Who are Butcher & Barlow?

Butcher & Barlow are a highly respected and approachable firm of Solicitors with over 130 years of experience. We have 10 offices throughout North Manchester and Cheshire and we pride ourselves on being a law firm with local connections but the size to provide an approachable expert in every field.

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.

Our Founders

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.

Our Offices

The offices in Bury remain our Head Office, 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.

Over the years, the Firm has taken over a number of 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), Howard Maitland and most recently Salt Veeder (Bury).

Although we have our roots on the high street we have always had a strong commercial client base. In 2014 we opened a dedicated Commercial and Agricultural office on Gadbrook Park, Northwich. By having a dedicated office for the two departments we are able to harness the skill and expertise of our 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.

October 2015 saw the Head Office 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 160 staff across the firm.


Our Core Values are the foundations on which we operate daily. They define who we are and how we do business. They are our underlying beliefs, attitudes and behaviours, our guiding principles for our Partners and employees.

We are judged not by how our values read, but by how we act day by day. We are confident that we can deliver our values day in, day out.


We are Client Focused

We deliver on our promises and commitment. We put our client’s interests ahead of our own. We focus on building personal, long term relationships.

We are Approachable and Accessible

We are open, honest, human and respectful. We act with integrity. We address the issues as they arise, communicating with our core values in mind.

We provide a Quality Service

We give attention to detail. We commit to satisfying our clients and aim to exceed their expectations. We earn the right to do business with our clients by creating value and delivering results.

We are Professional

We assist clients in gaining the best outcomes for all their legal needs with quality advice documentation and representation.

Ensuring we work collaboratively and consistently in delivering on our core values, we’ll achieve our mission of being our client’s long term legal partner.

Our Core Values define who we are and how we do business. Our Client Promise statement breaks down these Core Values into actionable behaviours that demonstrate our commitment to delivering the best possible experience for clients.

We promise to you:

To greet you with a smile
To communicate with you via your preferred method
To keep you informed of any significant developments in your matter
To ensure communications are correctly addressed and are without typographical errors
To ensure enclosures and attachments to correspondence are complete and accurate
To keep and to be on time for our appointments with you
To work with you
To listen carefully and understand your goals
To manage your expectations
To treat you as an individual and meet your own specific needs
To treat all clients as equals
To liaise where necessary and when required with your accountants and other professional advisers
To provide a caring, passionate and reliable approach to servicing your needs
To use your time efficiently and respectfully
To highlight new issues as they arise
To address any client service issues immediately
To do as we promise

We encourage feedback. If your experience of Butcher & Barlow falls short of your expectations, please tell us.


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I am writing to make you aware of the exceptional service I have received from Lynsey Stuchfield and her team. Lynsey was efficient (but also friendly), pragmatic and proactive. As a client I felt both informed and engaged. She and her team are a credit to your organisation.

N Cartwright

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It is always nice to know that when you introduce someone that they are upholding good standards.

Rural Surveyor