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Buckles Solicitors LLP

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London, Nottingham, Peterborough, Stamford

Michael Blank

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Buckles Solicitors LLP

Work Department

Agriculture, commercial property.


Michael has a wide ranging experience of all aspects of commercial property transactions acting for both private and public sector clients. Clients include not only property developers, but also financial institutions, manufacturing companies with diverse property portfolios, clients in the retail sector, and other owner managed businesses. He is expert at the drafting and negotiation of all types of commercial lease. When acting for developers, Michael is able to guide them through the process of acquiring development land, then funding the development process and finally disposing of the completed development, whether on a freehold or leasehold basis, and to single or multiple occupiers. Michael is a Fellow of the Agricultural Law Association and deals with the acquisition and disposal of agricultural land, whether for development or continuing agricultural use, and is also familiar with tenancies under the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 (and tenant succession issues) and Farm Business Tenancies granted in accordance with the Agricultural Holdings Act 1995. Michael is also familiar with the securitisation of commercial property finance on behalf of financial institutions.


Trained Farrell Matthews and Weir; qualified 1988; assistant solicitor Beachcroft Stanleys (now Beachcroft LLP) 1988-90; assistant solicitor Finers (now Finers Stephens Innocent) 1990-91; assistant solicitor Hewitson Becke + Shaw 1991-93; assistant solicitor Greenwoods Solicitors 1994-2001; partner 2001-03; partner Buckles Solicitors LLP 2003-todate.




Agricultural Law Association, CLA


University College of Wales, Aberystwyth (1984 LLB Hons); College of Law, Guildford (1985 LSF).


Member of MCC, enjoys cricket, rugby, ornithology and rearing Tamworth pigs.

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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Within: Planning

Buckles Solicitors LLP in Peterborough is 'excellent, the standard was easily to up to that of Magic and Silver circle firms'. The firm has a small planning team that nevertheless attracts high-quality work on urban and rural projects from across the East Anglian region. Senior solicitor Brendon Lee, who leads the practice and works closely with the commercial property and construction and engineering teams, is 'a star in the making'. He regularly acts for individuals, developers, lenders, public sector bodies and utilities on the full range of planning matters. One recent highlight saw Lee work with commercial property partner Michael Blank on the drafting and negotiation of s106 agreements for a social housing developer. The same team also advised another developer of affordable housing on planning matters. Lee's own caseload included securing a large sum in compensation for a client who objected to a Transport and Works Act Order.

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