Butcher & Barlow recognised by The Legal 500 2018

The Legal 500 We are pleased to announce that we have once again been recommended by The Legal 500, widely acknowledged as the leading guide to law firms in the UK.  Butcher & Barlow has been recommended for the legal services we provide in the North West in 6 practice areas.  21 individual solicitors have also been specifically recommended.

The Legal 500 is a guide aimed at buyers of legal services. Published annually, included firms are recommended purely on merit after a meticulous research process into work delivered between January and December 2017.  This year sees an improvement in the rankings for the Corporate & Commercial and Commercial Litigation departments, and an increase from 14 recommended individuals to 21.

Corporate and commercial

The corporate and commercial team is said to deliver ‘excellent response times’.


Commercial litigation

The team is described as ‘focused and client-orientated’.



Clinical negligence

The team attracted praise for its ‘notable experience and skills in both large and small cases; the team is efficient and analyses cases well’.

  • Anthony Higham: ‘no-nonsense and robust approach which he has acquired through many years of practical experience and legal knowledge’.
  • Adam Shawcross
  • Greg Porter: ‘very bright and tactically astute’ and is ‘excellent with clients’.

Agriculture and estates

A ‘very capable team that is led by experienced and well-known partners’ which is praised for its strength in succession planning.

  • Mike Bracegirdle: ‘first-hand knowledge of farming matters and can explain things clearly. We have a great deal of faith in his judgement’.
  • Graham Gigg: ‘very experienced’, has a ‘good reputation and is unsurpassed in his knowledge of this field’.


‘A very strong team’.

  • Caroline Cockill-Guy: has a ‘lovely way with clients and gives them wise advice’.
  • Abbie Smith: an ‘excellent solicitor who is compassionate, supportive and very clear in her advice’

Commercial property

The team is described as ‘efficient’.


Property Litigation

The team is noted for its commercial landlord and tenant matters and complex land disputes.

  • Alex Sandland: ‘very tenacious and fights hard on behalf of his clients’.
  • James Holton
  • Catherine Gregson: ‘client friendly, and is able to get to grips with cases well and run them in the best interests of the client’.


Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate

The team is noted for providing a ‘great level of service with a friendly and caring attitude’.

  • Chris Hopkins: ‘Puts things across to his clients in simple and straightforward terms, providing quality and well-thought-through advice and recommendations’.
  • Philip Jennings: Agood communicator who operates to the highest ethical standards when dealing with a vulnerable client’.
  • Mike Bracegirdle: ‘Can explain legal procedure in a way that makes it easily understandable and therefore less stressful’.


Congratulations to all our solicitors working in the teams referred to above.  They continue to go above and beyond for our clients and we are proud that their work and their commitment has been recognised by their clients, professional contacts and peers.

The full editorial can be found here: https://www.legal500.com/firms/540/offices/927

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