Rachel Martin > Butcher & Barlow LLP > Stockport, England > Lawyer Profile

Butcher & Barlow LLP

Work Department

Commercial Property


Partner and Acting Head of Commercial Property. Rachel has extensive experience in a variety of commercial property matters including:

•               Sales and acquisitions of freehold and leasehold land (with and without funding);

•               Estate management and Landlord & Tenant matters: agreements for lease, leases, assignments and underleases, alterations, renewal leases, variations and surrenders;

•               Portfolio refinancing;

•               Development: acting for developers, regional and national regeneration agencies, land owners and occupiers in connection with development agreements and conditional contracts, option and promotion  agreements, rights of pre-emption and overage;

•               Property finance: acting on behalf of both borrowers and lenders; and

•               Acting for NHS Trusts, Primary Care Organisation and Medical and Dental Practitioners.


Training contract at Muckle LLP in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Qualified in 1999.  Specialised in commercial property at leading national firms including Eversheds Sutherland and Hempsons.  Joined Butcher & Barlow in 2018 and became a partner in the Firm in May 2021.




School: Ratcliffe College, Leicestershire; University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (LLB Hons. 2:1 – 1996); The College of Law, York (LPC-1997).

Lawyer Rankings

North West > Real estate > Commercial property: elsewhere in the North West

Butcher & Barlow LLP‘s commercial property offering is spread across six locations in the North West, specialising in a range of issues including land acquisition, estate management, and commercial leases. The team of ‘premium quality individuals’ is headed by Rachel Martin who advises on strategic development transactions including option agreements and properties owned by medical practices. Daniel Woodcock leads on several key deals and Rebecca Jepson, whom clients describe as ‘attentive, erudite and driven’, has experience in agricultural property. James Hodgson has particular expertise in dealing with acquisitions and disposals on behalf of pension funds. Andrew Mackenzie is also recommended, while ‘dependable but dynamic‘ senior partner Jonathan Aldersley is another key figure in the team.