Philip Thompson


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Contact Philip

I am a solicitor specialising in residential property and am based in both the firm’s Prestwich and Bury offices. I qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and have been a partner with Butcher & Barlow since 2010, when the firm merged with my previous firm, Howard Maitland.

I specialise in all aspects of residential conveyancing including:

  • Freehold and leasehold sales and purchase;
  • Re-mortgages;
  • Transfers of equity;
  • Unregistered land;
  • Help to Buy;
  • Plot purchases; and
  • Shared ownerships.

Having had many years of experience working in family law, I can also advise on Deeds of Trust and issues which arise from the joint ownership of property.

I understand that moving house can be stressful as well as exciting, and speed is of the essence. Accordingly, I embrace the assistance that IT can provide and try to make sure that the conveyancing process works smoothly and efficiently for my clients.

Having worked in the Prestwich and Bury areas for over 20 years I have built up close working relationships with estate agents, mortgage advisers and other solicitors. Being able to communicate openly and honestly in a conveyancing transaction helps with the smooth running of the transaction, and the managing of expectations throughout the chain.

Outside the office, I enjoy walking in the country and travelling, at home and abroad. I like to keep fit and enjoy visiting the restaurants and bars that have sprung up on my doorstep in city-centre of Manchester.

Specialist Areas

Residential Property


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What our clients say about Philip

I have worked with Philip Thompson both for the purchase and the sale of my house and I have to say he is very professional, efficient and has your best interests at heart. Highly recommend ++


Phillip Thompson acted on my behalf, and the process was trouble free - especially considering the negative effects of the Covid-19 on businesses. The house purchase was completed in good time, and I am now in my new property. Butcher & Barlow have acted on my behalf on most of my house moves over the years, and have always provided an excellent service. Would strongly recommend.


Sadly I did not utilise Butcher & Barlow under particularly favorable circumstances. I've had two very difficult and ultimately unsuccessful conveyancing experiences while with them. I am happy to say however, that while things did not go as planned, Butcher & Barlow conducted themselves professionally, ethically and with patience. The difficult circumstances I found myself in did give them the opportunity to demonstrate that they're honest, patient, stick to their word, and have empathy when it is required. Philip Thompson in particular should be commended for the way he handled interactions with a disagreeable behaviour from a third party, and subsequently in handling my own frustrations in reaction to this. He helped me to understand what my options were and provided support and sympathy in a professional manner. I'll absolutely return to Butcher & Barlow to hopefully have a more successful sale and purchasing experience in the near future.


Very responsive to queries and very patent with an anxious/ stressed client . It was always reassuring to have someone with Philip's experience on side.

Just exchanged on my house and Philip Thompson has been brilliant. He has ensured everything has gone smoothly and chased the buyers solicitors when needed. He kept us informed and was honest with us. Would definitely recommend him for conveyancing. Like any solicitor I'm sure he has a high workload but he has put in the time and we felt like he actually cared about us completing on time. He was very patient with me. Thanks again to Philip and the rest of the team at Butcher & Barlow LLP.