Leading North West firm Butcher & Barlow welcomes two new Dispute Resolution specialists


Our Legal 500 ranked Commercial & Property Dispute Resolution teams have been strengthened by the arrival of two exceptional young specialists.  Natalie Dean and Anna Abell join the Firm’s dedicated commercial office from Chester based Knights.

Dispute Resolution Team

The Dispute Resolution Teams

The specialist Commercial Disputes team was formed back in 2014 with the establishment of the Gadbrook Park, Northwich office. Since then, the Team, led by experienced Partner Alex Sandland, has developed and expanded significantly to support two distinct functions – commercial disputes and property disputes. The Gadbrook Park team is now 9 strong, including the lead Partner, three solicitors, two paralegals and three assistants. The team is well placed to be able to provide advice and assistance on a broad range of disputes.

Natalie Dean joins Butcher & Barlow as a Solicitor specialising in Commercial Dispute Resolution.  Natalie has experience in acting for both businesses and individuals in the dispute resolution area, one unique area being equine litigation.

Prior to working at Butcher & Barlow, Natalie studied BSc (Hons) Equine Science at Reaseheath College, before studying for her legal qualification at the University of Law, Chester which culminated in her qualification as a Solicitor in 2019.

Anna Abell joins the team as a paralegal, specialising in Property Disputes.  Anna will work alongside Solicitors Catherine Gregson and James Holton on a variety of property disputes including matters such as lease renewals, terminations and dilapidations, rights of way, restrictive covenants and ownership disputes.

Anna graduated from Cardiff University in 2016 with a degree in Law, and has completed the LPC and a joint Masters at the University of Law in Chester. She has previous experience as a Paralegal in Corporate, Residential Conveyancing and Commercial Property teams providing her with a solid background and understanding of a many aspects of law, all of which will contribute to her success at the Firm.

Alex Sandland says of Natalie and Anna’s appointment:

‘We are delighted to welcome both Natalie and Anna who will add strength and depth to the ongoing development of the Department. It is testament to the growing profile and reputation of the Team that we have managed to attract two rising stars from our regional competitors. I am confident that the arrival of Natalie and Anna will facilitate further growth in order to support our burgeoning reputation across the North West as a leading Dispute Resolution Team.’

Butcher & Barlow’s Gadbrook Park office houses not only the Commercial Disputes and Property Disputes team but also accommodates the Commercial Property team, Corporate Department and the Agriculture team. This commercially focused office ensures that advice is provided with all possible angles and perspectives being considered. The comprehensive service on offer means that the Firm is best placed to assist clients in the short term and also to forge long term relationships, becoming part of the client’s business support network.

Butcher & Barlow is also able to offer advice and assistance on commercial disputes and personal dispute across all of their offices in the North West region.

Butcher & Barlow was established in 1887 and since then the Firm has evolved and grown but the longstanding reputation of Butcher & Barlow is a testament to the quality of service provided to their clients.

With 10 offices over 160 staff, Butcher & Barlow are large enough to cope with the requirements of all manner of clients across a broad range of services but the perfect size to be able to offer that personal touch and attention to detail which sets the Firm apart from others in the profession.


If you have a commercial or property dispute, contact the Firm’s Gadbrook Park team on 01606 334 309 to find out how they can assist you.