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Slater Heelis LLP

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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 2

Slater Heelis LLP

Slater Heelis LLP advises a wide range of clients including life sciences companies, charities, education, professional services, healthcare, veterinary and entrepreneurial clients. Sale-based Katharine Mellor is adept at handling M&A, reorganisations and partnerships matters, particularly in the SME and OMB space. Associate solicitor Richard Riley, who is also based is Sale, deals with software development, licensing and franchising. Simon Wallwork heads the team from the Manchester office. Jim Tully joined as partner from an in-house position at Co-op.

Practice head(s):Simon Wallwork

Other key lawyers:Katharine Mellor; Richard Riley; Jim Tully

Key Clients

Kids Allowed Limited



Simpson Haugh Architects

Work highlights

  • Completed an acquisition for £1.9m for Windmill Properties and Paddock Inns
  • Represented Tre Ciccio in external investment to fund further expansion of the business.
Leading individuals

Katharine Mellor - Slater Heelis LLP

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

Slater Heelis LLP

Slater Heelis LLP focuses on mid-market M&A and has a particular focus on the life sciences and healthcare sectors. Its entrepreneurial clients include GPs, pharmacists, dentists and vets, with the firm focusing on taking early stage companies through from funding rounds to exits. Simon Wallwork heads the team and specialises in corporate transactional work including acquisitions and disposals. Jim Tully joined as partner from an in-house position at the Co-op.

Practice head(s):Simon Wallwork

Other key lawyers:Nicky Collins; Rhian Owen; Jim Tully

Key Clients

Deutsche Asset Management Limited

Blueberry Therapeutics Limited

Bolton Gate Company Limited

Odyssey Interact Limited

IEG4 Limited

Diono UK Limited

Phoenix Optical Technologies Limited

FCMS (NW) Limited

Imperial Associates & Consulting Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Blueberry Therapeutics on a series A investment by Chinese pharmaceutical company CMS.
  • Advising Deutsche Asset Management on the £10.5m sale of Roydon Mill Marina to Lakeland Leisure.
  • Acted on behalf of the shareholders of the Noisy Drinks Company North West - selling 75% of the issued share capital to its largest customer Vimto for around £10m.
  • Advising shareholders on the £3.5m sale of shares in Trident Fire & Security Group Limited and Trident Security Limited to French company, Scutum International.
  • Advising Phoenix Optical Holdings on the £1.3m acquisition of Orion Photonics.
Leading individuals

Simon Wallwork - 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 represents owner-managed businesses, individuals and entrepreneurs on contractual disputes, construction litigation and public law matters, as well as shareholder, director and warranty disputes and specialist tribunal work. Elizabeth Wilkinson now heads up the team after joining from MLP Law LLP in January 2019, succeeding former practice head Helen Brown, who moved over to Paris Smith LLP.

Practice head(s):Elizabeth Wilkinson

Other key lawyers:Chris Bishop; Sunil Mohindra; Tom Christie; Daniel Wise


Very professional yet approachable’.

Chris Bishop works hard, is very knowledgeable and offers guidance in a straightforward manner’.

Key Clients


P J Livesey Group

Feltham Group

Work highlights

  • Dispute with and defending claim brought by Costcutter Supermarkets Group and related warranty claim under a sale and purchase agreement.
  • Ongoing matter relating to a claim resulting from bad workmanship in respect of a project valued in excess of £150,000  and the claim for outstanding monies due to the builder.
  • Claim in respect of unpaid commissions and attempts by the defendant to hide sales figures and divert business through third parties.

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North West: Human resources

Employment - ranked: tier 4

Slater Heelis LLP

Slater Heelis LLP's specialisms in the employment space include matters relating to TUPE and collective redundancies. The team, under the leadership of 'calm, professional and approachable' practice head Tracey Guest, has a strong reputation in the education sector, acting for schools, universities and teachers. On the contentious side, the department routinely acts for clients in the healthcare sector such as GP surgeries, dental surgeries and pharmacies.

Practice head(s):Tracey Guest

Other key lawyers:Sarah Calderwood; Helen Frankland; Daniel Wise; Lucy Flynn


'Extremely knowledgeable and professional but also very approachable. They understand issues from an employer's perspective and give sound, practical advice. Any documentation produced is always of a very high standard - they are well organised and thorough.'

'Tracey Guest is calm and professional but also very approachable and easy to get on with. She always responds in a timely fashion and has an excellent eye for detail and gives practical advice. She understands the employer's perspective as well as the legal issues.'

'Tracey Guest really knows her subject area. This in turn gives me 100% confidence when dealing with any of her specialist areas.'

'Tracey Guest is very professional and provided high quality advice.'

Key Clients

Blueberry Therapeutics Limited

Matrix Telematics Limited

Angela Mortimer Plc

The Seashell Trust

Eastwood and Creswell Dental Surgeries Limited

Greenhalgh’s Craft Bakery Limited

P J Livesey Holdings Limited

Elle R Leisure Limited

Kids Allowed Limited

Scapa Group Plc

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North West: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Slater Heelis LLP

At Slater Heelis LLP, managing partner Chris Bishop advises high-net-worth individuals on complex and high-value trust and probate disputes, with the wider team acting for clients including executors and administrators. Former team head Helen Brown left to join Paris Smith LLP at the end of 2018.

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Family - ranked: tier 2

Slater Heelis LLP

Slater Heelis LLP's family team, which 'packs a punch in the local market', handles a broad range of work including matrimonial finance and disputes involving children and property. Key clients include sports and media personalities, business owners with complex company structures, CEOs and high-net-worth individuals. Mark Heptinstall heads the family department and specialises in high-net-worth complex cases, 'fighting his client's corner without compromise'. Patricia Robinson is also recommended for her 'good judgement' on cases, particularly for difficult children disputes, and her work is 'always meticulous'.

Practice head(s):Mark Heptinstall


'A first rate family team for divorce, children and financial matters. Strong leadership and a true team ethos permeates the department and you get a real sense of how committed each and every member of the team is across the board. Colleagues value their clients as individuals and one another and what they bring to the table.'

'Slater Heelis pack a punch in the local market beyond the size of their team. They are highly regarded, impressively well managed and yet manage to ensure that clients are provided with sensible and realistic advice, to avoid litigation for litigation's sake.'

'Tricia Robinson is a top calibre matrimonial finance lawyer, normally working on high end and difficult cases. Tricia has excellent people skills and her work is always meticulous: a pleasure to work with.'

'Patricia Robinson is fantastic. Knowledgeable, supportive, went beyond and above everything required. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her.'

'Phillip Rhodes is a rising star. He has an extremely strong work ethic, delivers and excellent service to clients without any compromise. His preparation is meticulous and approach is measured.'

'Mark Heptinstall is a force to be reckoned with - he fights his client's corner without compromise.'

'Patricia Robinson delivers an excellent service. She has good judgement and is very approachable.'

Leading individuals

Mark Heptinstall - Slater Heelis LLP

Next Generation Partners

Patricia Robinson - Slater Heelis LLP

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North West: Public sector

Health - ranked: tier 2

Slater Heelis LLP

Slater Heelis LLP  has a 'cohesive team of specialists' and is best known for its ability to provide corporate and commercial advice to medical partnerships, dental practitioners and pharmacy owners. It regularly provides partnership advice for GPs and dentists, advises on GP mergers, and advises on the acquisition and disposal of pharmacy businesses, dental practices and health centres. Advising primary care sector clients on corporate governance is also a key area of expertise, as is property and employment work. Team head Nicky Collins  is 'exceptional in combining a very professional but approachable persona' and Simon Wallwork handles acquisitions and disposals and has experience in the life sciences and bio-medical sectors.

Practice head(s):Nicky Collins

Other key lawyers:Simon Wallwork; Katharine Mellor; Sunil Mohindra


'It has seamless interdepartmental communication and support rather than individual departments of a large corporate.'

'The team has a personal touch and provides an excellent level of client care.'

'Nicky Collins is an authority regarding the contractual and commercial aspects of healthcare provisions.'


Key Clients

Erewash Health Partnership

Solihull Healthcare Partnership


Perdita Singh-Kavanagh and Naresh Singh – Lafford Chemist Co. Ltd

Blueberry Therapeutics

Chorley Central Collaborative Group

Indigo Indemnity

Mark Flett

Coward Pharmacy

London & Hertfordshire Respiratory Diagnostics

Work highlights

  • Advised Erewash Health Partnership on the merger of 10 GP practices into a 'hub and spoke' super-partnership.
  • Advised Solihull Healthcare Partnership on the merger of four GP Partnerships into a 'hub and spoke' super-partnership.
  • Acted for the shareholders of Lafford Co on the sale and the lease of the premises from which the pharmacy operates.
  • Advised on the sale of the entire issued share capital of the Cromer House Dental Practice and the practice premises.
  • Advised on the creation of a new Chorley Central Collaborative Group collaborative company.

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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

Slater Heelis LLP

Slater Heelis LLP handles landlord and tenant matters for high-profile clients and is instructed on property transactions by investors. Residential development work is also a key area of focus for the department. Mike Fox handles complex landlord and tenant matters as well as site acquisitions and disposals; Zara Banday and Stephen Locke stand out for their experience in residential property transactions; Olajide Jay Lafinhan handles commercial and residential work; and Hannah Al-Shaghana is instructed by leisure and education sector clients. Will Henson in Manchester heads the team.

Practice head(s):Will Henson

Other key lawyers:Mike Fox; Zara Banday; Stephen Locke; Hannah Al-Shaghana; Olajide Jay Lafinhan; Lucy Porter


The team is flexible, helpful and diligent.

Mike Fox is superb, helpful, thoughtful and genuinely looks after the client's long term interests.

The team is extremely efficient, diligent and quick to respond.

Lucy Porter is extremely diligent and quick.

Key Clients

Gino D’Acampo Worldwide Restaurants

Tre Ciccio Altrincham

Tre Ciccio Holdings

Tre Ciccio (Bramhall)

Upper Brook Investments

Esprit Warehousing

Work highlights

  • Advised Gino D`Acampo Worldwide Restaurants on the lease for new restaurant premises on Temple Row Birmingham.  
  • Advised Tre Ciccio Altrincham on lease matters relating to the purchase of an existing restaurant business.  
  • Advised Tre Ciccio Ramsbottom  as a tenant taking a new lease of a new site, to open a second Tre Ciccio restaurant.
  • Advised Upper Brook Investments on its re-finance of 23 apartments at Q3 Development, Hyde Grove, Manchester to Lloyds Bank.
  • Advised Esprit Warehousing on a strategically important 10 year lease.
Next Generation Partners

Hannah Al-Shaghana - Slater Heelis LLP

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

Slater Heelis LLP

Slater Heelis LLP is regularly instructed on residential development matters and acts for a number of national developer clients; recently promoted partner Nicola Deutsch heads the residential property development team. The team also advises on real estate developments in the leisure sector and handles a range of retail sector real estate work. The team has a burgeoning real estate finance practice. Will Henson leads the team.

Practice head(s):Will Henson

Other key lawyers:Nicola Deutsch; Anne Irwin; Simon Maddox


'The team is very knowledgeable and helpful, and is always willing to give advice when difficult matters arise.'


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Construction - ranked: tier 6

Slater Heelis LLP

Slater Heelis LLP renders non-contentious construction advice across the real estate, hotel, civil and structural engineering and education sectors. The team is also adept at contentious matters and regularly advises on dispute avoidance as well as adjudication and arbitration proceedings. Consultant solicitor Kenneth Salmon is 'very experienced and knowledgeable'and associate Matthew Grellier, who is an 'effective communicator', heads the construction and engineering team.

Practice head(s):Matthew Grellier

Other key lawyers:Kenneth Salmon


'Kenneth Salmon is calm and persuasive.'

'The team has a high-quality and consistent approach.'

'Matthew Grellier goes above and beyond to provide support and he provides expert advice despite extremely tight timescales.'


Key Clients

Rochdale Borough Council

Grŵp Cynefin

Novo Property Solutions

ADT Workplace

Endeavour Multi Academy Trust


Work highlights

  • Advised Rochdale Borough Council on the contract documentation relating to the redevelopment of Rochdale Town Hall Square.
  • Provided contractual advice to Grŵp Cynefin in relation to residential development sites.
  • Advised Novo Property Solutions on professional appointments in relation to a residential development.
  • Advised ADT Workplace on contracts at tender stage.
  • Advised on the drafting of construction contracts for Endeavour Multi Academy Trust regarding roof repair and refurbishment work at Wightwick Hall School.
Leading individuals

Kenneth Salmon - Slater Heelis LLP

Rising stars

Matthew Grellier - Slater Heelis LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 5

Slater Heelis LLP

Slater Heelis LLP  stands out for its ability to 'understand the client's business'. The team acts for UK and overseas clients on a range of residential and commercial property disputes.  It is regularly engaged on advisory work, high-value disputes and landlord and tenant disputes. Recently promoted partner Daniel Stern heads the team. Chris Bishop is also a key figure.

Practice head(s):Daniel Stern

Other key lawyers:Chris Bishop


The team has the determination to get to know the client's expectations and requirements

The team has the ability to think outside the box, and has 'terrier'-like determination to achieve a successful result for the client

Daniel Stern is a go-to person for his leasehold and contract law knowledge; his ability to grasp an issue quickly is quite outstanding, and he cuts to the chase effectively

Key Clients

CERT Property

The Feltham Group

PJ Livesey Group


Work highlights

  • Represented CERT Properties in obtaining vacant possession of a large multi-let, mixed-use office and leisure building in Manchester City Centre for redevelopment.

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