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Slater Heelis LLP

LLOYDS BANK BUILDINGS, 16 SCHOOL ROAD, SALE, M33 7XP, ENGLAND
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Work 0161 969 3131
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Fax 0161 973 1018
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19261 SALE 1
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Web:
www.slaterheelis.co.uk

North West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Manchester
Corporate and commercial: Manchester - ranked: tier 4

Slater Heelis LLP

Slater Heelis LLP  is highly regarded for its track record in advising on life sciences sector transactions, and is also active across the digital, telecoms and healthcare sectors. Key highlights included advising Deutsche Asset Management on the £10.5m sale of its caravan park business and assets, undertaken by Roydon Mills (Lodges), to DPK Leisure; and advising the seller, Ian Jones, on the sale of the whole of the issued share capital of Allied Infrastructure Management. The team also advised BGC Holdings on the demerger of Bolton Gate Services Ltd from BGC Holdings, and the subsequent sale of Bolton Gate Services to Novafirm.  Department head Simon Wallwork is ‘very experienced’, particularly in acquisitions and disposals; and Nicky Collins is active in the health and education sectors and is experienced in advising GP federations and other healthcare providers. Sunil Mohindra and associate solicitor Rhian Owen are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Simon Wallwork - Slater Heelis LLP

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Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the North West
Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the North West - ranked: tier 2

Slater Heelis LLP

The ‘reliable’ team at Slater Heelis LLP renders advice in ‘practical and commercial terms’ and is noted for its experience in the healthcare sector, advising GPs, pharmacists and dentists on acquisition and disposals. The digital and telecoms sectors are also areas of focus. The team advised the sellers of 100% of the share capital of AA Access (Holdings) to High Access Maintenance and advised Mark Andrew Developments (MAD) UK on the restructure of its existing banking facilities and on a further working capital facility with Allied Irish Bank (GB). Katharine Mellor, who ‘provides excellent guidance’, handles corporate acquisitions and disposals, particularly in the SME sector. Associate solicitor Richard Riley is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Katharine Mellor - Slater Heelis 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 2

Slater Heelis LLP

Slater Heelis LLP is commended for its ‘excellent client care’ and for its ‘compassionate approach’. It represents owner-managed businesses, individuals and entrepreneurs across IP, contractual, construction, property, public law, insolvency and immigration disputes as well as professional negligence and contentious probate cases. Greenhalgh’s Craft Bakery, Angela Mortimer plc, State Bank of India and CHS Learning are clients. Department head Helen Brown is ‘very experienced’ and managing partner Chris Bishop is also recommended. Associate Pritham Raj ‘has a real eye for a case’ and is ‘extremely knowledgeable’.

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North West: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 5

Slater Heelis LLP

Slater Heelis LLP  has a ‘very responsive team that always provides timely and very clear advice’. Sarah Caulderwood is ‘sound in her advice and is able to simplify the key issues and the associated risks. She has a direct style which we find really helpful as we know where we stand’. Tracey Guest  specialises in advising on TUPE issues and collective redundancy procedures. Guest has a keen interest in the health sector regularly advising doctors and dentists. The team has extensive experience in the education sector dealing with schools, universities and teachers in addition to its skill in the healthcare sector. Clients include Kids Allowed, Eastwood and Creswell Dental Surgeries as well as Blueberry Therapeutics.

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North West: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Slater Heelis LLP

Helen Brown  heads the department at Slater Heelis LLP  and has a large caseload acting on behalf individuals and trustees. Brown advises on issues ranging from the validity of wills and undue influence to claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. Chris Bishop,  who advises high-net-worth individuals on complex and high-value trust and probate disputes, is ‘approachable and friendly, yet means business when he needs to’. The practice routinely advises on complex disputed wills and trusts as well as on undue influence claims which often involve family companies and businesses.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 2

Slater Heelis LLP

Slater Heelis LLP   fields ‘a first-class team for children and money work’. The ‘very commercial’ Mark Heptinstall heads the team, which includes the ‘technically excellent and client-focused’ Phillip Rhodes, who is an accredited mediator and ‘has a wonderful way of putting clients at ease’. Consultant Kim Aucott  is ‘collaborative – but no pushover’. Newly promoted partner Patricia Robinson is ‘really fantastic, hardworking and an all-round great lawyer’. The team handles the full range of family law services such as advising on matrimonial finance, wealth protection, Schedule 1 Children Act cases as well as children disputes. Clients include sports and media personalities, business owners with complex company structures and high-net-worth individuals.

Leading individuals

Mark Heptinstall - Slater Heelis LLP

Next generation lawyers

Patricia Robinson - Slater Heelis LLP

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North West: Public sector

Health
Health - ranked: tier 2

Slater Heelis LLP

Highlights for Slater Heelis LLP included advising Crook Pharmacy on the sale of its business and assets to AARX Limited and on its associated sale of the property. Indigo Indemnity and FCMS (NW) Ltd are also clients. Practice head Katharine Mellor  and Nicky Collins  are ‘professional and approachable' with ‘up-to-date knowledge and a keen interest in their clients’ issues in the healthcare sector’.

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North West: Real estate

Commercial property: Manchester
Commercial property: Manchester - ranked: tier 4

Slater Heelis LLP

Slater Heelis LLP is commended for its ‘quick response times’ and for its ‘in-depth knowledge’. The team is noted for its experience in residential and mixed-use projects and it also handles real estate finance matters, particularly in relation to security requirements and commercial funding. The team advised a property investor on the sale of a block of flats in Manchester and advised a dairy producer on the acquisition of land for the development of a proposed cheese production facility. Anne Irwin specialises in residential and leisure developments and led advice for P J Livesey Group in relation to the development of a former South Manchester teaching campus into a mixed-use site; and also advised P J Livesey Group, working in partnership with Bruntwood, on a mixed-use development in West Didsbury. Simon Maddox  is noted for his retail sector expertise and associate Victoria Wright  ‘provides a service that is tailored to her clients’ needs’. Will Henson and Edward Michell head the team.

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

Slater Heelis LLP

Slater Heelis LLP is regularly instructed by investor clients on property transactions. It also handles a range of high-profile landlord and tenant matters and is noted for its residential development expertise. The team advised Gino D’Acampo Worldwide Restaurants on the lease for a new restaurant in Liverpool and is advising PJ Livesey Holdings on the let of part of a development to a retailer. It also advised a property investor on the sale of a block of flats  in Manchester and advised a property investor on the acquisition of a mixed-use building in Covent Garden. In Sale, consultant solicitor Edward Michell heads the residential property team; senior partner Mike Fox handles complex landlord and tenant matters and advises on site acquisitions and disposals; Zara Banday is noted for residential property matters; Hannah Al-Shaghana is active across acquisitions and disposals, secured lending and landlord and tenant matters; and Olajide Jay Lafinhan  was recently promoted to partner. Timperley-based Stephen Locke is also noted for residential property work.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 6

Slater Heelis LLP

The ‘excellent’ department at Slater Heelis LLP  is regularly instructed on contentious and non-contentious construction mandates and is particularly experienced in developments in the real estate, education and energy sectors. The team provided DBD with contractual advice regarding tenders for the provision of professional services in the nuclear energy sector and advised Kids Allowed Ltd on the drafting and negotiation of contract documentation relating to the construction of a new nursery in Greater Manchester. GrĆ”p Cynefin instructs the team for contractual advice to this in relation to residential development sites and the team also advised Novo Property Solutions Ltd on the drafting and negotiation of a professional services agreement for a residential development. Consultant Kenneth Salmon is an ‘excellent construction lawyer with great experience’ and associate Matthew Grellier heads the team.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 6

Slater Heelis LLP

Slater Heelis LLP  acts for owner-managed businesses,  property investors, development companies, management companies, individuals and entrepreneurs on dilapidations claims, enfranchisements and boundary and easement disputes. In Manchester associate solicitors Daniel Stern, Tom Christie and Daniel Wise are recommended. Sale-based Helen Brown heads the team.

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