Legal Services for Individuals

When you need advice, guidance or help of any kind, the friendly team at Pickering & Butters is here to help every step of the way with a range of legal services that you and your family can depend upon.

How can we help you?

Agriculture & Rural

Agricultural and rural businesses face a number of unique challenges, as well as the many legal issues any business has to deal with, such as contract and employment law. With UK law changing all the time, it is essential to have the right legal advice to make sure you stay compliant while being able to effectively run your business.

Our agricultural and rural law solicitors have many years of experience dealing with legal issues for a wide range of businesses, from small family businesses to large national companies. We understand the commercial demands of the industry, so can offer tailored advice to match your specific requirements and business goals.

We regularly work on issues including farm sales and purchases, agricultural tenancies, renewable energy agreements, rural planning and development, equine matters, mineral, sporting, shooting and fishing rights, and tax planning.

Family Law

Legal issues involving your family are often some of the most sensitive and complicated to sort out. Resolving them can be highly time-consuming, expensive and stressful. However, with the right legal advice and support, it is normally possible to find a positive outcome quickly and cost-effectively with minimal conflict.

Our family lawyers offer a free 30-minute consultation so we can get a clear picture of your situation, then advise you on the most appropriate options. We tailor our service to you, so whatever your priorities are, we will find the best ways to protect your interests.

We regularly help individuals and families with issues including divorce, civil partnership dissolution, separation of unmarried couples, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements and more.

Moving Home

When buying or selling a property, getting the legal process right is essential to protect you legally and financially. For many people, buying a property is the largest financial transaction they will ever take part in, so the peace of mind you get from knowing the deal is in safe hands is invaluable.

Our team of highly trained conveyancing solicitors have the experience and expertise to ensure your property deal goes ahead smoothly and on schedule. We are accredited by the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme, reflecting the high standards of our conveyancing service.

We can anticipate many of the issues that could hold up a sale or purchase or cause you additional expense and take proactive measures to avoid them. Where problems cannot be avoided, we can help you quickly find the right solution to protect you and keep matters on track.

Employment Law

As an employer, understanding your legal duties and responsibilities means you can effectively manage your workforce without the risk of legal action or damage to your reputation.

As an employee, knowing your employment rights means you can make sure you are treated fairly by your employer and, if you feel you have been treated unfairly, you can take the correct action to ensure a fair outcome.

Our employment lawyers advise both employers and employees on a wide range of issues, including contracts of employment, policies and procedures, disciplinary and grievance issues, dismissals and redundancies and Employment Tribunal claims.

Personal Injury

If you have suffered an accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to claim compensation. This can help you deal with various costs incurred due to your injury, including paying for treatment, buying specialist equipment, replacing lost income and compensation for your pain and suffering.

Our personal injury lawyers are accredited by the Law Society, meaning we operate to the highest standards in this area. We offer a free initial appointment to discuss your claim and are able to take on many of our clients on a no-win, no-fee basis.

We have extensive experience in personal injury claims including road traffic accidents, accidents at work, slips, trips and falls, criminal injuries, fatal accidents and more.


When you are involved in a dispute, either personal or professional, it can take up a lot of your time and be a distraction from the things you would prefer to be focusing your energies on. Resolving disputes can also be expensive if not handled correctly.

However, with the correct legal advice and representation it is often possible to resolve legal disputes quickly and cost-effectively with minimal conflict through non-confrontational methods such as negotiation and mediation.

Our litigation lawyers are experts in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), meaning we can generally help our clients resolve their disputes without the need for court action. We regularly help clients with a wide range of disputes including landlord & tenant disputes, contract disputes, debt recovery, contentious probate & inheritance claims, and professional negligence claims.

For tailored legal advice, please get in touch with our Staffordshire solicitors in Stafford and Rugeley