Sam Dale

Samuel Dale


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I am a Solicitor and Partner, based at the Firm’s Sandbach office, and have been working at Butcher & Barlow LLP since 2010.

I studied at Lancaster University, prior to undertaking the Graduate Diploma of Law in Manchester and the Legal Practice Course at The College of Law.

My specialisms cover two practice areas, being Litigation and Private Client work, and I act for clients in matters involving the following:

Private Client

  • Wills;
  • Probate;
  • Lasting Powers of Attorney;
  • Trusts;
  • Court of Protection Applications;


  • Probate disputes including claims involving lack of capacity, undue influence and claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975;
  • Clinical Negligence Claims
  • Personal Injury Claims
  • Debt recovery disputes for both commercial clients and individuals who are owed money;
  • Consumer Rights Act disputes

Whilst the two practice areas I specialise in are distinct, the knowledge I have in these fields does frequently crossover. Having first-hand experience of dealing with Private Client work is invaluable when dealing with Probate Disputes as it has created a greater understanding of the subject area. Conversely, when instructed by clients to prepare Wills or act on behalf of Executors in Probate matters I am able to consider the consequences and implications of certain approaches and mitigate any potential future claims.

I am also able to advise on the benefits of creating Personal Injury Trusts at the conclusion of successful Personal Injury or Clinical Negligence claims in order to ensure that any compensation received does not affect income-related benefits or care provided.

Cases of note which I have been involved in are:

  • Dealing with a multi-million pound Probate Dispute with allegations that the main beneficiary of the estate had unduly influenced the testator.
  • Defending a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act involving agricultural land where a successful claim could have affected the succession of the family farming business.
  • Dealing with a sizeable estate with issues pertaining to jurisdiction which could have increased the tax payable by hundreds-of-thousands of pounds.
  • Negligence claims resulting in life-changing injuries and seeking compensation for the ongoing care required as a result of the same.






Specialist Areas

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Contested Probate
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Medical Negligence
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Personal Dispute Resolution
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Powers of Attorney & Court of Protection
Wills, Trusts and Estates
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What our clients say about Samuel

Sam Dale at Butcher & Barlow LLP recently helped us set up a Lasting Powers of Attorney for our mother. Unfortunately, due to developing circumstances, this had to be arranged fairly quickly and not in the normal environment where these discussions would normally take place. Sam was so professional while also being personable and very accommodating to our mother. My family and I can't recommend Sam and Butcher & Barlow LLP enough for what they have done in such a short time. We will definitely use again.


We sought the services of Sam Dale after mum had a fall and ended up in respite care. It was then she realised it was probably time to sort out Powers of Attorney for her own piece of mind in the event of her being unable to sort out her own affairs. She chose my two brothers and myself, but we knew we wanted someone experienced to oversee the process. Sam was perfect. He talked through the ins and outs and simplified the legal jargon with us before talking to mum on her own to make sure everything was OK and it was exactly what she wanted. He was compassionate and professional in equal measure. I'd recommend his services anytime.


Sam Dale was compassionate, understanding, knowledgeable and professional from the outset. I could not recommend Sam Dale and his team highly enough and would have no hesitation in using Sam or Butcher & Barlow again in the future.

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I engaged the Firm for my most recent dealings which included writing Wills, Probate and Estate queries and also a settlement deed for which Samuel Dale undertook all activity. Samuel is extremely professional, knowledgeable and efficient. He carried out all works to an extremely high standard, was easily contactable and provided impartial advice and guidance to me during an extremely difficult time.

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We met with Sam Dale in Sandbach twice to sort out our wills. He was so informative and helpful, as well as explaining things in less legal terms. As we were going on holiday, he managed to get the draft wills to us to review and then set up a meeting with us the next week to finalise the wills. The whole process was easy and Sam was a pleasure to deal with - all the staff at Butcher & Barlow were friendly, which was refreshing!


I was really nervous about dealing with the solicitors, but Sam Dale made me feel completely at ease. He was extremely professional, courteous and thorough. I’m really pleased with the service provided and would definitely recommend Sam to others.


I recently had the pleasure of dealing with Sam Dale when arranging my will and cannot speak highly enough of the experience. Sam is an exceptional solicitor who arranged my will with the utmost professionalism and attention to detail. He listened to my needs and concerns, and provided expert guidance throughout the process. Sam's genuine concern for my wellbeing and proactive approach to minimising future complications left me feeling like my family are well taken care of with no inconveniences. I highly recommend Sam to anyone seeking outstanding legal services and peace of mind, knowing that their affairs are in capable hands. Thank you Sam!


Samuel Dale is very smart with a good understanding of complexities.

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Sam Dale is professional and extremely knowledgeable with a friendly personality. He responded very quickly to any correspondence and offered a five star service. Sam explained everything in a way that we could fully understand and was extremely sensitive to the situation we were in. I would highly recommend Sam to anyone.

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I can’t find any fault with Butcher & Barlow LLP. My dealings were with Sam Dale and I feel he went above and beyond in dealing with a stressful period. I have had nothing but exceptional service from Butcher & Barlow.