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For over three years Nicola helped me through a very difficult period, first with child arrangements and then with financial issues relating to a divorce. There were many unsettling moments but Nicola always spent the time explaining the legal process and the actions that could be taken in a calm and understandable manner, ensuring that I was kept updated on a regular basis. Unfortunately, everything had to be settled through the courts and Nicola was meticulous in her preparation, ensuring the case was well presented. It was a long drawn out and difficult process, but Nicola was always patient and understanding, and I valued her support and advice throughout. I would highly recommend Nicola to anybody that requires assistance with Family legal issues.
I’ve used this local company now for many transactions and could not recommend the Team enough. From simple things like getting back to me at an agreed time right through to completing commercial purchases ahead of deadlines . The minute you walk in the team make you feel welcome and everyone goes about their business professionally. On this occasion we used Tim Blackman for the purchase of a commercial unit for our business and could not have been happier. As always we were kept in the loop regarding how things were going upto completion with no hassle. Then Tim kindly took on registering the new lease / paying stamp duty and completed ahead of time and under budget. This just goes to show you are in good hands with Tim so if you are looking for 100 % from a local solicitor then give the team a call and ask for Tim Blackman.
“Thank you for your excellent service, we hope that we never need you again! But will be back with the knowledge of your efficiency if it does ever become necessary.”
“From the first meeting with Stephen we realised the seriousness of the allegation and without any hesitation Stephen explained to us clearly and concisely all the avenues this allegation could take and where we should go from there. He laid out his fees and we were so impressed with his experience, presentation and courteous manner we had no hesitation in taking him on as our Solicitor. Stephen was always there to answer our queries quickly, reassuringly and in a courteous manner. He dealt with the Police and generally took control of the situation for us which made an extremely stressful time much more easier to cope with …we felt we could rely on him to resolve the matter and see that justice was done for our Son. The matter reached a successful conclusion thanks to Stephen and his professional manner. We would have no hesitation in recommending Stephen to anyone requiring a Solicitor to assist in a case such as ours.”
“Stephen Bennett … made a stressful situation as straight forward as it could be, bringing the case to a swift and very satisfactory conclusion. I found Stephen to be very accessible, calming through his authority and expertise and empathetic. He was thorough and patient in explanations of the options available to us, whilst behind the scenes he worked quickly and effectively on our behalf. I would wholeheartedly recommend Stephen for legal representation.”
Your help and support over the last few months is much appreciated and I would be very happy to recommend your services.
"We are very grateful for all the effort you have put into our case. Your timely replies and concise updates have made this far easier than it had been prior to us instructing you and brought around a very positive end to what has been a long and arduous saga."
“Michal has acted as my corporate solicitor in connection with a fundraising and listing on the AIM market. She was very professional, pragmatic, speedy and knowledgeable.”
“You had very little time to prepare and we felt extremely confident in your abilities, which was fantastic for us… You were very approachable, responsive to any questions, and provided very clear explanations in plain English, avoiding difficult legal jargon (that really was a breath of fresh air).”
“Thank you so much, whilst this is a job for you, it’s our life and we always thought your balance of approach has been outstanding."
“Tamsin was fantastic, she understood the situation and was very realistic. Honestly couldn’t have wished for better service.”
"Faultless service - very impressed"
"Michelle you provided an excellent service, you made me feel comfortable and confident in your abilities; you responded positively and were quick to react to keep the process on track. It was a pleasure to deal with and you and I would highly recommend you to any of my friends or colleagues."
"From your first response in the business group when I reached out for some help, through to sorting out the settlement agreement for me. I really appreciate your swiftness in dealing with this matter, your expertise and your advice. Professional yet friendly and very supportive. You must be a great asset to your company."
"To date we have been very pleased with the professional expertise that Tim has provided us with. I have found Tim Blackman to be knowledgeable, thorough, reliable, courteous, helpful and able to access specialist knowledge when he has needed to. He is easy to talk to and always available to speak to. He keeps in contact and has our best interests at heart."
Thank you for your very speedy work on the lease. We all appreciated your skills and prompt action. Everyone is happily settled and I have peace of mind, Thank you again’
‘Penny Wright was most professional, understanding and went above and beyond to help me’
“I wanted to say a big thank you for your time yesterday guiding my family and I through the LPA process. I very much appreciated your kind and patient manner with my parents and I know they were very impressed with you.”
I'd like to thank Jo for her time, and the information she provided me with, it was very helpful and continues to reassure me why I return back to Gardner Leader for advice.
“It was a pleasure dealing with Penny Wright who was empathetic and helpful throughout.”
“I strongly recommend your team for Charities requiring legal assistance”
“Thank you very much indeed for your help in resolving this matter so efficiently. We are very grateful to you for sorting and achieving full payment so quickly.”
“I would just like to say a massive thank you for the work and the speed achieved for this move, I know we had high expectations. I really appreciate how quickly we were ready for exchange and how you helped us to live up to the agreed timescales even if the rest of the chain didn't. Thanks also for the level of clarity, I know we asked a lot of questions but we are moving knowing the answers”
‘Michelle Morgan was outstanding! Thank you'
‘Excellent service, thank you for all your assistance’
‘Michelle Morgan was absolutely fantastic, it was a pleasure to consult with her – even at a time of stress Thank you'
‘Lucy was very friendly with clear and concise suggestions. My wife and I were very happy with the overall experience’. ‘Great job all round’
‘I would especially mention Jeni Smith who went out of the way to complete the mortgage process’.
'Ms Emma Jones was excellent throughout the process’. ‘Thanks to all at your firm’
‘Loved Emma Jones – she is one fabulous solicitor’
Thank you again to you and all the Gardner Leader team who have so expertly and quickly managed my late mother’s estate and property. It is much appreciated
“Tamsin was fantastic, she understood the situation and was very realistic. Honestly couldn’t have wished for better service.”
'Divorce for me was a very arduous process and the court proceedings about financial matters ('ancilliary relief') were particularly stressful. Nicola guided me effectively and efficiently through this process. She is very conscientious and has an eye for fine detail. I felt wholly supported at an extremely difficult time.'
Nicola acted for me over a one year period during my divorce for both financial and child arrangements. She was kind and considerate at all times, always taking the time to fully explain and discuss any item around the divorce and help me work through the best way forward. She would respond quickly and fully to my emails or phone calls giving me the reassurance and information that I needed which in turn limited the uncertainty and upset of the situation. The advice I received was fair and realistic, always ensuring to aim to mitigate any inflammation with the other side and where possible (Child Arrangements specifically) to encourage and support communication and resolution without the need for solicitors. My case eventually required a hearing in Court to resolve financial aspects. My case was well prepared, thorough and presented in a fair and proper way which ultimately helped and certainly benefited the outcome.
I cannot recommend Nicola highly enough, she is kind, efficient and above all professional and excellent at her job and this gave me the reassurance and confidence I needed to get through the process of the divorce and begin my life again with my son.
Thank you so so much for everything you have done for me. I'm eternally grateful for all your help and advice. I'll certainly recommend you to friends and family should they need you
“Recently, with the help of Penny Wright, I completed a lasting power of attorney – something I had been meaning to do for more than a year. It feels good to have it done! Penny gave me a thorough and fully explained service in her re-assuring and caring manner. I would recommend Penny as the consummate professional”
Thank you so much Claire Andrews for all your help, kindness and tremendous amount of hard work. Without your expertise I don't think me and my family would be together. I would highly recommend you to represent anyone going through any difficulty, requiring a friendly and professional service.
I would like to thank you Jo and your colleagues for doing such a great job in bringing this matter to a successful conclusion and would like to buy you all a Christmas/New Year's drink out of my half of the shares… Once again Jo, a big thank you to you and all your colleagues at Gardner & Leader.
I just wanted to say thanks for all your help and for making the progress of mums estate so very easy.
Michelle Morgan is very experienced in recruitment law and was indispensable to me during a prolonged and contentious TUPE transfer, as well as giving sound advice and guidance on all aspects of procedure and policy for the Company and ensuring we were compliant with any new legislation. She was patient and considerate with board members who were not up to speed with legislative requirements, and ensured a first class delivery of service at all times. I would have no hesitation in recommending Michelle to anyone looking for employment law assistance.
I found Michelle Morgan to be very knowledgeable and perhaps of more importance, she was very realistic and understanding of our own business needs. In addition Michelle was extremely quick to respond to any questions or concerns which arose. I would certainly recommend Michelle to others.
I have worked with Michelle Morgan for a number of years and find her to be incredibly helpful and efficient. Her responses are always thorough and well researched and she possesses the knack of knowing when you need something quick and to the point, or detailed and lengthy. She has a really engaging manner which makes working with her feel like dealing with a trusted colleague.
I have worked with Michelle Morgan for over 4 years for our more challenging HR legal advice. She has always excelled in both building a very strong relationship with the company and understanding the way we like to work as well as giving the very best advice in resolving complicated issues. She is always very professional and responsive in her approach and she has become an integral part of our business
I have been a Business Partner working with Michelle Morgan for the last 5 years and she has always provided me with good advice and support to my candidates who I have to refer to her for legal advice from time to time. I would highly recommend Michelle for her personable and professional support and I would have every confidence in recommending her for advice and support
Michelle Morgan acted for me over a Settlement Agreement and she was consummately professional, thorough and speedy. I would recommend her work highly.
Michelle Morgan is a very supportive and knowledgeable lawyer who has been of considerable assistance to Oxford Brookes University.
“Many thanks Carole and for all yours and Stuart’s help with this process. You have been a beacon of professionalism throughout which has been in sharp contrast sometimes to our other experiences. Very often it simply comes down to a timely response to questions and issues, even where the response is just to say there is no news or updates. We have frequently encountered situations when people have promised to call back at the end of a day and we have heard nothing and have then had to chase-infuriating!
So thanks again to you and the team.”
"Hannah has been wonderful during this process and never fails to deliver what I ask of her and more."
I was initially mainly dealing with Stephanie Cummings. She dealt with a frenetic very tight time frame issue for me. Throughout this, Steph worked incredibly hard to resolve a frustrating problem and remained calm and efficient. What made a difference was that she was contactable, approachable, and understanding. Giving over and above in terms of time. Steph certainly made a difference at the start of a difficult situation made harder by unexpected challenges to resolve. Thank-you.
Divorce is one of the most difficult and traumatic life events to go through on both an emotional and a practical level. It's crucial to get your choice of solicitor right as they are the key person guiding you through the process and negotiating on your behalf. I was very fortunate to have Seona Myerscough acting for me during my own difficult divorce. Her advice was always measured, professional and sensible - qualities that are often in short supply in such situations - and I have no hesitation in recommending her to others.
I was recommended to use Gardener Leader for my matrimonial divorce. I found Seona to be a professional, friendly, understanding and supportive throughout this difficult time. I felt that nothing was too much trouble and always felt at ease during our meetings. I would have no hesitation in recommending Seona and Gardner Leader.
My family and I will be forever grateful for the amazing work that Seona and the team at Gardner leader have done for us. They were always on hand when needed. It was so good to have people on your side at a time when it felt everything is against you. Thanks to the work of Seona Myerscough my family is back together. Which is something we will always be grateful for.
Seona greeted me with a warm smile and an air of approachable confidence. She has guided me throughout my divorce at each step, keeping me informed and giving advice of what to do next, how and when. She has led me through a particularly sensitive time in my life in which I needed someone knowledgeable yet understanding to guide me, whilst also being relaxed and human! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to anyone.
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…
Thank you for the excellent advice, service and support provided to us over the last few weeks. Your pragmatic approach helped turn a potentially stressful situation into a very straightforward one and we 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.
After 24 years dealing with estate administration I am used to dealing with numerous law firms, some huge and others very small. When I joined Bible Society as Legacy Officer in 2011 I was surprised to learn that we did not have a “friendly” solicitor who we consulted on legacy issues. Given the diversity of the legal issues that can arise with legacies it is clearly prudent to have a friendly, professional law firm you can rely upon.
We encountered Alastair Goggins and Robert Jobson 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.
Gardner Leader have advised me on a range of issues including litigation, complicated legacies and estate administration where the executor renounced and my charity was the main residuary legatee. They are a “one stop shop” of good advice which makes life so much easier. I look forward to using Gardner Leader for many years to come and have no hesitation in recommending their services.
Kathryn acted for my partner for many years (he was the owner of Headley Tyres). He died suddenly overseas. I knew how highly he thought of Kathryn and so I turned to her to act in the administration of his estate. Kathryn has been invaluable to me, not only has she helped me through the most difficult time of my life, she guided me through a minefield of complicated issues with a clear depth of knowledge, sympathy and kindness. Kathryn also recommended colleagues to deal with other aspects of the estate that were not in her arena. At times I felt out of my depth and at these times Kathryn calmed me down and gave me the courage to carry on. She was always available to answer my questions so that I understood what was going on throughout. I really do not think I could have done it without her and will continue to use her for any personal issues I have until she retires!
Kathryn made what could have been quite a daunting and frightening experience much easier. She took away all the worries.
May I thank you again on behalf of my wife and myself for your professionalism excellent advice and above all, the patience and care you have extended towards us during an exceptionally stressful time.
Thank you so much for your help.
Thank you for the wonderful service.
Judith took over our very contentious probate case that involved multiple parties with strong personalities and a huge amount of evidence. We were pleased with how quickly she got to grips with the intricate details of our case, managed each individual’s personality and expectations with a natural understanding. Judith expertly guided our difficult case to conclusion via mediation and ultimately a satisfactory outcome for all of us.
I have been impressed with Gardner Leader’s precise focus on the issues and their persistence in following up to achieve the desired results. I would single out Judith Rountree for being assiduous in keeping the Client up to date. Their very clear approach to costs is also to be welcomed. Working with them is a pleasure.
Thank you for the introduction to the Scottish law firm who were excellent and nearly as good as you!
I have worked with Greg on a variety of transactions over a number of years. He has always provided concise and commercial advice.
Greg did some high quality work for me on building leasing, major asset purchase, and third party leasing. He did an admirable job of turning complex commercial requirements into comprehensive and succinct contracts. He is always willing to offer different approaches to a challenge, and has a great sense of humour!
Fiona’s help, expertise and advice was invaluable in the recent sale of our property (not to mention clear head and sense of humour!). It was a pleasure working with Fiona and her team and I look forward to doing so again in the future.
Andrew always reacts quickly to any request and gets the job done!
We have used Andrew's legal services on occasions when dealing with Corporate Litigation issues. Andrew is a very personable character, with whom we get on very well with. He is very knowledgeable and reliable. We certainly have no reservations in recommending Andrew.
I have hired Andrew on a number of occasions and his straightforward and practical advice has most often lead to a very satisfactory conclusion. I would have no issue in recommending Andrew for any litigation matter.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
Thanks to Richard and Diane for steering us through the mysteries of a Shareholders Agreement and for their endless patience with all our delays.”
“I am extremely grateful to Stephen for achieving the best possible result in the case in a calm, professional and wonderfully humane manner.”
'...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. …'
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.
We used Chris Dale. He was very informative and helpful, explaining the basics to us (first time buyers). Thank you!
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!
Thanks to Patrick and Team - First class service from start to finish!
'I have known Diane for over five years since our company inception and have always been impressed by her manner and professionalism.'
'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.'
'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.'
'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.'
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.
"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."
“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
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.
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.
Thank you for looking after us so kindly, it made the move very easy and you all were so helpful, thank you again.
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.
I have worked with Greg on a variety of transaction over a number of years. He has always provided concise and commercial advice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.