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

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Family Law


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What our clients say

I just wanted to thank you personally for the handling of my case. You have been unbelievable, helping me through every single aspect of this case and I appreciate you went above and beyond as I have been highly emotional throughout this process. If this matter returns to court I would only feel comfortable coming to yourself.
Honestly I cannot thank you enough. Thank you for being so understanding and protecting my beautiful and happy boy. I could have just unraveled with the stress of it all without you taking control of everything and assisting me, I’ll be forever grateful.

I just wanted to email you to say thank you for everything. I appreciate all the hard work and effort you put in, you are an amazing person and you are brilliant at you job! Thank you for everything that you've done for n my family.

I just wanted to say a massive thank you for all the support you have given me over the court case, always being there to help me understand. You’ll say it’s part of your job but to me it’s more then that - you’ve been a massive help to me. I can’t ever thank you for enough for helping me get my family back. When so many others wouldn’t help me you did and you sat and listened to me. Thank you so much Mrs Achilles. We just can’t thank you enough.

Thank you so much for the last 2 1/2 years, you’ve seen us through our ups and downs, from beginning to end, and what an end, we have achieved what we wanted and that’s massively down to you and your team. Thank you again.

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