Cathy Achilles

Chartered Legal Executive


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I am a Chartered Legal Executive based at the Firm’s Runcorn office.  I qualified as a Member of The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in 1998 and thereafter as a Fellow in 2001.  I also achieved accreditation to the Law Society Family Law Scheme on 1st October 2011.

I have worked in the legal profession in Runcorn for over 30 years joining Butcher & Barlow in 2004.

I specialise in Family Law and my day-to-day workload covers a wide variety of family law matters including:

  • Pre Proceeding with Social Services;
  • Care Proceedings;
  • Children Act matters;
  • Non-Molestation Orders and Occupation Orders;
  • Divorce and Financial matters;
  • Pre and Post Nuptial Agreements;
  • Cohabitation Disputes/Agreements;
  • Separation Agreements
  • Parental Responsibility;
  • Removal from Jurisdiction; and
  • Change of Name.

I also attend a free clinic providing advice and assistance to victims of domestic violence at a local refuge. I am regularly then instructed by them to apply for Non-Molestation Orders and/or Occupation Orders, quite often there will be other family applications listed at the same time, for example, a Child Arrangements Order which can include where a child will live, who they shall spend time with and a Prohibited Steps Order.

I act for clients on a fee-paying basis or a legally aided basis. Legal Aid is still available for Care Proceedings and Domestic Violence, in some cases it is available for the above-mentioned family matters depending upon income and certain other criteria being met, full details can be found on the Legal Aid Agency’s Website.  I offer a free 15-minute initial appointment to discuss costs and legal aid.

I am regularly instructed by parents or grandparents in cases involving long-standing misuse of drugs and alcohol, mental health problems and injuries to children requiring experts to be appointed.

Outside of work I have recently completed my first marathon, Shine Walk in London, raising money for Cancer Research UK.  Besides walking I also enjoy spending time with my family, travelling and socialising.

Specialist Areas

Family Law
Family Law

Accreditations

 Resolution Specialist The Law Society Accredited Family Law logo