Lea Maynard

Senior Paralegal

I joined Buckles Solicitors in July 2016 as a Paralegal in our French Law department and was promoted to Senior Paralegal in April 2021. I’m a French national and fluent in English, assisting the team with all types of matters as well as running my own caseload mainly specialising in French estate administration matters with a cross border element.

Before moving to England, I graduated top of my class in 2011 from one of the best French law universities (Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas) with a Masters in IT Law. I then worked for two years as an intern, and subsequently as a paralegal for a small Parisian law firm. I moved to the UK in September 2015 and, in April 2017, I completed my LLM in International Commercial Law at the University of Nottingham, and achieved a distinction. I plan to qualify as a solicitor under the new Solicitors Qualification Exam in the next couple of years.

In my spare time I relax by playing video games or watching e-sports, reading fantasy books (the longer the better!) and hanging out with my two cats.


  • Léa has helped me buy a penthouse in Meribel over the last couple of weeks.
    I just wanted to let you know how truly exceptional she has been. She has been so thorough, so efficient, so responsive, so helpful and just amazing to work with.
    I was terrified of buying an expensive property in France, yet she provided the best and most reassuring conveyancing experience I have ever had, despite it being in a foreign country!
    She is a true asset to your team and Buckles.
    Anonymous, 2022
  • Lea Maynard has worked so hard to ensure that the sale of my French house could go ahead. She is a problem solver, good communicator and is always speedy in her responses. She is convincing and expert.  She has negotiated with an extremely difficult Notaire in France and she has remained flexible and diplomatic at all times.
    Christine H.