several important factors that the notaries had missed.
Mr TB of Liverpool July 2018
We needed to sell our country property in France whilst completing the legal transfer of the house into our names following a bereavement. David was absolutely fantastic, he was incredibly knowledgeable about the whole process and made sure that all parties did what was required of them at all stages, which was not always easy! David was very persistent and led the sale through to completion. I would fully recommend David to others looking to sell properties in France. Thank you very much David, you took what was a very overwhelming situation for us and made it understandable and possible. We could not have done it without you’
Ms RM of Brighton May 2018
I would like to place on record the experience I have had in dealing with an inheritance of a close relative domiciled in France. After the first few years, it became clear that my first selected law firm was less competent than I first understood them to be. I sacked them and took on another firm, one that advertised Nationally and Internationally as expert in French law. After high levels of initial interest, they too failed to gain any real ground, and some years later I found myself in a situation with no real progress, and much poorer financially. David Barney then took over, and it was clear from the outset that his expertise was matched by his enthusiasm to move things along. Although it took another few years to complete the inheritance, I wish that David Barney had been my first port of call.
Mrs LT of Cornwall May 2018
Thank you for your valued information - it was extremely helpful to talk with you and your advice has enabled us to have a very clear picture of the situation regarding our french property and will be acted upon. Thank you very much for your effort.
Mr BD March 2018
David Barney helped me in a complicated case in which my former marital home in France was placed under a Mesher order by a UK court. When the Mesher order came to term, it was far from clear how the house should be sold and I assumed - erroneously as it turned out - that I needed a French avocat to supervise the process. After months of fruitless meetings with the avocat including lengthy periods in his waiting room and several missed appointments on his part, I was making absolutely no progress. In frustration, I turned to David, who grasped my situation just minutes into our first conversation. He informed me that the French avocat was taking me down completely the wrong legal route, which would have left all parties considerably worse off. He helped me draft a new UK court order to sell the house, which adhered to the original order and allowed me to achieve all the objectives that the French avocat had told me were unrealistic. David was always available and a constant support in an extremely stressful situation. Indeed, in multiple discussions involving other avocats, UK solicitors, immobiliers, experts and Notaires, he was the only professional I felt was really on my side. I believe David’s involvement shortened a painful and anxiety-ridden process by about six months and led to a better outcome for everyone.
Mr MG - Bristol October 2017
We really appreciated David Barney’s knowledge input support and sensitivity. We were very impressed with the professional calm friendly way David supported us during a very stressful few months. His patience, fairness and quality of advice was outstanding. David was easy to work with and understood our needs. As we live 200 plus miles away we thought it would have been quite difficult to get everything completed but David dealt with everything. We were impressed by access to David and his ability to deal quickly and efficiently with links via email and phone. Copies of documents were promptly delivered so no part of the house sale conveyance was delayed. We are truly thankful for all his help.
Mr & Mrs W - Lincolnshire September 2017
David Barney simplified what would have been a complex process. I would recommend David to anyone wishing to complete a property transaction in France.
Mr PB of Swindon September 2017
Mr David Barney (of Barney & Company Solicitors) was able to resolve a potentially complicated matter involving the transfer of the ownership of a property in France during one telephone conversation. His grasp of the situation and the subsequent advice given was clear offering a simple solution to the problem and most gratefully received.
Mrs LB September 2017
David I would like to thank you for your immense efforts in dealing with what was a very difficult situation with my Corsican succession and subsequent inheritance. It was extremely frustrating and emotive for me and you were exceptionally dignified and exemplary in your dealings with the notaries in Corsica who were unprofessional, obstructive and unethical in the whole matter. You were tenacious and unwavering at all times. Thank you.
Mrs CM of Cheshire August 2017
David Barney was willing to engage and able to qualify my needs. He provided excellent advice that was specific to my circumstances. He was straight talking using layman’s language and gave me confidence in his abilities. A genuine bloke who I would recommend to anyone considering purchasing French property.
Mr CS July 2017
I want to thank you for devising and guiding the strategy that has ended this sad matter in my favour. The relief I feel is almost beyond expression. I also want you to know that I never once doubted you, your superb professionalism or the outcome. My only worry was that XXXX and XXXX’s children would string it out for years, that they did not do so must be entirely down to you. The copy letters and emails I have had from you since our first meeting in April last year can in no way tell the whole story and I shall ever be intrigued to know how you got them to agree. All I can say is you have my heartfelt and very sincere thanks for all that you have done
Mr CN June 2017 France
I used David Barney to assist with a Tenancy Agreement for my daughter who was moving to live in Paris, the apartments go so quickly and we needed a quick response. I would highly recommend his services.
Mrs TG March 2017 Halifax
David is friendly, professional and helpful. We were so delighted that he was able to assist in our French property purchase and he has put our minds at rest moving closer to ownership! We would not hesitate to recommend the service we have been provided with.
Ms EO February 2017 Gillingham
I used the legal services of David Barney to assist with the sale of my house in France. I found him to be extremely professional and, having never been through this process before, his thorough knowledge of the subject was very reassuring. The sale went through smoothly and I would highly recommend his services to anyone looking for advice on French legal matters.
Mr M December 2016 Cornwall
Selling or purchasing a house in France can be a difficult, exasperating and time-consuming exercise. Mr Barney removes all that pressure. He is always available, understands the minutiae of French law with regard to housing and provides a level of support and assistance I have not experienced elsewhere in our legal services. If you are considering purchasing or selling a property in France I cannot recommend him more highly. He is your man.
Mr MS October 2016
We found David via an internet search and were so pleased that we found him. He made the buying of our property in France much easier as we do not speak French as yet. He was always at the end of the phone when we needed an answer and always responded quickly to any queries we had. We always felt he was on our side the whole way through - would happily recommend or use again if we purchase again in France.
H and M of Scotland September 2016
I contacted David 3 years ago looking for some advice and assistance after my father passed away. My father partly owned a property in France which formed part of his estate which was governed by French Inheritance Law. David was able to offer immediate assistance and pointed out areas where I was likely to be vulnerable or taken advantage of. Unfortunately this led to a 3 year dispute with another party, however David’s commitment to my case was impressive. His knowledge of French Inheritance law is second to none and he fought very hard to ensure I got what was rightfully mine. His knowledge, explanations and powerful letters (that always packed a punch!) repeatedly filled me with confidence and support through was what was a very difficult time for me. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend David to anyone who requires help/advice regarding French Inheritance Law. Thank you David for your help!
Mrs KW of Bristol August 2016
I required a solicitor to handle the purchase of a Chalet in France. The internet guided me to Barney& Co Solicitors, so I called David Barney and spoke to some extent over my options and the best way to proceed over a conversation lasting a good 30 minutes. David called me back with answers to several questions that I raised and this is what gave me the confidence in his expertise and client attention. Subsequently I instructed David to handle my affairs and deal with the other parties demanding client and solicitor which he did. The outcome is the purchase was undertaken with ease and only the speed of French property process slowed the process. I would strongly recommend David and his associates.
Mr RC of Sussex August 2016
I needed to seek professional help with regard to re-imbursement of an overpayment of French Social Tax following the sale of my property in 2013. My search on the internet led me to contact Barney &Co Solicitors , initially being hesitant and not the lease a little sceptical about the likelihood of a successful outcome/conclusion of my claim due to the complexities with regard to French law. I am pleased to say that due to David Barney’s professionalism, knowledge and perseverance my fears were unfounded and resulted in a successful conclusion to my claim. I would therefore have no hesitation in recommending Barney & Co Solicitors in relation to French law.
Ms LW of Colne Lancs July 2016
I have just purchased a French property with the help of Mr. Barney. Anyone familiar with property sales will know it is a very rare thing indeed for a property transaction to go through without any problems, let alone one across international borders, and ours was no exception, however, at all times David was very helpful, approachable, gave clear explanations, and did a superb job ensuring the sale progressed to its conclusion. When any queries were raised David's answers were always prompt and informative. David did a fantastic job for me and I would gladly recommend him and use him again myself in the future should the need arrive.
A. D. Isle of Wight June 2016
We have just returned from France having purchased a house in very good condition compared with others of the same type. i.e. old stone built Bastide houses. Thanks to your comments and advice I was able to get many necessary improvements carried out by the Vendors before we signed the final ‘acte’, and this has allowed us to get the work for our changes underway promptly after the purchase.
Mr AM June 2016
My brother and I, who have little knowledge of the French legal system, were faced with signing complicated French legal documents to allow the sale of a French property in which we had a share. We realised we were vulnerable and asked David Barney to act on our behalf. On examining the case, he realised that we were in danger of being seriously disadvantaged financially due to mistakes made in a previous property transaction. Mr Barney eventually managed to convince the Notaire managing the property sale that our claim for a larger share of the proceeds was correct. This led to a positive result for us which significantly exceeded Mr Barney's fees.
Mr JM of Swindon May 2016
David acted for me with respect to my late Father’s estate in France, including the sale of his home. David was extremely knowledgeable, very skilful in guiding me to the best possible outcome and very thorough in the way that he handled all aspects of the legal process - his help was invaluable. I also found David to be compassionate and thoughtful which made all the difference at such a difficult time. I have no hesitation in recommending him to you.
Ms ST of London May 2016
David was very thorough throughout the process, and knew to look and ask for elements that we wouldn’t have thought of. He is determined to get the full picture for his clients before they commit to a transaction so they know exactly what they are buying into.
Mr & Mrs E of Sawford, Hants February 2016
I can confirm that David acted for me in respect of the purchase of a property in France providing procedural advice, contract terms modification, supply of an independent Notaire and general comfort in the translation of technical French into English. I have no hesitation in recommending the employment of David in these respects, who not only shows but operates by the "old fashioned" levels of client care which were once the norm in the legal profession, rather than the "red tape" which is so commonly met with today.
Mr PK January 2016
Both my wife and I would like to put on record how impressed with the service and care you have taken with the buying of our first property in France , all the information you gave us was simple to understand ,I was very grateful to find someone like yourself to guide us through the whole complicated process, as all the documents are in French, I was also impressed at how quickly you returned our phone call with numerous questions, nothing seemed to much trouble and your attention to detail was great, the whole process was smooth and easy to follow ,we would both recommend you to anyone buying a property in France as the service was second to none and will be using your services again on our next venture aboard. Once again thank you for all your help and legal guidance with the law in France as it seems to differ from how we approach things in England.
Mr and Mrs SG of Devon December 2015
My ex and I purchased a house in France as an SCI (originally as a holiday home), but when we separated I decided to stay in the UK, while my ex moved to France. Being an SCI meant that we owned the house 50/50, and I needed expert legal help to sort it out for me. It proved to be a very complicated process, but David Barney managed every step with calm, thoughtful and sensible professionalism. His advice to me was second to none at all times. I couldn't recommend David more highly.
Ms JK of N. Wales July 2015
In August 2014 my brother and I unexpectedly inherited two properties and large debts in France. We were shocked by the death of our sibling and the enormity of the task facing us. We do not speak French and didn't have any knowledge of the complex and prohibitive French Inheritance Laws. I searched the Internet and found David. He has been reassuring and supportive. Always available by email or telephone. His experience of dealing with French Notaires has guided us through a very difficult situation. We would highly recommend David for his knowledge, language skills, calmness and support. His mantra was “Don't worry.” Thank you, David
Mr LL April 2015
David Barney acted for us in the sale of our French ski apartment, and was very efficient, helpful and cost effective. We highly recommend Barney & Co’s services.
Mr RG of Derbyshire January 2015
We would like to thank David for his valuable advice and assistance with our property purchase in France. It was very reassuring to have an expert in the process and the language, ensuring that we didn't sign anything that we were unsure of. David's advice about the best way for us to purchase in our situation also made great sense and we are certainly much more aware of inheritance laws etc for the future. I would happily recommend David's services for anyone needing help in buying a house in France in the future.
Mr & Mrs D J G who live in Wiltshire January 2015
David was extremely helpful in guiding us through a very difficult transaction. He was always available to spend time and give advice when needed and crucially able to advise us against incorporating several clauses in the agreement that would could have had most undesirable consequences and were not even flagged up by the French Notaire we had appointed to deal with the sale.
Mr MB of London December 2014
From the very first phone call, David Barney has been fantastic in dealing with the sale of some land in France. It has been a slightly complicated set of circumstances which he has unraveled and navigated with persistence, grace and clarity. I can't recommend him highly enough and am hugely grateful.
Ms A F of London
On behalf of my sister and I, I would like to express a huge appreciation and thanks for your expertise and diligence in the matter of our late sister's estate in France. Our initial reason for engaging your service was to assist in the translation and understanding of the plethoric volume of legal documents requiring our signatures and immediate payment of succession tax quoted therein. Your familiarity with the language, and your expert knowledge and evaluation of the complexities involved in the calculation of the French succession tax quickly uncovered a significant error, which undoubtedly, we would have paid had we not engaged your services. Furthermore, you identified exemption of these taxes for my sister due to her recognized disability in Britain. Without a doubt, you have saved us tens of thousands of euros. Once again, many thanks.
Mr and Mrs W who purchased a property in the Charente department wrote to us following their successful purchase to say "David Barney’s experience and guidance was invaluable. His involvement provided us with peace of mind that we would not have had relying solely on a French based Notaire."

French Property Lawyers

Buying a property in France, inheriting or bequeathing a property in France can be a minefield without specialist advice from a French property lawyer able to give you relevant legal advice on French law.

Barney & Company who are a specialist firm of experienced property lawyers who are registered English Solicitors and who deal in French property and succession issues. We have been giving specialist French legal advice as French property lawyers for many years and can assist you with all legal matters relating to your purchase or sale of French domestic property, over and above that normally given by the French Notaire.

If you would like assistance or an explanation relating to:

  • the purchase or sale of a property in France
  • help with regard to the problems which may in future arise in respect of French property on the death of an owner,
  • and the testamentary arrangements which you may need to make should that happen to you,
then please call David Barney on 01458 270 296 on weekdays between 10a.m and 6p.m, or e-mail him at

We offer a FREE INITIAL DISCUSSION for not more than 20 minutes of your requirements relating to the purchase or sale of French property or issues relating to that property such as Wills succession rights.

As French speaking Anglo French lawyers we have good established links with several French lawyers who are able to assist with any unusually complex matters and who are legally able to act as the French Notaire in relation to the final transfer deed on the sale or purchase of French property, which we as Solicitors are unable to do.

What we can offer you, is advice and guidance which may assist you in avoiding the pitfalls that many UK nationals have when selling or buying a property in France.

It is very important that those persons owning or buying a French property take proper legal advice from us as French property lawyers who are fluent in written and spoken French before committing themselves to the purchase of a French property.

Barney & Company, The Old Vicarage, Vicarage Lane, SOMERTON, TA11 7NQ. Authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. SRA Number 384706
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We offer a 20 minute free consultation

Call David Barney now on 01458 270296 or 07766095865 for a free discussion of your legal requirements. David is a UK based solicitor that specialises in French property and inheritance law.

What our clients say…

"My wife and I contacted David Barney in October 2017 as we wanted to sell a property in France, which had serious legal issues with regards to beneficiaries after a colleague’s death. We can confirm that David has been a great asset in fighting our corner and I would go as far as to say that David’s knowledge of French Property Law is probably more extensive than Notaires based in France. In our case, I am positive that if it had not been for David’s knowledge and know how, we probably would not have been able to proceed to a successful completion and sold the property.

I would have no hesitation in strongly recommending that you contact David Barney in the event that you have a property in France that you may wish to sell or that you may be considering purchasing a property in France.

He will provide you with all the information required and will give you every assistance in ensuring that you have the right advice in any proposed transaction."
Mr and Mrs AP of Somerset, July 2018

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