The best of both
Butcher & Barlow are big enough to cope with a broad range of demands
yet small enough not to lose the personal touch
Established in Bury in 1887, the law firm of Butcher & Barlow has been providing expert legal services to the people of Bury and the surrounding area for over 130 years. Although the Firm’s roots are on the high street, Butcher & Barlow have always had a strong commercial client base and have a dedicated commercial and agricultural office servicing their Cheshire based clients in Northwich.
Over the 130 years since the Firm was established, it has evolved and grown but the Firm’s longstanding reputation is a testament to the quality of service provided to their clients.
The Firm’s head office in Bury provides business law, commercial property law and agricultural law services to Lancashire based clients.
Partner James Hodgson specialises in Business Law and Commercial Property, as well as being able to assist rural clients with agricultural law matters. Butcher & Barlow are committed to a holistic approach to legal services
and this is evidenced in the way that James takes time to understand his clients, their values and their ultimate goals. This enables James to find solutions that best match the client as opposed to a one shoe fits all approach.
James works closely with the rest of the Agriculture team and Commercial team to ensure that his clients receive the top level, specialist advise that they have come to expect from the Firm.
James recently acted in connection with the sale of a large acreage of grazing land. Time was taken prior to a sale being agreed to work with the client and their agricultural agent to find the best structure for the transactions – sell as one plot, or subdivide? Should there be an overage on the land? James also undertook a thorough review of the title to the land, taking time to address any potential issues and make sure all the documents referred to were available. Missing documents were located and boundary issues resolved prior to the land being offered for sale so as to prevent any complications and delays further down the line.
Working along side James at the Bury Office is Anthony Higham. Anthony is a litigation specialist and has expertise in commercial and property litigation. Unfortunately, disagreements and problems crop up far too often in business and Butcher & Barlow appreciates that getting caught up in commercial litigation can soon put a real strain on both management time and resources. Anthony had a wealth of experience in resolving disputes both large and small and will provide legal advice that is both practical and cost effective. Anthony and James often work together on land and property dispute. Looking at a problem from two angles – transactional and litigious - ensures all problems and potential pitfalls are covered off.
With 10 offices across Cheshire and Lancashire, and with over 160 staff, Butcher & Barlow are big enough to cope with the requirements of all manner of clients across a broad range of services but small enough not to forget that the personal touch and attention to detail is what sets the Firm apart from others.
James Hodgson, Business Law and Commercial Property specialist
Anthony Higham, litigation specialist