Buckles team bolstered by major recruitment drive

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Buckles Solicitors LLP has hit the ground running in the early months of 2021 with several significant appointments and promotions across a range of legal departments.

Among the new recruits, the Firm welcomes a new Partner, Rachel McCahill, who is a Corporate Recovery and Insolvency specialist with 22 years’ experience and who has been listed as a leading individual in the Legal 500 for the last two years.

Rachel acts in all aspects of contentious and non-contentious insolvency and restructuring related matters, both corporate and personal. Rachel also deals with personal guarantees, receiverships and any situation involving financial distress.

Rachel said: “I’m delighted to be joining Buckles at an exciting period of growth for the firm with lots of plans and projects in place.”

Buckles has also appointed a trio of highly experienced Consultants. Based at Buckles’ London office, Nicole Hirst is a specialist in commercial litigation, including cross-border matters. Nicole has experience in arbitration and mediation and deals with contentious intellectual property matters, including the protection and enforcement of registered and unregistered rights. Lola Pacheco is a qualified Spanish Lawyer and Consultant specialising in civil and immigration law matters, whilst Bruce Turner is a Consultant in Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence law with more than 20 years’ experience.

Buckles’ Private Client team has strengthened with the arrival of two Senior Solicitors, Abbie Boon and Vicky Tassell. Abbie specialises in Estate Administration and has a particular interest in the Agricultural sector, having acted for many clients in both lifetime planning and estate administration, specialising in complex tax rules. Vicky assists clients with both lifetime planning, such as the preparation of Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney, and Estate Administration, such as applications for Probate.

Meanwhile, Senior Associate Rebecca Varey has joined the Family team and is based at the Firm’s Cambridge office. Rebecca has 18 years’ experience as a family lawyer, specialising in all aspects of family law, including divorce, financial settlements and matters relating to children. She has a particular interest in Children Act matters.

Lauren Priestley has also joined Buckles as a Paralegal working in the Firm’s Dispute Resolution and Personal Injury teams.

In addition to recent appointments, four lawyers have been promoted this month. Katy Poole (Company Commercial) becomes a Senior Associate and James Munn (Property) becomes a Senior Solicitor. Anna Whiston (Family/Private Client) and Lea Maynard (French law) rise to Senior Paralegal positions.

Buckles’ Chief Executive Duncan Jackson said: “The last 12 months have been challenging for everyone for many different reasons but, thanks to the unrelenting dedication and effort of all our staff, we have significantly outperformed the sector. As a result, we are delighted to welcome all the new recruits to the firm who will both enhance our existing services and provide our clients with access to advice on an even wider range of specialisms.”