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Buckles Solicitors LLP

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Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in East Anglia Tier 2

Buckles Solicitors LLP in Peterborough has 'a hugely personal touch that clients like and will always go the extra mile'. The firm handles private company corporate finance matters, mainly for sellers, though it also handles acquisitions in ranging in value from £5m to £100m. Through its association with a firm based in Italy and France, it also handles cross-border deals. Lead partner Nigel Moore has 'an innate ability to work out what is worth fighting for'. Senior associates Nadine Duncan and Katy Poole play pivotal roles in major deals.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Moore

Other key lawyers:


‘Buckles has a broad range of services that can cater for all the clients needs. They have a hugely personal touch that clients like and will always go the extra mile.’

‘Nigel Moore is a deal maker in the truest sense. He has the wisdom of a lawyer whilst being hugely commercial which is invaluable.’

‘Buckles has a great personality. It is not just another legal firm, but one that understands and connects with clients on a very personal basis. And unusually in corporate law firms, you really do get the pitch team working on your project. As a result, briefing is quick and easy, and responses to any queries are prompt – even at weekends.’

‘I have dealt with partner Nigel Moore for over 25 years. It is easy to engage and follow through assignments. I have worked with many other firms where the impressive partner wins the work and then passes it on to an intern. Nigel also has an innate ability to work out what is worth fighting for. Too many lawyers want to battle every point, but Nigel knows instinctively what is worth the effort. This leads to speedier resolutions, and lower fees.’

Key clients

A K Retail Holdings Ltd

Stobbs (IP) Ltd

Nigel Gittins – former owner Webroster Ltd

Puffin Produce Ltd

Thursdays (UK) Ltd (Owner of TGI Restaurants)

Total Recall Ltd

Vortex Clothing Industry Co Ltd

John Dutton

Auction Rebel Ltd

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: elsewhere in East Anglia Tier 2

Buckles Solicitors LLP in Peterborough is known for 'a willingness for a collaborative approach to understanding the end objectives followed by pragmatic advice'. From mainstream commercial litigation to international arbitration, the firm handles a broad range of work and calls upon its links with firms in France and Italy to handle cross-border matters. Solicitor-advocate and CEDR-accredited mediator James Maxey, who leads the practice, was recently involved in a complex partnership dispute concerning land assets with a value in excess of £7m. Senior associate Nick Porter is described as 'the most logical, challenging and pragmatic solicitor'.

Practice head(s):

James Maxey

Other key lawyers:


‘James Maxey has invested a great deal of time in getting to know our business and team, thereby enabling him to approach each legal matter with a good deal of pragmatism. The Buckles team includes a number of specialists who are brought into any given issue as necessary, thereby ensuring availability of the correct skills and disciplines when required. Buckles has mastered this matrix approach to team utilisation, the success of which is in no small part due to the impressive team-working culture that Buckles engenders into its staff.’

‘I’ve worked with James Maxey for many years; his ability to quickly sift information and ask the relevant question ensure that we quickly understand the key matters central to any given issue. Nick Porter maintains an extremely pragmatic approach to both dispute management and legal issues of a more general nature, drawing on specialist disciplines within the Buckles team as necessary. The key feature which assures Buckles stands out ahead of any other firm is a willingness for a collaborative approach to understanding the end objectives followed by pragmatic advice to navigate a road-map which avoids the potential legal pitfalls en route.’

‘I have had great personal service. The people I deal with are always accessible. They are very polite and respectful but always give good advice. They are never afraid to challenge us when we discuss matters they don’t agree with. We are very lucky to be dealing with Nick Porter, who is by far the most logical, challenging and pragmatic solicitor we have ever dealt with. We are very lucky to have found him. He’s also a really nice guy.’

Key clients

Virgin Active

TGI Fridays (Thursdays UK Ltd)

Work highlights

  • Acting for a landowner in multiple claims arising out of illegal waste disposal at an industrial excavation site. Remediation costs could be multiple millions.
  • Acting for an employee in proceedings brought by the former employer seeking injunctive relief for breach of restrictive covenants and misuse of confidential information.
  • Acting in a complex partnership dispute, assets of partnership comprise of land in excess of £7m.

Employment Tier 2

The team is brilliant, accessible and really user-friendly', say clients of Buckles Solicitors LLP. Following the acquisition of Miller Sands in 2020, the firm now has a Cambridge office, where practice head Giles Betts now resides. The firm advises businesses, public sector entities and senior executives on domestic and, through its Paris and Milan offices, cross-border employment matters. Betts provides 'clear and commercial advice within challenging timescales'. Associate Nicola Cockerill in Peterborough is 'exceptional - completely honest and thoroughly professional'.

Practice head(s):

Giles Betts

Other key lawyers:


‘The team is brilliant, accessible and really user-friendly. I think in a practice and in a field such as law, to have a team that talks to you in a manner we can understand is so important. I think Buckles goes above and beyond in their services to clients. During Covid, they have been readily accessible through different media and talked us through how to use the technology.’

‘Nicola Cockerill is an exceptional legal professional. My business trusts her advice and finds her to be completely honest and we find her thoroughly professional. I think Nicola has an excellent manner and we find her experience and wealth of knowledge an absolute “must have” for our business.’

‘The firm has other commercial options that have been relevant to to our business this year – Giles Betts ensured that our employment issue which has now become a litigation case had a smooth transition to the Dispute Team and ensured things have stayed on track. This shows great strengths and capabilities within the practice.’

‘Giles Betts is an outstanding partner – his advice is clear and commercial. He is able to deliver advice within challenging timescales, providing options so any risk to the business is clearly understood. He takes the time to understand the business he is dealing with, the individuals that work within the business so is support is tailored and bespoke. He is a great sounding board for issues.’

‘Giles Betts is immensely practical and realistic. He makes easy what could otherwise be challenging.’

‘Buckles’ differentiator is its people. Not only do they offer a wide spread of expertise across the business, they are all able to explain processes and offer advice in a way which those of us without legal experience can easily understand. We have worked with Buckles throughout the COVID pandemic and due to this have been driven to work with them.’

‘We worked closely with Nicola Cockerill who was knowledgeable, provided advice and was very patient was us as we muddled through a challenging period in relation to our Human Resource strategy.’

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Buckles Solicitors LLP in Peterborough combines dispute resolution and company commercial specialists to advise on insolvency matters, acting principally for insolvency practitioners. In contentious matters, led by practice head James Maxey, the firm frequently acts for office holders in asset recovery and protection cases, and in the defence of claims brought by IPs for repayment of overdue directors loan accounts, unlawful dividends and undervalued transactions. Senior associate Nick Porter has 15 years' experience in insolvency matters.

Practice head(s):

James Maxey

Other key lawyers:


‘In terms of local solicitors, the insolvency team at Buckles has the broadest knowledge with the ability to bring solicitors from other areas or even countries where specific knowledge is required. This is what sets Buckles apart from the other local solicitors.’

‘James Maxey and Nick Porter are the members of the team that we work with. Both are extremely good solicitors, very commercial and keep us up to date with the progress in cases.’

‘The team has been extremely efficient in the assignments that they have been instructed on and been very quick to get to the crux of the issues concerned. The team are intellectually very sharp and clearly very experienced. The lawyers are very responsive and technically very sound.’

‘The individuals at Buckles are all at the top of the industry, forward-looking and highly motivated. It has great people to deal with both on a professional and personal level, providing innovative thinking and advice.’

Key clients

Bulley Davey

RSM Restructuring

Work highlights

  • Acting for an insolvency practitioner in a complex preference claim within a bankruptcy. Achieving a complete win at trial.
  • Acting on the appointment of administrators to a specialist confectionary company, and the pre-pack sale of the business and assets to a new company.
  • Representing a landlord in its claims for unpaid rent and dilapidations against the tenant in administration and the administrators.

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 2

Buckles Solicitors LLP in Peterborough focuses solely on advising claimants; the firm has significant expertise in cases connected with estate planning and tax issues. A growing proportion of its work stems from contentious probate cases, though it handles a broad range of claims against solicitors and accountants. Practice head and solicitor advocate James Maxey has a broad litigation practice, of which professional negligence claims constitute a substantial part. Senior associate Nick Porter has more than 20 years’ experience in commercial litigation and professional negligence work, with particular expertise in seeking and defending injunction proceedings.

Practice head(s):

James Maxey

Other key lawyers:

Work highlights

  • Acting for a company director in proceedings arising from the mis-selling of financial products. Claimed value in excess of £2m.
  • Acting for executors and beneficiaries of a will regarding various allegations of negligence by their former solicitors arising out of the administration of their late parents’ estates.
  • Acting for a company in a potential claim against its former solicitors for negligent advice arising out of a franchise agreement.

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

Buckles Solicitors LLP in Peterborough 'offers real world advice and has subject matter experts who are friendly and approachable'. Clients note that the practice, which has particular expertise in matters involving Inheritance Act challenges by spouses, partners and children, 'pursues its client's position and remains co-operative and positive in dealing with other parties'. Experienced litigator and ACTAPS member Paul Branch leads the practice with support from 'practical and down to earth' specialist senior associate Alex Burch.

Practice head(s):

Paul Branch

Other key lawyers:


‘Paul Branch was great and very understanding in our case and took time to understand our family history before advising us on best way to proceed. Gave us great confidence that we were taking the correct way to resolve our case.’

‘Buckles Solicitors has an extensive and diverse range of solicitors and legal professionals who advise and interact to provide comprehensive legal representation.’

‘Alex Burch was always professional and extremely easy to communicate with, I never experienced misunderstanding in communication or lack of clarity in legal approach or terminology. I found Alex to be understanding of my frustrations with the situation, supportive and empathetic, particularly as the case dragged on a lot longer than expected.’

‘A particular strength of the team is the apparent commitment to each case, no doubt giving the client a real sense of confidence that they are working hard for them.’

‘The team is very experienced and well co-ordinated, with excellent oversight provided by team-leader, Paul Branch. The firm is a local and national leader in this specialist area and provide excellent value for money. Their ability to draw on the expertise of related areas, such as corporate and non-contentious private client and tax makes them the all-round package for cases with these cross-over elements.’

‘Paul Branch is a standout partner and adviser in this field. He has great experience both as litigator and mediator and he brings a depth of knowledge and calm strategic thinking to every case. He has excellent support from his able team, including senior associate Alex Burch. Alex has significant experience in high value and complex disputes about estates and has an excellent ability to help clients through very stressful times and to achieve excellent results, both in litigation and in ADR.’

‘Paul Branch is excellent – clever, hardworking and very good with clients. he knew when to be tough with the other side but also to steer the clients towards settlement.’

‘The team offers real world advice and are subject matter experts in their fields. They are friendly and approachable and happy to discuss needs without turning on the clock. referrals between staff is common place to put you with the right adviser.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for a cohabitee in an I(PFD)A claim over an estate worth £7m with five other parties where the client was successful after a 5-day trial.
  • Defending two siblings in a proprietary estoppel claim brought by the third sibling to about 80% of a farmer’s estate worth about £6m.
  • Advising client and her German lawyers on English probate practice in relation to death of 2 generations and defending a S50 AJA 1985 claim.

Private client > Family Tier 2

Buckles Solicitors LLP has a strong family law practice in Peterborough, with 'star performers who competently and confidently cover the full range of financial remedies work'. Handling the full range of work from highly sensitive Children Act and guardian matters to contentious co-habitation issues, the firm is 'invaluable as counsel'. Roger Gurney and Lyn Brisley, who has 'a winning combination of empathy and professionalism', lead the practice, in which associates Jane Tatlock and Sellina Kauser are highly recommended. Will Cowell is the main contact in Cambridge, where he works with newly hired senior associate Rebecca Varey from Woodfines LLP.

Practice head(s):

Roger Gurney; Lyn Brisley


‘Buckles Solicitors LLP in East Anglia are star performers. Competently and confidently covering the full range of financial remedies work. Probably the go to firm in their region.’

‘Lyn Brisley is fantastic, with no case being beyond her. Clients feel part of a team. Great judgment on cases and clients. A winning combination of empathy and professionalism.’

‘All the people I work with from Buckles are very good lawyers and very good people. Clients get a thoroughly professional legal service delivered in a respectful and supportive way.

‘Proactive response pre-proceedings and during proceedings to clients. They constantly advise their clients on the realities of the case not just what the client wants to hear.’

‘Sellina Kauser is forthright and hardworking, clients would be lucky to have Sellina on their team.’

‘Roger Gurney is experienced and level-headed. You are not going to get a better family solicitor in the area.’

‘A high-calibre firm, keen to be ahead of the curve and with no weak links.’

‘Jane Tatlock is experienced, pragmatic and very client focused. Roger Gurney is a leader in his field with a significant and well-deserved profile.’

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

Buckles Solicitors LLP in Peterborough provides 'real world advice and has subject matter experts who are friendly and approachable'. The firm advises individuals, trustees and business owners on the full range of private client matters in the UK and across European jurisdictions. Newly promoted partner Rebekkah Cooper leads the private client practice, working closely with dual-qualified Spanish abogado and UK solicitor Alejandro Verdu de Haro, who leads on international matters. Wealth preservation specialist Duncan Jackson and lifetime planning partner Stephen Duffy also play key roles in the practice. In the Stamford office, Sarah Westwood is a specialist in care home fee planning.

Practice head(s):

Rebekkah Cooper; Alejandro Verdu de Haro


‘The team offers real-world advice and has subject matter experts in their fields. They are friendly and approachable, and are happy to discuss needs without turning on the clock. Referrals between staff are commonplace to put you in touch with the right adviser and there is no in-fighting or ‘my client my advice’ approach.’

‘All the lawyers and partners are intelligent, think outside the box and offer practical advice and alternative options clearly and in simple English.’

Real estate > Commercial property: elsewhere in East Anglia Tier 2

Buckles Solicitors LLP in Peterborough is 'highly capable, efficient and responsive'. The firm is frequently involved in major projects in the leisure and retail sectors, and handles agricultural land matters. Michael Rabbett leads the practice, in which Colleen Gostick has in-depth experience in retail and industrial development projects and provides 'consistently clear, concise advice of the highest quality'. Chris Mundell has particular expertise in occupier and investment acquisition and management work.

Practice head(s):

Michael Rabbett

Other key lawyers:


‘Highly capable, efficient and responsive.

‘Colleen Gostick is outstanding. She consistently provides clear, concise advice of the highest quality. Always responds quickly to correspondence.’

‘Buckles’ expertise in the conveyancing and associated matters has served us exceptionally well for many years.’

‘Colleen Gostick has seen our business grow over the past 50 years and knows all there is to know about our policy and attitude. In Colleen’s occasional absence her colleagues always step up to meet our needs in the same way as Colleen would.’

‘The commercial property team in Peterborough is well established, has a known team of experienced individuals who have been together for a number of years and as such are well connected in the various business circles. They are able to react quickly and efficiently and have a thorough knowledge of the area and other supporting professionals.’

‘Colleen Gostick – known to me and always acts very quickly, professionally and gets to the point. Often speed is a necessity in complex property transactions and Colleen always gets the job done in a timely, efficient and helpful way. Michael Blank – again I have known Michael for many years and he always provides a calm balanced and professional view even when things are getting tricky.’

‘They offer a full range of services with highly experienced and commercially-minded solicitors.’

‘Colleen Gostick is possibly the best commercial property lawyer I have ever dealt with. Succinct and accurate with her advice, commercially-minded and proactive, always gets the job done efficiently and on time.’

Key clients

TGI Friday

Virgin Active

Reply Ltd

Devonshire Metro Ltd

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 2

Clients praise the 'commitment to and support of clients' needs' of Buckles Solicitors LLP in Peterborough, noting that the 'advice is sound, uncomplicated and practical'. The firm deals with a broad range of commercial and residential landlord and tenant matters, from the termination of tenancies to break notice disputes and dilapidation claims. 'Litigation is complicated and he uncomplicates it', says a client of lead partner Paul Branch. He works closely with commercial property partner Chris Mundell and associate Rob Wallwork.

Practice head(s):

Paul Branch

Other key lawyers:


‘Commitment to and support of clients’ needs.’

‘Careful in deliberation. Fact-finding before decision making.’

‘Paul Branch has an excellent manner – he is very well trained.’

‘The individuals I have dealt with have demonstrated considerable client focus and tactical acumen. ’

‘They do what they say they are going to do. Advice is sound, uncomplicated and practical. Litigation is complicated and Paul Branch uncomplicates it.’

‘The real estate team works well and is extremely professional yet friendly to deal with.’

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

TGI Friday

Minstrel Trading Ltd

Real estate > Social housing Tier 2

The social housing practice at Buckles Solicitors LLP in Peterborough is 'quick to reply to questions and helpfully avoids too much jargon', remarks one client. The firm handles significant acquisitions and development projects, acting for more than 65 social housing providers, and also handles contentious matters. Gail Sykes is widely acknowledged to be a leader in her field and clients praise her 'responsive and knowledgeable' approach to both advisory work and litigation. She frequently acts for Registered Providers, local authorities, Government departments, property managers and private landlords.

Practice head(s):

Gail Sykes

Other key lawyers:

Julie Isaac


‘Buckles understand our business well in terms of the types of legal agreements we have with tenants and leaseholders. We also find they are quick to reply to our questions and helpfully avoid too much jargon.’

‘Gail Sykes is our go-to partner, ably assisted by Julie Isaac; both are responsive, knowledgeable and understand our financial constraints when it comes to litigation.’

Key clients

Cross Keys Homes

The Grand Union Housing Group

The Platform Group

CHS Group

Hundred Houses Society


Papworth Trust

Longhurst Group Ltd

Hope into Action

Freebridge Community Housing

Work highlights

  • Advised a housing provider operating in East Anglia and the East Midlands on the acquisition of approximately 9.5 acres of land for the construction of 150 homes.
  • Advised a Midlands-based housing provider on a number of closure orders allowing for the service of mandatory possession notices.
  • Defending a Peterborough-based housing provider against a claim brought against it by one of its tenants under the Equality Act and in particular indirect and direct discrimination.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

Buckles Solicitors LLP's Nottingham office, through associate Robin Johnston, primarily focuses on the non-contentious side of insolvency work, assisting at the pre-insolvency stage with voluntary agreements and refinancings, while also advising on administrations and receiverships. The team was significantly bolstered in April 2021 with the arrival of Rachel McCahill from Nelsons Solicitors Limited; a stand out name in the market, McCahill adds expertise in contentious matters to the team.

Other key lawyers:


Whilst Robin Johnston has a relaxed approach in dealing with clients, his background and knowledge enable him to deal with a range of issues from the most complex of restructures to straightforward personal insolvency matters. The size and structure of the team enables Robin to show fleet of foot, none more so evidenced than in delivering a pre-pack Administration within three days from a standing start.’

The team provides innovative solutions that can be commercially delivered to meet the client’s prioritised wish list.’

The contact I work most closely with is Robin Johnston. Robin considers the wider picture and works with you to find a solution that best meets the client’s needs. Robin has very good technical knowledge and utilises the firm’s wider team to provide a holistic solution.’

The Buckles practice is one which is accessible, straight forward and the advice given can be understood and relied upon. Communication style is one that puts the client at ease through its clear, concise and friendly manner.

Robin Johnston is very straight forward, easy to understand and get along with. He has a “can do” attitude and never over complicates the issues or over plays his role. He always has my best interests at the fore, even if that is not in his or the firm’s best interest. His approach has fostered a relationship of trust and as such he is the first port of call when advice is required.

Key clients

Smith Cooper

VosCap Business Recovery

Elwell Watchorn and Saxton LLP

Real estate > Construction Tier 3

Buckles Solicitors LLP assists with both the procurement and contentious aspects of construction work, representing building companies, funders and commercial occupiers. James Coppinger leads the team and advises on a diverse range of construction projects, spanning student accommodation, water irrigation and housing properties. 2020 saw the firm develop its expertise in the rail sector with the arrival of senior solicitor Sam Greer, who previously worked in-house at a rail company. Consultant Peter Westlake joined from Browne Jacobson LLP in May 2020.

Practice head(s):

James Coppinger

Other key lawyers:


‘Buckles LLP are a great firm and having worked with them on numerous projects over the years their service is second to none. Their attention to detail and swift turnaround times on proposals, legal queries and billing are excellent.

‘James Coppinger ( Partner) has a great down to earth approach. He is always reachable and willing to work on solutions for our projects. Attention to detail on the work produced is very high and overall communication throughout the project lifecycle is very efficient. I would not hesitate to recommend him and his team to anyone needing any construction legal advice.’

Key clients

Thursdays (UK) Limited T/A TGI Friday

Longhurst Group Limited

Empiric Student Property PLC (and its SPVs)

NODE London Brixton Limited (SPV of NODE Living UK Limited)

Taylor French Developments Limited

7 Formation Limited

MAKE Consulting Limited

Evera Homes LLP

Settle Group/Rowan Homes (NHH) Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisting Thursdays (UK) Limited with its national expansion plan, including site acquisition and fit-out works for new restaurant openings.
  • Advising Empiric Student Property PLC on the procurement of various new student accommodation development schemes.
  • Providing public procurement advice to Settle Group in relation to two housing schemes each with construction costs in excess of £10m.

Buckles’ head office is located in central Peterborough, with teams delivering a full service offering which includes a strong private client and litigation presence.

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. Buckles delivers 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 and engineering (including rail)
  • French law
  • Italian law
  • Spanish law
  • restructuring, turnaround and insolvency
  • business immigration
  • contentious probate

In recent years, Buckles has successfully pursued a growth strategy which has led to the acquisition of three other firms located in Cambridge, London and Nottingham, as well as the expansion of the firm’s service offer.

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.

Buckles’ green credentials have been demonstrated through achieving a Green Apple Award for environmental best practice and a Great Green Star Award by Investors in the Environment, both of which recognise the firm’s commitment to improving its environmental performance in relation to its services and operations.

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.

BUCKLESconnect is a bespoke service that Buckles provides for other law firms and professionals to access legal expertise in niche areas. There are currently more than 300 members nationally. This referral network operates on a membership basis where independent firms can refer cases for their clients to BUCKLESconnect without fear of losing them to a competitor.



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 Vandna Sharma
French law Sally Dilks
German law Stephen Oliver
Immigration Kate Hollyer
Private client Rebekkah Cooper
Property litigation Paul Branch
Restructuring, Turnaround & Insolvency Rachel McCahill
Social housing Gail Sykes
Spanish law Alejandro Verdu De Haro
 Charles Applegate  photo Charles ApplegateCharles specialises in wills, probate and tax planning.
 Giles Betts  photo Giles BettsGiles advises businesses, the public sector and senior executives on the full…
 Michael Blank  photo Michael BlankMichael has a wide ranging experience of all aspects of commercial property…
 Paul Branch  photo Paul BranchPaul is a recognised expert in property and trust disputes. He acts…
 Lyn Brisley  photo Lyn BrisleyLyn handles all aspects of divorce and separation as well as doing…
 Roger Clarke  photo Roger ClarkeRoger deals with all types of personal injury claims including clinical negligence…
 Stephen Duffy  photo Stephen DuffyStephen Duffy specialises in care home fees matters, to include planning to…
 Colleen Gostick  photo Colleen GostickColleen is the firm’s award-winning chairman. She is a highly regarded commercial…
 Roger Gurney  photo Roger GurneyRoger specialises in all aspects of family law and is a trained…
 Duncan Jackson  photo Duncan JacksonDuncan is the firm’s chief executive and a wealth preservation specialist, focusing…
 James Maxey  photo James MaxeyJames specialises in commercial disputes, professional negligence, shareholder disputes and breach of…
 Nigel Moore  photo Nigel MooreNigel specialises in transactional work and is recognised by The Legal 500…
 Michael Rabbett  photo Michael RabbettMichael handles a broad mix of agricultural, commercial and residential property matters…
 Gail Sykes  photo Gail SykesGail 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.