Caroline Cockill-Guy

Caroline Cockill-Guy


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I am a Partner and as well as running a full caseload, I manage the office at London Road, in Northwich. I am a qualified Solicitor and an Accredited Mediator.

I have practised family law for over 20 years. I attended at the University of Birmingham and completed my LPC at the College of Law in Manchester. I did my training contract at Boote Edgar Esterkin in Manchester. I joined Butcher & Barlow LLP in 2009 and became a Partner in 2011. I have always been based at the office on London Road in Northwich.

My area of practice is family law specialising in complex financial disputes on divorce.

I also have considerable experience in:

  • dealing with business and company ownership on divorce;
  • cohabitation disputes, pre-nuptial agreements and separation agreements;
  • acting on behalf of client’s in respect of private and public law disputes in relation to children;
  • representing grandparents and other family members in securing arrangements for them to see children or have children live with them;
  • representing client’s involved in paternity disputes securing their rights to see children and representing client’s over parental status regarding IVF issues; and
  • dissolutions of civil partnerships and parental disputes in civil partnerships.

I also have a broad depth of knowledge in relation to domestic abuse issues and I have been involved in some cases involving forced marriage.

As an accredited mediator I meet with husband’s and wife’s, cohabitees, civil partners, same-sex spouses and wider family members including grandparents, uncles and aunts with a view to resolving family issues in a non-adversarial environment away from the courtroom.

I am a member of Resolution.  This year I have been named as recommended lawyer in the Legal 500.

I became a lawyer because of a passion for wanting to empower people to help them understand their rights and achieve fairness. This objective has remained my driving force throughout my career.  I pride myself on forging good relationships with clients which frequently leads to personal recommendations and repeat instructions.

I moved to live in Northwich in 2009. After working in Manchester city centre for many years it comes as a breath of fresh air to be able to feel that I am part of such a vibrant and welcoming community and I love working here.

Specialist Areas

Family Law
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What our clients say about Caroline

I just wanted to say thank you for all your help. I have now had a full weekend with my daughter. Great progress. Thank you.

Mr B

Caroline could not have been more helpful. The advice she gave was not what I was expecting as regards the split of the matrimonial home, but she explained everything so I could properly understand the legal situation. She also gave me good advice as to what I need to do for the future.

Mr A

Caroline Cockill-Guy is a very professional and experienced Solicitor. She is very good at her job whilst also being friendly and always trying find best solution. Definitely if I need any legal help in the future, I will be contacting Caroline. I would highly recommend Caroline and Butcher & Barlow.

The Legal 500 2024 Rankings

Words can not express my gratitude but I just wanted to say thank you for supporting me through a difficult process and emotionally challenging time. I couldn't have done it without you. Thank you for sticking with me until the end. I feel I can finally move on now.


I would like to thank you for representing me during these proceedings. It wasn't an easy time. Thank you to you and your team. I will not hesitate in recommending Butcher & Barlow to friends and family in the future.

Ms D

Caroline Cockill-Guy has impressed me as a meticulous and thorough practitioner who adopts a methodical approach to her cases.

Legal 500

Caroline Cockill-Guy was very impressive. Great command of case, and of a difficult client. She appeared to have given clear and sensible advice at the very outset of the case and managed the client’s expectations carefully throughout.

Legal 500

Again really can’t thank you enough Caroline for everything, you have no idea the help you have given me. Having you on my side has really got me back on my feet and life is better than it was.

Ms M

Thank you for all you did during this protracted and draining case which had no reason to be so. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted. Accept my sincere gratitude.

Mrs R

I wish to express my appreciation for the advice throughout and completion of proceedings. Your support staff, also were always helpful and responsive.