Meet the Private Client Team – Hilary Buckle, Partner and Solicitor

Hilary has been with the firm now for 25 years and is the longest serving member of Barrett & Co, hence any queries about issues arising in the past tend to head in her direction!

Hilary read law at University College London and after training and working in London initially, was a salaried partner with a firm in High Wycombe before joining Barrett & Co in Reading in 1995. When Hilary joined Barrett & Co, there was very little private client work but gradually the volume and range increased such that Hilary now leads an enthusiastic and committed team of 6 qualified solicitors and a trainee. 

Although the recent months have brought their challenges, Hilary has been delighted with the way in which her colleagues have adapted themselves to home working, garden visits, car park will witnessing and a range of skills which no-one thought they would ever need! The team have provided each other, and their clients, with emotional support, care and reassurance throughout.

Initially specialising only in non-contentious work, Hilary has very much enjoyed working with fellow partner Justin Sadler to set up and expand the contentious Probate Department which now has a very strong presence within the firm. 

Hilary is a member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Solicitors (ACTAPS) and is a Dementia Friend. She is particularly interested in the protection of older adults, and the importance of enabling them to have a voice, rather than for others to speak for them. 

Outside work, Hilary enjoys travelling (when circumstances permit) and walking and is particularly proud of having completed the Tongariro Crossing on a sunny January day in New Zealand earlier this year.  She is the organist at her village church and very much enjoys developing her musical knowledge and expertise.   She is looking forward to the time when theatres and concert venues can reopen. 

Get in Touch

If you would like to get in touch with Hilary or have a question for her regarding the administration of Estates or any concern you may have about a Probate matter or a vulnerable person, please email her at [email protected] or call her on 01189 589711.

Further Reading:

Meet the Private Client Team – Ella Dalton, Legal Support Assistant

Meet the Private Client Team – Juliette Spanner, Associate of CILEx

Contentious Estates: How a family owned business can form part of the equation

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