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About Clifford Smith & Buchanan

Clifford Smith & Buchanan was founded in 1928 by Mr. Clifford Smith. During the war, Clifford served with great distinction as a squadron leader based in Burma and was mentioned in despatches. We are very proud of our roots and we retain his name to this day!

Ian Buchanan qualified as a solicitor in 1968 at the age of 21 years, one of the youngest solicitors ever to qualify in the country, with a distinction in criminal law. His son, David Buchanan, joined the practice in 2006 as a trainee and was admitted as a solicitor in 2008. On 01 October 2012 David became a partner. Prior to being a solicitor David worked as a researcher for Salford University having completed a masters degree in creative technology. David qualified with distinctions in property law and criminal law (although the firm does not deal with criminal matters) and has brought an in depth knowledge of computing and design to the practice; he was awarded a commendation by the Royal Society of Arts in 2001.

The Practice has been offering quality and professional legal advice throughout the many years since it was first established. The Partners are members of the Law Society and all aspects of the management of the Practice fall under Law Society Rules as regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. As required by the Rules the Practice carries authorised Professional Indemnity Insurance thereby providing a further absolute guarantee of security to its clients.

The idea of “Solicitors Property Centres” attracted much publicity in the 1980s with references to the Scottish system and encouraging comments from Government and other sources seeking to promote quicker, more efficient and cost saving property transactions. Against this background the Practice opened its first Estate Agency office in 1988, supplementing its legal staff by recruiting quality Estate Agency personnel.

Whilst a combination of some or all of our services may well be advantageous, it should be stressed that each element may be instructed separately. So, for example, the Estate Agency service need not involve use of the Solicitors; instructing the Solicitors need not be related in any way to the Estate Agency. However, when selling a property the all inclusive package is extremely difficult to beat, in terms of service, convenience and cost.

We now employ 11 staff across two offices; two full time estate agents (one based in Colne and one based in Nelson), four sales negotiators, a licenced conveyancer, and three very experienced administrators.