Clough & Willis Solicitors, Commercial and private legal services UK

Richard Rouse - In Memory

Richard graduated with a Law degree from The Victoria University of Manchester. He continued his education at the Guildford College of Law before completing his articles at Clayton Castle and Monks, qualifying as a solicitor in 1968.

Richard started his career as a solicitor with Clough and Willis in 1969, becoming a partner in 1972 and a Senior Partner in 2003. Richard headed up the Commercial Law department and specialises in corporate law and commercial property, acting for a number of large organisations across the North West.

Richard was a remarkably talented and gifted lawyer with a brilliant mind. He handled many complex, intellectually demanding & high value commercial deals and never failed to impress clients, colleagues and opponents alike with his knowledge, skill and professionalism. And he brought those qualities to all his work - from the multi million pound takeover deal to a routine house purchase. He looked after all his clients in the same way and inspired tremendous loyalty from them.

As part of the business community he formed successful relationships with other professionals - lawyers, accountants, surveyors, commercial agents, bankers and many of these became his friends.

As a lawyer Richard was universally respected and admired and people felt a genuine, warmth and affection towards him. And that was because of the nature of the man and how he treated people. He was a warm, witty, friendly, even handed and helpful man who treated everyone fairly and with respect.

Richard will be sadly missed by all his past and present colleagues at Clough & Willis.





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.

Comments taken from client satisfaction survey


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

Comments taken from client satisfaction survey


"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.

Comments taken from client satisfaction survey


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.

Comments taken from client satisfaction survey


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.

Comments taken from client satisfaction survey


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

Comments taken from client satisfaction survey


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.

Testimonial from Mr & Mrs Smith

employee advantage