Buckles Solicitors recently opened a new London office on Chancery Lane. EMBL met Louise Read, associate in property litigation at Buckles’ Nottingham office, to find out more.
How did the London office come about?
“Opening a London office has always been on the agenda for the firm and is the result of our growth within private client work, plus, it fulfils our desire to offer even more value to our southern based clients.
“We opened the London office shortly after the Brexit vote as we are confident in our business and strategy so didn’t feel the decision to exit the EU should change that”.
How did you get into property law?
“I always wanted to be a lawyer, so I studied economics and then law at the University of Nottingham. I qualified in 2007 after training with a U.S law firm in London. When I had my children I wanted to take a break, so we came back to Nottingham in 2009.
“How did I get into property litigation? In London, my office was next door to a partner who specialised in property – it was as simple as that. It has since become my geeky obsession!
“I specialise in commercial landlord and tenant work and offer advice on all areas of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954. There haven’t been any huge legislative changes to speak of over the years, but there has been a big change in the execution of the law to the advantage of the client.
“Moving to Buckles in 2015, what appealed to me was the opportunity to contribute ideas, to have a greater degree of autonomy and to develop the business”.
Is the Nottingham office planning to expand?
“It’s growing very quickly. We have a new family lawyer starting soon and the property team is expanding rapidly. Buckles is predominantly a commercial law firm but we recognise the need to be relatively full-service. We could potentially double the number of employees at the Nottingham office by the start of 2017 and our office space is already reaching full capacity which is a nice position to be in.
“It’s important to us to remain in the city centre, our location makes conversations easier, and we can get to know potential clients better by being centrally-based.
“Nottingham is thriving. I’ve been here long enough to see the changes. It feels like there’s been a real regeneration of the city centre, and we want to be part of that”.
Tell us about your charity work
“Buckles and Castle Rock Brewery recently sponsored an annual T20 charity cricket match at Radcliffe on Trent which gave fans the opportunity to play alongside my husband Chris, who is captain of Nottinghamshire CCC, and Graeme Swann. The event raised nearly £6,500 for Bowel Cancer UK and NSPCC – charities Chris and I are both passionate about.
“Chris’ first cricket coach Trevor Ward died of bowel cancer. Chris is actually a patron for the charity, so a cricket match seemed liked the best idea for a fundraiser! It was a really fun and relaxed day. We also donate to the NSPCC in Nottingham because close friends of ours lost their daughter in a tragic holiday accident 13 years ago, so we donate in her memory”.