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KBL Solicitors LLP

Work 01254 268790
Blackburn, Bolton

North West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in the North West
Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in the North West - ranked: tier 3

KBL Solicitors LLP

KBL Solicitors LLP acts for individuals and businesses in relation to share issues, management restructurings, growth and development, sales and mergers. The practice has recently seen an increase of instructions relating to secured lending for property developments and projects. Department head Philip Stephenson focuses on corporate transactions, commercial contracts, MBOs, joint ventures and partnership work. Consultant Jonathan Shorrock is experienced in advising sports clubs on governance matters.

Practice head(s):Phil Stephenson

Other key lawyers:Anneka Traynor; Jonathan Shorrock

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North West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in the North West
Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in the North West - ranked: tier 3

KBL Solicitors LLP

KBL Solicitors LLP advises SMEs and owner-managed businesses on shareholder and partnership disputes, professional negligence claims, and litigation relating to construction, property and manufacturing. The 'tactically astute' Michael Slater  heads up the team out of Bolton, working alongside the Blackburn-based Greg Gardner-Boyes.

Practice head(s):Michael Slater; Greg Gardner-Boyes

Other key lawyers:Nick Horsfall


Commercially orientated and client focused service’.

Michael Slater is tactically astute’.

The practice is well placed to provide a great local service with capable and expert partners who are able to deal with their client needs’.

Greg Gardner-Boyes applies a level of determination, professionalism and expertise to matters whilst maintaining a human perspective’.

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North West: Human resources

Employment - ranked: tier 5

KBL Solicitors LLP

At KBL Solicitors LLP, Sarah Collier has taken over leadership of the employment department from Christine Hart, who left to join Brabners LLP in mid-2018. She advises a loyal client base comprising local businesses, SMEs and senior executives, advising on both contentious and non-contentious matters, with specialisms in sexual harassment, discrimination, unfair dismissal, whistleblowing, restrictive covenants and TUPE matters. The team also provides support on corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):Sarah Collier


'They are down to earth and always willing to work alongside you, rather than them just doing what they think is best for their client. They are always welcoming and try to go the extra mile in supporting you as a client.'

'I like that they visit the workplace and understand how your business works. They get to know you and the values of the company which helps when dealing with current and future legal issues. They always respond quickly and keep you very informed and up to date on all processes.'


Key Clients

Folsana Pressed Solutions

SGH Moulds

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Employment: employee/union firms
Employment: employee/union firms - ranked: tier 2

KBL Solicitors LLP

Sarah Collier now leads the department at KBL Solicitors LLP after joining from Napthens LLP in July 2018. Collier has experience in advising on complex discrimination cases, with particular expertise advising on cancer in the workplace. She also represents employment tribunal claimants on a range of matters including unfair dismissal, wrongful and constructive dismissal, unlawful deductions from wages, equal pay and whistleblowing.

Practice head(s):Sarah Collier

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North West: Private client

Family - ranked: tier 4

KBL Solicitors LLP

The family team at KBL Solicitors LLP, which is is led by the 'calm and confident' Victoria Melling, 'consistently punches above its weight on family matters', helping high-net-worth clients to reach complex financial settlements in matrimonial proceedings. The team also advises on pre-nuptial and cohabitation agreements, Children Act cases and other issues arising from relationship breakdowns.

Practice head(s):Victoria Melling

Other key lawyers:Ceri Thomas


'This tiny department consistently punches above its weight on family matters. Led by the calm and confident Victoria Melling and ably assisted by Ceri Thomas, early growth is highly likely to be built upon in coming months and years as the department gains ground locally.'

'The practice has a very able and accomplished family department who have worked together for a significant amount of time as a team - which brings strength to what they offer. They support and compliment each other in their experience and areas of interest and expertise.'

'Well placed to provide a great local service with a high level of skill and professionalism matching the city firms in Manchester.'

'Victoria Melling revels in the challenge of working with her clients to get the best, cost-effective outcome for them. Her clients value her advice and expertise.'

'Ceri Thomas is passionate and compassionate about her work with families and someone who is versatile, organised and has an eye for detail which flows into her client care and compliments her legal work.'

'Victoria Melling always has a very professional, determined but fair approach - she clearly stands up for her clients.'

Key Clients


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