Firm Profile > Buckles Solicitors LLP > Stamford , East Midlands

Buckles Solicitors LLP
East Midlands

Construction Tier 3

Buckles Solicitors LLP reinforced its credentials in the construction arena in early 2019 with the hire of senior associate Charles Jakeman from Browne Jacobson LLP; Jakeman is experienced in acting for clients on a regional, national and international basis. His expertise in construction projects spans areas such as education, health, leisure, housing and energy, among various others. The team was also strengthened by the arrival of Karen Sandhu, following the firm's acquisition of DCH Law in 2018. Practice head James Coppinger undertakes a mix of procurement and contentious matters.

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.

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.

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
 Sarah Westwood  photo Sarah Westwood
Number of UK partners : 17
Number of other UK fee-earners : 55