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Mike Bracegirdle


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I am a partner with over forty years post qualification experience having qualified as a Solicitor in 1980. I joined Butcher & Barlow in 2014, assisting Jonathan Aldersley in opening and developing the Agricultural and Commercial office at Gadbrook Park, Northwich where I remain based. For ten years I headed the Agricultural and Rural Affairs Department, which has been listed in Tier 1 of The Legal 500 for many years. I have been named as a Leading Individual by The Legal 500 for the past four years and entered the Hall of Fame last year, the only such individual for Agriculture and Estates in Cheshire.

I am now widening my horizons and assisting the Agricultural, Commercial, and Private Client departments with Business Development and in an Advisory Capacity. I continue to pride myself on giving up to date straightforward advice, no matter how complex the clients problems or issues.

I provide a monthly column in Farmart magazine produced for the farming community and am available to give talks to discussion groups. I was educated at Sandbach School, Warwick University and the University of Law, Chester  (formerly Christleton College of Law). I have an honours degree from Warwick University and obtained a Distinction in Conveyancing and Property Law from the University of Law.

I am available to give advice upon: –

  • High value Residential and Agricultural Property
  • Agricultural Holding Act and Farm Business Tenancies
  • Succession Planning and Inheritance Tax Mitigation
  • Business Structures: Partnerships and Limited Company’s
  • Estate Administration including Deeds of Variation

I have a personal interest in: –

  • Mines and Minerals Options
  • Overage Agreements (formerly development claw back clauses)
  • First Registrations and Land Title Issues

Had I remained in the farming industry, I would have been a 17 generation Cheshire Dairy Farmer. I remain involved in the family farm and I have detailed practical knowledge of all farming practices.

Client testimonials in the Legal 500 include: –

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

“Strong on planning for agricultural clients.”

“Explains complex procedures in a way which makes them easily understood.”

I am a member of the Country Landowners Association, Tenants Farmers Association, BASC, and maintain close links with the farming and rural communities. My relations continue to farm locally, my daughter is a vet and my son an accountant with a top 10 private practice. I am involved in the local community, being a member of Smallwood Parish Council, Trustee of Smallwood Burial Ground, and a member of the Old Sandbachians Committee.

I enjoy all forms of rural pursuits and have an interest in both classic tractors and cars (owning both). I enjoy motoring in Europe with my wife Diane Mooney, a retired commercial property lawyer, and watching Formula 1 and Tennis , and off road I am particularly fond of French Red Wine


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Residential Property
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What our clients say about Mike

Mike Bracegirdle and the team have all done work for me, which I have been very satisfied with. Mike Bracegirdle has been expertly involved in setting up Deeds of Trust, Deeds of Variation and Partnership Agreements.

The Legal 500 2024 Rankings

Mike Bracegirdle and his team all seem to have a good understanding of agricultural matters and are very good at understanding a farm map and are easy to work with.

The Legal 500 2024 Rankings

I found Butcher & Barlow Solicitors by searching the internet. Mike Bracegirdle, Partner, made contact because of an enquiry I made to them. Several members of staff have been involved in a very complex process of selling our home, purchasing a new build property, and dealing with a rental agreement whilst we waited for our new home to be ready. Every member of staff we have dealt with, either on the phone or in person, has been extremely professional and knowledgeable. They have taken time to explain the stages we are up to and if we have been unsure on anything they have given advise. Each member of staff, including Mike Bracegirdle, have pulled out all the stops to ensure the three processes completed in a timely manner, sometimes under great pressure with tight deadlines. We cannot fault this company, excellent service every step of the way. Thank you to all involved

Mr & Mrs Tams

We were more than satisfied with the service. Excellent communication and very quick response to phone calls and emails.

Mr A

Thank you for everything you have done for us these past five years. We appreciate it greatly. We could not have been helped more kindly by you and all your staff we have spoken to at the office. Each one has been very helpful.

Ann & Ray

Mike Bracegirdle is extremely knowledgeable regarding the agricultural sector. He is always available when we need him and he has been a great support.

Legal 500

Mike Bracegirdle gives a fantastic personal service and is an expert in his field.

Legal 500

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.