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Welcome to Gardner Leader

After 120 years serving Newbury and West Berkshire, on 1 October 2014 Gardner Leader arrived in Maidenhead, joining forces with established local firm Heath Buckeridge. We are delighted to welcome them into the Gardner Leader team.

Our Maidenhead team can be contacted either through the number above or on 01628 671636.

You need a law firm which you can trust, which understands your priorities and delivers practical, exceptional value legal solutions.

We will work closely with you to ensure that we can deliver the results you need.

Legal situations can be stressful, but we are committed to giving you peace of mind with the reassurance that your case will be handled sensitively and professionally by our legal experts.

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We encountered Alastair Goggins almost by chance and our early dealings were friendly, open and technically impressive – having been far from impressed by the service of numerous solicitors I looked for the catch! Many months on I am slightly embarrassed by my cynicism because I have found Gardner Leader to be everything we want from a law firm; professional, technically correct, practical, friendly, quick and great value for money. However, the aspect I like best is their openness to listen, discuss and understand the situation as no two legacy problems are the same.

Howard Barker Head of Legacies (TEP. ILM certificate) Bible Society – Client of Alastair Goggins

Alastair Goggins was recommended to me by a lawyer associate of his who knew that I had a need for someone who would be able to assist me with a difficult and delicate trust dispute. From my first meeting with him until the successful conclusion of the dispute, Alastair approached the matter with absolute professionalism and understanding. He has excellent listening skills combined with the ability to use appropriate language so that his instructions and his advice are easily clarified and understood. His knowledge, understanding and experience of his specialist area of law, combined with his excellent negotiation skills make him, in my opinion, a first-class advocate and a formidable opponent. I have no hesitation in recommending him and, should the need to do so arise in the future, I would readily instruct him to assist me.

Paul Farrow – Client of Alastair Goggins

I instructed Alastair on behalf of Cheam School and I am happy to recommend him. We were very pleased with his counsel and his approach throughout our instructions.

Mark Smith, Bursar & Clerk to the Governors, Cheam School – Client of Alastair Goggins

“Diane was recommended to support and advise on a complex matter which was also time critical. The project involved extremely tight deadlines, multiple parties and as so often in these matters presented a few unexpected twists along the way.

We found Diane to be extremely responsive, flexible and efficient. She provided clear, constructive and unambiguous advice to exceptionally demanding timescales. She was very accessible and a pleasure to work with. We would have no hesitation in recommending her services.”

Cynthia Bostock, Chief Executive, GradWeb

Thanks to Richard and Diane for steering us through the mysteries of a Shareholders Agreement and for their endless patience with all our delays.”

Alison Rusted, Alfi Media Ltd

“I am extremely grateful to Stephen for achieving the best possible result in the case in a calm, professional and wonderfully humane manner.”

Client of Stephen Bennett

'...Just to say what a fantastic team you have and in particular I have to single out Carole who is a massive asset for you and brilliant at what she does. It’s always nice when you not only get good service but service that exceeds your expectations. …'

Client of Stuart Durrant

During the stress and uncertainty of moving home I found Chris exceptional in both his attitude and approach. He listened to our concerns and went out of his way to help, I would definitely ask to work with Chris again.

Sam Lipscombe – Client of Chris Dale

We used Chris Dale. He was very informative and helpful, explaining the basics to us (first time buyers). Thank you!

Rebecca Lyons and Matthew Gill – Clients of Chris Dale

Chris and the team who worked on our house purchase were great at keeping us up to date during the process. I found them very easy to work with and as we went through each stage we felt very little disruption at all. Our expectations were set, and met with great accuracy. Thank you to the team involved!

Dan Harrison – Client of Chris Dale

Thanks to Patrick and Team - First class service from start to finish!

Client of Patrick Stewart

'I have known Diane for over five years since our company inception and have always been impressed by her manner and professionalism.'

Global vehicle accident warning and security systems company

'It is important for a business like ours to have access to lawyers who we can rely on to provide quick, professional and well thought through legal advice. Diane ticks all those boxes, always responding promptly, ensuring the advice supplied is both accurate and relevant, and ensuring that we fully understand the implications of any options open to us. I would have no hesitation is recommending Diane.'

An infrastructure investment group

'I have always found Diane to be professional, thorough, efficient and friendly. Nothing is ever too much trouble and she ensures the work is done to the highest standard and on time.'

Chief Executive at a Hospice

'Diane made herself available when we needed her support and was very professional, efficient, easy to work with, and showed great attention to detail throughout the execution phase of the deal.'

An infrastructure investment group

Collette and the team at Gardner-Leader provided me with excellent legal counsel and support during my divorce and ensured that the entire process ran smoothly from beginning to end. The support and guidance provided by the team ensured that I reached a satisfactory and amicable divorce from my wife.
Collette and the team were very responsive to my requests, questions and constantly kept me informed of progress throughout the entire process.

Mr DR Brentford

"Thanks to you (Emma Jones) and your team for always being patient, kind and efficient. You will definitely be our solicitors for the purchase and everything else in future."

Christopher Turner

“We have now got the keys to the house. Thank you so much for all your efforts to make this date happen. We are really pleased with the way the transactions have been coordinated and completed. The communication from yourselves and your team has been impeccable. “ - KP

Client of Stuart Durrant

I asked Derek to sort out a matter that was not at all straightforward. He was unbelievably helpful and creative about sorting a complex problem. He was the most responsive and available solicitor that I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with! I would certainly recommend him and unquestionably would use him in the future.

Penny Ferguson, Founder, The Living Leader LLP

Our firm has hired Derek and his team on several occasions over the past few years. We entrusted Derek to help us through our first two acquisitions. In both cases, he was able to expedite the process and navigate the complexities of each transaction in a commercially-minded way. We have already committed that we will call upon Derek and his team again in the future.

Guil Hastings, Managing Director, TopSource Global Solutions Limited

Thank you for looking after us so kindly, it made the move very easy and you all were so helpful, thank you again.

Conveyancing Client,

Tara brought a straightforward clarity to a complex and confusing issue relating to a family Will. Shrewd and decisive, she identified a clear action plan which we are currently pursuing.


Thank you for helping us buy our first property - fantastic service!


The service from first enquiry through to completion was absolutely superb. I would have no hesitation in recommending Gardner Leader to family and friends.

Jennifer Smith

I have worked with Greg on a variety of transaction over a number of years. He has always provided concise and commercial advice.

Mark Taylor, Director, Banks & Co, Accountants

Fiona / Rob, I just wanted to drop you a line to thank you both for the excellent advice, service and support provided to Toby and I over the last few weeks. Your pragmatic approach helped turn a potentially stressful situation into a very straightforward one and Toby and I are very grateful indeed for this. I shall have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending your firm (and you in particular) to my friends, family and colleagues.


To sum up, I would have no hesitation in unreservedly recommending Gardner Leader to anyone in need of legal advice. They would find themselves in safe hands.

Thank you so much for all your help; even in a situation such as this, it was a complete pleasure working with you.


Thank you so much for your extremely kind, generous and, let's be honest, patient help with my will. It is hugely appreciated and actually a relief to have it all done.


Although sadly a common occurrence, it is difficult to put into words just how traumatic marriage breakdown is, particularly when children are involved. It is vital to get good legal advice and I feel very fortunate to have had Seona Myerscough as my solicitor during a difficult divorce which was finally settled at court.

Seona was extremely supportive throughout the whole process, and her knowledge and wealth of experience were demonstrated both by the excellent advice she offered and by her measured and professional manner.

With her help I received a good settlement which enabled me to start to build a new life with my children and I have no hesitation in strongly recommending her to others.


In my dealings with Gardner Leader everyone has always been very polite and courteous. I have used you on two occasions now for buying and selling my business and have found you to be very responsive over what can be quite a long and protracted transaction. You have been proactive in providing me with updates and keeping me informed of progress which is really reassuring. In particular you have always adopted quite a consultative approach which I found beneficial as you would advise me of appropriate decisions to make during the transaction and make me aware of possible alternatives that may have to be considered if things did not go according to plan. Receiving this kind of guidance and support is the main reason that I have used your company and would recommend you to others.

Carl Critchlow, Jaylodge Limited

Andrew acted for me in pursuing compensation as a result of a car accident in 2008. As a result of the crash, I suffered injuries and had to give up my business. Andrew made the whole process very straightforward. I trusted his advice and he achieved an excellent result on my behalf, which has enabled me to pursue an alternative career path. It was a highly successful outcome and I would not hesitate to recommend Andrew to other people.

Kelly Rawlings

Divorce is typically a painful process for all concerned. Clearly this is a time when skilled and sensitive legal support is essential in being able to work out the inevitable difficulties that will arise.

I was fortunate enough to find exactly that kind of expert solicitor in Collette Bailey, a Partner in the Family Law division of Gardner Leader. I couldn’t have wished for better representation, she always had time to listen, always acted promptly and very professionally. Perhaps more importantly, I trusted her completely.

I would have no hesitation in recommending Collette and Gardner Leader as representing the very best of traditional values in the area of Family Law.

Mr N of Devizes

Collette acted for me in my recent divorce and related financial dispute. She fended off unreasonable demands from my ex-wife and achieved an excellent result at Court, which was not within the expectations of the other party, which included preserving my business.The other side had a very aggressive approach but this was deflected well by Collette and I found that as a result of following her advice I was in a better position. Collette made a very stressful period of my life as painless as possible and I would highly recommend her to anyone.

Mr M of Newbury

We have consulted with David Finnerty in relation to matters regarding both our business and personal circumstances. We were very impressed with David’s knowledge of the relevant areas of the law and the results which we ultimately achieved. We have always been very impressed with the standard of service we have received from Gardner Leader, not only with David but also our previous dealings with Julie Taylor and Andrew Shipp.

Rest assured we shall utilise the services of Gardner Leader for any other matters.


I instructed Greg to provide advice and draft consultancy agreements when I first set up my business in early 2011. Greg was extremely pleasant to deal with, responded to all of my queries quickly and comprehensively and provided a very high level of service. I was very pleased with the documents Greg produced for me, which met my requirements exactly. I would not hesitate to instruct Greg again for any future business matters and would highly recommend him.

Rachel Harding

Greg has provided us with legal services not only for commercial property, but also litigation, employment and contract law. More recently Greg handled our company's property acquisition in Andover which was a relatively smooth and seamless transaction. On each occassion we work with him, we have total faith in his and his firm's expertise to deliver. On a personal note Greg's firm also looks after our family's legal requirements. We would never hesitate to recommend Greg or his firm.

Robert Carter, J&J Carter Limited

Greg has worked for several of my clients, work ranging on commercial property transactions to a Business sale. He has always delivered a great service and left me with happy clients. As well as a competent solicitor Greg is a very amiable, relaxed individual with ability to get on with anyone and make them feel comfortable. I would be happy to recommend Greg to any of my clients.

Keith Steptoe, Business Adviser