Butcher & Barlow are solicitors with 130 years of experience and offices across Cheshire and Greater Manchester.

Butcher & Barlow are a highly respected and friendly firm of Solicitors with 130 years of experience. We have 10 Offices spread throughout North Manchester, Lancashire and Cheshire - Bramhall, Bury, Frodsham, Leigh, Northwich, Prestwich, Runcorn, Sandbach, Tyldesley and our dedicated Commercial and Agricultural office at Gadbrook Park, Northwich. We pride ourselves on being a law firm with local connections but the size to provide an approachable expert in every field.

We believe in the importance of a helpful, loyal, enthusiastic and professional workforce, and a personalised approach to our client's needs providing sound practical advice. We seek to minimize overheads so as to offer you value for money, and also provide timely solutions across a comprehensive range of legal services.


The History of Butcher & Barlow


The firm of Butcher & Barlow has practised in Bury for 130 years and has passed from father to son through four generations.

The present Senior Partner is Charles Barlow, great-grandson of one of the founders, John Woodward Barlow who opened an office in Bury, Lancashire, with Samuel Foster Butcher in 1887.

The offices in Bury remain the Head Office of the firm which has expanded considerably over the years.  The Lancashire offices are in Bury, Leigh, Prestwich and Tyldesley.  The Cheshire offices are in Bramhall, Frodsham, Northwich, Runcorn and Sandbach.

John Woodward Barlow and Samuel Foster Butcher were eminently well-known men of Bury in the last two decades of the 19th Century and the first two decades of the 20th Century.  They acted for many of the large industrial concerns in Bury and the surrounding area and for the families involved in those industries.

J W Barlow was well-known in Unitarian circles, was Clerk to the former Ramsbottom Urban District Council and was energetically involved in the former Ramsbottom Cottage Hospital before the introduction of the National Health Service.  S F Butcher was County Coroner for Bury and the surrounding area.  When he died the Coronership passed to Colonel R Maxwell Barlow who held this office from 1932 to 1972.

Both families had distinguished records of military service in the First World War.  R M Barlow and R W Butcher were commissioned in the Lancashire Fusiliers and both were awarded the Military Cross and R M Barlow subsequently became Colonel of the Regiment.

Since 1949 partners in the firm have also practised as Notaries Public appointed by the Ecclesiastical Courts for authentication of documents and transactions acceptable to countries throughout the world.

Over the years, the firm has absorbed a number of former practices including Platt Bodden & Co. (Manchester), Taberners (Leigh & Tyldesley), J L Cottrell & Co. (Northwich and Runcorn), Rigby Stringer & Holmes (Sandbach), Taylor Kirkman & Mainprice (Bramhall), Hough & Co. (Runcorn and Frodsham) and Howard Maitland and most recently Salt Veeder (Bury).

The Firm has its roots on the high street but has always had a strong commercial client base.  In 2014 Butcher & Barlow opened a dedicated Commercial and Agricultural office on Gadbrook Park, Northwich.  By having a dedicated office for the two departments they are able to harness the skill and expertise of their Solicitors in one office and provide a focused team that can provide advice and assistance on commercial and agricultural matters in a professional, business centred setting.

This new venture has been so successful that in January 2015, the Firm purchased the adjacent premises and expanded in to it. The office now boasts 6 Partners, 5 assistance solicitors and 3 trainee solicitors, along side 8 support staff.

October 2015 saw the Head Office of the Firm occupying the whole of Bank Street for the first time since the Second World War.  The office at number 8 Bank Street has been incorporated in to the rest of the building to house the relocated Family Department along with the expanded Cashiers and Conveyancing Departments. There are now nearly 50 members of staff working from the Head Office, and 150 staff across the firm.

What our clients say...

This is the 3rd time I have used Butcher & Barlow.  Excellent service with friendliness added.

I Barratt - Conveyancing - Gadbrook Park - August 2015

Thank you Lynsey and Paula for all your hard work with regard to my Grandmas house.  Lynsey - you have been a super star to our family, thank you so much for your time and being so kind.  I want everyone to see what a great firm you are. We are all so grateful for what you have done.  You have both been very patient and on the ball with all matters.  We would use your firm again in the future and I would certainly recommend you to other people.  Once again a big thank you to you and your team.

Miss C Thompson – Conveyancing – Runcorn Office - September 2015

Excellent service from Mike Bracegirdle, Karen & Charlotte. Perfection!

Property - Gadbrook Park - August 2015

Extremely helpful and professional.

Conveyancing - Gadbrook Park - July 2015

Your Firm is very professional and also speak in terms that the general public understand and also reasonable.

C Reddock - Commercial Property - Gadbrook Park - July 2015

Thanks for everything you (Alex Sandland)  and your firm did for us in relation to the Coal Yard - it has been a trying time.

I am so relieved that everything is now sorted and just wanted to say a massive thank you to you and Mike (Bracegirdle) for all that you have done. We could not of done it without you!

A & A Smith - Commercial Litigation - Gadbrook Park - June 2015

Best solicitor I have ever used.  Prompt and polite service, very helpful and alway happy to help me.  Would highly recommend to friends and family.

Conveyancing - Sandbach - May 2015

Once again a big thank you to Mike and all of the team for all the kindness and help you have given me.

Probate - Gadbrook Park - December 2015

Excellent service.

Conveyancing - Sandbach - November 2015

Mr Porter listened to me - not once did he give me the feeling that I was just another case and a profit to the company he represented. He was professional, all possibilities of how the case may go and possible costs to myself were fully explained and also other means to tackle the situation.

I would strongly recommend the services of Mr Greg Porter and Butcher & Barlow due to the conduct off all the office staff I came into contact with and the professionalism in which it was served.

Personal Injury - Northwich - November 2015

Both Abbie and Tina were very responsive to the needs of our case.  You have a great service.  No one wants to use a lawyer but for those times when you need one, Butcher & Barlow are great.

Conveyancing - Northwich - November 2015

I will always be eternally grateful for everything you have done to keep me safe.

You are a credit to Butcher & Barlow.

J Harrison - Family - Bramhall - November
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