A law firm which has its head office in Bury has added three more solicitors to its ranks.

Butcher & Barlow, which has its main base on Bank Street, has welcomed the trio of appointments after successful training periods.

Emma Klieve, Shay Moore and Phil Joy will work in the private client and commercial teams.

The firm has 10 offices across the North West and is regularly listed in the Legal 500 directory as one of the region's top law firms.

All three have undergone their training contracts with the business, which "pride themselves on nurturing their trainees, with a comprehensive training programme under the guidance of experienced lawyers who offer their support and expertise".

Shay, who completed his Legal Practice Course at the University of Law, Chester, in 2021 will work within the commercial property team from the company's head office in Bury, alongside partner James Hodgson.

Emma studied law at university in Liverpool and went onto complete the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law, Chester, before graduating in 2018.

Emma will be working at the firm’s Northwich office, in the wills, trusts and probate team- one of the most well-respected in the area.

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The business "believes in developing talent and nurturing the careers of its staff and has a strong history of training its own and providing the support needed for a successful law career".

Four out of the five members of the management team began their legal career with Butcher & Barlow as trainee solicitors and have experience of working in every office, including managing partner Anthony Higham.

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Anthony said: “It’s important to us that we offer a comprehensive and varied caseload to all our trainees, and we encourage them to take responsibility as early as possible whilst always ensuring they are fully supported.

“It is something they wouldn’t necessarily get to experience until later in their career if they were at a big city centre firm, but we believe it gives trainees a more rounded experience, making them better lawyers and hopefully demonstrates our readiness to invest in them, and encourages them to continue their careers with us.”

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Phil Joy, who will be specialising in family law from the Leigh office, entered the profession via a slightly different route.

He graduated with an honour's degree in human geography and information and communication before studying for his graduate diploma in law and then his Legal Practice Course at the University of Manchester.

Phil said: “The firm gives you the opportunity to take on as much responsibility as you’re comfortable with.

"I always felt supported but at the same time there’s the option to step out of your comfort zone and continue your learning. 

“The support offered to trainees has been excellent.

"We meet monthly with the managing partner which allows for regular feedback – it feels much more personal than being a trainee in a larger city centre type firm.”