What our clients say

I chose Bower and Bailey because they are local and James Hulme offered a calm, prompt, professional service with a personal touch; from first contact to a satisfactory resolution of the issue


Bower and Bailey negotiated my divorce settlement recently. Their approach to a complicated legal process was very practical and supportive. I was given explanations in simple terms and guided through each of the legal stages and was encouraged to keep in close contact and work with the solicitor, seeking explanations on anything not clear to me. Overall a most professional relationship developed.

Mr A.S. Witney

One of the most important decisions we did make during our move was to select you as our solicitor. Your service during the sale of our previous house and the purchase of our new home has been exceptional and my wife and I would like to express our gratitude for all you have done for us. It was certainly good fortune for us when we originally wrote about the deeds of our house to your office to find that you were still working at the same office over 20 years later.

D & M Stevenson

Thank you for your advice and the efficient professional support. I will recommend you to anyone that I know without a hesitation!

I Kalnina

Thank you so much. I think you can appreciate the compensation I received has greatly exceeded the expectations I had after that first meeting back in 2014. Thank you for running such a faultless campaign and for always keeping me in the loop. I will heartily recommend you to others from here on.

Joe Adhemar

Stuart recently undertook the legal work relating to our purchase of a 2.5 acre site for the development of our new warehouse facility. He and his team were excellent at keeping us updated, communicating with us and guiding us through the entire process. Stuart’s depth of knowledge meant he presented us with ideas and options beyond the minimum necessary to purely complete the purchase. The result of this was that the transaction was shaped to our requirements and we completed the purchase on our intended schedule, with the minimum of distraction. We are already working with Stuart on our next property transaction.

Oliver Tattersall

Operations Director

Clockwork Components Limited

Stuart Palmer at Bower and Bailey has worked on several projects for us at Crocodiles of the World since 2010. Stuarts attention to finer detail is exceptional and gives us enormous confidence in his ability to ensure right choices are made for us as his client. We look forward to working with Stuart and Bower and Bailey again in the not too distant future.

Shaun Foggett

Zoo director

Crocodiles of the World

I would like to extend a warm thank you to Ms Sally Bailey, for handling my recent divorce. Ms Bailey was recommended to me by our mediator as a good divorce lawyer. She dealt with the process in a very competent and professional yet personal way, within the estimated and very reasonable fee. I couldn't recommend her more highly.

Kina Malmberg-Lovatt

Luckywheel Limited are extremely pleased with the services of Andrew Symington of Bower & Bailey who conducted their commercial property purchase. We already instructed Andrew on another commercial purchase without hesitation and have recommended his services to our bank. Andrew works efficiently, exactly what we need in a fast-paced business!

Maryana Savchuk

Legal Counsel

Luckywheel Limited

Robert Eden has advised me on a wide range of legal matters from minor personal issues to complex property transactions. His prompt and professional attention to my affairs has always been a hallmark of Bower & Bailey. I wouldn't go anywhere else.

David Richards CBE



I simply don't know how to begin to thank you for all you have done for me these last 3 years. I was indescribably lucky to have found you. I can't imagine anyone else would have championed my cause with such dedication.

Julia Summers*

A private client assisted by our divorce & family law team

Our purchase of Northampton Town Football Club had to be carried out very quickly and in very testing circumstances. Rob Brookes was absolutely brilliant, kept us at all times informed and made sure that we got across the line.

Kelvin Thomas


Northampton Town Football Club (on the purchase of NTFC)

After several rejections by numerous different solicitors, I nearly gave up trying to get justice for the clinical negligence I had been subjected to. I contacted Bower & Bailey and immediately I felt elated by their professionalism, efficiency and most of all the way they listened to my case and understood I needed their help in order to be heard... I was delighted by the compensation I received.

David Richardson*

I have used Bower & Bailey several times in the last 12 months and when compared to my previous experiences with the legal profession the service and attention to detail has been superb. In particular Daniel Hannam has saved me from onerous conditions of contract that no other solicitor had spotted. I would wholeheartedly recommend Daniel and Bower & Bailey.

Martin Rowley

Managing Director

Comec Voice & Data Technology

...thank you so much for all your help in recent months and for the first rate service you delivered in managing our late uncle's estate. It goes without saying that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend you and your firm to others.

Mrs Barbara Tenby*

Bower & Bailey have handled all my legal matters since I started in TV. They have always been skilled and responsive and the service that I have received has always been above and beyond. I can't praise Bower & Bailey highly enough.

Jim Rosenthal

Sports journalist and TV presenter

I would have no hesitation in recommending Bower & Bailey. Having recently used their family team for complex divorce proceedings, my experience was of a highly competent and professional service which struck the right balance - providing robust advice and guidance whilst taking a measured, constructive and responsible approach.

Dr Richard Moreton*

As a professional property investor I know the value of a good lawyer and after 10 years of using Bower & Bailey for in excess of 100 transactions I can confidently vouch for the quality of their service.

Richard Klin

Professional property investor

Bower & Bailey came highly recommended and I have not been disappointed! My career takes me all over the world so the window of opportunity to communicate is very tight but this is not a problem when B&B are concerned. They have always been on hand at any time and have constantly delivered a professional and efficient service. I too would have no hesitation in recommending them.

Eddie Pepperell

Professional golfer

I've been in business 40 years and litigation is unavoidable at times. Bower & Bailey offer supportive, intelligent, economic advice and like to win.

Ken Culley


Marks & Spencer Financial Services

I find Robert Eden and Bower & Bailey very responsive and always there to provide quick, commercially-minded, practical and sensible advice at competitive prices.

Roger File

Property Director

Blenheim Palace

My road traffic accident left me with long term back problems and a head injury. Robert saw that I received the right compensation. I would not hesitate to recommend Bower and Bailey.

Mr M

Thank you for the advice you gave us throughout our plot purchase. Your suggestion that we inspect the property prior to exchange which we would not have thought to do highlighted many snagging items for the builder to rectify and we appreciated your advice and guidance throughout the purchase.

Miss S (Banbury)

Jo was excellent and very prompt.

Mr Morris (Adderbury)

Thanks to Lesley we had a seamless transition into buying our first home. The service we were provided with was excellent, with clear communication throughout the process. We would have no hesitation in recommending Lesley and Bower & Bailey to anyone.

James Atwill & Rachel Dunbar

As a buy-to-let landlord and someone who has moved home frequently in the past twenty years, I have always entrusted my conveyancing to Bower & Bailey. On every occasion, the work is completed with reassuring completeness and a minimum of fuss - it is a significant burden easily delegated to expert hands.

Liam Clogger

Southmoor, Oxfordshire

Can I say that having dealt with many Solicitors concerning conveyancing over the last 10 years I can say that your professional efficiency shines by comparison. I have had to take previous companies to the Ombudsman in the past because of major issues. I would highly recommend your company to anyone who asks me in the future. Excellent service.

Mandy Guy

Thank you for all the excellent work you have done with respect to our recent property purchase. You made everything so stress free and kept us up to date at all times/explained all the legal documentation. If we ever buy or sell another property in the UK again then we will definitely be in contact. Many thanks

Steve and Rachel (Finch)

Bower & Bailey are Big enough to Cope, Small enough to Care.

Yorkshire Merchant Securities Limited

I would highly recommend the service of Bower & Bailey to any one going thorough any legal dispute. Philip’s professionalism and understanding of my particular situation on a personal level has made my divorce so much easier to deal with. He has been outstanding in walking me through every step and always been there for me to support me with the right advice.

Giammario Ragnoli

Sue handled my case, which proved to be very complicated, in a very efficient and speedy manner concerning all issues including those relating to my business. During a time that was obviously very difficult for me, Sue provided emotional as well as legal support, and was always professional and efficient. I would certainly recommend Sue to anyone who needs an expert in this field.

Dave Smith

Interdec Limited

I would just like to say many, many thanks for all your help with my divorce. You have been very caring, supportive, genuine and very professional in the work and advice you have given and done for me.

Chris Charles

I would have no hesitation in recommending Bower & Bailey to prospective clients. Having recently used their Family Department for complex divorce proceedings, my experience was of a highly competent and professional service which struck the right balance – providing robust advice and guidance whilst taking a measured, constructive and responsible approach. Throughout the case I felt that they completely understood my priorities, clearly explained the options open to me and worked hard on my behalf, whilst trying to keep costs to a sensible level.

Dr B Swansea

I wanted to thank you for your guidance and advice which has helped me steer a course through a difficult time. Your good sense and rational approach was a great help and much appreciated.

Julian Brooks

I recently sought advice from Kirsty Southgate regarding my Lasting Power of Attorney and found Kirsty most helpful and informative with regards to my options to allow me to make my own decisions. Upon deciding which options I wished to take, Kirsty effected my wishes without delay, including liaising with the Office of the Public Guardian to put into effect the changes. I am very pleased with the advice and service Kirsty offered.

Mr G. Mines

My partner and I recently instructed Kirsty Southgate to alter our wills. We always find Bower & Bailey very friendly and accommodating and Kirsty is very knowledgeable. Excellent advice and a fast efficient service.

Ms C. Whiting

Thank you so much for your support and all you have achieved in my behalf James. Through the litigation process you have kept me informed and offered excellent advice; this has made a difficult and confusing process manageable. I now have peace of mind.

W Grant

Sarah has recently represented me through a very stressful few months. Having been wrongfully and unfairly dismissed from my employment, Sarah with great patience & tenacity established that I had a very strong case against my former employers which resulted in a win in court. She was very diligent, professional & caring in the months of work between my dismissal & the final tribunal, which made the ordeal a lot less painful than it could have been. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to others.

Sarah Dureau has advised me since September 2013 and I have had exceptional service above and beyond what I would have expected. Her knowledge and experience has been invaluable to my Service Complaint. Her ability to understand the situation, highlight the problems and form a reasonable decision has helped reduce the stress on me during this process. Above all, I have felt that she was exceptionally caring and always sought to help in any way she could by signposting to other services. This level of knowledge, guidance and empathetic support is a unique mix of ability, skill and character that only Sarah brings to the table.

Ex- army corporal

The service that Sarah provided to me in... my employment issue was impeccable; she has been compassionate and understanding, quickly grasping the nature of my case and understanding the financial constraints I was under (in turn keeping me fully up-to-date of the costs involved/projected). With Sarah's consummate knowledge of employment law (and I have no doubt personable approach) she was able to negotiate a settlement for me which would have been very difficult on my own without Sarah's specialist knowledge. I cannot thank Sarah enough...[for]... the magnificent service provided. I would have no hesitation in recommending Bower & Bailey moving forward.

From among the Bower & Bailey team of solicitors, of whom we have been clients for the past 22 years, Daniel Vernede was recommended to us this year to draw up legal documents involving Power of Attorney provisions and updating our Wills in January and April 2016. We were very favourably impressed right from first acquaintance throughout the entire transactions by his friendly expertise, grasp of our requirements and situation, expeditious professional discharge of our instructions, and very reasonable terms of engagement. In all our dealings it has been a pleasure to have placed our confidence in his understanding and expertise; we appreciate his services and his exemplary competence.

Eric & Sheila Sheldon

David is an outstanding litigator. He combines excellent judgment with an ability to manage cases efficiently. He has an enviable reputation for being supportive to his clients who rely on his sound judgment and sympathetic approach. He remains my first port of call for personal referrals.

Hamish Dunlop

3 PB Barristers

James Hulme was brilliant from start to finish. Not only is he a great listener, making your problem his problem by truly understanding all the issues, he also gives great advice which is simple to understand (and follow).

A Brammer

I first contacted Kirsty in relation to a Lasting Power of Attorney for my Mother but ultimately had to proceed on a Court of Protection basis. Later Kirsty assisted me in Probate and Estate related issues. Throughout this Kirsty provided clear, concise and understandable advice processing instructions promptly and well within expected timescales. I was confident of the work she was performing, have no hesitation in recommending Kirsty and would certainly engage her again should needs arise.

Mr J. Steer

Philip Cooksey of Bower & Bailey was my Brother's solicitor, and after his death I used their services. I have to say I was most impressed with the way they handled his affairs, and I, as a "green executor" learned a lot. I am only sorry they do not have offices near me as I would certainly use their expertise.

Christine Pritchard

Lichfield, Staffordshire

We have used Bower & Bailey over the last five years to first create our holding company and then acquire eight businesses. On each occasion Rob Brookes and his team have acted quickly and offered excellent commercial advice.

George Thomas

Chief Executive

Kaleidoscope Ventures Limited

We have used Bower & Bailey a number of times to acquire and sell commercial properties. Andrew was both fast and thorough acting for us in our most recent acquisition. We completed the purchase ahead of schedule and on budget. We’ll continue to use them and thoroughly recommend them.

Murray Symes


Averbrian Investments Ltd

I instructed Andrew Symington to act on a property acquisition in late 2015. The property in question involved a public house which was reasonably complex. The transaction had a tight deadline also. Andrew provided clear and concise advice and was very thorough in his reporting and his legal opinion. I found his proactive approach and attention to detail key in concluding the transaction in an utterly professional manner. He was indeed a pleasure to deal with. I would have no hesitation in recommending him and Bower & Bower to act on someone’s behalf.

Brendan Conway BSc (Surv) FRSA

Stuart Palmer and his team at Bower & Bailey have worked for me on numerous property transactions over the last 15 years, from buying my first house to leasing business premises and most recently the purchase of Darke & Taylor’s new Head Office. His approach is professional, the service excellent, and the advice pragmatic resulting in a successful outcome every time.

Simon Newton

Director and Shareholder

Darke & Taylor Ltd

I fully accept and recognise that I can be (and sometimes am) a demanding customer, this is purely a reflection of the demanding sector that I work in. For my company to stand out, I have to offer outstanding service and products, otherwise I will become a “me too” company. I believe that Bower & Bailey have got it right, they are big enough that they can call on specialist in house advice, whilst remaining small enough that they can, and do, offer a truly personal service. I look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with them.

Henry Willis

H Willis Limited

We enjoy a professional working relationship with Bower & Bailey, Banbury and have used them for our personal, business and commercial transactions for many years, and continue to do so. During transactions we are kept fully updated and informed of progress at all times and on occasions when having to meet deadlines these have been achieved with an ease of competent professionalism. In particular we are pleased to have a strong working relationship with Phil Cooksey, Robert Jackson and Rob Brookes who we are happy to recommend.

Rodney and Anne Hayward


I am very grateful to you James. I can see now that your conservative way has saved my money! I am really thankful to you. I do believe I am lucky to have you standing beside me.

Khalid al-Azri

Business Investor


James has provided me with an outstanding service, nothing is ever too much and he will always go the extra mile, I cannot recommend a better solicitor.

Harriet Dixey

Managing Director

GP Residential

When a Court Order landed on my doorstep recently for unpaid advertising space that I didn't sign up for, I was so relieved to be recommended Darren at Bower & Bailey. Everything was dealt with remotely, with ease and with the minimum of fuss, enabling our company to continue doing what we do best. A great outcome from a great firm, I can't thank you enough!

Ruth Bowles


As a family and as a company, we have used Bower & Bailey for many years and have always been more than pleased with their service. My recent need for their help, however, came at a time of great stress for me as my business partner and his wife died suddenly within two months of each other, leaving me with the new experience of becoming executor of their Wills. Bower & Bailey and in particular Philip Cooksey and his staff were extremely helpful, guiding me through the process with patience and professionalism. I feel very fortunate in having had their support.

Mrs Anne Rodda

From the outset, I have found Kirsty Southgate and the team at Bower & Bailey to be friendly, professional and a pleasure to deal with. The services and communications have been prompt and reliable and my clients have been extremely pleased with the results. I would have no hesitation recommending Bower & Bailey and have already been in contact with the Oxford office regarding a different matter and further business.

L Wallis

I just wanted to thank you, for all the advice and help with taking us through the process of signing this commercial lease. I must say that the level of professionalism you have shown working with us is rarely heard of and has been very much appreciated. We couldn't be happier with the way you have protected the business for us. Going through the process without your kindness and patience just wouldn't be possible, Thank you very much again.

Martin Kryzwina


Factory 33 Limited

Thank you for all your hard work and great efforts whilst acting for us in the acquisition of our nine properties. I can only commend your professionalism, work ethics, advice and speed of processing them, which has definitely benefitted us in the current market... I would certainly recommend you to any acquaintances or friends of mine in the future.

Jeremy Sanders


Hambridge Limited

The team at Bower & Bailey were an incredible support while dealing with my case! I always felt like my queries were dealt with the utmost importance and that I could trust them to correspond on my behalf. I felt they understood my concerns and guided me through the legal process very easily. I highly recommend Bower & Bailey as a firm you can trust.

Charlotte Moultrie

*This client's identity has been concealed in respect of client confidentiality.