Justin Kelly

Partner & Notary Public

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I am a partner at Butcher and Barlow and both a practising Solicitor and Notary Public.

I graduated from University in 1998 having obtained a first class honours degree in Law and then attended the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in Chester before joining Butcher and Barlow as a trainee solicitor over 20 years ago.

Although practising as an employment lawyer for much of my working life, I became increasingly involved in matters being dealt with by our Corporate & Commercial Team and developed an additional specialism in corporate practice. In recent years,  I have been leading on many high-value transactions including multi-million-pound acquisitions and disposals.

As the recently appointed Head of Corporate & Commercial at the Firm, I regularly deal with both asset sales and purchases, share sales and purchases and general commercial contracts whilst retaining a keen interest in and overall responsibility for the employment work given my substantial experience in that field.

In my employment practice, I am regularly instructed by clients ranging from very small/start-up companies to HR departments of multinational companies including companies whose parent offices are in the US, China and the Netherlands.

I have recently moved my primary office to the dedicated commercial and agricultural office at Gadbrook Park in Northwich but retain an office in Bramhall where I continue to meet the clients I have built relationships within the Stockport area for many years.

I am a member of the Employment lawyers association and also the Notaries Society. As a Notary, I authenticate facts and documents for international transactions acting for individuals through to multi-national PLC’s with overseas offices.

Outside of my work, my time is primarily engaged with my family including a young son and a teenage daughter and so much of my time is spent acting as a taxi service to various clubs and events. I am a long-suffering Manchester United supporter hoping for better days!

Legal Insights by Justin

Employment Law Update: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

IR35 Off-Payroll Tax roll out postponed until April 2021 

The Importance of Tailored Employee Contracts

What is a Settlement Agreement?

Specialist Areas

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Commercial Dispute Resolution
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Commercial Property
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Corporate & Commercial
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Employment Law & HR
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Wills, Trusts and Probate Solicitors


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What our clients say

A big thank you for your work and support which was greatly appreciated.

The Legal 500 2021

Justin Kelly has always supported me through tough times in my business career. He is down to earth, speaks my language although extremely professional.

Mr G, Cheshire

Yet again you have guided me/us successfully through a potentially very difficult situation. Well done and thank you.

Justin thank you very much for all your help getting us to where we are. I really appreciate all the help and advice you have given us and would highly recommend you and your Firm.

Carol Halliday

Thank you for your very prompt and efficient assistance. It is much appreciated.

Can't praise you and the team highly enough for the support over the years.

Now that’s what I call fast!! I am delighted that we can now start to move things along in Spain and I want to thank you again for your help and efficiency in this matter. I hope that I don’t need your assistance again in the nicest possible way but should the need arise I shall contact you in the first instance.

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