Andrew Hardcastle

Andrew is a highly experienced commercial property specialist once described by a corporate client’s surveyor as the best lawyer he had ever dealt with for speed of response.

Andrew read history at the University of York and qualified as a solicitor in 1991 with one of the then big four Birmingham firms. He eventually moved to a large commercial firm in Northampton where he was an associate and subsequently set up his own practice in Cropredy near Banbury in 2000.

In 2008, his practice amalgamated with a “boutique” corporate firm in Marlow, Buckinghamshire where he was the commercial property partner. However, returning to “Banburyshire”, he joined Hancocks on 1 November 2013.

Andrew does freehold and leasehold commercial and agricultural property work, including property finance, investment and development. He also does non-contentious corporate and personal insolvency work, and very high value residential property work.

In addition to the usual commercial leases and related licences (many in London and the Thames Valley), he also does a certain amount of contentious landlord and tenant work, statutory notices, break options, dilapidations claims, and overriding leases.

And, in addition to the usual institutional lending work, he has also done a certain amount of personal, secured lending.

He has also acted in connection with the sale or purchase of a number of licensed premises and other small businesses (both assets and shares) as going concerns.

His commercial clients include commercial and residential property investment/development companies, trustees of directors’ pension schemes, farmers and hotels, and they vary from SMEs to PLCs.

Agricultural instructions include the dissolution of a farming partnership.

Residential instructions include buying a block of around 20 flats in central London under the collective enfranchisement legislation, then extending the participating members’ leases.  Also, buying and selling numerous flats and houses in London and outside, some for many millions.  And acting for a residential property development company in connection with a dozen plot estate in Cumbria, from start to finish.

Andrew has two daughters, who share his love of skiing, and one boy, a Border Collie.

Siobhan Sibley

Siobhan is a specialist in residential and commercial property work, private client and civil litigation, and our clients value her rigorous knowledge and helpful advice.

Siobhan read law at the University of Lincoln before completing the bar vocational course at the College of Law, Birmingham. She was called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn, London in July 2008. After that, Siobhan worked as an in-house advocate practising civil litigation across County Courts in England and Wales. Siobhan has considerable experience in civil litigation and alternative dispute resolution. She takes a commercial and practical approach when advising clients.

Siobhan subsequently cross-qualified as a solicitor in July 2012 and, shortly afterwards, moved to a traditional, high street practice in Northamptonshire. There she predominately practised residential conveyancing and commercial property work, while continuing to take on litigation instructions.

Siobhan joined Hancocks in October 2016, growing its conveyancing capacity and expertise. She also has her own commercial property practice, does non-contentious and contentious probate work, and is Head of Civil Litigation. Siobhan became a partner in May 2018 and she is studying towards the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Diploma.

Siobhan lives in the Northamptonshire village of Everdon with her husband and son. She enjoys clay pigeon shooting and long walks with her Labradoodle.

Charlotte Skehan is Siobhan’s secretary.

Eddie Reeves

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