Biscoes Solicitors

01730 244799

Biscoes, your local lawyers, are located in offices close to you. Emergency and home appointments are available. We are here to help you with all your legal requirements and offer a comprehensive range of legal services. We pride ourselves in providing a professional approach in a friendly environment.

4.7/5 36 Customer Reviews 36
Recommended by
34 Verified Clients
like Jamie and Kate

How Biscoes Solicitors compares

Value for money






Excellent does not necessarily mean ‘cheap’. It means that clients thought that the level of service received was Excellent for what they paid.

This score has been calculated using up to the last 300 reviews left by clients of Biscoes Solicitors on ReviewSolicitors

36 Customer Reviews


Overall experience

  • Value for money
  • Professionalism
  • Initial Impression
  • Approachability
  • Services
  • Knowledge

Reviews summary

  • Excellent
  • Very Good
  • Average
  • Poor
  • Awful
Click to rate
Jamie Added 7 months ago Report to admin
August 11, 2018 20180811172624

Review from me and my wife.


Couldn’t have done it with out you. Me and my wife are very grateful.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Kate Added 7 months ago 1 found this helpful Report to admin
August 07, 2018 20180807210616



Many thanks for your help, positivity and pragmatic approach throughout our move.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Pete Added 7 months ago 1 found this helpful Report to admin
August 07, 2018 20180807205020

Fantastic Law Firm!


I really appreciate the way in which you have always responded to my enquiries so quickly and ensured that I’ve always been kept up to date. I will have absolutely no hesitation in recommending you to others in the future.

Was this review helpful? Yes

John David
Verified John David Added 6 days ago Report to admin This review is for a different branch.
March 18, 2019 20190318210636

Fantastic firm


We have used Biscoes for several house sales and always found them to be friendly, professional and 100% committed to their role of advising us. They were supportive when things got tricky and made us feel safe and well looked after. We would thoroughly recommend them to anyone wanting legal advice and help

Was this review helpful? Yes

Shahida Hazlin
Verified Shahida Hazlin Added 6 days ago Report to admin This review is for a different branch.
March 18, 2019 20190318122302

TUPE Dispute


Biscoes was professional in handling my case. The solicitor was very knowledgeable and gave me practical advice, straight to the point without wasting my time and money as it was on an hourly basis.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Verified Marc Added 1 month ago Report to admin This review is for a different branch.
February 11, 2019 20190211090009

Sorting out a dispute with a finace company


Swift, quick and effective, Freindly team who have help and my wife out. I can only recommend the Biscoe team.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Verified Olena Added 1 month ago 1 found this helpful Report to admin This review is for a different branch.
February 10, 2019 20190210204041

Lack of experience


It was my first, and I am confirdent, only one experience with Biscoes.
Biscoes have never checked if they have conflict of interest to start with. I have very strong feeling that this is exactly what it was. Mainly, left Biscoes quite quickly and went to the solicitors company that I have dealt with before. And I am quite happy that I did that.
Biscoes solicitor that I have dealt with was lacking experience and consideration. The solicitor worked part-time, almost every email I sent had automatic replay with message that the solicitor will be back some time next week.
The outcome is that made me smile after experience with Biscoes: many years ago they represented my former husband at the divorce proceedings, well, I am glad they did. What goes around comes around.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Mark James
Verified Mark James Added 1 month ago Report to admin This review is for a different branch.
February 09, 2019 20190209115854

Power of attorney


Paid a lot of money for a couple of letters and a meeting
The letters were not even answered got no results
Still don’t know where my fathers money went
Seems solicitors have no legal power over someone who just doesnt want to answer questions

Was this review helpful? Yes

Verified Heather Added 1 month ago Report to admin This review is for a different branch.
February 08, 2019 20190208213040

Inheritance tax planning


Patient and helpful consultation. Excellent advice

Was this review helpful? Yes

Leslie Sydney
Verified Leslie Sydney Added 1 month ago Report to admin This review is for a different branch.
February 08, 2019 20190208162754

Small Claims


Claim to retrieve monies from a company.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Solicitors who work at Biscoes Solicitors

  • Tim Gamester

    Tim originally joined Biscoes as a paralegal in 2004 and shortly went on to train and qualify as a solicitor through the firm, subsequently joining the partnership in 2010. Tim specialises in Private Client law, and has expertise in the following areas: Advising on Wills & Lasting Powers of Attorney The Administration of deceased estates Estate Planning - including Inheritance Tax and care home fee advice Court of Protection applications Management of affairs for incapacitated clients Tim is a trustee of Age Concern Portsmouth and outside of work he has a passion for Cinema and wine tasting.

  • Sarra Gravestock

    Sarra qualified as a solicitor in 2004. She has worked for 11 years for the Local Authority advising and representing Children’s Services. Sarra is a member of the Children Panel. The Law Society has recognised her as a children law specialist who has demonstrated awareness, knowledge and expertise in this area of law. Sarra represented the Local Authority in all levels of Court and was the West Sussex County Council Adoption Panel Legal Adviser for several years, she was described by Ofsted in an inspection as “an invaluable asset.” During her time working for the Local Authority Sarra has gained valuable insight into the procedures and processes that Children’s Services have to comply with when they become involved with families. Sarra’s expertise is within all aspects of law relating to children, in particular care proceedings, adoption proceedings, and dealing with Emergency Protection Orders, Special Guardianship Orders and Secure Accommodation Orders. Sarra has dealt with cases of considerable complexity, including shaken babies and other non accidental injuries, abuse and also Factitious Illness, formerly known as Munchausen’s Syndrome. Sarra was the first solicitor in Hampshire to apply for a Female Genital Mutilation Protection Order. Sarra understands the very sensitive, and often distressing, nature of this area of law and the importance of it for her clients. Equally Sarra understands the sometimes urgent nature of this work and is willing and able to react accordingly.

  • Alistair Burnett

    Alistair qualified over 30 years ago, and has worked for several local firms, in particular Chidlow and Co where he was a partner for some 8 years before the firm closed. He now specialises in Wills and Probate, having spent many years as a family lawyer.

  • Alison Goldring

    Ali is a Solicitor based at our North End office but frequently travels to all parts of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to represent her clients. Ali specialises in children law matters including care proceedings and adoption. She has considerable experience in representing children of all ages, parents, grandparents and other family members. Ali undertakes all levels of advocacy and has represented children in family court and the high court. She is well known in the local area having practised in Hampshire since 2012 and prior to that, she trained as a solicitor, qualified and represented clients in Brighton for many years. Ali has a passionate and positive outlook, whilst remaining sensitive to important family issues and prides herself on her competent and sound advice. She has been qualified as a solicitor since 2007 and a member of the Children Panel since 2014. Ali frequently receives instructions from CAFCASS.

  • John Stephens

    As a Residential Conveyancer, John brings extensive experience of freehold, leasehold and shared ownership titles to all legal aspects of buying, selling and re-mortgaging of residential properties. To that experience he adds local knowledge and working relationships with local and regional conveyancers, solicitors and estate agents. With a passion for professional integrity and client care

  • Alex Brannigan

    Alex joined our Conveyancing department back in 2005, before moving into the Probate department in 2007. During this time Alex completed all her CILEX exams, is currently a Graduate Member of CILEX, and progressed within the firm to her current role as Probate Paralegal. Alex will shortly qualify as Legal Executive. Alex specialises in Private Client work including: Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Management of Affairs of incapacitated Clients and Administration of Estates. Alex enjoys the regular contact with Clients that the role brings and in particular enjoys assisting elderly Clients.

  • Kate Knight

    Kate has worked in a solicitors’ office since 1982, qualifying as a Legal Executive in 1989, she was admitted as a solicitor in 1992. She has spent over 30 years working in the field of Family Law more recently specialising in children. She has particular expertise in private law disputes over children and in care proceedings where she represents both child and adult parties. Kate has been a member of Resolution (formerly the SFLA) for many years and is also a member of the Law Society Children Panel. Outside work Kate is kept busy by her 3 teenage children and a dog! When time allows she enjoys seeing family and friends, music, theatre, cinema and reading.

  • Nicola Cleverly

    As part of the Conveyancing Team located in Wickham near Fareham, Nicky deals with both residential and commercial property transactions. Residential matters range from high value country residences, quay side havens and substantial sized town houses to Council and affordable Housing sectors. Commercial work has included factory units, post offices, Public Houses, restaurants, bakeries and petrol stations. The commercial aspects span from commercial leases, acquisition and sale of a going concern, transfer of freeholds properties and approval of deeds of covenant and easement as the need arises. Nicky is also involved in applications for alcohol licences from the Local Authority and dealing with planning issues on behalf of individuals. She acts for numerous charity organisations and large and small scale property developers within the locality.

  • Jane Hansford

    Jane has over 30 years experience in family law and specialises in cases relating to children, including care proceedings, Special Guardianship orders and adoptions, particularly those involving Social Services, representing both parents and children. She also acts on behalf of parents, other family members and children involved in private family law proceedings.

  • Alice Summers

    Alice joined Biscoes at the beginning of September 2015 as a Trainee Solicitor. She has undertaken Training Seats in Private Client, Residential Conveyancing and Immigration. Alice has now qualified as a Solicitor and is currently working in the Private Client Department at Wickham where she is able to assist you with all of the following: Will drafting to include simple single or mirror Wills, Life Interest trust Wills and Discretionary Trust Wills Lasting Powers of Attorney Administration of Estates to include obtaining Grants of Probate or Letters of Administration for taxable or non-taxable Estates

  • Franca Webb

    Although originally from North Yorkshire Franca has worked in the South since 1984. She qualified as a solicitor in 1986 Franca specialises in family law. She can help with divorce and finances on divorce, children matters for example who a child should live with or spend time with (previously known as residence and contact), non-molestation and occupation applications. Franca is always available to deal with emergency matters at very short notice to include out of office hours if necessary. Franca’s particular interest is representing teachers and members of the Armed Forces in respect of divorce, finances and children matters. She very much appreciates the particular issues these two groups experience and will work tirelessly to pursue such cases. She is happy to tailor her work to a client’s specific needs. For many years Franca has been actively involved in issues around domestic abuse including delivering training on domestic abuse awareness and related matters. She has sat on management committees for various local refuges. She is currently a non executive Director of a charity supporting victims and survivors of domestic abuse and is actively involved with the Citizens Advice Bureaux. Franca heads Biscoes specialist Domestic Abuse Team which was formed in 2006 and remains committed to raising awareness in whatever ways she can. She is happy to give talks and presentations to interested groups. Franca is very pleased to see that Biscoes continue to use a quote from a client of hers in connection with child contact on the firm’s website. Specialist expertise: Divorce Finances Children matters Domestic abuse (including non-molestation and occupation applications) Teachers and members of Armed Forces Civil partnership breakdown and finances Specialist qualifications/memberships: Member of Resolution Resolution accredited specialist - Children law-Private Resolution accredited specialist - Domestic Abuse Resolution accredited specialist – Advanced Financial Provision Law Society Family Law advanced accreditation scheme (Children Law Private, Violence in the Home)

  • Karen Coffin

    Karen joined Biscoe-Smith Heather & Bellinger in 1982 and has remained with the firm as it has expanded over the years. Karen has been working from our Waterlooville office since 1999 and qualified as a Legal Executive in 2000. She has been dealing with domestic property transactions since that time and is familiar with all aspects of freehold and leasehold conveyancing matters and issues arising with both registered and unregistered titles. These include the usual sale and purchase transaction together with Transfer of Equity, Shared Ownership Leases and re-mortgages. In recent years Karen has also been assisting local developers in their acquisition of development land and dealing with the sale of the individual plots on completion of the building project.

  • Sophie Burns

    Sophie joined Biscoes in May 2015 working in the Conveyancing Department. Sophie has worked within Conveyancing for 4 years and has gained valuable experience and knowledge of various types of freehold and leasehold transactions.

  • Richard Barnett

    Richard Barnett has been with the firm for more than 18 years, having trained and qualified with us. He specialises in litigation and dispute resolution, including partnership and franchise disputes, forfeiture and repossession work for commercial properties, and dilapidations and repair issues. He helps clients use mediation to avoid lengthy and expensive legal proceedings, and also advises commercial clients in insolvency cases.

  • Gabor Kovacs

    As a solicitor advising business owners, I aim to help them achieve their objectives. I advise and assist across a range of areas of business law, non-contentious and contentious. Non contentious advice on: business purchases/sales, contracts; regulation; corporate transactions; business structures; employment; dispute avoidance/risk management - and more. If the matter is contentious, my approach wherever possible is to try to achieve a good and cost effective result - out of court. - as quickly as possible. I encourage mediation and other out-of-court ways of resolving disputes. I advise on nipping problems in the bud. If that doesn't work, and the case has to be fought, I will fight for my clients.

About This Branch


Historically, the longserving Portsmouth based firms of Biscoe Smith, Heather and Bellinger, Cousins Burbidge & Connor and Lyndhurst Groves merged in 1994 to form Biscoes Cousins Groves. In 2004 in the Firm's 150th year, Biscoes absorbed Wilkinson & Co and merged with King and Franckeiss, both well respected local firms. Subsequently in 2005 a merger with Covers added a Petersfield office to an already impressive list of locations, which was closely followed by the opening of an office in Gosport. In 2006 a Portchester branch was created following the link up with the long established practice of Barry Swanton & Co. In 2018 Biscoes merged with Gurney Champion & Co & Heyes Saumuel in Ryde, Isle of Wight. Biscoes continues to move confidently into the 21st Century, whilst remaining steadfastly committed to the provision of a traditional and locally based legal service. Located in offices close to you. Emergency and home appointments are available in certain cases. We are here to help you with all your legal requirements and offer a comprehensive range of legal services. We pride ourselves in providing a professional approach in a friendly environment.

Legal Services
  • Consumer Disputes
  • Dilapidation Claims
  • Welfare Issues After Serious Injury
  • Deeds of Gifts
  • Assault
  • Family Leave
  • Clinical Negligence
  • Purchase and Sale
  • Financial Matters
  • Injunctions
  • Senior Executives
  • Nationality, Citizenship, Registration application
  • Neighbour Disputes
  • Matrimonial finance
  • Stress at Work
  • Right of First Refusal
  • Evicting Squatters and Trespassers
  • Service Charge Disputes
  • Constructive/Unfair Dismissal
  • Children
  • Trusts
  • Right of Way and Rights to Light
  • Settlement Agreements
  • Debt and Bankruptcy
  • Regulatory Defence
  • Anti-social Behaviour
  • Renting and Tenancy Agreements
  • Freehold Enfranchisement
  • Disciplinary Hearings
  • Family Visit Visa Applications /Appeals
  • Applications to extend leave to remain or for settlement
  • Redundancy
  • Inheritance Act claims
  • Child Arrangements Following Divorce
  • Harassment/Bullying at Work
  • Unpaid Rent, Service or Ground Charges
  • Re-entry bans
  • Separation
  • Marriage Applications/Appeals
  • Equal Pay Disputes
  • Property Disputes
  • Tax
  • Litigation - Breach of contract
  • Litigation - M&A and warranty disputes
  • Tier 4 (students)
  • Travel rights
  • Civil partnerships
  • Pension Law
  • Consumer Rights
  • Inheritance Tax
  • Child Relocation After Divorce
  • Criminal Damage
  • Indefinite leave to remain applications
  • Tier 1 (investors, entrepreneurs and exceptional talent)
  • Tenancy Breaches, Injunctions and Forfeiture Claims
  • Child Law
  • Right to Manage
  • Gardening Leave
  • Road Traffic Accident
  • Personal Injury Law
  • Separation Agreement
  • General Visit Visa Applications / Appeals
  • Litigation - Insurance disputes
  • Unmarried Couples' Rights
  • Leasehold properties
  • Restrictive Covenants, Easements and Wayleaves
  • Investment and buy to let properties
  • Adoption, Surrogacy, Care and Special Guardianship
  • Matrimonial transfers
  • Repossessions
  • Discrimination at Work
  • Housing Management
  • Human Rights
  • Children Act proceedings
  • Trusts
  • Professional Discipline
  • Professional Negligence
  • Social Services
  • Maternity and Paternity
  • Property Holding Structures
  • Litigation - Property litigation claims
  • Family Reunion Applications / Appeals
  • Dispute resolution - civil mediation
  • Libel and Defamation
  • Asset protection and tax mitigation
  • Professional Conduct
  • Possession and repossession proceedings
  • Employee Team Moves
  • Deeds of easements, variation, deeds of rectifications
  • Boundary Disputes
  • Visas
  • Cohabitation and Unmarried Relationships
  • Transfer of title
  • Holiday Pay Issues
  • Applications for British citizenship
  • Option agreements and conditional contracts
  • Transfers of parts of land
  • Cohabitation agreements and disputes
  • Grandparents' Rights
  • Against The Council
  • Tax Advisory Services
  • Buying at auction
  • Litigation - Trust and pension issues
  • Family law
  • Media and Sports
  • Illegal Workers and Civil Penalties
  • Housing disputes
  • New home purchases and sales
  • Tier 2 (sponsored skilled workers)
  • Employment Contracts
  • Probate
  • Landlord and Tenant
  • Housing Associations
  • Civil Partnership Dissolution
  • Remortgaging
  • Part Time Workers
  • Immigration Law
  • Litigation - Product liability claims
  • Benefits Available To Asbestos Victims
  • Partner and family visas
  • Business Crime
  • Administrative reviews, appeals and judicial reviews
  • Divorce After A Brain Or Other Serious Injury
  • Planning
  • TUPE
  • EEA Registration Cards
  • Injunctions
  • EEA Family Permits
  • Murder and Manslaughter
  • Insolvency and bankruptcy
  • Lease Extensions
  • Tax Compliance Services
  • Theft
  • Child contact
  • Unfair Dismissal Claims
  • Ancestry visas
  • Extending your Lease
  • Drugs offences
  • Tier 5 (temporary workers)
  • Restrictive Covenants
  • Pension and property advice
  • Applications for discretionary leave
  • Family Mediation
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Tribunal Claims
  • Agency Staff / Temp Workers
  • Residential Conveyancing
  • Criminal defence - All
  • UK ancestry
  • Declarations of trusts
  • Pre and Post Nuptial Agreements
  • Family Based Visas
  • HMRC Tax Investigations and Disputes
  • Flexible Working
  • Gym Injury Compensation
  • Entry clearance applications and appeals
  • EEA Residence Permits
  • Privacy and Data Protection
  • Wills
  • Out Of Court Divorce
  • Tenant Eviction
  • Whistleblower Protection
  • Asylum applications and appeals
  • Notary
  • Collaborative Law
  • Service Charge Recovery
  • Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme
  • Citizenship
  • Deportation appeals
  • Parental responsibility, paternity disputes, surrogacy
  • Transfers of equity
  • Settlement Applications and indefinite leave to remain appeals
  • Litigation Law
  • Exclusivity and lock-out agreements
  • UK Employment Laws
  • Corporate finance
  • Crane oversailing and scaffolding licences
  • Intellectual Property
  • Copyright
  • Merchandising and sponsorship
  • Facility maintenance agreements
  • Credit Control
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Warranties, third party rights and reliance letters
  • Commercial Law
  • Construction
  • Contracts for the supply, installation and maintenance of specialist mechanical and electrical plant
  • Patents
  • Statutory Demands
  • Management buyouts
  • Engineering contracts
  • Commercial mortgages
  • Summary Judgment
  • Tax
  • Agency agreements
  • Developer disputes
  • Shareholder and Partnership Disputes
  • Insolvency and Bankruptcy
  • Shareholder Agreements
  • Data Protection
  • Mis-sold Interest Rate Swap Agreements
  • Development loan facilities
  • Dealing with intellectual property infringements
  • Licensing
  • Sales and Purchases
  • Investment purchases and Buy to Let
  • Mediation
  • Partnership and LLP law
  • Guarantees and bonds
  • In-house training
  • Competition law
  • Intellectual Property Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Development agreements
  • Environmental policy law
  • Corporate Law
  • Finance
  • Construction and engineering dispute resolution
  • Landlord and tenant
  • Employment - business
  • Planning law
  • Sales or purchases of shops, factories, warehouses, offices and licensed premises
  • Purchase and Sale Of Commercial Property
  • Unfair Loan Charges
  • Commercial Litigation Matters
  • Framework agreements
  • Franchising
  • Anti-Counterfeiting and Anti-Piracy
  • Asset Tracing
  • Personality and Image Rights
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Purchase of development land
  • Advertising and Marketing Compliance
  • Design rights and product designs
  • Building contracts and professional appointments
  • Environment
  • Business structures and joint ventures
  • Development plot sales
  • Rights of way issues
  • Due diligence audits for banks and other financial institutions
  • Commercial Leases
  • Trade Marks and Designs
  • Confidential Information, Know-How and Trade Secrets
  • Share option schemes
  • Setting up a business
  • Health and Safety
  • Domain Names
  • Contractual Disputes

Opening times
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday
  • 0900 - 1715
  • 0900 - 1715
  • 0900 - 1715
  • 0900 - 1715
  • 0900 - 1715
  • 0000 - 0000
  • 0000 - 0000