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Who are Butcher & Barlow?

Butcher & Barlow was established in Bury and has a long rich history of supporting clients across the North West of England.

Approachable, open and client-focused, we pride ourselves on building long-term relationships with our clients. Aiming to be seen as an extension of your business, or a life-long friend, our team of experts are here whenever you need us and at whatever stage of life you are at.

With eleven offices across the North West and 160 dedicated and experienced staff, we are here to guide you through the complexities of life and share the load when it comes to making big decisions.

Whether you are buying your first house or looking to expand your business, Butcher & Barlow are here to listen, reassure, and collaboratively work with you to achieve your objectives and aims.

We are a full-service law firm with a lengthy history of delivering the finest legal support across the North West.

Our Offices

Butcher & Barlow have eleven offices across the North West, well located to meet the needs of personal and business clients.

We have always had a strong commercial client base and the capacity and expertise to handle all manner and size of client, but it’s our local knowledge, personal touch and attention to detail that sets us apart from our competitors.

Open and approachable, we believe that you shouldn’t have to venture into the big cities to access the finest legal advice. Our eleven regional branches and 160 experienced staff are here to offer the very best expert advice, from the convenience of your local high street:

Butcher & Barlow Location MapLancashire:

Bury (Head Office)



Sutton Weaver


We Also Operate In:

Beyond our eleven North West offices, we also have strong client bases in other areas including:

Holmes Chapel
Alderley Edge

Butcher & Barlow offer the same high standard of legal support and advice even to businesses and individuals located away from our physical offices. We are proud to be able to offer our expertise in everything from agricultural and rural affairs to wills and residential property to people working and residing in Manchester, Knutsford, and beyond!

Our History

John Woodward Barlow and Samuel Foster Butcher founded the Firm in 1887, in Bury, Lancashire, where they played an important role in supporting industrial concerns of the 19th and 20th centuries within Bury and the surrounding areas.

Over the Firm’s impressive 130 years’ history, Butcher & Barlow has taken over a number of practises to expand its offering.

In 2014, the Firm opened a dedicated Commercial and Agricultural office on Gadbrook Park, Northwich to provide a focused team which can advise and assist on commercial and agricultural matters in a professional, business centred setting.

The following year, Butcher & Barlow extended their head office in Bury, to reunite the family department which had been located elsewhere in the town with the rest of the Bury team .

Butcher & Barlow LLP remains a full-service law firm with big ambitions and in 2021, the company completed a full re-brand to reflect the firm’s core values and vision for the future.