Our Lawyers


Will Cowell – Partner, Buckles Solicitors LLP

I deal with family and litigation matters, advising on pre-and post-nuptial agreements, relationship breakdown, divorce and financial problems arising from those situations, and private children matters.

I regard myself first and foremost as a problem solver, initially working in the engineering sector, and since 1990, in the legal sector. I’ve always been drawn to solving the kind of problems that too often end up in the Courts, quickly identifying the key issues and then devising creative solutions that produce the best outcome possible for my clients without doing harm in the wider context – this is especially important in family cases.

I’m an enthusiastic exponent of collaborative family law techniques. If possible, I prefer to find solutions which allow clients to get on with their lives without the need to pursue costly court action.

I was one of the first members of the Solicitors’ Family Law Association in the 1980’s which later re-branded as Resolution. I’m a Resolution Accredited Specialist in Matrimonial Finances and Private Children work. I was a dedicated member of the Committee of Cambridge Law Society for 14 years, serving as Treasurer and twice as President, ensuring its continued growth in that time.

Telephone: 01223 867061
Email: will.cowell@buckles-law.co.uk

Rebecca Varey – Senior Associate, Buckles Solicitors LLP

I have 18 years’ experience as a family lawyer and have specialised in all aspects of family law, including divorce, financial settlements and matters relating to children. I have a particular interest in Children Act matters and have vast experience in this area.

I am a member of Resolution and always approach matters in a constructive way to help families through a difficult time.

Telephone: 01223 867069
Email: rebecca.varey@buckles-law.co.uk

Alex Hartnoll – Family Law Executive GCILEx, Buckles Solicitors LLP

My legal career began by completing a law degree by distance learning with Nottingham Trent University. Since graduating, I have qualified with the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in August 2018 (GCILEx).

I have worked in family law since 2016 and it has always been my primary interest. I have experience in divorce and financial remedies, private law children matters (including residence, contact and parental responsibility) and change of name.

I take a collaborative approach to resolving legal disputes and believe that this is especially important within family law. I will offer you calm and realistic advice, and guide you through the legal process from start to finish.

I am a member of both Resolution and the Peterborough Young Lawyers Group.

Telephone: 01780 484538
Email: alex.hartnoll@buckles-law.co.uk

Jane Tatlock – BSc (Hons), Associate, Buckles Solicitors LLP

Jane has been a family solicitor since 1997 and specialises in areas such as divorce, pre-nuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements, separation and arrangements for children. She is a member of Resolution, a national organisation which believes in a constructive, non-confrontational approach to family law matters, always considering the best interests of children and the needs of the whole family. Jane’s dedication to family law is also demonstrated in her founding of the Family Law Group in Peterborough, which she chaired in its first year.

Telephone: 0115 947 4500
Email: jane.tatlock@buckles-law.co.uk

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Farhana Butt – LLB, Director, Hunt & Coombs Solicitors

Farhana qualified as a solicitor in 1999 and has worked exclusively in family law in the Peterborough area since then. She is a qualified family mediator and a member of the Family Mediation Association. She is accredited by Resolution in ‘dealing with complex financial arrangements following the breakdown of relationships’.Farhana is a leading family law solicitor who helps clients with separation, divorce, pre-nuptial contracts, cohabitation agreements and children’s residence and contact arrangements. She has considerable experience of handling divorces involving complex financial arrangements and substantial property holdings. Farhana is one of the most prominent Asian family lawyers in the local area and has frequently advised on the validity of religious ceremonies under English law.

Telephone: 01733 882800
Email: farhana.butt@hcsolicitors.co.uk

Roger Gurney – Partner, Buckles Solicitors LLP

Roger specialises in all aspects of family law and is a trained collaborative lawyer and mediator. He is a Resolution accredited specialist family lawyer and with a particular specialism in private law children cases and complex financial matters. Roger has over 28 years’ experience as a family lawyer, helping clients achieve a cost effective and fair outcome to their difficulties. He advises on all aspects of relationship breakdown whether divorce, separation or issues relating to children. Roger’s work also includes the preparation of pre/post-marital agreements and cohabitation contracts.

Telephone: 01733 888842
Email: roger.gurney@buckles-law.co.uk

Lyn Brisley – B.A, Partner, Buckles Solicitors LLP

Lyn is chair of the Best Divorce Options Group and has worked in Peterborough since 1997. Lyn handles all aspects of divorce and separation and is doing an increasing amount of preventive work as cohabitation contracts grow in popularity. Lyn is a trained collaborative lawyer who aims to help couples reach an agreement on how assets should be divided in a civilised way without the stress of going to court. In addition, Lyn is a trained family mediator. She uses her experience to guide and assist couples to explore options that work for both partners. Lyn also has extensive experience in court as well as dealing with more complex cases and high net worth individuals. She is also a member of Resolution (a leading family law association), various local business groups and Governor for a local primary school.

Telephone: 01733 888841
Email: lyn.brisley@buckles-law.co.uk

James Belderbos – Belderbos Solicitors

James is a family law specialist dealing with all aspects of family law including divorce and separation and children matters. Dealing with clients that are married and unmarried he helps them resolve disputes in the least stressful and most cost effective way by avoiding Court wherever possible.

The collaborative process and other non-Court methods are all aimed at reducing a stressful process which enables his clients to concentrate on themselves their families and their business or career.

Telephone: 01572 490660
Email: jamesb@belderbossolicitors.co.uk

Belinda Smith
Belinda Smith – Belinda Smith & Co

Belinda was formerly a partner at Buckles Solicitors LLP for over 20 years and Head of the Family Department. Since 2008 she has been practicing under her own name as a family law specialist, based at Thorpe Wood, Peterborough. Belinda is a long standing member of The Law Society’s Children Panel and has many years’ experience in care proceedings. She now specialises in all areas of family and matrimonial law. Belinda is an active Resolution member, the national organisation representing family lawyers, and a committee member of the Peterborough Family Law Group.

Telephone: 01733 267414
Email: belinda@bscosolicitors.co.uk