Clough & Willis Solicitors, Commercial and private legal services UK

Chris Macwilliam - Partner

Head of Litigation

Find out what our clients have to say about Chris here.

Chris graduated from Liverpool University in 1980 and then completed his studies at Chester College of Law. He joined Clough & Willis as a trainee solicitor in 1981 and qualified in 1983, becoming a partner 3 years later.

Chris has been a litigator for all his professional life. He is a personal injury specialist and has expertise in professional negligence claims and employment matters. He is a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel and holds Senior Litigator status with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). APIL is a specialist body whose members are personal injury specialists dedicated to excellent practice and to fighting for the rights of injured people.

At Work

Chris acts for people, locally and nationally, who have been injured in accidents, fighting to secure the compensation they deserve. He has a particular interest in work place accidents and the many complex health and safety regulations that apply in the work place. Chris believes passionately in an employer's duty to ensure the safety of its workers and recognises that some employers still do not take this duty seriously enough. Chris also specialises in acting for clients who have been injured in motor vehicle and road traffic accidents, slipping accidents, accidents whilst on holiday in the UK and abroad, accidents caused by animals and injuries from criminal assaults.

Chris recognises that accidents can wreck lives! Whilst some injuries are fortunately not too serious, others can be devastating. As well as acting for people with minor injuries Chris has dealt with claims involving catastrophic injuries and death.

Chris has dealt with professional negligence claims against solicitors, doctors, dentists, accountants, surveyors and other professionals. His approach is to find the quickest possible way to resolve such claims for his clients and that does not necessarily involve expensive court proceedings. Mediation and Joint Settlement Meetings are possible avenues which may achieve a better outcome for his clients.

In the field of employment law Chris has acted for both employers and employees in Tribunal cases and has advised employers on issues such as redundancy, terms of employment and dismissal.

It is important to have the best experts to help deal with claims properly and Chris has built up a network of specialist doctors, engineers, accountants, employment consultants and others who are experienced in providing reports and attending court to give evidence.

At Home

Married with six children, Chris is an avid football supporter who can be found on the terraces of a well known premiership team on a regular basis. He has a keen interest in amateur dramatics and is chair of governors at a local primary school.

Chris has published numerous articles, some of which can be found on the press release pages of our website or here.

You can contact Chris via email chris.macwilliam@clough-willis.co.uk, Twitter  @TalkToChrisMac or Linkedin Christopher Macwilliam 

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We have been using Clough & Willis for ten years and found them to be very efficient in all aspects of their work. What I like about their firm is that they cover a wide variety of legal services and are very quick to respond to our needs.

Nigel Compsty, Managing Director
H Compsty & Son Ltd


The contact for my name change and divorce was Marie Whittaker who again was completely professional and gave me complete confidence from out first meeting. My divorce proceeded smoothly, quickly and efficiently. I was updated regularly by letters and phone calls.

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"Level of service seems just right. The friendly, helpful staff explained procedures well and made everything clear."

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"The team are a pleasure to work with, friendly but always professional in their dealings. Following the successful sale of my business to Veolia Environmental Services plc, I continue to play a key role in the business. I would recommend Clough & Willis to business owners."

Chris Wright Recycling
H Chris Wright


"I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, personally, and on behalf of the Directors of SRS for all the time and work you put into the successful MBO. Professional at all times, your advice was client focused and to the point, and we were particularly impressed at your ability to work to a tight schedule, ensuring we completed on our deadline date."

Alex Docherty,
Director Sound Reduction Systems


Throughout the whole process, Clough & Willis kept me well informed and my stress levels to non-existent. I felt completely looked after with the team taking care of my best interests, I felt they had complete control and it was very reassuring.

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From first contact to the last, everyone has been very professional and reassuring through what has been an emotional and stressful time for us and without the help of your company it would have been much more difficult for me and my husband.

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I was very impressed with your firm at the outset when I first called in November 2009 after my uncles death. All staff from the receptionist and secretary through to the Partners were professional, friendly and helpful and provided the best response out of the 3 Bury firms I called.

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Clough & Willis are very understanding and made me feel valued, they showed me respect knowing I was albeit apprehensive of dealings within the legal profession and their workings

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Besides being professional Clough & Willis are also friendly and kind, making one feel relaxed able to communicate easily about the business in hand which they see to efficiently keeping in contact continually. Thank you for all you did.

Krystyna Bzdega


From reception through secretarial to solicitor the approach and attention to detail in handling my case was professional and gave me confidence that the matter would be handled to my satisfaction.

Mr M Booth


I have dealt with Clough & Willis for years since we moved to the area from Manchester and both my husband and I always appreciated your helpfulness and professionalism. Thank you

Theresa Moreen Woolley


Lorraine, I would just like to say "thank you very much" for all your hard work and assistance in the letting of the above property. The negotiations were somewhat protracted, due to a breakdown on my client's side, and I feel that your persistence and hard work led to the eventual lease completion. I look forward to working with you in the near future. Kind regards, Neil Higson, for and on behalf of Nolan Redshaw Ltd

Nolan Redshaw Chartered Surveyors


We have been impressed with the friendly professionalism of all staff, Rebecca Green has been wonderfully helpful, thorough, patient, kind and supportive. Her reassuring guidance has made some very sad and difficult times easier to bear. We hope Rebecca receives recognition for her excellent service.

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