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.
I am a member of the Country Landowners Association, Tenants Farmers Association, British Institute of Agricultural Consultants 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 Chair of the Parish Council in Smallwood, 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.
My clients commended in the Legal 500:
“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”
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What our clients say
Thank you for your prompt and kind attention at all times during this traumatic experience of buying and selling a house.
Thank you so much for all your help and advice through this tragic time. Just knowing you were at the end of the phone if I needed you was a huge relief.
We also want to express our thanks for all of your support with this purchase, particularly over the last couple of weeks when last minute queries arose - it’s greatly appreciated and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Butcher & Barlow to family and friends.
Many thanks for your help with this matter, and for making the process painless from our point of view.
I would just like to say a big thank you to Butcher & Barlow for all their work in resolving the estate and litigation of the recent bereavement. A special thank you to Mike Bracegirdle and Alex Sandland for their tireless work and help.
Many thanks for all your hard work in helping get the sale over the line. Your patience and perseverance has been appreciated.