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Buckles Solicitors LLP

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London, Nottingham, Peterborough, Stamford

Michael Rabbett

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Buckles Solicitors LLP

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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 focuses primarily on land and property transactions, as well as single farm payment issues. Head of commercial property Michael Rabbett is the key contact and he regularly acts for farming businesses. Property partner Michael Blank, who is a fellow of the Agricultural Law Association, also plays a key role in the practice. Last year, he handled the £950,000 sale of a farm with arable land for the family of a deceased farmer in a deal that included simultaneously procuring the assignment of an agricultural tenancy of the land to the purchaser to obtain vacant possession, and ensuring that the tenant transferred Basic Payment Scheme entitlements benefitting the land to the purchaser.

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East Anglia: Real estate

Commercial property: Peterborough

Within: Commercial property: Peterborough

Buckles Solicitors LLP is 'first-class, the service and advice ranks with the very best,' according to one client. Another describes 'excellent service – very business-minded advice and strong decision-making skills'. 'Very competent' head of commercial property Michael Rabbett leads a four-partner practice that 'punches well above its weight'. Michael Blank is 'a strong and experienced commercial property lawyer'. Chris Mundell is 'highly intelligent, technically extremely strong and manages to combine this with excellent commercial judgement'. Colleen Gostick, who stepped down as managing partner last year, specialises in commercial property and is 'excellent, very efficient and pragmatic'. She is chair of Greater Peterborough Partnership, which brings together community representatives to deliver the local plan for Peterborough, and is a director of Opportunity Peterborough, the UK’s first urban regeneration company. The firm's highlights in 2017 included Rabbett's work for Axiom Housing Limited on a £3.6m acquisition of social housing units. He also advised Medesham Homes LLP on a joint venture between a housing association and a local authority, which included the acquisition of a site for residential development. Mundell acted for Devonshire Metro Limited on all property aspects of a bespoke pre-let industrial and office development to a large industrial occupier in Peterborough.

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Social housing

Within: Social housing

Buckles Solicitors LLP is the leading firm in Peterborough for social housing matters and it has a large client base of registered providers across the whole of East Anglia and further afield with new client wins in the West Midlands, Norfolk, the East Midlands. It now acts for more than 65 social housing providers including Cross Keys Homes Limited, Saffron Housing Trust Limited, Hundred Housing Association and Waterloo Housing. Its core areas of expertise are housing management, anti-social behaviour and construction law. Practice head Gail Sykes is a leading light in the market. Her recent cases included pursuing a possession claim for against the occupant of an extra care scheme, who had preyed upon other elderly and vulnerable residents whilst being vulnerable herself. An outright possession order was successfully obtained. She also handled an indirect discrimination claim brought against a social housing client in relation to their shared ownership scheme. The matter was ultimately dismissed. Property partner Michael Rabbett advised Axiom Housing on the £3.6m purchase of 35 social housing units in a deal that involved development and build agreements and s106 issues.

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