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Buckles Solicitors LLP

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London, Nottingham, Peterborough, Stamford

James Maxey

Work 01733 888789
Buckles Solicitors LLP

Work Department

Dispute resolution, mediation, property litigation.


James specialises in commercial disputes, professional negligence, shareholder disputes and breach of director’s duties as well as advising insolvency practitioners on a wide range of contentious insolvency issues. James accepts appointments as a Mediator and also represents clients in mediation.


Trained Greenwoods Solicitors; qualified 1994; assistant solicitor 1994-98; partner and head of DR 1998-2003; partner and head of DR Buckles Solicitors LLP 2003-todate.


Coventry Polytechnic (LLB Hons Business Law); College of Law, York.

East Anglia: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: elsewhere in East Anglia

Within: Leading individuals

James Maxey - Buckles Solicitors LLP

Within: Commercial litigation: elsewhere in East Anglia

Buckles Solicitors LLP has one of the most highly respected litigation practices in Peterborough, but through its office in London and its relationship with Paris and Milan-based firm CastaldiPartners it has a growing caseload of work for clients with national and international disputes, which complement its work for SME clients in East Anglia. Leading light and practice head James Maxey is a solicitor advocate and CEDR-accredited mediator who specialises in company and partnership disputes, breach of commercial trading agreements, claims arising out of corporate warranties, shareholder disputes and breach of director’s duties matters. Last year, he represented a client in the transport sector in a high-value claim arising from the purchase of equipment that was deemed not fit for purpose. Alejandro Verdu de Haro, who is dual-qualified in both English and Spanish law, has been practising in the UK for more than ten years. He acts for British clients with interests in Spain and for Spanish banks, companies and individuals in enforcement proceedings in the UK. Senior associate Nick Porter, who focuses mainly on insolvency disputes, is also recommended for general commercial litigation.

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East Anglia: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery

Within: Insolvency and corporate recovery

Buckles Solicitors LLP has one of the few dedicated insolvency practices in Peterborough and it regularly acts for IPs in a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters. Springfields Advisory LLP, Bulley Davey, RSM UK Group, Ellwell & Watchorn & Saxton LLP, and Corporate Financial Solutions are among its clients. The firm's highly experienced head of litigation James Maxey oversees the practice, in which senior associate Nick Porter and corporate associate Robin Johnston are the key contacts. Porter has particular expertise in acting for directors to secure, in the period of disqualification sought, permissions to act whilst disqualified and s216 matters. He recently defended a company faced with an application for an injunction to prevent it from presenting a winding up petition. Johnston acted for GB Patterns in the acquisition of LCP Patters Bookmakers in a pre-packaged deal negotiated with the company's administrators.

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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: Real estate


Within: Construction

The construction practice at Buckles Solicitors LLP is led from Nottingham by James Coppinger, who also spends time in the London and Peterborough offices. Coppinger is on the Technology and Construction Solicitors’ Association (TeCSA) accredited adjudication panel and has been appointed as adjudicator on a number of disputes. In the Peterborough office, experienced litigator James Maxey plays a key role in contentious construction matters. Coppinger handled construction due diligence for a multimillion-pound financing facility provided by a major lender. With Maxey, he recently acted in a multimillion-pound adjudication arising from non-payment and final account valuation matters arising from a major rail development. The firm's diverse client base includes housebuilders Hill Partnerships Limited and Longhurst Group Limited, Hertfordshire-based property developer Taylor French Developments Limited, retirement property developer Keystone Developments Limited, and North Hertfordshire Homes Limited.

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