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November 2021

Debbie and David are really proud of this superstar! Our lovely Sarah Baldwin has graduate with an LLB (Hons) First Class

Well done Sarah, your hard work and dedication has been rewarded!


October 2021

The A&C team are thrilled to announce that we have two new salaried partners!

Congratulations Debbie Carvey and Graham Lovelock!!

We are so excited to see what their years of high quality experience and local knowledge will bring to the partnership


October 2021

We are very pleased to welcome solicitor Edward Tomlins-Gill to our Private Client department!

Edward joined us on the 11th October, and is ready to help you with Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Probate, Trusts and Tax Planning advice. Visit our Meet the Team page to find out more about Edward!

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September 2021

The legacy of Leslie Arthur Jones

We were honoured a few years ago to be chosen as the executors of the estate of Leslie Jones, who left a lovely gift in his will to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).
As a thanks for his kindness, the RNLI have informed us that they will be proudly displaying his name on the side of one of their lifeboats, so he can be a part of their incredible crew for many years to come.
It is their first ever Legacy Lifeboat, and will be stationed at the Great Yarmouth and Gorleston Lifeboat Station in the second half of 2022.

It is such an honour to have been a part of Leslie Jones' life, and to be able to see the beautiful legacy he is leaving behind.

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July 2021

It’s carnival day! 🎠
Celebrating 60 years of our beautiful town carnival, we can’t wait to see the procession!

Visit the Leighton Carnival website (our contribution to the festivities) to see what they have planned 🎡


April 2021

We have always believed the firm was founded in approximately 1884, however, a recent delve into the financial archives revealed we’ve been around since 1864!😱

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April 2021

Our signs are up!

Thanks to Liquid Designs, Bridge House has been beautifully branded and we are feeling very at home. Welcome!


March 2021

We have re-branded! 

Although we are still proud to honour the history of the firm in our values and work, our vision for the future requires some modernisation to our historic firm, and we are excited to now have a brand which reflects this.


September 2020

Whilst managing partners, David Backhouse and Debbie Neiteler, were extremely saddened to hear of the closures of two well established and reputable firms in the town, they are pleased to welcome the following new joiners to our team.

  • Graham Lovelock – Residential Property Solicitor

  • Alison Pearce – Conveyancing team member

  • Mel Buteux – Conveyancing team member

  • Denise Garner – Conveyancing Team

  • Vanessa Spurr – Support Team

  • Stefano De Nisi – Commercial Property Consultant

  • Derek Barker – Private Client Consultant

  • Debbie Carvey – Residential Property Solicitor

  • Jess Dedes – Commercial Property team member

  • Linda Coleman – Private Client team member

  • Simon Peacock – Matrimonial, Employment and Litigation Solicitor

  • Kelli McGarry - Personal Assistant to Senior Partner, Deborah Neiteler

We are confident that together we can meet the legal needs of the clients affected. If you have been affected by the closures of Ray Nixon brown or Giffen Coach and Archer please contact our office.


November 2021

Wonderful turn out in the town today for Remembrance Sunday.


At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we shall remember them..

Austin & Carnley honours all our armed forces and fallen veterans


October 2021

Partner David Backhouse and his guests Mark Wesley, David Schofield and Jonathan Bond took part in a charity golf day in aid of the Milton Keynes Hospital Charity Cancer Centre yesterday. Golf was played on the picturesque Marquess Course at Woburn Golf Club.

The total raised was £50,000 for the charity.

David would like to thank his guests for their golf and company on what was a tricky day to play golf (blustery wind and occasional rain). We will be back next year to move up the leader board!

David would like to thank the Milton Keynes Hospital Charity for organising the day. 

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October 2021

We attended our first wedding fair!

On the 3rd October our partners and trainees had a lovely day at Luton Hoo Conservatory wedding fair, hosted by www.wedding-exhibitions-uk.co.uk

We spoke to lots of excited brides and grooms about planning for the future, including how they hold their property, making provisions for children, re-drafting their Wills and writing contracts to protect them when booking wedding vendors.

If you are getting married and have any concerns, contact us today to book a free wedding appointment consultation at office@austinandcarnley.co.uk


July 2021

Another birthday last week, this deed turned 188 years old!🎂

Found in the depths of our archive, this deed is entirely hand drawn and written, and still has its original seal attached (very rare!)

Beautifully preserved by Picture Corner in Ampthill, it now takes pride of place in our reception.

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July 2021

It’s been a big week here at Austin and Carnley!
The whole A&C team would like to wish the happiest 40th birthday to Debbie and 50th birthday to David, our lovely equity partners!

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April 2021

Some of the beautiful history of our firm has now made it to our new office walls!

Thanks to the skill of Peter from Picture Corner in Ampthill, one of our original hand painted signs, the Law Journals found in our archive, a hand drawn picture of old Leighton Buzzard and a carving of old Aylesbury are now carefully framed and presented in our offices.

We are so proud to be able to honour and share the long history of our firm with our clients and growing team.

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April 2021

The big move!

Following the sad closure of two local firms, our team expanded beyond the capacity of Albion Chambers. However, we were presented with a fantastic opportunity to take over Bridge House!

We are thrilled to say that all of our departments have now moved in, and our new office address is:

Bridge House,

Bridge Street,

Leighton Buzzard,


Find us here

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February 2021

While exploring the cellar at Albion Chambers on the 27th February, we discovered some more of the fascinating history of our beautiful offices. 

We found the huge furnace that was used to heat the building when it was a hotel,  a coal cellar and some (slightly rusty!) old oil lamps. 

Head to our facebook page to see more photos.