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Slater Heelis LLP

OAKLANDS HOUSE, 2ND FLOOR SUITE 2, 34 WASHWAY ROAD, SALE, M33 6FS, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0161 969 3131
Fax:
Fax 0161 975 3824
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19261 SALE 1
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Web:
www.slaterheelis.co.uk

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 (Sale)

The β€˜tremendously efficient’ team at Slater Heelis LLP delivers β€˜prompt responses’ and has β€˜good technical knowledge’. The team is experienced in the bio-tech, education, leisure and healthcare sectors; in an illustration of its bio-tech expertise, the team advised a personal medical device producer on the granting of an option to acquire up to 20% of its issued share capital. It also acted for the minority shareholders of Aflex Hose on the sale of all the shares in the company to a trade buyer, Spirax Sarco Investments. It also advised Elle R Leisure on the acquisition of a boutique hotel and events venue. Katharine Mellor’s β€˜breadth of knowledge and experience allows her to deliver advice in a structured and understandable way’. Geoffrey Blower recently retired.

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

The β€˜technically able’ team at Slater Heelis LLP is β€˜very strong’ in the life sciences sector and also acts for a wide range of digital and telecoms companies. Healthcare matters are also central to the practice; its track record in this area includes advising GPs, pharmacists and dentists on acquisition and disposal work. Highlights included advising Mabion on its €40m disposal to Mylan; assisting the independent directors and financial advisers of ANS Group on its Β£65m takeover; and acting for Intercytex on its $40m sale to Ember Therapeutics. Orbit Healthcare, Blueberry Therapeutics and Deutsche Bank are also clients. The the team is jointly headed by the β€˜organised’ Katharine Mellor and β€˜experienced’ Simon Wallwork, who has a β€˜great reputation’. Mellor is particularly experienced in medical and dental partnerships, and Wallwork is known for corporate transactional instructions. Sunil Mohindra is focused on cross-border transactions, particularly between the UK and India, and Nicky Collins is experienced in the health and education sectors. Associate Rhian Owen is also recommended.

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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 (Sale)

The β€˜well-managed and professional’ team at Slater Heelis LLP has β€˜the interests of the client at the heart of its ethos’ and has β€˜great awareness of practical and tactical considerations’. It acts predominantly for owner-managed businesses, individuals and entrepreneurs on a range of matters, from debt recovery through to high-value contract claims, partnership and shareholder disputes, professional negligence, construction cases, IP disputes, and contentious wills and probate matters. Highlights included acting for Hofler Global in a cross-border dispute relating to the sale of goods to a UK company, and defending Advanced VOIP Solutions in an enforcement notice relating to alleged automated marketing calls. Greenhalgh’s Craft Bakery, Angela Mortimer, Euro Car Parts and State Bank of India are also clients. The β€˜excellent’ Helen Brown heads the β€˜user-friendly’ team, which includes β€˜first-class’managing partner Chris Bishop and associate Pritham Raj, whose β€˜knowledge of the law and procedure regularly enables his clients to gain a tactical advantage over the opponent’.

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North West: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 5

Slater Heelis LLP (Sale)

Clients of Slater Heelis LLP single out the β€˜commercial’ Tracey Guest for her ability to β€˜think like clients and not just like a lawyer’; and Sarah Calderwood, who has a particular specialism in injunctive relief for the enforcement of restrictive covenants and provides β€˜jargon-free explanations and comprehensive advice’. The β€˜excellent’ team has extensive experience in the education sector and has a growing profile in the healthcare sector. Clients include The Seashell Trust and Manchester Communication Primary Academy.

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North West: Insurance

Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 3

Slater Heelis LLP (Sale)

Slater Heelis LLP advises claimants in claims against a wide range of professionals such as solicitors, accountants, financial advisers and engineers. Helen Brown is skilled at handling high-value claims and associate Daniel Stern is experienced in property related negligence claims.

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North West: Private client

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

Slater Heelis LLP (Manchester, Sale)

Slater Heelis LLP has a β€˜well-established’ team under the leadership of Helen Brown, who is an β€˜experienced and tough litigator with excellent client-care skills’. The practice mainly advises high-net-worth individuals, executors and trustees on matters such as invalid wills, undue influence and promissory/proprietary estoppel. It also advises on complex trusts, insolvent estates and the removal of trustees.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 2

Slater Heelis LLP (Manchester, Sale)

Slater Heelis LLP is a β€˜reputable and well-established firm that provides practical and well-thought-through advice’. The β€˜excellent’ Mark Heptinstall heads the department and is β€˜very sensitive to clients’ needs and expectations’. Also recommended are newly promoted partner Phillip Rhodes and consultant Kim Aucott, who is β€˜capable and brilliant at finding practical solutions’. The team was joined by associate Patricia Robinson from Slater and Gordon; she is β€˜knowledgeable, commercial and superb at cutting to the chase’. It advises on the full spectrum of family law issues, from matrimonial finance and Schedule 1 Children Act cases to disputes under the Inheritance Act. It also advises on wealth protection.

Next generation lawyers

Patricia Robinson - Slater Heelis LLP

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North West: Public sector

Health
Health - ranked: tier 2

Slater Heelis LLP (Manchester, Sale)

Slater Heelis LLP has a β€˜supportive team that provides prompt and timely advice and responses’. The team is led by the β€˜excellent’ Katharine Mellor, who is β€˜very efficient’ and includes the β€˜outstanding’ Nicky Collins, who joined from Browne Jacobson LLP. Collins β€˜misses nothing in negotiations and communicates to all concerned in a very effective, diplomatic and tactful way’. The team is recommended for its primary care work and for its track record in pharmacy acquisitions and disposals, in addition to the acquisition and disposal of properties for GPs and health centres. It is also skilled at litigation in the healthcare sector. The department acted for Polish listed company Mabion SA on the sale of its biosimilar asset. In another matter it advised Intercytex on the sale of its business, assets and undertaking in an advanced regenerative medicine project. Other key clients include Blueberry Therapeutics and Embankment Primary Care.

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North West: Real estate

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

Slater Heelis LLP (Sale, Timperley)

Slater Heelis LLP fields an β€˜approachable’ and β€˜very user-friendly’ team of β€˜skilled professionals’ that is noted for its banking and financial sector expertise, particularly in relation to commercial lending. The team is also adept at residential matters, and has a particular focus on advising high-net-worth clients. Highlights included acting for a blue-chip insurance company on the purchase of an iconic building in Liverpool for its new UK headquarters, and advising Orange Grove Developments on the purchase of a proposed residential development in Manchester. The team also advised a property investment company on the purchase of Kings Way Business Centre. Clients applaud the team’s ability to β€˜talk in layman’s terms to get the message across’, and single out the β€˜exceptional’ Mike Fox for commercial matters; Edward Michell, who heads the residential property team; and Hannah Al-Shaghana, who handles a range of acquisitions, disposals, secured lending and landlord and tenant matters. Zara Banday and Stephen Locke are recommended for residential property matters. Associate Olajide Jay Lafinhan is also noted.

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

Slater Heelis LLP

Slater Heelis LLP’s β€˜very experienced’ team advises on residential property developments and handles a range of banking and finance matters in relation to security requirements and commercial funding. Will Henson advised a property investor and Coutts Bank on the Β£3.2m refinancing of a substantial residential property portfolio; and acted for a property investor on a Β£1.5m refinancing of its commercial portfolio. Anne Irwin heads the residential property development team and advised Land & Lakes (Anglesey) on the Β£4.6m acquisition of a 600-acre site for a residential, leisure and mixed-use development. Simon Maddox joined the team from Gateley Plc in January 2017.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 6

Slater Heelis LLP (Sale)

Slater Heelis LLP has β€˜a great amount of experience’ and handles property-related construction work for residential, commercial and industrial developments, as well as construction arbitration and building and engineering adjudication. Consultant Kenneth Salmon, who has a track record in contentious and non-contentious construction and engineering projects, is β€˜truly on top of his game’; he is β€˜great with clients, has very good knowledge and is an excellent tactician’. Senior associate Matthew Grellier, who recently joined from Squire Patton Boggs, handles contentious construction matters in the urban development, energy and transport sectors, and also advises on construction documentation for residential and mixed-use developments. Helen Brown heads the team.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 6

Slater Heelis LLP (Manchester, Sale)

Slater Heelis LLP handles a range of property disputes including dilapidations, options, residential block management issues, contested lease renewals, and commercial and residential landlord and tenant instructions. North Tower Residents Management and Heart Property Management are clients. Managing partner Chris Bishop heads the team, which includes associate solicitors Daniel Stern, who recently joined from Kuit Steinart Levy LLP, and Daniel Wise.

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