Firm Profile > Butcher Andrews > Fakenham, England

Butcher Andrews
NR21 9BL

Commercial property: elsewhere in East Anglia Tier 1

Butcher Andrews has offices in Fakenham and Holt, and practice head and residential development specialist Chris Hoxley works between both locations, though the firm services clients not only in North Norfolk but across the whole of East Anglia. Hoxley acts for smaller and regional house builders in all of their projects including options, conditional contracts, site assembly and plot sales. Helen Hemingray, who joined from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, handles property matters for local businesses, large estates, local farming families and a listed company.

Practice head(s):

Chris Hoxley

Other key lawyers:


“The firm has a very professional, approachable and knowledgeable team. It is excellent at responding quickly to issues and keeping you informed.”

“Chris Hoxley is able to provide an excellent service. He is knowledgeable and very efficient and we have every confidence in him and his team and have no hesitation in recommending them.”

“Chris Hoxley is an outstanding solicitor who is always keen to help and explains things in a plain and simple manner.”

“The team is extremely welcoming and friendly, demonstrating exceptional client care.”

“Helen Hemingray is the best solicitor I have dealt with, being incredibly organised, very responsive and going over and above what is required.”

“Communication is kind, friendly, understanding and efficient. The practice has a proactive nature with forward thinking initiative.”

“Good rapport and an individual service, tailored to the client and requirements.”

Key clients

Anglian Windows Limited

East Anglian Property Limited

Vello Ltd

The Holkham Estate

Astris Homes East Anglia Limited

Derek Foreman House Builders Ltd

Grocott & Murfit Ltd


Fakenham Properties Limited

Family Tier 2

Butcher Andrews has a strong following in North Norfolk and continues to extend its reach further into East Anglia. Practice head Adney Payne, who is one of the most highly respected family lawyers in Norfolk, and key partner Julia Buckingham are both collaboratively trained, and Buckingham's background as a property lawyer gives her added insight into complex cohabitation disputes. They are supported by experienced litigation executive Jean Curtis who has specialist expertise in Children Act cases.

Practice head(s):

Adney Payne

Other key lawyers:

Personal tax, trusts and probate: elsewhere in East Anglia Tier 3

Head of probate Simon Underwood at Butcher Andrews leads a practice with in-depth knowledge of tax matters and handles the estates of numerous high-net-worth clients, often involving substantial commercial or agricultural property. It advises on inheritance tax, capital gains tax and income tax matters, as well as the administration and winding up of trusts.

Practice head(s):

Simon Underwood

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Parker; Cindy Grand


‘My dealings with the firm over the past three decades has convinced me of its pride in trying to do what is appropriate and best for the client in a professional, yet relaxed and friendly manner.’

‘The office atmosphere is positive and warm and engenders a feeling of confidence so important when dealing with the unfamiliar machinations of the law.’

Butcher Andrews is a Norfolk-based law firm delivering robust and client-focused legal solutions for individuals, companies, partnerships, charities and commercial and farming enterprises.

The firm: The firm was founded over 100 years ago. It has acquired a reputation for delivering high quality legal advice, tailored to the needs of the individual client, across the range of its services. The expertise and professional approach of its fee earners is equal to that of much larger firms, with the added advantage of cost-effectiveness and relevant local knowledge. It acts for clients throughout  East Anglia and further afield.

The firm is committed to providing a high standard of client care, clear advice and practical solutions. Many of its lawyers are recognized as leading practitioners in their fields and it is this recognition, combined with a strong focus on the needs of the client, that has contributed to its excellent reputation.

Types of work undertaken
Commercial property: Chris Hoxley, Helen Hemingray and Chris Taylor  have experience in dealing with a wide range of transactions, including freehold acquisitions and disposals, option and promotion agreements, overage, secured lending and commercial leases.

Agricultural property: Chris Hoxley advises on all aspects of agricultural law including the sale, purchase and lease of farms and farm buildings, and agricultural tenancies.  Chris is a Fellow of the Agricultural Law Association.

Family: the team, led by Julia Buckingham , advises on all aspects of family law, including prenuptial agreements, civil partnerships, cohabitation disputes, separation and divorce. Many of its cases involve complex financial agreements with corporate and international assets or difficult issues involving children and domestic violence.

Wills, trusts and probate: Simon Underwood and his team advise clients on tax planning and private wealth management. They have considerable experience advising on wills and trusts, and the administration of estates ranging from those with modest assets to multimillion-pound estates.

Residential property: the team, headed by Toni Potter, advises on all types of conveyancing transactions, including sale and purchase of residential property, mortgaging and re-mortgaging, buy to let, right to buy and transfers of equity.

Employment: the firm acts for both employee and employer clients on all matters, from construction of contracts, settlement agreements, TUPE issues, and discrimination, to disciplinary and grievance procedures. Where a dispute is not settled by early conciliation, Butcher Andrews represents both employers and employees in tribunal claims, from initial advice through to advocacy at a hearing.

Dispute resolution: David Richards joins the firm as a Partner in March 2020, having previously been a Partner at Leathes Prior in Norwich.  The firm has specialists who can advise on personal injury, professional negligence, boundary and party wall disputes, adverse possession claims, contract and debt disputes, contested probate and landlord/tenant disputes. Where appropriate, the team advises on early settlement of disputes, which may involve formal mediation.

Department Name Email Telephone
Family Julia Buckingham
Wills, trusts and probate Simon Underwood
Commercial property Chris Hoxley
Residential Property Toni Potter
Commercial property Helen Hemingray
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Julia Buckingham photo Ms Julia Buckingham Partner
Mr Chris Hoxley  photo Mr Chris Hoxley
Mr Adney Payne  photo Mr Adney Payne
 Simon Underwood  photo Simon Underwood
Number of UK partners : 5
Number of other UK fee-earners : 8

TESTIMONIAL: I just wanted to thank Adney for his valued advice and guidance also his kindness and great dry sense of humour, which was very much appreciated and helped ease the tension during recent months.

TESTIMONIAL: Thank you for dealing with my matrimonial matters for me. You were highly recommended and I can see why.
It’s a great relief all is finalised and I feel satisfied that I’ve been fair. It’s not an easy scenario but I’ve had utmost confidence in you at all times.