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Long-established Banbury law firm, Hancocks Solicitors, has opened a branch office at Commerce House, Telford Road, Bicester OX26 4LD, taking its offices to three. The Bicester office is headed by conveyancing and private client solicitor Laura Lewis, who joined Hancocks as an associate on 28 January 2019 and is assisted there by legal secretary Charlotte Skehan.
Managing partner Andrew Hardcastle said of the expansion:
“We were looking for a residential conveyancer and a private client lawyer, and we were fortunate enough to find Laura, an experienced residential conveyancing, commercial property and private client specialist, all rolled into one. Laura had built a highly successful practice in Bicester in a very short space of time and, during our discussions with her, it became apparent that this was a great opportunity to open a third office in a growing town. We are delighted to have Laura on board and the new office is a real bonus. Charlotte has been with us for 18 months or so but she lives in Bicester and it suits her too.”
The other branch office is at The Barns, Springfield Farm, Brailes OX15 5JH, where Andrew (commercial and agricultural property), associate Laura Parker (family law), legal executive George Brooks (private client) and office manager Zoe Nairn are based. Hancocks acquired the Brailes office with its acquisition of Cotswold Family Law in 2015 and expanded it with the acquisition of Brooks Law in 2017.
Senior partner Michael Barlow (private client), partners Ian Davies (family law), Toni Peppard (conveyancing and elderly client) and Siobhan Sibley (commercial property, private client and civil litigation), solicitor Eddie Reeves (conveyancing and private client), and trainee solicitor Matt Bass are based at the head office at 46 The Green, South Bar Street, Banbury OX16 9AB, day to day, but they are more than happy to make appointments at Bicester or Brailes, if more convenient.
Located in Banbury since 1959, Hancocks (formerly, the Banbury office of Shipston-on-Stour firm, F B Hancock & Co, which was founded in the 19th Century) is a five partner/10 fee earner private client and commercial practice specialising in conveyancing, wills and probate, elderly client, family law, civil litigation, and commercial property for individuals and SME to PLC clients in Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Northamptonshire and beyond, including London and overseas.
The solicitors at Hancocks were delighted to support Katharine House Hospice in their 2018 Make a Will Week fundraising campaign. Our Banbury-based private client team provided their usual, excellent service and helped numerous people write their will during October. Michael Barlow said “Make a Will Week is a very rewarding fundraiser for us to support. Firstly, we help Katharine House raise much needed money for their invaluable work. Secondly, we have encouraged more people to take time to think about and plan for their family’s future. When people come to make a will, I explain that they are free to donate as much or as little as they wish. It’s humbling to witness people’s generosity.”.
This year, Hancocks raised over £3000 for Katharine House and we are delighted by this. We are long-standing participants in their Make a Will campaigns and we look forward to supporting them in 2019.
Katharine House Hospice is based in Adderbury. It provides specialist palliative care for adults with life limiting conditions across North Oxfordshire, South Northamptonshire & South Warwickshire.
Long-established “Banburyshire” law firm, Hancocks incorporating Brooks Law (Hancocks), has acted for existing client Maidenhead Industrial Estates Limited (MIE) in connection with the sale of its commercial investment/development portfolio in Maidenhead, having previously acted for MIE in connection with the acquisition of a freehold property at Martin Road in Maidenhead, and certain contentious and non-contentious landlord and tenant matters at Martin and Clivemont Roads, to facilitate MIE’s then redevelopment of the site, and also the grant of a number of new leases of premises at Clivemont Road.
Most of the site had been in the MIE “family” for over 60 years. Day to day, director of MIE and partner at Hale & Company LLP, accountants in Maidenhead, Chris Krol instructed Hancocks. Hale & Company, shortly to become Craufurd Hale LLP as part of a re-branding as the Craufurd Hale Group, provide financial and tax advice, annual and management accounts, outsourced bookkeeping and payroll bureau services and a range of investment advice services and non-contentious probate, and, through an associate, Craufurd Hale Audit Services Ltd, audit.
Hancocks commercial property partner Andrew Hardcastle had conduct of the sale.
Andrew said of the instructions:
“I am delighted to have been instructed by MIE in connection with this significant commercial property matter. I say “significant” because the buyer’s solicitors put a team of half a dozen property, construction, planning and tax lawyers on it over two years. However, despite difficulties and delays, Chris was a pleasure to work with, as always, throughout what was, in many ways and often, a complicated and demanding transaction.”
“Andrew’s professionalism and responsiveness was evident throughout the recent sale process, as it has been in all the property matters he has handled for MIE. The MIE board much appreciated his handling of the whole matter and his good-natured attitude to the demands placed on him by the purchaser’s solicitors. I would heartily recommend Andrew and Hancocks to anyone.”
Long-established Banbury law firm, Hancocks Solicitors, has acquired Brooks Law from David Brooks.
Senior partner Michael Barlow said of the acquisition:
“This is a great fit. Hancocks originated in Shipston-on-Stour so, for me, it’s a bit like coming home. With David’s son George coming on board, we are pleased that the Brooks name will continue to be associated with the firm. And, with Eddie Reeves, Laura Parker and Siobhan Sibley joining us last year, we have gained both strength in depth and civil litigation expertise.”
Brooks Law provided conveyancing, wills and probate, family law, and civil litigation services to private and commercial clients from its office in Sheep Street. David set up the firm in 1997, and he and his wife Susan are retiring. However, George, a legal executive, is remaining with the larger firm. George specialises in private client and conveyancing work, and he will be based at the firm’s office at The Barns, Springfield Farm, Brailes OX15 5JH with private client and conveyancing solicitor Eddie, family lawyer Laura, office manager Zoe Nairn, and commercial and agricultural property partner Andrew Hardcastle.
Hancocks acquired the Brailes office, which is only a few miles from Shipston and where there is plenty of car parking, with its acquisition of Cotswold Family Law in 2015. Michael, family law partner Ian Davies, and associates Toni Peppard (conveyancing and elderly client) and Siobhan (conveyancing and civil litigation) are based at the firm’s office at 46 The Green, South Bar Street, Banbury OX16 9AB, day to day, but they are more than happy to make appointments at Brailes, if more convenient.
“I am confident that Brooks Law’s reputation and clients are in safe hands with Hancocks. George, Susan and I have been working together over the last few months with the partners in Hancocks to ensure a smooth transition, and our experience has been a good one in every way. Moreover, over the last 20 years Brooks Law has developed an approach to its clients which is personal and friendly, whilst remaining professional, and I have been delighted to find that Hancocks approach their clients in exactly the same way, such that the principles we have established will continue as before.”
Located in Banbury since 1959, Hancocks (formerly, the Banbury office of Shipston firm, F B Hancock & Co, which was founded in the 19th Century) is a three partner/seven solicitor private client and commercial practice specialising in conveyancing, wills and probate, elderly client, family law, civil litigation, and commercial property for individuals and SME to PLC clients in Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Northamptonshire and beyond, including London and overseas.
After 37 years at The Old Vicarage on Horsefair, long-established Banbury law firm, Hancocks Solicitors (Hancocks), has moved up the road to 46 The Green, South Bar Street, Banbury, Oxon OX16 9AB (01295 253211 email@example.com www.hancocks-legal.co.uk).
Commenting on the move, Hancocks’ commercial property partner, Andrew Hardcastle, said:
“While we’re sorry to say goodbye to The Old Vicarage, the move marks an important step in our plans for growth, following our acquisition of Cotswold Family Law in Brailes last year. It’s a significant milestone towards our projected expansion which will help us to offer a broader range of legal services to both current and new clients.”
Senior partner Michael Barlow commented:
“Having recently taken on Eddie Reeves as a solicitor in our conveyancing and private client departments, we’re delighted to be growing our team of dedicated, qualified staff alongside our associate Toni Peppard who has been with us for almost 18 years. Family law partner Ian Davies’ return to Banbury from the firm’s Brailes office sees Andrew moving the other way in a bid to grow our rural and agricultural property practices.”
Hancocks (formerly, the Banbury office of Shipston-on-Stour firm, F B Hancock & Co, which was founded in the 19th Century) is a three partner/five solicitor private client and commercial practice specialising in Wills and Probate, Conveyancing, Elderly Client, Family Law, and Commercial Property for individuals and SME to PLC clients.
Cotswold Family Law (CFL) is a trading name of Hancocks both in Banbury and at The Grain Store, Springfield Farm, Brailes, Oxon OX15 5JH (01608 686590 firstname.lastname@example.org).
With the foundation of its business being repeat instructions and word-of-mouth referrals, Hancocks-CFL is proud of its client retention rates. Indeed, Hancocks isn’t in the business of putting its clients anywhere but first.
Long-established Banbury law firm, Hancocks Solicitors (Hancocks), has acquired Cotswold Family Law (CFL) from sole principal, Nichola Gough.
“This is a great fit and I am sure we can grow Nicky’s practice further by offering her clients conveyancing and other services. We are delighted to welcome the experienced and capable Zoe on board, and wish Nicky continued success and look forward to working with her/Cotswold Mediation in the future.”Nicky commented:
“I am confident that Cotswold Family Law’s reputation and clients are in safe hands with Hancocks generally and Ian, in particular, and that the CFL brand will continue to be recognisable for years to come.”Set up in 1985, Hancocks (formerly, the Banbury office of Shipston firm, F B Hancock & Co, which was founded in the 19th Century) is a three partner/four solicitor private client and commercial practice specialising in Family Law, Wills and Probate, Conveyancing, Elderly Client, and Commercial Property for individuals and SMEs in North Oxfordshire and beyond, including London and overseas.
Hancocks has considerable property expertise (collectively, senior partner Michael Barlow, associate Toni Peppard and Andrew have about 80 years’ experience); Michael and Toni do Wills and Probate (Toni also does elderly client and mental capacity work), and Ian does Family Law, of course.
Hancocks is a member of the Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme, while Toni is a member of both Solicitors for the Elderly and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, and Ian (like Nicky) is a member of Resolution (formerly the Solicitors Family Law Association) and also a member of the Law Society Family Law Accreditation Scheme.
Ian’s “matrimonial” practice includes divorce/separation and financial settlements, children and cohabitation issues, pre-nuptial and civil partnership agreements, and injunctions.
Wills and Probate includes trusts and Inheritance Tax planning, and Toni’s elderly client practice includes Lasting Powers of Attorney and “Living Wills” (Advance Decisions and Statements), Deputyships and Court of Protection/Office of the Public Guardian work.
Conveyancing includes, not only residential sales and purchases, but also re-mortgages, equity release schemes, lease extensions and declarations of trust.
And Andrew’s commercial property work also includes agricultural, licensed premises, banking and non-contentious insolvency.
The foundation of its business being repeat instructions and client referrals, Hancocks is proud of its client retention rates; indeed, Hancocks is not in the business of putting its clients anywhere but first.