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North West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in the North West
Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in the North West - ranked: tier 1

SAS Daniels LLP

SAS Daniels LLP has a good geographic coverage across the North West, with offices in Chester, Stockport, Congleton and Macclesfield. The firm has particular expertise in transactional work for SMEs including M&A, demergers, sales and joint ventures. Client sectors include healthcare, music and education. Chester-based Jeremy Orrell and Kaye Whitby head the corporate and commercial teams respectively.

Practice head(s):Jeremy Orrell; Kaye Whitby

Other key lawyers:Andy Booth; Paul Tyrer

Key Clients

Pentre Group Holdings Limited

Medical Air Technology Limited

Beech Developments (NW) Limited

The Challenge Group

High Court Enforcement Group Limited

TFLI Limited

Louver-Lite Limited

Fayrefield Foods Limited

Premier Care Limited

Rowlinson Knitwear Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted on the sale of Zircom to an Employee Ownership Trust (EOT).
  • Represented the shareholders in school wear suppliers FR Monkhouse in sale of company.
  • Acted for JDP Hotels in the purchase of Beaufort Park Hotel.
  • Acted on the sale of Flamefast Fire Systems to Marlow Plc.
Leading individuals

Jeremy Orrell - SAS Daniels LLP

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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

SAS Daniels LLP

SAS Daniels LLP advises businesses and high-net-worth individuals across Cheshire and the North West on a wide range of disputes, covering property, contentious probate, intellectual property and banking, as well as professional negligence claims. Newly promoted partner Anna Barnes heads the team, while Kathryn Clare joined as solicitor from Knights plc during 2018.

Practice head(s):Anna Barnes

Other key lawyers:Ray Woodward; Nicola Moulds; Kathryn Clare

Key Clients

Gladman Homes Limited

Hutchison 3G UK Limited

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North West: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 5

SAS Daniels LLP

SAS Daniels LLP acts for a range of insolvency practitioners, individuals and SMEs on contentious and non-contentious insolvency and restructuring mandates. The team has particular experience in advising on insolvent deceased estates and also handles asset recovery work. Paul Formby heads the team.

Practice head(s):Paul Formby

Key Clients

Begbies Traynor LLP


Mazars LLP

Beesley Corporate  Solutions

DMC Corporate Recovery

Bennett Verby

Lucas Johnson

BCR Limited

Duff and Phelps

Frederic Robinsons Limited

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North West: Human resources

Employment - ranked: tier 3

SAS Daniels LLP

The SAS Daniels LLP employment team, which is led by Karen Barker has particular strengths in the education sector, representing a range of schools and academies. Former senior partner Jonathan Whittaker, a mainstay of the team, now serves as a consultant and part-time employment judge. 'Approachable and knowledgeable' senior associate Katie Hodson is recommended.

Practice head(s):Karen Barker

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Whittaker; Katie Hodson


'The team were very sympathetic and understanding in a very difficult situation. All the people we dealt with were very professional and well informed.'

'Katie Hodson's availability to discuss circumstances and her excellent level of practical advice and interpretation is really helpful. She is very approachable and knowledgeable about the subject, quick to understand the situation circumstances and needs of any particular situation. She has an excellent understanding of the bigger picture and applying this to the circumstances to obtain an optimal but practical outcome.'

'The service provided by SAS Daniels - namely Katie Hodson - the best that I have ever experienced. Regardless of the nature of the query, Katie's experience in providing straightforward advice in a no-nonsense fashion, I find to be second to none.'

Rising stars

Katie Hodson - SAS Daniels LLP

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North West: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

SAS Daniels LLP

SAS Daniels LLP's agricultural team sits within the firm's private client practice, offering a range of legal services for farmers, including land sales, partnerships, renewable energy and tax and succession issues, as well as divorce and litigation matters. The team is led out of Chester by James Goddard, who made partner in late 2018, alongside estate administration and probate head Helen Gowin in Congleton.

Practice head(s):Helen Gowin; James Goddard

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Family - ranked: tier 2

SAS Daniels LLP

The 'efficient, thoughtful and professional' family team at SAS Daniels LLP is spread across its four Cheshire offices, but the firm has in recent months begun to receive more work from further afield, with more instructions coming in from Shropshire, Birmingham and Leeds. The 'professional and intelligent' Shelley Chesworth, 'a little gem amongst lawyers', heads up the team, while fellow partner Denise Woodward has a 'professional, realistic and informative touch'.

Practice head(s):Shelley Chesworth


'Shelley Chesworth has impressed me highly - she is a little gem amongst lawyers. She is always on hand to reassure and give good advice, no matter how busy she is. She goes beyond what she needs to and has even took time to advice and reassure out of office hours and weekends. She does a brilliant job for a fair price, not taking advantage of the situation to make money. She is very professional and very intelligent.' 

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

SAS Daniels LLP

SAS Daniels LLP advises a broad range of clients on long-term care funding, inheritance tax planning, trusts and personal taxation, as well as complex and high value estates, including estates containing trusts, foreign property, business property and agricultural property. Justine Clowes, who specialises in wills and wealth planning, with a particular focus on mental capacity work, heads the team which also includes the 'very approachable and professional' Helen Kelly.

Practice head(s):Justine Clowes

Other key lawyers:Helen Kelly


'Helen Kelly and Jayne Heywood are very approachable, helpful and professional.'

'The firm's communication is exceptional and makes for very smooth working.'

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North West: Public sector

Education - ranked: tier 2

SAS Daniels LLP

SAS Daniels LLP regularly provides employment and HR advice to school and further education sector clients in the region, and it also advises on a range of health and safety, regulatory and commercial work. The team handles property mandates for clients in the sector and it has advised on a number of academy conversions.  Karen Barker head of the employment and HR group.

Practice head(s):Karen Barker

Other key lawyers:Neil Powell


'The team provides support swiftly, offers pertinent advice and its no-nonsense approach is refreshing.'

'The team gives confidence in the advice and guidance that it gives.'

'Clare Bromley provides practical support'.

'Simon Bellard is patient, thorough and shows warmth whatever the circumstances.'


Work highlights

  • Advised on the conversion of a special education needs school into an academy.
  • Advised a client on the management of performance and long term sickness absence.
  • Advised a client on a safeguarding dismissal.
  • Handled the resolution of numerous anonymous grievances and alleged whistle-blowing from various staff against a member of the senior leadership team.
  • Advised on the re-organisation of school.

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North West: Real estate

Commercial property: Elsewhere in the North West
Commercial property: Elsewhere in the North West - ranked: tier 2

SAS Daniels LLP

SAS Daniels LLP has particular expertise in residential work; the team stands out for its experience in the land promotion sector and has advised on a number of land disposals for residential development. It is also instructed by owner-managed businesses on their property needs and handles development work. The estates and agricultural sector is also a key driver of the practice where James Goddard, who was recently promoted to partner, is noted. Elsewhere, James Clarke  handles development work and promotion agreements; Nigel Read leads the residential property team; Neil Powell is active on education sector work; and Andrew Clark handles development work. Recently promoted partner Scott Tams is instructed by social housing providers.

Practice head(s):James Clarke

Other key lawyers:James Goddard; Nigel Read; Neil Powell; Andrew Clark; Scott Tams; Steven Percy


Scott Tams consistently provides solid and prompt advice on a diverse range of matters.



Key Clients

Gladman Developments

Frederic Robinson

Willan Homes

Silkdale Properties

Henderson Homes

Enabling Homes

Anwyl Land


Nat West Bank

Clive Sall Architects

Beech Developments (NW)

Beluga Projects

Work highlights

  • Advised Wren Properties on its £2.9m acquisition of a prime high-street retail investment property.
  • Advised Henderson Homes (UK) as the purchaser of land for residential or commercial development from the Crown Estate.
  • Represented Enabling Homes on its acquisition and sale of a £9m portfolio of properties to a Real Estate Investment Trust.
  • Represented a developer client on the conversion of business premises to 34 residential units.
  • Represented client on the disposal of a residential development site with outline planning permission.

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Construction - ranked: tier 6

SAS Daniels LLP

SAS Daniels LLP's Stockport-based team handles contentious and non-contentious construction and engineering mandates and it is often instructed by employers, contractors, sub-contractors and professionals. Roger Allsup heads the construction and engineering team.

Practice head(s):Roger Allsup

Other key lawyers:James Clarke

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