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

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


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What our clients say about Chris

We received a very good service throughout. The legal issues concerning our Wills were clearly explained to us.

Mr & Mrs West

Very pleasant and Knowledgeable. He explained the legalities and importance of various considerations when writing a Will. His explanations were clear, his advice sound and he answered our questions with patience.

Mr A

Thank you for organising our Wills and Powers Of Attorney. From our initial appointment you explained, in complete detail, all the legalities involved and in layman's terms making it easier for us to understand. Thank you for the professional manner in which you managed these matters.

Mr Gregory

My experience with Butcher & Barlow Solicitors was worry free. Mr Hopkins and his team were very kind and treated me with kindness and respect and were very professional at all times.

Mrs W

Superb service as always. Clear advice, great communication in a timely and trustworthy manner.

Mr Littlewood

Recently I needed a will drawn up and a lasting power of attorney arranged with regard to my mother. Chris Hopkins was very knowledgeable and extremely helpful in making those problems easy to arrange. It was done efficiently and with care and attention to the detail I wanted. Chris was extremely friendly and courteous while dealing with the transactions and I felt that the fees were reasonable. I have no hesitation in recommending him and will be contacting him again if the need arises

J Postle

Thank you so much for helping us with our Wills. We thought that your professionalism and knowledge really helped us understand the issues we needed to consider and the politeness and courtesy with which we were treated was much appreciated.

Frank Cooper & Elaine Hodson

Over the years I have used Butcher & Barlow (Bury Office) on several occasions for legal work and they have always been excellent in every respect. Very recently I needed legal work done & did not hesitate to go back to them. It was quite a complex case requiring contact with overseas agencies and I can say, hand on heart, that Chris Hopkins was fantastic. He was helpful, encouraging and supportive, maintaining a professional approach throughout, even when some of the challenges were very frustrating!