Caroline Cockill-Guy


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I am a partner and as well as running a full caseload I manage the office at London Road, in Northwich. I am a qualified solicitor and an accredited mediator.

I have practiced family law for over 20 years. I attended at the University of Birmingham and completed my LPC at the College of Law in Manchester.  I did my training contract at Boote Edgar Esterkin in Manchester.  I joined Butcher & Barlow LLP in 2009 and became a Partner in 2011.  I have always been based at the office on London Road in Northwich.

My area of practice is family law specialising in complex financial disputes on divorce.

I also have considerable experience in:

  • dealing with business and company ownership on divorce;
  • cohabitation disputes, pre-nuptial agreements and separation agreements;
  • acting on behalf of client’s in respect of private and public law disputes in relation to children;
  • representing grandparents and other family members in securing arrangements for them to see children or have children live with them;
  • representing client’s involved in paternity disputes securing their rights to see children and representing client’s over parental status regarding IVF issues; and
  • dissolutions of civil partnerships and parental disputes in civil partnerships.

I also have a broad depth of knowledge in relation to domestic abuse issues and I have been involved in some cases involving forced marriage.

As an accredited mediator I meet with husband’s and wife’s, cohabitees, civil partners, same sex spouses and wider family members including grandparents, uncles and aunts with a view to resolving family issues in a non-adversarial environment away from the court room.

I am a member of the Law Society Family Law Advanced Accreditation Scheme, the Law Society Family Mediation Panel and Resolution.  This year I have been named as recommended lawyer in the Legal 500.

I became a lawyer because of a passion for wanting to empower people to help them understand their rights and achieve fairness. This objective has remained my driving force throughout my career.  I pride myself on forging good relationships with clients which frequently leads to personal recommendations and repeat instructions.

I moved to live in Northwich in 2009. After working in Manchester city centre for many years it comes as a breath of fresh air to be able to feel that I am part of such a vibrant and welcoming community and I love working here.


Specialist Areas

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Family Law
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What our clients say

Thanks again for the first session. Although I was nervous to start with you made me feel at ease, and I thought you did a great job mediating the session. In these situations I truly believe an independent party to give a fair a balanced view can help move things forward to a reasonable conclusion much quicker than the back and forth approach of independent solicitors which often seems to get no where.

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