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:

Ms KG of Cornwall – June 2023
June 30, 2023

I instructed David in late 2022 to assist in the settlement of my late father's French life insurance policy. At the point of instruction I had no idea where to start, how much was in the policy, or what to do at all, but David was happy to take on the case and investigate for me. Over the last few months, David has answered all of my queries promptly and explained the various steps and legalities of the matter, and despite a very difficult time in actually getting the funds from the bank, I am pleased to say the matter is now fully settled.

This would not have been possible without David's specialist knowledge and connections, and the whole process has been dealt with quite quickly considering the obvious challenges. I am very grateful for David's help and would recommend his services for anyone in a similar position.

John of Chelmsford, Essex – March 2023
April 17, 2023

In January 2023 I was in imminent danger of losing the sale of my holiday home in the Perigord Vert, France due to the uninvited intervention of a local Notaire who held the deeds, and invoked a process of Succession under French Law. My wife had died in March 2019 and although her death had been properly registered with the French authorities a previous French Will (Donation entre epoux) created in November 1990 had become invalid by virtue of a new Will in the UK in 2009. The lack of consultation meant that I was unaware of this complication added to which both my sons had no interest in the sale proceeds and were reluctant to deal with the French Notaire.

At this point I sought professional help and via the web was directed to David Barney, a UK Solicitor who specialises in French Succession Law. Following an initial conversation by telephone David agreed to investigate the problem and I provided him with all relevant documents including the property “Title Deed” and the “Donation entre epoux”. David reverted to me within a few days to confirm that he would accept the case and he fully explained his plan of action and outlined in detail his fees and terms and conditions.

The end result included the removal of the local Notaire from the sale process utilising David’s own French Notaire, and liaison with a local Notaire who acted for both buyer and seller. The French Succession requirements were satisfied and the sale was concluded in March 2023. David Barney kept me advised throughout and with his help the buyers were placated at an early stage to ensure that the sale could proceed.

There is no doubt that without the skilled professional help from David Barney I would have lost the sale and I am very grateful for all his hard work in resolving this issue. I would have no hesitation in recommending his specialist services and commend him to clients with similar difficulties.

More testimonials can be found on our dedicated Testimonials page.

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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