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Buckles Solicitors LLP

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GRANT HOUSE, 101 BOURGES BOULEVARD, PETERBOROUGH, PE1 1NG, ENGLAND
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London, Nottingham, Peterborough, Stamford

East Anglia: Corporate and commercial

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

Buckles Solicitors LLP

Buckles Solicitors LLP has extended its resources across its three offices in Nottingham, London and Peterborough, with the latter remaining the hub of its corporate and commercial practice. The firm handles high-value and complex transactions, often with a cross-border element through its relationship with CastaldiPartners in Paris and Milan. Practice head Nigel Moore and associate Nadine Duncan are the key lawyers handling a broad range of commercial, IT, outsourcing, technology and M&A matters.

Practice head(s):Nigel Moore

Other key lawyers:Nadine Duncan

Leading individuals

Nigel Moore - Buckles Solicitors LLP

Rising stars

Nadine Duncan - 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 increasingly handles UK dispute resolution work with overseas elements for both corporate and private clients. The practice provides services from Peterborough, where practice head James Maxey resides, and offices in the East Midlands, and it acts for a large client base of mostly SME or entrepreneurial individuals in commercial contract, shareholder and partnership disputes. The flow of international work is bolstered by the firm's close relationship with Milan- and Paris-based CastaldiPartners.

Practice head(s):James Maxey

Other key lawyers:Paul Branch; Gail Sykes; Nick Porter

Testimonials

'They offer advice that we can understand.'

'They offer clear advice on all the options but are prepared to guide you and advise on the best solution for you.'

Key Clients

Whirlpool UK Limited

Durr Limited

Banco de Sabadell

Empiric Student Property PLC

Yours Clothing

Eutelsat

Work highlights

  • Acting for a European plant and equipment manufacturer in relation to goods manufactured and supplied to a UK energy generation business.
  • Acting for an international retailer in relation to a dispute over consumer data ownership and exploitation rights.
  • Acting for the vendor of a company in the transport sector on a warranty claim arising out of the corporate transaction.
Leading individuals

James Maxey - Buckles Solicitors LLP

Rising stars

Nick Porter - 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 in Peterborough has a relatively large insolvency and corporate recovery team that handles pre-insolvency and strategic turnaround advice, the purchase of insolvent businesses and distressed assets, as well as asset recovery and protection work for office holders. The practice, led by litigator James Maxey, frequently advises IPs on in and out-of-court insolvency appointments, and creditors in the pursuit of compulsory liquidations and bankruptcy orders. The team includes senior associate Nick Porter who has a growing reputation for antecedent transactions claims and complex insolvency litigation.

Practice head(s):James Maxey

Other key lawyers:Nick Porter

Rising stars

Nick Porter - Buckles Solicitors LLP

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East Anglia: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Buckles Solicitors LLP

Buckles Solicitors LLP advises on all employment law issues for businesses, the public sector and senior executives. Its clients range from local SMEs to large organisations with their own in-house HR functions. Thanks to its alliance with CastaldiPartners in Paris and Milan, the firm has seen a growing flow of cross-border matters for clients that include household names in the retail sector. Practice head Giles Betts is the key contact and has particular expertise in managing terminations of senior executives and advising on complex TUPE transactions.

Practice head(s):Giles Betts

Other key lawyers:Nicola Cockerill

Testimonials

"The team is very approachable and provides answers in plain English. The lawyers respond quickly and understand that when you are dealing with employment issues, information and support is often needed quickly."

"Nicola Cockerill is easily contactable and always confirms when she will reply. She has a good understanding of our business and the key areas in which we need employment law support."

"Giles Betts has been very supportive with clear, straightforward advice and recommendations. He is very patient and gets to the crux of the issue quickly with little fuss."

"With Giles Betts and his team the legal advice is always clear, pragmatic and easy to understand. The service provided is always personal and specific to your business requirements."

Key Clients

Eutelsat

Ideal Shopping Direct Limited

Qualvis Print & Packaging

Flexisolar Limited

Stobbs (IP)

GeoSpock Limited

Peterborough City Council

Reesink Turfcare UK Limited

The Leprosy Mission

Venues Management Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising a New York law firm on the establishment of an operation in the UK and assisting with all employment, consultancy and IP matters.
  • Advising on the complex TUPE issues arising from the decision by a school to terminate a contract for the provision of breakfast clubs at the school and replace with a different contractor.
  • Advising a national charity on potential discrimination issues arising under the Equality Act regarding the performance management of an employee with stress and maternity issues.
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 has the most prominent clinical negligence practice in Peterborough. Practice head Roger Clarke has more than 30 years’ experience in high-value personal injury and clinical negligence matters, and he routinely acts against NHS Trusts, GPs and dentists. APIL-accredited associate Martin Herson is particularly well known for his advocacy at inquests.

Practice head(s):Roger Clarke

Other key lawyers:Martin Herson

Work highlights

  • Martin Herson secured £150,000 in a claim against an  NHS Hospital Trust for causing a 4th degree perineal tear during labour.
  • Martin Herson handled a £100,000 fatal claim following the death of the claimant’s husband, Mr John Naylor (deceased), arising from negligent failure to diagnose abdominal aortic aneurysm.
  • The firm secured damages for neurological injury following the negligent adjustment of screw which fixed a cranial halo in place.
  • Martin Herson is pursuing a claim for failure to diagnose complex hyperplasia leading to early hysterectomy.
  • The firm is representing a deceased man's estate in a claim arising from the alleged failure by registered GPs to identify and refer the patient for suspected throat cancer.

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

Buckles Solicitors LLP

Buckles Solicitors LLP has a small but reliable team handling multi-track claimant personal injury matters from Peterborough. Partner Roger Clarke leads the practice, in which associate and experienced advocate Martin Herson is a rising star. The firm's workload includes several industrial disease claims, some of which are referred through the respiratory team at Peterborough City Hospital. The practice also handles fatal accident claims through referrals from the its large probate team and externally from professional contacts.

Practice head(s):Roger Clarke

Other key lawyers:Martin Herson

Testimonials

"Martin Herson is very honest and explains everything to the client."

"With Martin Herson, I always had good communication that always ended with a good outcome."

Work highlights

  • A £200,000 mesothelioma claim arising from alleged negligent exposure to asbestos by Mr Harding whilst working at Brighton Power Station in the late 1960s. Diagnosed late 2017, but tragically died 10 months after diagnosis. Matter started as live mesothelioma claim but now changed to a fatal claim with complex issues on causation and damages given specific pension provisions.
  • A £300,000 employer liability claim for a client who sustained a significant wrenching injury to left arm causing permanent muscle and nerve damage. The client will not be able to return to pre-existing job and employment prospects are low, given the level of disability. The client has had two surgeries and likely to need more, given the onset given the likelihood of CRPS.
  • A £100,000 RTA claim following a serious accident causing significant and multiple injuries. There are issues of head injury requiring specialist neurological opinion. Also, internal injuries to kidneys, given impact of accident and ICU admission. This case is a complex dispute on causation, given significant pre-accident health issues.
  • A £250,000 RTA claim for a client aged 21 at the time of the accident, who suffered multiple injuries. He suffered severe injuries to his lower limbs, which required knee surgery as well as a head injury which has caused neurological issues, as well as impacting on eyesight.
  • A £100,000 crushing injury claim involving a young girl who seriously injured left ring finger when a large iron radiator fell from its support at a wedding venue. Crushing injury with partial amputation, plus fractures to adjoining fingers. Prosthetic expert evidence being taken to assist with long-term cosmetic appearance, given the injury to the finger.
Rising stars

Martin Herson - Buckles Solicitors LLP

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2

Buckles Solicitors LLP

Buckles Solicitors LLP focuses predominantly on claimant professional negligence work and has a growing workload of claims against solicitors and accountants concerning estate planning and associated tax issues. Practice head James Maxey also handles claims against banks relating to the sale of swaps and derivatives, matters involving lawyers accused of negligence in litigation, and cases against architects that are referred through the firm's construction and engineering team. Associate Nick Porter  is also recommended.

Practice head(s):James Maxey

Other key lawyers:Nick Porter

Leading individuals

James Maxey - Buckles Solicitors LLP

Rising stars

Nick Porter - Buckles Solicitors LLP

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East Anglia: Private client

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

Buckles Solicitors LLP

Buckles Solicitors LLP saw its caseload grow in 2018 with Inheritance Act challenges by spouses, partners and children and a claim under s1(1)(e). It also successfully defended a claim that a will was fraudulently procured. Practice head and veteran litigator Paul Branch has a growing specialism in contentious trusts and probate, and Court of Protection work. 'Extremely hardworking and committed' associate Alex Burch plays a key role in the practice.

Practice head(s):Paul Branch

Other key lawyers:Alex Burch; Lauren Godfrey

Testimonials

'The fee earners consistently prepare clear and concise briefs, give measured and realistic advice, and are always prepared to consider other angles. They appear to genuinely want the best for the client.'

'The individuals with whom I have worked have all been personable and courteous, and robust in their pursuit of their client's claims or defences, but are willing to consider other angles or different approaches. They are driven by getting the best result for their client whilst always playing fair.'

'The firm is very strong in the region in this quite specialised area of litigation. It has huge experience in relation to contentious estates and contested Court of Protection matters.'

'The firm has a really good private client and tax team, too, which can be invaluable when a contentious matter has a tax angle.'

'Paul Branch is a standout litigation partner. He has infinitely sound judgement and is a calm and reassuring presence in any stressful situation.'

Work highlights

  • Represented client in a Court of Protection matter where an application was made for a statutory will for a woman who had lost capacity.
  • Representing client in a hard-fought cohabitee Inheritance Act claim, involving a private company run by the deceased whose share was put in the thousands by the defendant and in the millions by Buckles.
  • Representing client to ensure appropriate division of assets held in five different jurisdictions.
  • Representing executors and trustees in a claim over a £2.8m estate attempting to ensure that tax planning is not undone to the detriment of all.
  • Representing executors in a £1.9m estate.
Rising stars

Alex Burch - Buckles Solicitors LLP

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 2

Buckles Solicitors LLP

Buckles Solicitors LLP has two greatly respected partners in Lyn Brisley and 30-year veteran Roger Gurney. The firm has extensive experience in dealing with complex financial issues including trusts, international matters, agricultural assets and high-value business interests. It handles a busy caseload of divorce, civil partnerships, pre-nuptial agreements, financial provision, children matters, injunctions and TOLATA. In 2018, the firm launched a new local Family Mediation Service, involving a network of independent financial advisers, valuers, divorce coaches, therapists and counsellors.

Practice head(s):Lyn Brisley

Other key lawyers:Roger Gurney; Helen Saggers

Testimonials

'The practice provides good attention to detail, good value and fantastic support for their clients.'

'Roger Gurney is first-rate at financial remedy family cases. He has great judgement and fights his client's cases with real determination.'

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

The practice at Buckles Solicitors LLP advises on wealth protection, tax planning and wills, succession planning, setting up charitable trusts, lasting powers of attorney, probate, care home fees and Court of Protection matters. Stephen Duffy is the key partner in Peterborough, though partners Duncan Jackson and Karl Dembicki, who is especially recommended for advising elderly clients, work in both the Peterborough and London offices. Head of the firm's international desk Alejandro Verdu de Haro also works on multimillion-pound cross-border estates.

Practice head(s):Stephen Duffy

Other key lawyers:Duncan Jackson; Karl Dembicki; Alejandro Verdu de Haro; Suzanne Evans; Sallyann Short

Testimonials

"The team has specialists in a number of fields and from my experience they work well together."

"Sallyann Short is always ready to see clients and very easily deals with them at their level. They have always been impressed by her readiness to see them at home if they are unable to easily get to the office."

"I was impressed by the courtesy and efficiency of Suzanne Evans. She was obviously well-informed and a caring person. I found her to be professional and efficient."

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 handles all aspects of commercial property and the securitisation of property finance, including development site acquisition and disposal, the administration of property portfolios, landlord and tenant issues, agricultural land transactions, diversification issues such as wind farm and communication mast leases, mineral extraction and landfill development. The property practice, led by social housing and commercial development expert Michael Rabbett, also supports the energy and natural resources practice, and the firm's construction and engineering group. Leading light Colleen Gostick is a specialist in retail and industrial development.

Practice head(s):Michael Rabbett

Other key lawyers:Colleen Gostick; Chris Mundell; Michael Blank

Testimonials

"We work closely with a number of local firms but have historically received a consistently high level of service from Buckles, which hasn't always been the case with other firms."

"Colleen Gostick, Michael Blank and Michael Rabbett provide a high level of service and understand exactly what it is the bank requires from its instructions. Importantly for us, the individuals we use are commercially aware of how any particular facet of a transaction can or may impact on the bank and flags it with us accordingly."

"Colleen Gostick is quick to respond, concise with advice and is always available at short notice. I find her approach very client-orientated and focused."

"I enjoy working with Michael Blank as he always offers balanced and clear advice in a calm and thoughtful manner."

"The firm is strong in the commercial property field and is one of the leading firms for specialist commercial property advice."

"The key issue is speed of response and speed in getting deals across the line which is most important. I know they will deal with matters quickly and are always quick to respond."

"The firm shows responsiveness, pragmatism, cooperation and the ability to work to defined timelines."

"Colleen Gostick epitomises the firm's ethos and is ably supported by Michael Blank and Michael Rabbett."

Work highlights

  • Acted for Devonshire Metro Limited on the development and pre-let of a large industrial unit in Peterborough and the letting of a neighbouring industrial unit before selling both as investment properties to Mayfair Capital, a London based property fund.
  • Acted for Devonshire Metro Limited in securing vacant possession of a large listed high street property in High Wycombe from the administrators of Pound World and acquiring trade fixtures and fittings; new lease to Pound Stretcher, including tenant trade fixtures and fittings.
  • A share acquisition for Venues Management Limited of a hotel business funded by a simultaneous sale and leaseback of the freehold property owned by the target company to/from a third party.
  • A £1.6m site acquisition of 20 affordable units on a larger scheme of development.
  • Option agreement for strategic development site; the site was of particular importance to the client in order to safeguard the objective of providing social housing in line with government targets into the next decade.
Leading individuals

Colleen Gostick - Buckles Solicitors LLP

Next Generation Partners

Chris Mundell - Buckles Solicitors LLP

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

Buckles Solicitors LLP

'The firm works with us ensuring they push deals through, and they keep us up-to-date and informed', remarks a client of Buckles Solicitors LLP in Peterborough. The construction and engineering practice is led from Nottingham by James Coppinger but the Peterborough office plays a key role through litigator James Maxey, who handles contentious matters for clients in the firm's key sectors of social housing, student accommodation, engineering and renewable energy. The firm continues to deal with the national student accommodation development programme for the Empiric group of companies, which involves numerous sites throughout the UK.

Practice head(s):James Coppinger

Other key lawyers:James Maxey

Key Clients

Empiric Student Property Limited

Longhurst Group Limited (and the Blue Skies Consortium)

Keystone Developments (LG) Limited (and the Keystone Alliance)

Hill Partnerships Limited

Settle Group and Rowan Homes (NHH) Limited

Work highlights

  • We have advised on the procurement of new schemes in Manchester, Bristol, Falmouth and Canterbury, together with refurbishment schemes in Cardiff, Exeter and Bristol in relation to (a) consultant appointments, (b) the building contract, (c) guarantees and (d) collateral warranties.
  • Advising on the OJEU compliant procurement of a four-year framework agreement for the appointment of contractors for the Consortium’s ongoing housing development programme covering the East and West Midlands, South Yorkshire and East Anglia.
  • Advising on the OJEU compliant procurement of a four-year framework agreement for the appointment of consultants for the Consortium’s ongoing housing development programme covering the East and West Midlands, South Yorkshire and East Anglia.
  • Advising on the OJEU compliant procurement of a four-year framework agreement for responsive repairs to existing housing stock amounting to over 10,000 units across the East Midlands.

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Environment & planning
Environment & planning - ranked: tier 3

Buckles Solicitors LLP

The planning practice at Buckles Solicitors LLP works closely with the firm's commercial property and construction groups to provide a one-stop service for project development. Led by senior solicitor Brendon Lee, the practice has a strong social housing focus and works with numerous registered providers, including Longhurst Group Limited and North Hertfordshire Homes Limited. Its work includes pre-judicial planning work for both applicants and objectors, judicial and statutory reviews, compulsory acquisitions, restrictive covenants advice and environmental law.

Practice head(s):Brendon Lee

Other key lawyers:Lauren Godfrey

Key Clients

North Hertfordshire Homes Limited

Longhurst Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising the housing association on the planning application, including (in particular) the section 106 agreement and highway access issues.
  • Advising the housing association on the planning application including, (in particular) the section 106 agreement, section 104 agreement and the section 38/278 agreement.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Buckles Solicitors LLP

Buckles Solicitors LLP handles a wide range of commercial and residential landlord and tenant issues, from terminating tenancies through to break notice disputes and dilapidation claims. Practice head Paul Branch is an ACTAPS member and frequently handles property disputes with trust elements. Through partner Chris Mundell and associate Rob Wallwork, the firm has both significant experience in contentious matters in the retail sector. Through the firm's partnership with European law firm CastaldiPartners, the firm acts for a growing roster of European clients in the retail sector.

Practice head(s):Paul Branch

Other key lawyers:Chris Mundell; Rob Wallwork; Nick Porter

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

Work highlights

  • Various matters for this national organisation, including a dispute with Braintree District Council regarding whether land was statutory allotment land.
  • Reviewing historical right of way liaising with beneficiary covenant agreeing a Deed of Variation regarding future contribution towards maintenance, also recovering historical costs for use and maintenance.
  • A £100,000 delapidation claim.
Leading individuals

Paul Branch - Buckles Solicitors LLP

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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. It acts for a wide range of Registered Providers across East Anglia, the West Midlands, and the East Midlands. Gail Sykes leads a practice that currently acts for more than 65 social housing providers in diverse matters including anti-social behaviour claims and possession disputes in the High Court, as well as planning, construction and property matters.

Practice head(s):Gail Sykes

Other key lawyers:James Coppinger; Michael Rabbett

Testimonials

"The Buckles team is very prompt in replying to us and providing exactly what we have asked for. The advice we receive is practical, easy to understand and very knowledgeable."

Key Clients

Cambridge Housing Society

Cross Keys Homes Ltd

Papworth Trust

Hundred Houses Society

Waterloo Housing / The Platform Group

The Longhurst Group

Saffron Housing Trust

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council

Suffolk Housing Society

South Kesteven District Council

Work highlights

  • Acting for this Registered Provider of Social Housing in relation to the enforcement of a warrant for possession, in which the defendant tenant’s legal team have sought to argue procedural irregularities on the part of the housing association.
  • Emergency injunction proceedings against a paedophile who had sexually assaulted a neighbour’s granddaughter.
  • Acting for Papworth Trust, in a case relating to possession proceedings under s21 of the Housing Act 1988 and the requirement to provide a gas safety certificate at the outset of the tenancy in circumstances where the gas boiler serving the property (a flat) subject to the possession proceedings was not situated in the property.
  • Successfully defending this housing provider against a claim of disability discrimination brought against them by one of their tenants regarding the allocation of housing to him and a failure to make reasonable adaptations to the property.
  • Acting for this Local Authority in several closure order cases, in which the properties concerned were associated with serious anti-social behaviour in a specific housing estate within the ownership of the authority and these successful claims have significantly reduced anti-social behaviour issues in the area.
Leading individuals

Gail Sykes - Buckles Solicitors LLP

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