Rachel Cryan


an image of Rachel Cryan, a Butcher & Barlow LLP employee

I am a partner specialising in Family Law and I am the head of the Public Law Family team. I work from the Tyldesley office.

I started my career with Butcher & Barlow in 2001. I have been qualified as a solicitor since 2003. I have been a partner with the firm since May 2007.

I deal with all areas of Family Law. This  includes:

  • Issues relating to children and finances arising from a separation /divorce;
  • Social Services/Children’s Services involvement with children;
  • Domestic abuse; and
  • Divorce

I recognise the issues that I advise upon are stressful and I aim to assist clients to achieve an outcome in a way that limits the emotional and financial impact. Sometimes, court proceedings are unavoidable.  If your case goes to court, I am experienced in advocacy and undertake my own advocacy wherever possible.  I aim to support clients through the court process and resolve matters in the least stressful and most cost-effective way.

I have a particular interest in public law children proceedings where Social Services are involved with families.  I have achieved the Children Law Accreditation with the Law Society which is an accreditation that evidences specialist expertise in representing clients in children law proceedings.  I represent both parents and children within these proceedings.

I am also a Resolution Accredited Specialist. Resolution Specialists commit to a code of conduct that assists clients to reach an outcome that works for them and to deal with matters in a way that limits or prevents conflict and distress.  This also assists in reducing the financial costs involved.  To become a Resolution Specialist you must have detailed knowledge, experience and expertise and I have particular specialisms in children issues and advanced financial provision.

I am recognised in the Legal 500, published October 2017, where referees have described me as ‘proactive and hardworking’ and as having a ‘sharp legal mind, as well as being focused and sensitive to the needs of families and children’.


The Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer 2021 logo Resolution Member logo The Law Society Accredited Children Law logo

What our clients say

Susan Splain

I would like to take this opportunity to make known my gratitude for your support at court yesterday, your presence and knowledge made a very difficult day much easier…

Mr T

I would like to say a massive thank you to Rachel and the team based in the Tyldesley office. From start to finish I was provided with expert advice when completing the stages of a separation agreement. Rachel was able to alleviate any concerns I had and suggest methods which have most certainly benefited my situation. I was particularly happy with the speedy responses from the team to any issues I raised and the professional manner used when communicating with both myself and my ex partners solicitors. I would most certainly recommend using Butcher and Barlow as they made what is an overwhelming, daunting scenario an extremely positive experience.

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