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Buckles Solicitors LLP

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London, 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 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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