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Chris Hopkins


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I joined Butcher & Barlow in 2004 and became a Partner in the firm in 2010.

I specialise in:

  • Wills;
  • Probate;
  • Trusts;
  • Estates and Tax planning;
  • Preparation of Lasting Powers of Attorney; and
  • Court of Protection applications.

Whilst I am now based primarily at our Bury office, I do have strong connections and a number of clients at the Prestwich office where I worked from 2005 until moving to the Bury office at the end of 2012.

I am a fully qualified member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), the leading professional body for the trust and estate profession worldwide, having been awarded an overall distinction for completion of the course as well as achieving the highest mark worldwide in my final exam. My results place me in the top 10% of STEP qualified practitioners in the world meaning I am perfectly placed and well equipped to offer specialist and expert advice on all types of private client matters.

I deal with a substantial and varied client base, helping people plan for the future and providing solutions for their planning needs. I am also responsible for the administration of some very large estates as well as being involved in the management of a number of trust funds totalling several million pounds which have been running for many years.

Whilst out of the office I play the guitar and sing in a local band. I also enjoy football, playing as much as I can as well as going to watch Manchester United as much as possible. Whilst not playing music or football, I enjoy spending time at home with my family and young children.


Specialist Areas

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Powers of Attorney & Court of Protection
Wills, Trusts and Estates
Wills, Trusts and Estates Solicitors


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What our clients say about Chris

Chris Hopkins provided a detailed explanation of what was required in terms of legal requirements and explained it in a very professional manner.

Mr P

We were very happy with the professional service received during the drawing up of our Will and Lasting Powers of Attorney and, for all the help and advice given to us throughout the process. We would definitely recommend their professional service.

Mr & Mrs A

Thank you kindly for your information, explaining such information, and helping me to see that I made the right decision. The details of the LPA, I have understood what is involved and have clearly understood the details. Thank you for your professional advice.

D Whittaker

Happy with the service Chris gave us. He explained everything well, ensuring that we had time to look at all our options. His advice was much appreciated as it allowed us to make the best possible decisions. He took us through the timescale of everything and proved very reassuring.

A Cunningham & J Leckenby

Thank you for completing our Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney. We really appreciate all the help and advice you gave us during the process.

A & S Nuttal

Thank you for dealing with Probate, Will and Lasting Power of Attorney in an efficient and sensitive manner.

N Pollard

Chris Hopkins was approachable and sensible in matters which can sometimes be lead by the head or the heart. He played devils advocate to ensure options were considered which may not have been originally included in the structure.

The Legal 500 Rakings

Fantastic service and a great price! Chris Hopkins dealt with will writing and helped after the passing of my dad - cant recommend enough!

Phil Brooks

Great service, explained everything well. Thank you.

Mr Unsworth

Butcher & Barlow handled the Probate and Will of my deceased Aunt efficiently and with care and courtesy.