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Butcher & Barlow LLP

2 BANK STREET, BURY, BL9 0DL, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0161 764 4062
Fax:
Fax 0161 797 2912
DX:
20506 BURY
Email:
Web:
www.butcher-barlow.co.uk

North West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the North West
Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the North West - ranked: tier 3

Butcher & Barlow LLP

Butcher & Barlow LLP is based across its Northwich, Bury and Runcorn offices and the corporate and commercial team delivers ‘excellent response times’. It is experienced in the sale and purchases of companies, with expertise in the care home, brewery industry and hospitality sector. The team advised Onfab on a £3m investment by Foresight and also advised Electrical Project Installations on its sale to KBE Holdings. The ‘very engaging’ Jonathan Aldersley is ‘able to provide a common-sense analysis of matters’ and produces ‘quick, practical and commercial advice’. James Hodgson handles share transactions and advises on company structures and Justin Kelly handles a range of commercial matters. Andrew MacKenzie and Rebecca Jepson were promoted to partner in May 2018.

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North West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the North West
Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the North West - ranked: tier 3

Butcher & Barlow LLP

The ‘focused and client-orientated’ team at Butcher & Barlow LLP  handles contentious commercial, contractual and property cases as well as negligence, insolvency, construction, agriculture, trusts and estates disputes. The team represented James Sharp & Co in a £1m disputed in relation to the proposed takeover of Dee Valley Water Group by Severn Trent Water Ltd. The team is headed by Alex Sandland, who ‘thinks strategically and is robust in pursuing his client’s case’, and the ‘excellentAnthony Higham. Adam Shawcross  and Andy Mackenzie were promoted to the partnership in May 2018. Solicitor James Holton recently joined from Slater and Gordon.

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North West: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 4

Butcher & Barlow LLP

Butcher & Barlow LLP's team attracts praise for its ‘notable experience and skills in both large and small cases; the team is efficient and analyses cases well’. Anthomy Higham  has a ‘no-nonsense and robust approach which he has acquired through many years of practical experience and legal knowledge’. The ‘very bright and tactically astuteGreg Porter  is ‘excellent with clients’. Solicitor Adam Shawcross  is also recommended. The team routinely handles a broad array of cases from mid-value to complex and high-value cases and acts for adults, vulnerable persons and adults.

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North West: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Butcher & Barlow LLP

Butcher & Barlow LLP   has a ‘very capable team that is led by experienced and well-known partners’. At the helm is Mike Bracegirdle who has ‘first-hand knowledge of farming matters and can explain things clearly. We have a great deal of faith in his judgement’. The ‘very experienced’ Graham Gigg  has a ‘good reputation and is unsurpassed in his knowledge of this field’. The department has particular expertise in advising land owners in relation to the sale of agricultural land for residential development in Cheshire East and is also well-regarded for its advice on succession planning. It works closely with a number of local accountants.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 5

Butcher & Barlow LLP

Butcher & Barlow LLP  has a ‘very strong team’ that has been bolstered by the recent arrival of Charlotte Beck  from KBL Solicitors LLP . Beck is a ‘sensible practitioner who understands her clients’ needs and puts those ahead of any view of profit’. Solicitor Abigail Smith is also an ‘excellent solicitor who is compassionate, supportive and very clear in her advice’. Caroline Cockill-Guy  an accredited mediator has a ‘lovely way with clients and gives them wise advice’. The team also regularly receives referrals to act on behalf of children from the Children’s Guardian.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Butcher & Barlow LLP

Butcher & Barlow LLP  provides a ‘great level of service with a friendly and caring attitude’. Head of department Chris Hopkins  ‘puts things across to his clients in simple and straightforward terms, providing quality and well-thought-through advice and recommendations’. Hopkins is involved in the management of a number of trust funds totalling several million pounds. Philip Jennings assists with estate and tax planning for high-net-worth individuals and is a ‘good communicator who operates to the highest ethical standards when dealing with a vulnerable client’. Mike Bracegirdle is particularly strong on planning for agricultural clients and ‘can explain legal procedure in a way that makes it easily understandable and therefore less stressful’.

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North West: Real estate

Commercial property: elsewhere in the North West
Commercial property: elsewhere in the North West - ranked: tier 3

Butcher & Barlow LLP

The ‘efficient’ team at Butcher & Barlow LLP is active across land acquisitions, planning and development matters in the commercial and residential sectors, public house sales and purchases, and commercial refinancing mandates. It advised on the £7.25m acquisition of Holmes Chapel Business Park on behalf of the Trustees of the Booth Charities. Fords of Winsford, Liberty SIPP and Throstles Nest Developments are also clients. Sandbach-based John Hyatt heads the team and is ‘clear and concise with his advice’. In Northwich, commercial team head Jonathan Aldersley is praised for his ‘ability to provide strategic solutions’ and  Dianne Mooney is also recommended. Bury-based James Hodgson’s ‘knowledge, attention to detail and patience is impressive’ and  Mark Fletcher in Leigh is also a key member of the team.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 6

Butcher & Barlow LLP

Butcher & Barlow LLP is active across commercial landlord and tenant matters and complex land disputes such as restrictive covenants, boundary disputes and registration issues. It is also noted for its agricultural sector experience. Alex Sandland, who is ‘very tenacious and fights hard on behalf of his clients’,  heads the team, which also includes associates James Holton, who joined in 2017 from Slater and Gordon, and Catherine Gregson, who is ‘client friendly, and is able to get to grips with cases well and run them in the best interests of the client’.

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