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Buckles Solicitors LLP

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GRANT HOUSE, 101 BOURGES BOULEVARD, PETERBOROUGH, PE1 1NG, ENGLAND
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Work 01733 888888
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Fax 01733 888999
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www.buckles-law.co.uk
London, Peterborough, Stamford

East Anglia: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Peterborough
Corporate and commercial: Peterborough - ranked: tier 1

Buckles Solicitors LLP

The Peterborough office of Buckles Solicitors LLP has a prominent position in the local market and, through its London office and its ties to Milan and Paris-based firm CastaldiPartners, it is developing a far wider reach for national and international matters. One client describes the practice as 'first-class - it has excellent knowledge and a clear and concise way of explaining the issues'. Nigel Moore leads the practice and specialises in transactional work for clients in the UK, Europe and the US. He advised two clients on the £1m sale of the entire issued share capital of Marriott’s Motor (Sales) Ltd, which had been a family run business for four generations. He also handled the sale of shares in Warner Edwards Distillery Ltd. on behalf of one of its main owners. Senior associate Nadine Duncan, who advises on commercial, IT, outsourcing and technology matters, and associate Robin Johnston are also recommended. Senior solicitor Katy Poole is highly-regarded for high-value and complex transactions.

Leading individuals

Nigel Moore - Buckles Solicitors LLP

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East Anglia: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: elsewhere in East Anglia
Commercial litigation: elsewhere in East Anglia - ranked: tier 1

Buckles Solicitors LLP

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.

Leading individuals

James Maxey - Buckles Solicitors LLP

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East Anglia: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 3

Buckles Solicitors LLP

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: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Buckles Solicitors LLP

Buckles Solicitors LLP has a growing client base of regional and international companies, thanks to its alliance with CastaldiPartners in Paris and Milan. One international matter that came through this relationship saw practice head Giles Betts advise the French owners of a telecommunications infrastructure company on the closure of the London office of its subsidiary, which included advice on redundancy consultation, settlement agreements, unfair dismissal issues, TUPE and incentive packages for the transfer of staff. Senior solicitor Nicola Cockerill and solicitor Alison Banerjee are also recommended. The practice also advised the general counsel of a US company on UK employment law matters including unfair dismissal and disciplinary procedures, and acted for a UK media company on new arrangements for a senior executive who is a foreign national living abroad.

Leading individuals

Giles Betts - Buckles Solicitors LLP

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East Anglia: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 3

Buckles Solicitors LLP

Buckles Solicitors LLP is 'an extremely and through law firm' and clients speak highly of 'superb' associate Martin Herson. 'He is a credit to the firm, very professional with an extremely good client manner that is helpful and focused', says one. The clinical negligence practice led by Roger Clarke is the most prominent in Peterborough and is known for having a selective approach to cases to ensure that only those with merit are taken on. Its roster of high-value and complex cases continues to grow and its recent work includes multiple instructions relating to delay in diagnosis of cancer, paralysis from epidural anaesthetic during labour; failure to diagnose Turners Syndrome in a child leading to adverse physical and psychological development; and failure to diagnose fractures in the A&E department. Herson recently secured a £75,000 settlement for a claimant pregnant with her first child whose requests for an elective C-section were ignored and who suffered a 4th degree perineal tear during labour.

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Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 2

Buckles Solicitors LLP

Buckles Solicitors LLP in Peterborough has 'an extremely high quality clinical negligence and personal injury department that is easy to work with and really put clients first, which tells in its results'. One barrister remarks that the firm is 'very good at giving total support to its clients, whilst maintaining the professionalism to give dispassionate and accurate advice'. Roger Clarke leads the practice, in which 'first-class solicitor' Martin Herson is 'an extremely skilled tactician and negotiator, extremely thorough and hardworking, and his client care skills are superb'. 'He has a great understanding of the litigation process', says one barrister who adds that 'I have absolute confidence that he will do the right things at the right time; his expertise unquestionably obtains higher settlements and awards for claimants than would be achieved by other solicitors'. The firm handles industrial disease matters and high-value catastrophic injury claims, primarily involving motorcycle injuries. Herson secured £2.5m for a client who suffered catastrophic injuries to his left leg in a traffic accident.

Leading individuals

Martin Herson - Buckles Solicitors LLP

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2

Buckles Solicitors LLP

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: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 3

Buckles Solicitors LLP

The agricultural and rural affairs team at Buckles Solicitors LLP focuses primarily on land and property transactions, as well as single farm payment issues. Head of commercial property Michael Rabbett is the key contact and he regularly acts for farming businesses. Property partner Michael Blank, who is a fellow of the Agricultural Law Association, also plays a key role in the practice. Last year, he handled the £950,000 sale of a farm with arable land for the family of a deceased farmer in a deal that included simultaneously procuring the assignment of an agricultural tenancy of the land to the purchaser to obtain vacant possession, and ensuring that the tenant transferred Basic Payment Scheme entitlements benefitting the land to the purchaser.

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Buckles Solicitors LLP

Clients of¬†Buckles Solicitors LLP¬†report a ‚Äėdown-to-earth approach to giving legal advice‚Äė. The firm has ‚Äėa very substantive and multi-skilled practice that still maintains a friendly feel‚Äė. Mediator Paul Branch¬†has more than 30 years‚Äô litigation experience and is 'a highly effective lawyer who balances technical dispute resolution knowhow with pragmatic, sensitive realism; he can handle a highly emotional dispute with great care'. One barrister remarks that 'he¬†has an extremely sensible approach to litigation, he knows what arguments are going to impress judges, and he is a very calm and reassuring presence for clients'. ‚ÄėOpen and honest‚Äė senior solicitor Alex Burch¬†is 'a really sensible, hardworking and reliable operator, who is keen to achieve the best for the client'.

Next generation lawyers

Alex Burch - Buckles Solicitors LLP

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 2

Buckles Solicitors LLP

Buckles Solicitors LLP¬†'has a highly effective family department which has well-known expertise, attention to detail and looks after its clients very well indeed'. The firm has a busy caseload of¬†complex financial matters, trust work, international matters, and agricultural cases involving complex land ownership and farming business interests. Practice head¬†Lyn Brisley¬†is 'a very good lawyer with very good people skills and very good judgement'.¬†Roger Gurney¬†is regarded as ‚Äėone of the nicest family lawyers you will ever meet ‚Äď kind, calm and a good team player‚Äô. He is described as 'great with clients, fighting their corner every inch of the way; he is decisive and very calm in a crisis'. Associate Donna Sandall¬†is 'extremely committed to her work and her clients; she is very reassuring in very difficult times', according to one barrister.¬†Associate Helen Saggers¬†is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Lyn Brisley - Buckles Solicitors LLP

Roger Gurney - Buckles Solicitors LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Peterborough
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Peterborough - ranked: tier 1

Buckles Solicitors LLP

Buckles Solicitors LLP¬†has ‚Äėa¬†very big, multi-skilled practice that is still very approachable and with a down-to-earth approach‚Äė. The firm has the largest private client practice in Peterborough. Head of private client Stephen Duffy, who focuses primarily on care home fees matters, and¬†associate Rebekkah Cooper¬†are described as ‚Äėaccountable, friendly, open, honest and very straight-talking‚Äė. Duffy continues to¬†successfully challenge several local authority assessments and to protect estates from care home fees and the costs of long-term care.¬† Duncan Jackson, who is now the firm's CEO and works between the Peterborough and London offices, is a highly respected wealth preservation specialist, whose practice focuses mainly on inheritance tax planning and trusts for ultrahigh-net-worth clients. He recently acted for British and Irish clients living in France on inheritance tax matters relating to properties in France and Spain with a value of ¬£2m.¬†The firm hired Suzanne Evans¬† from Greenwoods Solicitors LLP¬†to lead its Court of Protection practice, as well as bringing extensive experience in wills, powers of attorney, trusts and the administration of estates. STEP-qualified Charles Applegate,¬†senior associate Sallyann Short¬†and head of probate Beverley Diamond¬†are also highly recommended.

Leading individuals

Duncan Jackson - Buckles Solicitors LLP

Stephen Duffy - Buckles Solicitors LLP

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East Anglia: Real estate

Commercial property: Peterborough
Commercial property: Peterborough - ranked: tier 1

Buckles Solicitors LLP

Buckles Solicitors LLP¬†is 'first-class, the service and advice ranks with the very best,' according to one client. Another describes 'excellent service ‚Äď very business-minded advice and strong decision-making skills'.¬†'Very competent' head of commercial property Michael Rabbett¬†leads a four-partner practice that 'punches well above its weight'. Michael Blank¬†is¬†'a strong and experienced commercial property lawyer'.¬†Chris Mundell¬†is 'highly intelligent, technically extremely strong and manages to combine this with excellent commercial judgement'.¬†Colleen Gostick, who stepped down as managing partner last year, specialises in commercial property and is¬†'excellent, very efficient and pragmatic'. She is¬†chair of Greater Peterborough Partnership, which brings together community representatives to deliver the local plan for Peterborough, and is a director of Opportunity Peterborough, the UK‚Äôs first urban regeneration company. The firm's highlights in 2017 included Rabbett's work for Axiom Housing Limited on a ¬£3.6m acquisition of social housing units. He also advised Medesham Homes LLP on a joint venture between a housing association and a local authority, which included the acquisition of a site for residential development. Mundell acted for Devonshire Metro Limited on all property¬†aspects of a bespoke pre-let industrial and office development to a large industrial occupier in Peterborough.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

Buckles Solicitors LLP

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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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 2

Buckles Solicitors LLP

Buckles Solicitors LLP in Peterborough is 'excellent, the standard was easily to up to that of Magic and Silver circle firms'. The firm has a small planning team that nevertheless attracts high-quality work on urban and rural projects from across the East Anglian region. Senior solicitor Brendon Lee, who leads the practice and works closely with the commercial property and construction and engineering teams, is 'a star in the making'. He regularly acts for individuals, developers, lenders, public sector bodies and utilities on the full range of planning matters. One recent highlight saw Lee work with commercial property partner Michael Blank on the drafting and negotiation of s106 agreements for a social housing developer. The same team also advised another developer of affordable housing on planning matters. Lee's own caseload included securing a large sum in compensation for a client who objected to a Transport and Works Act Order.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Buckles Solicitors LLP

At Buckles Solicitors LLP accredited mediator, solicitor advocate and specialist in property and trust disputes Paul Branch has 30 years of litigation experience and is 'calm under pressure and his experience shines out; his presence on a case makes a significant difference to the outcome'. His expertise in contentious trusts and probate sees him act in many property disputes involving trusts. Last year, he acted for Richard Nelson LLP as tenant of a London property with sub-tenants in occupation. The matter involved serving notice on the sub-tenant to bring their tenancy to an end, as well as minor dilapidation issues. National Society of Allotments & Leisure Gardeners and Stamford Storage (HG) Ltd are also among the firm's clients.

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 2

Buckles Solicitors LLP

Buckles Solicitors LLP is the leading firm in Peterborough for social housing matters and it has a large client base of registered providers across the whole of East Anglia and further afield with new client wins in the West Midlands, Norfolk, the East Midlands. It now acts for more than 65 social housing providers including Cross Keys Homes Limited, Saffron Housing Trust Limited, Hundred Housing Association and Waterloo Housing. Its core areas of expertise are housing management, anti-social behaviour and construction law. Practice head Gail Sykes is a leading light in the market. Her recent cases included pursuing a possession claim for against the occupant of an extra care scheme, who had preyed upon other elderly and vulnerable residents whilst being vulnerable herself. An outright possession order was successfully obtained. She also handled an indirect discrimination claim brought against a social housing client in relation to their shared ownership scheme. The matter was ultimately dismissed. Property partner Michael Rabbett advised Axiom Housing on the £3.6m purchase of 35 social housing units in a deal that involved development and build agreements and s106 issues.

Leading individuals

Gail Sykes - Buckles Solicitors LLP

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