Firm Profile > Buckles Solicitors LLP > Peterborough, England

Buckles Solicitors LLP
GRANT HOUSE
101 BOURGES BOULEVARD
PETERBOROUGH
PE1 1NG
England

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Commercial litigation: elsewhere in East Anglia Tier 2

The Peterborough office of Buckles Solicitors LLP is part of a firm-wide litigation practice that handles a broad range of regional work and, increasingly, international matters due to its multi-lingual team. Recent growth has focused on the London office, but Peterborough is home to practice head James Maxey and senior associate Nick Porter, who frequently act for small businesses and entrepreneurs in contract, shareholder and partnership disputes.

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Yours Clothing

Eutelsat

Commercial property: elsewhere in East Anglia Tier 2

'They have complete depth of skills to cope with all property and construction issues - a one-stop shop', remarks a client of Buckles Solicitors LLP in Peterborough. From development work and the administration of property portfolios to mineral extraction, landfill development and all aspects of landlord and tenant law, the firm has a broad-ranging practice. Michael Rabbett leads the commercial property group and deals with high-value residential development matters. The 'efficient, knowledgeable and helpful' Colleen Gostick and up-and-coming partner Chris Mundell also play key roles.

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They have complete depth of skills to cope with all property and construction issues – a one-stop shop.

I deal with Colleen Gostick, who is outstanding. She is very efficient, responds very quickly to any communication, is knowledgeable, helpful and pleasant with it. Michael Blank, Michael Rabbett and solicitor James Munn share the same qualities. Competitors l have had experience of acting for the other side do not share these qualities, in some cases they should be reported for crass incompetency.

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

Clients of Buckles Solicitors LLP in Peterborough report that the firm is 'very well organised, knowledgeable, proactive in its approach and accessible'. Skilled in disputes involving Inheritance Act challenges by spouses, partners and children, the firm also defends claims relating to capacity, deputyship applications, care home fees, top-up fees and claims for retrospective continuing healthcare. 'Caring, careful and considerate' practice head and ACTAPS member Paul Branch is an experienced litigator with 15 years' experience and associate Alex Burch focuses purely on this area of law.

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All of the team are knowledgeable and keen to help. They are obviously professional but also friendly and do not try to be overly technical.

I feel that when I deal with staff at Buckles that they have time for me and interest in my needs. They also do what they promise.

Very well organised and knowledgeable. Proactive in their approach and accessible.

Alex Burch is an excellent solicitor who is very easy and helpful to work with.

The overall sense I get from having worked with two fee-earners in the team is that they are genuinely striving to achieve the best outcome for the client at the best cost to the client. Some firms with whom I have worked front-load the fees when it is clear that a case will settle well in advance of trial but I am confident that this is not something this firm does.

Paul Branch is an individual who will go out of his way to try to find a resolution and I know he does this without billing for all the time he dedicates to it. He is caring, careful and considerate in his approach to the clients and litigation.

Seamless transactions between specialisms with key personnel being brought on board with the exact capabilities and skill sets in an expedient manner.

Motivated, hardworking, down to earth, capable and easily contactable.

The firm has excellent strength and experience in the field of contentious trust and probate and holds its own with the best firms. It regularly deals with high value, complex and multi-party disputes. It has great support from its private client team who can support with detailed tax advice where relevant.

Paul Branch is a fantastic team leader and is always a wise head in a crisis. He is knowledgeable, calm and responsive and his experience as a mediator is invaluable in navigating difficult negotiations. He is not intimidated by aggressive opponents.

Alex Burch is an up-and-coming associate who is very thorough, hardworking and puts clients at their ease. He has good experience of difficult trial situations.

Buckles is an excellent practice and works as a smooth team to give clients a great service. Liaison across teams is good and it gives clients confidence in their work.

I worked with Alex Burch who was unfailingly professional and always kept his word, so giving me confidence at a very difficult time. However I felt he was a kind and compassionate person who understood how my situation impacted on me. I will always appreciate this and would recommend him highly.

Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in East Anglia Tier 2

Buckles Solicitors LLP in Peterborough has a 'professional, knowledgable and very responsive team' that handles complex regional and cross-border corporate matters. The firm has an established reputation for assisting family-owned generational companies, working closely with the wealth management practice team on corporate restructurings. Through its affiliate offices in Paris and Milan, the firm also handles deals with international elements. Practice head Nigel Moore and associate Nadine Duncan are the key contacts.

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A professional, knowledgeable and very responsive team.

I have had great support and advice in my dealings with Giles Betts, Nicola Cockerill and Katy Poole in a difficult business acquisition.

I always felt and appreciated the opportunity to discuss in detail the issues faced during the acquisition and the determination and the team’s professionalism was exceptional.

Key clients

Rob Facer – Barnack Estates Limited

Andrew Danzey/Russell Irving – vendors ARC Building Solutions Limited

Stobbs (IP) Limited

Johnsons Garden Centre Limited

Flag Communication Limited

Rob Newcombe – Hydromarque Limited

Employment Tier 2

The Peterborough office of Buckles Solicitors LLP is a key hub in the firm's network of four UK offices, which work closely with its offices in Paris and Milan. As a result, the firm has a growing roster of cross-border work. Lead partner Giles Betts has more than 20 years’ experience in advising businesses, the public sector and senior executives on employment law issues. He has a particular expertise in managing the terminations of senior executives and advising on complex TUPE transactions. Associate Nicola Cockerill also plays a key role in the practice.

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Family Tier 2

'The advice given has always been accurate, and their approach has been firm but fair,' remarks a client of Buckles Solicitors LLP in Peterborough. Practice head Roger Gurney leads a team of 11 lawyers, among whom is the highly respected Lyn Brisley, who 'combines knowledge, wisdom and empathy in equal measure'. 'Clear-headed and realistic' associate Helen Saggers is also recommended. The firm has extensive experience in complex financial matters including trust work, international work and agricultural matters. Their work encompasses divorce, civil partnerships, prenuptial agreements and all children matters.

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I have only ever used Buckles for family law and I rate their service as absolutely first-class. The advice given has always been accurate, and their approach has been firm but fair, mirroring my views. I have always received timely responses to either my phone calls or emails. Appointments have been made and met on time. Everything one could desire from a family practice, guiding me through a very difficult and stressful time.

Lyn Brisley has been wonderful. She combines knowledge, wisdom and empathy in equal measure. Whilst being a person to be respected and listened to, she has always explained things in plain English and made me feel very comfortable. She is definitely a person to have on your side. Her advice has always proved to be correct. She has also made herself as available as possible for a busy professional. All in all, Lyn has preserved my sanity throughout this lengthy process.

They are good solid performers, dedicated to the clients.

Lyn Brisley is especially dedicated to her clients and has a strong commercial mindset.

The members of this firm who work with us show great empathy with clients and a real dedication to pro bono work and to making a positive difference to people’s lives when they encounter a family law problem. They also work collaboratively with our students, building strong professional relationships and nurturing the next generation of lawyers.

Solicitors Sellina Kauser and Rachael Butler stand out for their empathy and understanding. They offer practical advice to clients in a straightforward way and they are happy to share their knowledge and experience with our students.

They are committed to their clients and give sound tailored advice in all aspects of private children law and finance.’

Thorough and tenacious. They want good results for their clients and will encourage clients to mediate or litigate exactly as necessary. They are completely client-focused.

Collectively, the Buckles team went out of their way to make sure your experience with the practice was a good one. No matter who was the first to meet you, there was always a warm welcome, smiling face. They would always notify my representative of my arrival and offer a cuppa whilst I waited for my appointment. I would also like to mention Rob Glover who took care of all my billing and payment aspects. A very pleasant and friendly individual.

My representative on and off over a four-year period was Bev Harrison. From the initial consultation to the conclusion of my divorce, and subsequent marital home financial wranglings, Bev’s support, guidance and advice was unstinting. Bev always showed great empathy, which was particularly prevalent when I paused proceedings due to emotional circumstances. When I reconvened proceedings, Bev was there to support me through the process. She always responded to my calls and emails in a timely manner, notwithstanding her busy schedule, and always made time for me at often short notice. Bev always had my best interests at heart, and whilst she was mindful of the emotional circumstances she would ensure that I did not undermine my position, and reassured me that I was being more than fair and reasonable in my approach. Bev made the entire process as painless as possible and I would strongly recommend her to anyone in need of similar support. What really stood out for me was Bev’s refusal, despite my insistence, to charge me for previewing my ex-wife’s solicitor’s letters in relation to the marital home buyout terms. Her support enabled the matter to be concluded in a more timely manner, with minimum grief for me.

The Buckles’ family team has an excellent reputation for providing high-quality legal advice and representation in a supportive and personable way.

Lyn Brisley really listens to her clients and gives top-quality advice in a straightforward and compassionate way.

Associate Helen Saggers is clear-headed and realistic when providing advice based on 25 years’ experience. A pleasure to work with – her briefs are always well-prepared and her court paperwork well-focused.

An excellent and very experienced family law department. A regional leader in family law.

Roger Gurney has brilliant personal skills. He is calm and measured, gains the client’s confidence very quickly and is adept at guiding them through the court or ADR process. He is invariably able to establish a good working relationship with the other side and engages with them constructively, in the client’s best interest.

A fantastic team with a great focus on client care.

Lyn Brisley is tactically astute and a great lawyer.

Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 2

Buckles Solicitors LLP in Peterborough has a longstanding reputation for personal injury claimant work and is now expanding its practice to include a growing volume of clinical negligence claims. 'They put you at ease and nothing is ever too much for them,' says a client of practice head Roger Clarke, who has more than 30 years' experience in this field of law, and associate Martin Herson, who is an experienced litigator and advocate with more than 25 years' experience in both PI and clinical negligence work.

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We appreciate the communication, the attitude, the presentation, the one-to-one knowledge and the firm’s presence.’

Clients feel comfortable. They put you at ease and nothing is ever too much for them. For three years,  Martin Herson was always there for me and he was rock solid all the way through.’

Personal tax, trusts and probate: elsewhere in East Anglia Tier 2

'All the team are knowledgeable and keen to help,' says a client of Buckles Solicitors LLP in Peterborough. The practice advises on wealth protection, tax planning and wills, succession planning, setting up charitable trusts, Lasting Power of Attorney, probate, contentious trusts and probate, care home fees and Court of Protection matters. Associate Rebekkah Cooper leads the practice, in which chief executive Duncan Jackson and care home fees specialist Stephen Duffy are standout practitioners. Sarah Westwood in Stamford is also recommended.

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All the team are knowledgeable and keen to help. They are obviously professional but also friendly and do not try to be overly technical.

I feel that when I deal with staff at Buckles that they have time for me and interest in my needs. They also do what they promise.

Professional negligence Tier 2

'Down to earth, hardworking and contactable' is how one client describes the litigators at Buckles Solicitors LLP in Peterborough who handle professional negligence disputes. The firm acts predominantly for claimants, though it handles some defence work for insured professionals. It handles a broad range of claims but is particularly experienced in matters of solicitors' and accountants’ negligence connected with estate planning and associated tax issues. Head of litigation James Maxey, a solicitor advocate and CEDR-accredited mediator, is the key partner. Senior associate Nick Porter has more than 15 years’ experience in commercial litigation and professional negligence work.

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We appreciate the seamless transaction between teams dealing with an issue that covers a multitude of specialisms.

Down to earth, hardworking and contactable.

Property litigation Tier 2

'The team sees the problem and translates it into real English for you, not jargon for fast inter lawyer debates,' says a client of Buckles Solicitors LLP in Peterborough. The firm handles a diverse range of disputes for a wide range of clients, both corporate clients and individuals, ranging from boundary and right of way disputes to dilapidations and lease renewals. Practice head Paul Branch is an an ACTAPS member and frequently handles property disputes with trust elements. Commercial property partner Chris Mundell and associate Rob Wallwork are specialists in the retail sector, giving the firm a prominent role in related disputes.

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The team sees the problem and translates it into real English for you, not jargon for fast inter lawyer debates! Armed with an understanding of issues they then formulate your options express the full implications and assist in your decision-making.’

Paul Branch spent time to explain, justify and reason the potential outcomes, not just from a legal point of view but from a financial aspect as well. To be honest, there’s no point in spending thousands to win a point if costs won’t be recoverable even if awarded. Reasonable action is encouraged to shorten and speed up the process. Arbitration being seen as a cost saver, not giving in!

Key clients

Virgin Active Limited

Virgin Active Health Clubs Limited

National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners

Stamford Storage (HG) Limited

Shield Engineering (Syston) Limited

Social housing Tier 2

Buckles Solicitors LLP in Peterborough, which climbs the ranking this year, is the preferred legal services provider for numerous social housing providers, which call on its for advice on housing management, anti-social behaviour and construction matters. Firm-wide, it acts for more than 65 social housing providers across the Home Counties, London, East Anglia and the East Midlands. Head of social housing Gail Sykes, who works closely with the Nottingham-based construction practice, deals with housing litigation and housing management law, and is an experienced advocate in court proceedings.

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Cross Keys Homes Ltd

Hundred Houses Society

The CHS Group

Papworth Trust

Longhurst Group/Blue Sky Consortium

Cambridge Cottage Housing Society

Bedford Citizens Housing Association

Innisfree Housing Association

Saffron Housing Trust

Freebridge Community Housing Ltd

Construction Tier 3

Buckles Solicitors LLP has a strong construction practice based outside East Anglia, with key partner James Coppinger and his group based in Nottingham, but the firm's Peterborough office is involved in complex matters through its commercial property and litigation teams. Head of dispute resolution James Maxey is involved in high-profile construction disputes.

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Empiric Student Property PLC (and group companies)

Settle Group/Rowan Homes (NNHH) Limited

Longhurst Group Limited

Keystone Developments Limited

MAKE Consulting Limited

Taylor French Developments Limited

7 Formation Limited

Forshaw Land & Property Group Ltd

INTEC Engineering GmbH

Hill Partnerships Ltd

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

Buckles Solicitors LLP in Peterborough is known for its work on contentious insolvency matters, particularly asset recovery and protection. The firm frequently defends directors and third parties in actions brought by Insolvency Practitioners and head of litigation James Maxey also handles directors disqualification matters. The practice also advises on clients at the pre-insolvency, seeking to avoid formal appointments through commercial turnaround strategies. Senior associate Nick Porter is another name to note.

Planning and environment Tier 3

Buckles Solicitors LLP in Peterborough handles both planning and environmental matters in both rural and urban areas of East Anglia.  Head of dispute resolution James Maxey oversees the work of the planning group, which includes solicitor Lauren Godfrey. The firm advises on land sales and purchases, planning applications, construction and contentious matters. This includes compulsory acquisition work, judicial and statutory review, restrictive covenant issues and a range of environmental disputes.

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Longhurst Group Limited

Folkestone & Hythe District Council

Empiric Student Property PLC

Forshaw Group Limited

Devonshire Metro Limited

Barnack Estates Limited

Construction Tier 3

Buckles Solicitors LLP's Nottingham team advises clients on all stages of construction projects, with particular expertise in affordable housing, student accommodation, leisure, waste and renewable energy developments. James Coppinger frequently advises clients on procurement, transactions and contentious matters. Senior associate Charles Jakeman specialises in construction and engineering projects, commercial development and procurement.

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Empiric Student Property PLC (and group companies)

Settle Group/Rowan Homes (NNHH) Limited

Longhurst Group Limited

Keystone Developments Limited

MAKE Consulting Limited

Taylor French Developments Limited

7 Formation Limited

Forshaw Land & Property Group Ltd

INTEC Engineering GmbH

Hill Partnerships Ltd

Buckles Solicitors LLP provides a comprehensive range of legal services to businesses and individuals in the UK and internationally from offices in London, Nottingham, Peterborough, Stamford, Paris and Milan. It provides effective and practical solutions to the legal needs of corporate, commercial and private clients regionally, nationally and internationally. The firm has multilingual dual-qualified solicitors offering international services in property, private client and dispute matters. In June 2016, Buckles strengthened this international offering by formalising a strategic alliance with CastalidPartners, a Franco-Italian commercial law firm, enabling it to assist clients in overseas and UK jurisdictions.

The firm: a member of LawNet, the UK’s leading group of law firms, Buckles received the highly coveted LawNet Law Firm of the Year award in 2011 and 2015, followed by the LawNet Excellence in Employee Engagement award. The firm has also achieved the Investors in People Gold accreditation and is recognised as an Exemplar Employer. Buckles is dual Lexcel and ISO 9001:2008 accredited and has an overall client satisfaction score of 98%, well above the industry average. In addition, the firm holds the Cyber Essentials Standard Plus accreditation, a government and industry standard, and is regularly recommended by The Legal 500.

The firm has a depth of expertise across 15 service areas and is committed to providing clients with clear and concise legal advice combined with the very best client experience. Accordingly, most of Buckles’ work comes from recommendations or referrals from existing clients or business contacts.

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Individuals and families: Buckles advise individuals on all aspects of wealth management, family law matters, private property, tax planning and personal injury claims. The firm has expertise in helping clients protect their assets from care home fees, using carefully drafted wills, trusts or investments. The firm’s multilingual international team advises on all aspects of buying and selling property in France, Italy and Spain, as well as inheritance tax, cross-border estate planning, Wills, and disputes and litigation.

Businesses: the firm assists business clients in their day-to-day operations, from business start-ups, through expansion by organic growth or acquisition including amalgamation or sale. Whether they are a large institutional business, small owner-managed or public companies, clients can expect the same high-quality service for which Buckles is renowned. The firm takes great pride in delivering technically proficient advice and practical commercial solutions.

Construction and engineering: Buckles’ construction and engineering team offers expert advice on procurement solutions and construction dispute resolution to clients in the private and public sector. The firm’s clients range from developers (including housing associations) to building contractors, specialist sub-contractors, education establishments, commercial occupiers and funders.

Planning: Buckles’ planning department, established in 2014, dovetails with the construction and property teams to provide a full property and development service, from acquisition to planning, through to the construction phase and onward disposal. The department has a wealth of experience and acts on a full range of planning issues, including objections to third-party planning applications, removal of agricultural occupancy conditions, and development and enforcement issues.

Social housing: The firm’s housing law department has a wealth of experience in assisting registered providers, Local Authorities, government departments and landlords and property managers. It deals with contentious and non-contentious housing issues and works in partnership with clients to ensure the most effective solutions in a timely and cost-effective manner. The team specialises in advising social landlords in relation to a range of legal issues, including development and acquisition, construction and antisocial behaviour.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chairman Colleen Gostick
Chief Executive Duncan Jackson
Company commercial Nigel Moore
Commercial property Michael Rabbett
Construction and engineering James Coppinger
Dispute resolution James Maxey
Employment Giles Betts
Family and matrimonial Lyn Brisley
French law Sally Dilks
Personal injury Roger Clarke
Planning Brendon Lee
Private client Duncan Jackson
Property litigation Paul Branch
Social housing Gail Sykes
Spanish law Alejandro Verdu De Haro
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Charles Applegate  photo Mr Charles Applegate Charles specialises in wills, probate and tax planning.
Mr Giles Betts  photo Mr Giles Betts Giles advises businesses, the public sector and senior executives on the full…
Mr Michael Blank  photo Mr Michael Blank Michael has a wide ranging experience of all aspects of commercial property…
Mr Paul Branch  photo Mr Paul Branch Paul is a recognised expert in property and trust disputes. He acts…
 Lyn Brisley  photo Lyn Brisley Lyn handles all aspects of divorce and separation as well as doing…
Mr Roger Clarke  photo Mr Roger Clarke Roger deals with all types of personal injury claims including clinical negligence…
Mr Stephen Duffy  photo Mr Stephen Duffy Stephen Duffy specialises in care home fees matters, to include planning to…
 Colleen Gostick  photo Colleen Gostick Colleen is the firm’s award-winning chairman. She is a highly regarded commercial…
Mr Roger Gurney  photo Mr Roger Gurney Roger specialises in all aspects of family law and is a trained…
Mr Duncan Jackson  photo Mr Duncan Jackson Duncan is the firm’s chief executive and a wealth preservation specialist, focusing…
Mr James Maxey  photo Mr James Maxey James specialises in commercial disputes, professional negligence, shareholder disputes and breach of…
Mr Nigel Moore  photo Mr Nigel Moore Nigel specialises in transactional work and is recognised by The Legal 500…
Mr Michael Rabbett  photo Mr Michael Rabbett Michael handles a broad mix of agricultural, commercial and residential property matters…
 Gail Sykes  photo Gail Sykes Gail is a partner at Buckles and is head of the housing…
Number of UK partners : 17
Number of other UK fee-earners : 55

Buckles Solicitors LLP provides a comprehensive range of legal services to businesses and individuals in the UK and internationally from offices in Cambridge, London, Nottingham, Peterborough, Stamford, Paris and Milan. It provides effective and practical solutions to the legal needs of corporate, commercial and private clients regionally, nationally and internationally. The firm has a depth of expertise across 15 service areas, including niche specialisms such as construction, planning and contentious probate law.

The firm has multilingual dual-qualified solicitors offering international services in property, private client and dispute matters covering the jurisdictions of France, Italy and Spain. In June 2016, Buckles strengthened this international offering by formalising a strategic alliance with CastalidPartners, a Franco-Italian commercial law firm, enabling it to assist clients in overseas and UK jurisdictions.

The firm: a member of LawNet, the UK’s leading group of law firms, Buckles received the highly coveted LawNet Law Firm of the Year award in 2011 and 2015, followed by the LawNet Excellence in Employee Engagement award. The firm has also achieved the Investors in People Gold accreditation, is recognised as an Exemplar Employer and is dual Lexcel and ISO 9001:2008 accredited. In addition, the firm holds the Cyber Essentials Standard Plus accreditation, a government and industry standard, and is regularly recommended by The Legal 500.

The firm is committed to providing clients with clear and concise legal advice combined with the very best client experience. Accordingly, most of Buckles’ work comes from recommendations or referrals from existing clients or business contacts.

Types of work undertaken
Individuals and families: Buckles advise individuals on all aspects of wealth management, family law matters, private property, tax planning and personal injury claims. The firm has expertise in helping clients protect their assets from care home fees, using carefully drafted Wills, Trusts or investments. The firm’s multilingual international team advises on all aspects of buying and selling property in France, Italy and Spain, as well as inheritance tax, cross-border estate planning, Wills, and disputes and litigation.

Businesses: the firm assists business clients in their day-to-day operations, from business start-ups, through expansion by organic growth or acquisition including amalgamation or sale. Whether they are a large institutional business, small owner-managed or public companies, clients can expect the same high-quality service for which Buckles is renowned. The firm takes great pride in delivering technically proficient advice and practical commercial solutions.

Construction and engineering: Buckles’ construction and engineering team offers expert advice on procurement solutions and construction dispute resolution to clients in the private and public sector. The firm’s clients range from developers (including housing associations) to building contractors, specialist sub-contractors, education establishments, commercial occupiers and funders.

Planning: Buckles’ planning department, established in 2014, dovetails with the construction and property teams to provide a full property and development service, from acquisition to planning, through to the construction phase and onward disposal. The department has a wealth of experience and acts on a full range of planning issues, including objections to third-party planning applications, removal of agricultural occupancy conditions, and development and enforcement issues.

Social housing: The firm’s housing law department has a wealth of experience in assisting registered providers, Local Authorities, government departments and landlords and property managers. It deals with contentious and non-contentious housing issues and works in partnership with clients to ensure the most effective solutions in a timely and cost-effective manner. The team specialises in advising social landlords in relation to a range of legal issues, including development and acquisition, construction and antisocial behaviour.

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