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Buckles Solicitors LLP

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London, Nottingham, Peterborough, Stamford

Paul Branch

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Buckles Solicitors LLP

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Dispute resolution, mediation, property litigation, social housing.


Paul is a recognised expert in property and trust disputes. He acts for registered providers, commercial landlords, tenants and owner occupiers as well as advising trustees and beneficiaries. He also represents clients at mediation and accepts appointments as mediator. Paul's personal caseload includes property disputes from local authorities and he undertakes contentious trust litigation involving multi-party property rights claims arising out of multi-million pound property portfolios within the UK and overseas, as well as a broad range of more modest local and regional contentious property work.


Trained Buckles Solicitors LLP (formerly Buckle Mellows); qualified 1987; partner 1991 to date; CEDR-accredited mediator.


.Leicester Polytechnic (1983 BA Hons Law 2(1)); Leicester University (1985 LLM).


Running (completed London Marathon three times), rugby union coach.

East Anglia: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

Buckles Solicitors LLP in Peterborough regularly handles complex and high-value professional negligence claims, predominantly for claimants but the practice is seeing an increasing number of cases for uninsured defendants. A key strand of its workload arises from the mis-selling of financial products, with cases brought against financial institutions, financial advisers and lawyers who have failed to deal with initial claims effectively. Solicitor advocates James Maxey and Paul Branch  have broad litigation practices that include a substantial amount of professional negligence matters, and senior associate Nick Porter has more than 15 years' experience in this field. The firm's highlights included acting for a large business in the veterinary sector that purchased interest rate derivatives from a leading UK bank. The claim arose from the resulting financial losses the business suffered, after which it was discovered that the products had been mis-sold. The multimillion-pound claim is currently in the Court of Appeal.

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East Anglia: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

Clients of¬†Buckles Solicitors LLP¬†report a ‚Äėdown-to-earth approach to giving legal advice‚Äė. The firm has ‚Äėa very substantive and multi-skilled practice that still maintains a friendly feel‚Äė. Mediator Paul Branch¬†has more than 30 years‚Äô litigation experience and is 'a highly effective lawyer who balances technical dispute resolution knowhow with pragmatic, sensitive realism; he can handle a highly emotional dispute with great care'. One barrister remarks that 'he¬†has an extremely sensible approach to litigation, he knows what arguments are going to impress judges, and he is a very calm and reassuring presence for clients'. ‚ÄėOpen and honest‚Äė senior solicitor Alex Burch¬†is 'a really sensible, hardworking and reliable operator, who is keen to achieve the best for the client'.

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East Anglia: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Property litigation

At Buckles Solicitors LLP accredited mediator, solicitor advocate and specialist in property and trust disputes Paul Branch has 30 years of litigation experience and is 'calm under pressure and his experience shines out; his presence on a case makes a significant difference to the outcome'. His expertise in contentious trusts and probate sees him act in many property disputes involving trusts. Last year, he acted for Richard Nelson LLP as tenant of a London property with sub-tenants in occupation. The matter involved serving notice on the sub-tenant to bring their tenancy to an end, as well as minor dilapidation issues. National Society of Allotments & Leisure Gardeners and Stamford Storage (HG) Ltd are also among the firm's clients.

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