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Mike Bracegirdle


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I am a Partner with over 40 years legal experience based at the Firm’s dedicated agricultural and commercial office at Gadbrook Park, Northwich. I head the Agriculture Department, listed in the Top Tier Department of The Legal 500 2020 Private Client – Agriculture and Estates. I have been named as a Leading Individual in the listings, the only such named Agricultural specialist in Cheshire.

I pride myself on giving practical and straight forward advice, no matter how complex the clients problems or issues.

I was educated at Sandbach School, Warwick University and Chester College of Law (University of Law, Chester) I have an Honours Degree in Law from Warwick University and obtained a Distinction in Conveyancing and Property Law from the College of Law, Chester.

I specialise in:

  • Agricultural and Mixed-use Residential Property
  • Agricultural Holding Act and Farm Business Tenancies
  • Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Succession Planning
  • Inheritance Tax Mitigation
  • Administration of Estates – including Post Death Deeds of Variation

I have a personal interest in:

  • HS2 issues – I am a member of the firm’s committee and have dealt with numerous property/land sales.
  • Advising on the most tax-efficient Agricultural Business Structure, Partnership Agreements and Shareholders Agreements.
  • Stamp Duty Land Tax.
  • Planning – Agricultural Occupancy Restrictions.
  • High-value properties and Buy to Let portfolios.
  • First Registration of Title.

I act for charities, farmers and landowners at all levels.  Coming from an agricultural background (had I remained in farming I would have been a 17 generation Cheshire farmer), I have a detailed knowledge of all farming practices.

Client testimonials in the The Legal 500 say of me:

“We have a great deal of faith in his judgement”

“Strong on planning for agricultural clients – can explain legal procedure in a way which makes it easily understandable and therefore less stressful”

I am a member of the Country Landowners Association, Tenants Farmers Association, British Institute of Agricultural Consultants, BASC and Solicitors for the elderly.  I maintain close links with the Agricultural industry –being involved both in the family farm and assisting my relations all of whom continue to farm locally.  My daughter is a qualified veterinary surgeon and my son an accountant (with a particular interest in Agricultural Taxation).

I am involved in the local community, being a Trustee of the Smallwood Village Hall and a member of the Old Sandbachians Association.

I enjoy all forms of rural pursuits and have an interest in both classic tractors and motors vehicles (owning both).  I enjoy motoring in Europe, watching Formula 1 and tennis, off-road I am particularly fond of French red wine.

Specialist Areas

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Agriculture & Rural Affairs

Powers of Attorney & Court of Protection

Residential Property
Wills, Trusts and Estates
Wills, Trusts and Estate Solicitors


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What our clients say about Mike

Thanks for everything you (Alex Sandland) and your firm did for us in relation to the Coal Yard - it has been a trying time. I am so relieved that everything is now sorted and just wanted to say a massive thank you to you and Mike (Bracegirdle) for all that you have done. We could not of done it without you!

A & A Smith

Thank you for your prompt and kind attention at all times during this traumatic experience of buying and selling a house.

Mike Bracegirdle has acted for us now on several occasions in respect of property conveyancing. He was recommended by a Surveyor well known to your Firm and who we trust implicitly. Mike is a true professional and as clients, we feel completely safe and secure in his hands. His team are also very efficient but I suspect that he expects them to adopt the same standards as he does. He is very quick to respond to any queries and his answers are always pertinent. Despite whatever work pressures he may/may not be under, he always delivers the same standard of service and achieves the expected deadline.