Michael Bracegirdle


Mike Bracegirdle

I am a partner with 40 years legal experience based at the Firm’s dedicated commercial and agricultural office on Gadbrook Park, Northwich. I head up the Firm’s agricultural department and specialise in:

  • Agricultural & Residential Property;
  • Wills, Inheritance Tax Planning; and
  • Administration of Estates.

I am also a member of the Firm’s HS2 Advisory Committee.

I was educated at Sandbach School, Warwick University and Chester College of Law. I have an Honours Degree in Law from Warwick University and obtained a distinction in Conveyancing and Property from College of Law Chester.

My personal specialisms include:

  • Advising those in the Agricultural and Rural Communities as to the appropriate business structure.
  • Preparation of Wills and lasting powers of attorney and the administration of estates
  • Acting in connection with high value residential mixed use property.
  • Acting for clients who have substantial buy to let property portfolios.
  • Succession planning for Agricultural and Rural businesses.

Coming from an agricultural background, I have a detailed practical knowledge of all things farming and I act for farmers and land owners at all levels.

I have acted on behalf of numerous farmers in relation to both Agricultural Holdings Act tenancies, farm business tenancies, farm sales and acquisitions including farm divisions.

I am a member of the CLA, the Tenants Farmers Association, British Institute of Agricultural Consultants, and have been named a recommended lawyer in The Legal 500. I am also a member of the Solicitors for the Elderly.

I maintain close links with the farming community being involved in the family farm assisted by my daughter (a veterinary surgeon) and my son (a local accountant).

I actively involved with the local community being a Parish Councillor for Smallwood, a Trustee of the Smallwood Village Hall and a member of the Old Sandbachian Association.

I enjoy all rural pursuits and have a personal interest in classic cars and tractors (owning both).

Outside of the office in addition to actively participating in rural pursuits I enjoy motoring in Europe, watching Formula 1, and off road I enjoy a nice glass or two of red wine.

Legal Insights from Mike

Machinery Share Contracts

Agricultural Property Relief – Making a successful claim

Succession Planning for Landowners

What can you do when someone loses capacity?

Mitigating Inheritance Tax via the ISA Allowance – The Quick Fix?

Worried by Leasehold?

Interpreting the New Rules for Farm Building Conversion

Specialist Areas


Powers of Attorney & Court of Protection

Residential Property

Wills, Trusts & Probate


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Residential Property

Thank you for your prompt and kind attention at all times during this traumatic experience of buying and selling a house.


Thank you so much for all your help and advice through this tragic time. Just knowing you were at the end of the phone if I needed you was a huge relief.

Residential Property

We also want to express our thanks for all of your support with this purchase, particularly over the last couple of weeks when last minute queries arose - it’s greatly appreciated and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Butcher & Barlow to family and friends.

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