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Your Local Solicitors in Runcorn


Butcher & Barlow LLP,
66 High Street,

Opening hours

Monday 8:30am-5pm
Tuesday  8:30am-5pm
Wednesday  8:30am-5pm
Thursday  8:30am-5pm
Friday  8:30am-5pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

If you are looking for expert local Solicitors in Runcorn, we can provide the advice and legal guidance you need across a range of sectors. We assist both individuals and businesses and have experts with high-level accreditations who can help with complex and challenging cases.

At Butcher & Barlow, we always aim to deal with matters promptly, avoiding conflict wherever necessary. We will take the time to understand your situation and what you want to achieve, then provide the necessary assistance to secure the right outcome.

We know that legal affairs can be intimidating, and we will always provide the support you need as well as ensure that our advice is clear and free of jargon. We will stay in close contact with you throughout the process so that you know what stage has been reached and what is likely to happen next.

To speak to us about your personal or business needs, please feel free to use the details below.

Why work with Butcher & Barlow?

We know how important it is to our clients to receive expert legal advice and representation that takes into account their unique circumstances. We always take the time to understand your situation and we will provide bespoke recommendations and insight, discuss the options available to you and ensure you have the information you need.

Our teams often deal with complex legal issues and we are adept at explaining both the relevant law and legal processes clearly.

As a firm, we are particularly highly accredited, holding membership of eight expert Law Society panels. We are also members of The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, an international body of professionals with expertise in inheritance and estate planning.

We are recommended in ten areas of law by leading legal directory, The Legal 500, including some top-tier recommendations as well as personal recommendations for several of our solicitors.

For more information about our legal services or to speak to one of our legal teams, please feel free to call our Runcorn solicitors.

Our legal services for individuals

Family Law

Dealing with Family Law issues can be difficult and you will find our experienced Family Law Solicitors in Runcorn to be approachable and understanding. We help with all types of Family Law, including the complex issues surrounding relationship breakdown, such as financial agreements and arrangements for children.

Our Family Law services include:

  • Divorce and separation
  • Civil partnership dissolution
  • Financial settlements
  • Child arrangement orders and other child law issues
  • Prenuptial agreements
  • Postnuptial agreements
  • Injunctions following domestic abuse and protection from threats and harassment
  • Care law and social services law

Wherever possible, we work to deal with matters out of court. As members of Resolution, we are committed to resolving issues with as little conflict as possible and we can represent you in alternative methods of dispute resolution, such as mediation, to try and achieve the right outcome for you and your family without the need for litigation.

We are on four expert Law Society panels, recognising our excellence in dealing with Family Law, advanced Family Law, Children Law and family mediation.

Residential Property Solicitors

If you are buying or selling a property, you need an experienced lawyer on your side. Our conveyancing Solicitors in Runcorn have been dealing with Residential Property transactions in the area for many years and have excellent links with local estate agents, surveyors and other conveyancers.

We have the expertise to resolve problems promptly and effectively, ensuring your transaction goes as smoothly as possible. Where necessary, we will work to meet tight deadlines, for example, if you are buying a new build home.

We offer a full range of Residential Property services, including:

  • Sales
  • Purchases, including leasehold purchase and newbuild purchase
  • Remortgages
  • Transfers of equity
  • Auction properties
  • Leasehold enfranchisement

We hold The Law Society’s conveyancing quality scheme accreditation in recognition of our legal expertise, our risk management and the high level of service we provide.

Wills & Probate

Putting a valid Will in place is crucial if you want to safeguard your assets and pass your wealth on to your chosen beneficiaries. We can advise you on the best way of structuring your estate and how to ensure that your loved ones are protected for the future.

We also provide a full probate service for executors or administrators. We know that dealing with someone’s affairs after their death is likely to be difficult and you will find our probate solicitors to be sensitive and understanding.

We are also able to offer related services, such as property sales, where necessary.

Medical Negligence and Personal Injury

We act for clients who have suffered all types of injury and harm, either through poor medical treatment or from being in an accident that was not their fault. We have a Law Society accreditation for our medical negligence expertise in recognition of our expertise and a strong track record of success in securing compensation payments.

We will prepare a robust case on your behalf and, where possible, negotiate a settlement out of court. If this is not possible, we will ensure that you have expert representation in court from an experienced medical negligence or personal injury advocate.

We know that it can be daunting to take on a legal case when you have been injured or harmed and you will find our team to be supportive throughout your time with us.

Employment Law for Employees

As an employee, it can be stressful to find yourself in a dispute with your employer or subjected to unfair treatment or dismissal. Our employment solicitors in Runcorn can ensure that your rights are observed and that any difficulties are dealt with promptly.

Speaking to an Employment Solicitor early on when difficulties arise can give you the best opportunity to resolve them without the need to go to an employment tribunal. Our Employment Lawyers can discuss your options with you and identify the best outcome, then take steps to achieve this.

Our Employment Law services for employees include:

  • Legal advice and guidance in employment disputes, including cases of unfair dismissal, breach of employment contract, bullying, harassment and discrimination
  • Negotiating settlement agreements
  • Representation at employment tribunals
  • Reviewing employment contracts, advising on the terms and conditions and negotiating these on your behalf where necessary

Our Legal Services for Businesses

Commercial Law

Having sound commercial contracts in place is a fundamental part of running a successful business.

Our Commercial Law solicitors in Runcorn provide expertise in identifying the key issues to be included in contracts and ensuring that your rights and interests are protected as far as possible.

We can work with you to put robust agreements in place that give you the flexibility you need while also giving you a sound legal foundation, reducing the risk of misunderstandings and disputes.

Our Commercial Law services include:

  • Drafting and negotiating commercial contracts, including:
    • Agency and distribution contracts
    • IP and IT contracts
    • Outsourcing agreements
    • NDAs and confidentiality agreements
  • Commercial dispute resolution, including alternative dispute resolution and commercial litigation

Commercial Property

We have particular expertise in the complex and onerous area of Commercial Property law and have a top-tier ranking in the sector from The Legal 500.

Whether you are a commercial landlord or commercial tenant or you are thinking of buying a commercial property, we can represent you, ensuring that you are aware of the implications of entering into a transaction and that your position is protected as far as possible.

We offer a full range of Commercial Property services, including:

  • Commercial property acquisitions and disposals
  • Negotiating and drafting commercial leases
  • The legal aspects of site assembly
  • Commercial property development and redevelopment projects
  • Dilapidations disputes
  • Commercial property disputes


Our agriculture department is one of the leading agriculture teams in the area, with both the team and the department head having a top-tier listing in The Legal 500. We represent farmers, landowners and agri business owners in a wide range of transactions and have the genuine expertise needed in this complex and niche area of law.

Our Agricultural Legal services include:

  • Agricultural tenancy agreements and licensing agreements
  • Farm sales and purchases
  • Estate sales and purchases
  • Structuring an agricultural business
  • Commercial agreements
  • Land promotion, options and overage agreements
  • Covenants, easements and rights of way
  • Legal advice for the equine industry
  • Farming disputes
  • Environmental law
  • Sporting rights
  • Advice on renewables

Corporate Law

We help businesses put the right framework in place to ensure smooth operation and a reduced risk of disputes. We provide a full range of bespoke advice, whatever stage your organisation is at, from start-up to mergers, acquisitions and sales.

Our Corporate Legal services include:

  • Advice on the best business structure for your enterprise, such as a partnership, limited liability partnership or company
  • Shareholder agreements
  • Partnership agreements
  • Franchising law for franchisors and franchisees
  • Share sales and purchases
  • Asset sales and purchases
  • Asset finance and secured lending advice and representation
  • Business succession planning

Employment Law for Employers

Employment law disputes are common and our employment solicitors in Runcorn can help you deal with difficulties promptly and effectively.

We can ensure you have the right contracts, handbooks and policies in place so that your employees know exactly what is expected of them and how problems will be handled.

Our Employment Law services for employers include:

  • Drafting employment contracts
  • Drafting employment policies and handbooks
  • Advice on issues such as disciplinary matters and handling grievances
  • Advice on managing redundancies
  • Employment dispute resolution


We have several qualified notaries available to deal with the certification of paperwork for overseas transactions. We also deal with witnessing deeds and verifying the authenticity of documents for international business or legal matters.


We represent a wide range of charities, helping with issues from registration and governance to ensuring assets are adequately protected and that the organisation is compliant with the strict charities’ legislation.

If you are involved with the running of a charity and you need to speak to an experienced charities lawyer, call us for help.

To discuss your legal requirements with one of our experts, please feel free to contact our solicitors in Runcorn, who will be happy to assist you in any way they can.

How to reach our Solicitors in Runcorn

Reach us by car

Free parking is available in Top Locks Car Park (Runcorn WA7 1JH). This is a short walk from our offices, which are also on the High Street.

Reach us by bus

We are close to Runcorn High Street bus stand.

Reach us by train

Runcorn Station is 0.4 miles from our offices.

Plan your journey

You can plan your journey to our offices here.

Contact Butcher & Barlow

If you are based in the Cheshire area and are looking for a personal or commercial law firm, please contact our experts at Butcher & Barlow today.

You can call us on 01928 576 056, email us at, or fill in our online contact form.

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    What our clients say about our
    Commercial Solicitors and Personal Law Firm in Runcorn

    Excellent service from Paula, Abbie and Emily at all stages of the sale of my property. The staff on reception are so helpful and friendly. It has been my absolute pleasure to deal with them all. I will strongly recommend anyone selling or buying a property in the future to use them.


    I found our experience with Butcher & Barlow to be exceptional. It was a particularly difficult sale and purchase, with numerous delays caused by the other parties. We were kept informed and had full trust that all was being done to proceed. It was always actioned both efficiently and to an extremely high standard. Abbie was on hand to offer sound, clear advice, which we greatly appreciated. The knowledge level demonstrated whilst navigating a few difficult issues could not be faulted. All handled with professionalism and a keen eye for detail. We are indebted to our Solicitor Abbie for all the work getting us into our new home.


    Abbie Pownall and Paula Rizzotti were amazing! We sold our house and bought our new house with the help of Abbie Pownall from Butcher & Barlow Solicitors. What can typically be a very stressful process ended up being very smooth thanks to the work of Abbie and her assistant, Paula. In particular, Abbie had to go above and beyond for us on our purchase as it ended up being much more complicated than originally expected with the land registry. Abbie explained everything clearly to us in a way that we could understand. We would use Abbie at Butcher & Barlow again and would recommend her to friends and family. Thank you so much. You’ve been a delight to work with.


    Writing a Will is a little daunting for most of us, but I am very grateful to Ben Dabenport-Lawton and his team for their help and expertise when writing mine. Ben is helpful, knowledgable and professional and I am very grateful for his help and guidance. The reception staff are friendly and helpful and put you at ease. All in all, a first-class service. Highly recommended.

    Mrs P Cox

    Writing a Will is a little daunting for most of us but I am very grateful to Ben Davenport-Lawton and his team for their help and expertise when writing mine. Ben is helpful, knowledgeable and professional. I am very grateful for his help and guidance. The reception staff are friendly and helpful and put you at ease. All in all, a first class service. Highly recommended.

    Mrs P Cox

    Andy Mackenzie’s commerciality and input into projects with which I have been involved have proved invaluable. He is practical, professional, extremely efficient and applies a good balance of having broad legal knowledge and offering practical advice.

    The Legal 500 2024 Rankings

    Very good, very professional.


    We were recommended to use Butcher & Barlow by a friend when we were considering the need for us to update our Wills. From our first approach to final completion of the process, we were dealt with in a timely, courteous and friendly manner. In particular, Ben Davenport-Lawton took time to explain our various options and possible future implications for ourselves and our families of whatever decisions we made. Ben was knowledgeable, friendly and professional at all times and we would certainly be happy to use their services for any further legal services which we may require in the future.

    D.H & G.H

    I contacted Benjamin at one of the most difficult periods of my life; following the death of my mother. From the outset, Benjamin provided outstanding service, whilst being empathetic to mine and my family’s situation. He was able to navigate the whole legal process professionally and efficiently. I was really impressed with how he reassured me and also how quickly he was there when needed. I really felt that I was in safe hands with Benjamin and he is a credit to the firm. I would highly recommend Benjamin and Butcher & Barlow to friends and family and in fact, have instructed him for mine and my husband’s own affairs. Thank you so much for all of your work, it is greatly appreciated.


    I contacted Benjamin for some advice regarding a will. He was very clear and thorough. I came away fully understanding what was required of me. I would definitely recommend him to my friends and colleagues.