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Buckles Solicitors LLP

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London, Peterborough, Stamford

Michael Rabbett

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Buckles Solicitors LLP

Work Department

Agriculture, commercial property, property and development, residential property, social housing.


Michael handles a broad mix of agricultural, commercial and residential property matters and works with a wide range of businesses including the farming community and the haulage sector. In addition to his general commercial expertise, Michael has gained significant experience in acting for developers in site acquisition and subsequent unit sales for both commercial and residential developments. Michael's agricultural clients consult him on a wide range of matters, from land acquisition and sales (and the single farm payment issues arising from those transactions) through to farm business tenancies, diversification issues (such as wind farm and communication mast leases), mineral extraction and landfill.


Trained Buckles Solicitors LLP (formerly Buckle Mellows); qualified 1994; partner 1998 to date.


University of East London (1991 LLB Hons 2(1)); College of Law, York (1992 Solicitors Final Exams). Notary Public 2015.

East Anglia: Private client

Agriculture and estates

Within: Agriculture and estates

The agricultural and rural affairs team at Buckles Solicitors LLP regularly advises on agricultural land acquisitions and sales, and on single farm payment issues. It is also able to draw on the firm’s wider property, tax, trust, wealth preservation, family and corporate practices, enabling to it provide a holistic service to clients. Property partner Michael Blank is a fellow of the Agricultural Law Association. Michael Rabbett handles a broad mix of agricultural, commercial and residential property matters ranging from simple land sales to farm business tenancies and diversification matters such as wind farm and communication mast leases, mineral extraction and landfill. Clients praise his ‘efficiency and professional service’. The firm’s recent transactions include a multimillion-pound financing arrangement for a prominent family farming business that included lease surrender and re-grant issues.

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East Anglia: Real estate

Commercial property: Peterborough

Within: Commercial property: Peterborough

Buckles Solicitors LLP has ‘a very effective, energetic and professional team of friendly lawyers who are clearly keen to offer speedy responses to any issue’. The team’s diverse practice covers the administration of property portfolios, agricultural land acquisitions and sales, mineral extraction and landfill development, landlord and tenant issues, corporate support work and the commercial property related securitisations. Head of department Michael Rabbett handles a broad mix of agricultural, commercial and residential property matters and works closely with clients in the agricultural and haulage sectors. Also recommended are Colleen Gostick, who is ‘extremely knowledgeable and always strives to provide a top-quality service’, and Michael Blank, who acts for high-profile commercial clients. Chris Mundell joined the firm as a partner having previously worked as UK property counsel for Virgin Active, and solicitor Brendon Lee joined from the combined legal team of Harrow and Barnet Councils to add skills in planning and development work. The team recently acted for Best Friends Veterinary Group on the disposal of a chain of surgeries that involved granting new leases on 24 properties. The firm also acted for a leading international chain of health clubs as on the redevelopment and extension of a facility in central London that involved the surrender of leases, removal of rights across land and a development agreement. Other clients include Keystone Developments Limited and Cross Keys Homes.

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Within: Construction

Buckles Solicitors LLP has a strong and integrated team that handles work on a national basis. James Coppinger leads the cross-office team from Nottingham but spends a significant amount of time at the firm’s headquarters in Peterborough, where litigators James Maxey and senior associate Nick Porter play key roles. The team advises private and public sector clients including developers, housing associations, building contractors, funders, specialist sub-contractors, education establishments and commercial occupiers. Its key areas of focus include social housing, student accommodation, engineering and renewable energy, in which it handles procurement and contentious matters. Coppinger, property partner Michael Rabbett and planning solicitor Brendon Lee provided advice to a housing association on procurement, construction contracts, development agreements and other matters regarding two housing development schemes. Coppinger and Maxey acted for an engineering contractor in the automotive industry on high-value contracts for the design, supply, installation and commissioning of plant and machinery.

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