Testimonials

It was a pleasure to work with Holly - and a favourable result for our company.
Google 5* Review
There was never a time within the period we worked with Machins, and in particular Holly Baker, where my colleagues and I didn't receive clear and precise guidance which proved invaluable to our society, leading to a successful outcome. A very professional service which would recommend.
Google 5* Review
We used Machins for a dispute that involved my elderly grandfather. Holly Baker was brilliant and was very responsive to all our queries and dealt with my grandfather with a lot of patience.
Google 5* Review
Holly Baker has a detailed knowledge of the law and her attention to detail is excellent. I would definitely recommend her and use her again if needed.
Legal 500 2021
Holly Baker is a strong performer. She is extremely thorough, and she anticipates what is needed, and has done it before it is asked. I really valued her calm efficiency. She gets the line between authoritative and accessible exactly right.
Legal 500 2021
Having worked with Holly Baker for the best part of two years, I have found her to be most helpful and considerate in her handling of a particularly complicated dispute. Her attention to detail and knowledge of company law is to be commended. The case is ongoing with a satisfactory conclusion anticipated and I have no hesitation in recommending her services to others in the future.
Our company retained Holly for advice with a difficult case involving our partners. She is excellent in responding to emails and calls and gives clear, constructive advice. I would definitely recommend her and use her again if required.
It’s been a long couple of years but thanks to Holly and the team at Machins I can finally move on with my life. They have been professional, patient, and supportive through a very difficult time with an extremely complex case.
I did just want to put on the record just how phenomenal you were to work with and how lucky the clients were to have you. I cannot think of a single occasion where something needed to be done and you had not proactively sorted it and done so with aplomb. You are by some way amongst the best solicitors with whom I have worked.
Holly Baker is a junior solicitor with the confidence and competence of a solicitor with far more years of experience. She is efficient and intelligent, and protects her clients' interests fearlessly.
Legal 500 2022
Friendly and approachable, willing to go the extra mile where possible. Holly Baker is our main contact - she is personable, which certainly helps when stress levels and costs can escalate in circumstances. The team are knowledgeable and from experience appear to have their clients' best interests at heart.
Legal 500 2022
We approached Machins after a number of other solicitors had not wanted to take on our case, the lady we worked with, Holly, was professional and super helpful during the whole process, she was knowledgeable and gave us a superb service, culminating in an excellent outcome. We were never left to do anything on our own, and the communication was punctual and consistent - we were very impressed also with the honesty throughout, we were never given false hope. I would not hesitate in recommended Machins and would not hesitate to use them again if needed.
Google Review
Holly was very responsive and provided pragmatic advice in an easily understandable way.

About Holly

Holly joined Machins as a trainee in 2016 and qualified as a solicitor in 2018. Since qualifying as a solicitor, Holly has continued to provide an exceptional level of client care whilst displaying a detailed knowledge of law, especially in commercial and property disputes.

She has quickly established a reputation for her attention to detail and dedication to building strong relationships with clients. Holly thrives on working closely with clients to deliver the best possible outcome.

Holly deals with all aspects of dispute resolution. She has recently worked on cases involving emergency High Court injunctions, complex cohabitation and neighbour disputes, a substantial structural defect claim in a luxurious multi-million pound dwelling, and a business dispute involving the share sale of a family business worth in excess of £1.5m.

In addition to her legal work, Holly founded the Machins Business Mixer networking group and co-leads the Machins Generation20 initiative, a networking group aimed at connecting junior and up-and-coming professionals within the local community. She also assists with the firm’s trainee solicitor recruitment process.

Specialist practice areas

  • Commercial disputes including breach of contract disputes and corporate, director, shareholder and partnership disputes (30%)
  • Property and neighbour disputes (20%)
  • Co-ownership disputes (often between former cohabitees) (20%)
  • Landlord/Tenant disputes (30%)
  • Debt recovery

Latest news by Holly Baker

Summer holiday tips for separated parents:

What is the legal position regarding who can take a child abroad? If you already have a Court Order in place setting out the arrangements for the school holidays, ensure these are followed to ensure both parents and the children know where they stand. Whilst the agreement of the other parent is not needed if

No-fault evictions to be banned in ‘New Deal’ for renters  

   No-fault evictions are to be banned as part of government plans to “end the injustice of unfit homes and help protect renters from the rising cost of living”.  The Fairer Private Rented Sector White Paper is designed to ensure millions of families benefit from living in decent, well looked-after homes as part of the biggest shake

Further protections introduced for rent arrears accrued during forced closures

The Covid-19 pandemic has presented a plethora of challenges for restauranteurs, and many businesses have struggled to pay their rent whilst they have been forced to close in several national or localised lockdowns. The Coronavirus Act 2020 was introduced as emergency legislation to prevent commercial landlords from re-entering and taking back their premises based on

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