Michael Barlow

Michael has many years’ experience in Wills, Probate, Trusts and Inheritance Tax planning.

Michael is the senior partner. He attended Manchester University where he obtained a law degree. Michael qualified as a solicitor in January 1970. He did his training in Bristol and worked there for two years, subsequently moving to Somerset, and coming to Banbury in May 1974. He became a partner in F B Hancock & Co in April 1975.

He has, apart from his time in Bristol, always worked in a rural environment. In the early years, most of Michael’s work was in the residential and commercial conveyancing fields. In later years, he has concentrated more on wills and probate, trusts and Inheritance Tax planning, but still keeps his hand in at the higher end of the residential market.

He has numerous clients in the Banbury area. Although some have migrated to different parts of the country, he continues to act for them. Michael also works for clients who have moved to Germany, the United States, France, Australia and elsewhere.

On the rare occasions when Michael is not working, he tries to indulge his passion for salmon and trout fishing, and he is a keen follower of Formula 1.

Michael is supported by his secretary Lindsey Reading.

Toni Peppard

Toni heads our conveyancing team and is highly acclaimed for her approach to elderly and vulnerable clients.

Toni is Head of Conveyancing and a full member of Solicitors for the Elderly. Toni and her secretary do much of the conveyancing work, assisted by completions manager Dawn Whittle. She also gets involved with Lasting Powers of Attorney and Deputyship work.

Toni read law at the University of Central England and joined Hancocks when she qualified, in October 1998. She obtained a Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners diploma in 2013. Toni became a partner in May 2018.

Toni gets rave reviews from clients both for her use of Plain English and for her “bedside manner” with vulnerable clients.

She specialises in all kinds of residential conveyancing; for example, freehold, leasehold (including lease extensions), re-mortgages, equity release schemes and declarations of trust.

She also specialises in elderly client and mental capacity work; for example, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Deputyships, Court of Protection/Office of the Public Guardian work, and occasional Living Wills (e.g. Advance Decisions and Statements), which complement the residential conveyancing.

Toni is also a Parent Governor at The Warriner School, Bloxham. She lives with her husband and two daughters. In her spare time she is a keen apiarist, with her own beehive at the bottom of her garden.

Michelle Grieveson is Toni’s secretary.

Eddie Reeves

Eddie works with Toni and Siobhan, and Michael and Andrew.

Eddie read anthropology and law at the London School of Economics. He qualified as a solicitor in January 2016 at a high street practice in Northamptonshire.

Before his life in the law, Eddie worked as a parliamentary researcher in Brussels, Strasbourg and Westminster. He also worked as a political assistant to the leader of Northampton Borough Council. Eddie also served for three years as a councillor on Daventry District Council, taking an interest in finance and corporate governance issues. He is now the county councillor for Banbury Calthorpe. In September 2018, he was appointed cabinet member for transformation at Oxfordshire County Council. He oversees its commercial property portfolio, and ICT and procurement policy.

Eddie assists Michael Barlow and Toni Peppard with all aspects of the firm’s private client work. This includes wills, probate, powers of attorney and Court of Protection applications.

In addition to his private client practice, Eddie supports Toni and Siobhan Sibley with the firm’s conveyancing caseload, including freehold and leasehold work, registered and unregistered land, and declarations of trust, transfers of equity and property refinancing. He also supports Siobhan and Andrew Hardcastle with its commercial and agricultural property and with the firm’s litigation work.

Eddie is married to Ayesha and they live in Banbury. Outside of work, Eddie is a lover of languages (he speaks French and Spanish) and sports. He is a fair-weather golfer, any-weather skier and, generally, a less fortunate football fan than he is rugby supporter.

Charlotte Skehan is Eddie’s secretary.

George Brooks

George Brooks is a talented legal executive who joined Hancocks when we acquired Brooks Law.

George studied law at Staffordshire University before graduating from the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) course, and he is now a member of CILEx. He has worked in law since a young age and began his legal experience by working for two large firms in Warwickshire.

After working for Brooks Law Solicitors, a traditional, high street practice in Shipston-on-Stour, George moved to a larger firm based in Rugby, in 2013, where he practised residential conveyancing. However, in 2014, he returned to the family business in Shipston, in order to set up its probate department.

George has wide experience in private client work, including Will drafting, grant applications, administration of estates and preparation of Lasting Powers of Attorney.

George joined Hancocks in June 2016, following its acquisition of Brooks Law, and growing its “wills and probate” capacity. He enjoys meeting clients face to face and is really passionate about helping people through what can be a difficult and emotional time.

George lives in Shipston with his partner and he enjoys all types of sport, but his passion is football and he is an avid supporter of Brighton & Hove Albion. He also enjoys long country walks with his partner and their dog, and they try to fit in as many weekend trips as they can.

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.