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KBL Solicitors LLP
New Mansion House
63-65 Chorley New Road

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the North West Tier 3

KBL Solicitors LLP represents shareholders, directors, and associated mid-sized businesses in an array of complex commercial disputes, including owner managed businesses on shareholder and partnership disputes, director and shareholder duties and obligations, liquidations, and contractual disagreements. Bolton-based Michael Slater leads the team, and specialises in commercial litigation, with Blackburn's Greg Gardner-Boyes also offering extensive experience in a variety of disputes.

Practice head(s):

Michael Slater; Greg Gardner-Boyes


‘Their in-depth inquiry into my case enabled me to become confident relative to their representation. ’

‘The partner in charge of my case Michael Slater was both approachable, available and very professional.’

‘Partner had a good in depth knowledge of the law and quickly developed a plan of attack in relation to my litigation case.’

‘Mike Slater was easy to talk to and we developed a good relationship.’

‘Very-well respected by other firms and counsel. A good team which is always on top of its cases and cares for the clients. ’

‘Greg Gardner-Boyes – he attracts good work due to a fantastic level of client service coupled with formidable legal and tactical knowledge. Always willing to fight the client’s corner.’

Employment > Employment: employee/union firms Tier 3

Under the leadership of Sarah Collier, KBL Solicitors LLP advises on employment tribunal claims including unfair dismissal, equal pay, discrimination and whistleblowing.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the North West Tier 4

Private client > Family Tier 4

KBL Solicitors LLP experienced some turnover in its team this year, as practice head Victoria Melling departed the firm in December 2020, with associate Ceri Thomas taking over the lead role in the team. Under Thomas, the team continues to have a wide practice, with recent work including financial remedy disputes, Children Act proceedings, and separations involving allegations of abuse.

Practice head(s):

Ceri Thomas


‘The communication was clear and concise. The billing was clear and split clearly on each invoice, I was billed monthly which assisted me in my financial planning’

‘I was recommended to use KBL by a previous customer, they used the same service as myself. The recommendation was worth it, the advice was clear and helped me greatly personally.’

‘A progressive team who always meet client expectations.’

Employment Tier 5

Bolton-based KBL Solicitors LLP provides contentious and non-contentious employment law advice to clients from sectors including heavy industry, hospitality and consumer goods. The team is led by Sarah Collier, who was promoted to partner in April 2020. The practice's non-contentious work included advising clients on accessing the furlough scheme, while in tribunal it represented employers facing claims of race, disability and gender discrimination, as well as unfair dismissal.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Collier


‘I feel working alongside Sarah Collier for a number of years, we seem to share the same values. This then helps us to align with what is the right thing to do, with of course the legal background ensuring compliance at all times. I like the fact that Sarah is very open minded. She listens and understands what we are trying to achieve. Sarah is very knowledgable in her area of expertise and I have the utmost trust in her to guide my role and the business in a safe and legally compliant way.’

‘Always prepared to listen and work with you as individuals rather than just another client. Very caring approach and always goes over and above. Truly professional approach where things are dealt with in a timely manner, never have to wait or chase for answers.’

‘Sarah Collier is great on practical advice and solutions to seemingly intractable problems.’

‘Sarah Collier has been brilliant, doesn’t burden you in legal jargon, and explains things in common sense, easy to understand ways.’

‘Sarah Collier’s knowledge is amazing, Sarah always listens to the issue and then researches the issues and comes back within a couple of hours with various options.’

‘The Employment team at KBL have produced some outstanding work for us. Bespoke advice in an unprecedented pandemic has allowed us to continue to provide our services.’

‘Sarah Collier has a no-nonsense, direct approach. Sarah is confident, capable and provides an outstanding service. I have come to rely on Sarah for a wide range of niche issues. ’

‘The whole team have been a fantastic support throughout the whole process where we have required their help. Their personal approach has been incredibly reassuring meaning everything was clear and easily understandable from the very outset. ’

KBL Solicitors offers a straight-talking, no-nonsense approach to law and prides itself on providing a city-centre service from a local base at competitive prices – without compromising the high quality of the work.

The firm: Kippax Beaumont Lewis was formed in November 1985 as a result of a merger between Lewis & Co and Kippax Beaumont. Since then, KBL has gone from strength to strength and now has a sizable team and an extensive and prestigious client base. The firm works closely with clients, who have direct access to partners, building strong relationships. This accessibility has earned KBL a reputation for effectiveness, efficiency and flexibility.

Types of work undertaken: With offices in Bolton and Blackburn, the practice offers a full range of services, with dedicated departments specialising in commercial litigation, commercial property, corporate and commercial, Insolvency, employment, residential property, divorce and family law, wills, trusts, tax and probate.

Commercial litigation: City-trained Michael Slater specialises in complex commercial disputes and heads up a team which is well regarded as one of the most experienced commercial litigation teams outside the centre of Manchester with a reputation for combining their technically excellent advice with a pragmatic and commercial approach. The team advise on all aspects of commercial litigation with a particular emphasis on the banking and financial services industry. Other specialisms include partnership / shareholder / contractual disputes, insolvency, property litigation and contracts.

Commercial property: Partner, Debbie Roberts, heads up KBL’s commercial property team who have substantial experience of dealing with all aspects of commercial property work. The department is well-versed in commercial lease procedures acting on behalf of both landlords and tenants and has particular expertise in acting for commercial investors and developers.

Corporate and commercial: the growing corporate and commercial team advises both individuals and businesses, providing initial advice on the structure of a business, share issues and management restructuring, cash injections, growth and development through to negotiations and completion on a sale or merger. The department deals with companies ranging from owner-managed businesses and multiple retailers to sole traders and specialises in corporate transactions, commercial contracts, MBOs and MBIs, joint ventures, restructuring and partnerships. The team also advise numerous sports clubs and sporting organisations on constitutional and governance matters.

Employment: Sarah Collier heads up the department which specialises in employment law advice for employers and senior executive employees with experience in both contentious and non-contentious fields advising on a broad spectrum of employment law issues. Sarah has a particular interest in complex discrimination cases including disability with expertise and experience advising on cancer in the workplace. The department continues to act for SMEs, providing clear, commercial advice and HR assistance to allow business owners to concentrate on running their business. Specialist areas include sexual harassment, discrimination, unfair dismissal, whistleblowing, restrictive covenants, TUPE, drafting director /executive service agreements including restrictive covenants and enforcement in the high court.

Insolvency: KBLs Insolvency team is well regarded as a niche insolvency department with diverse experience gaining work across the country with particular focus on NW clients. Department Head, Kathryn Maclennan has 20 years’ experience in the field acting for insolvency practitioners, debtors, directors, local authorities and providing technical advice to regulatory bodies. Kathryn joined KBL in May 2019 as Partner and Head of Insolvency and deals with all aspects of insolvency issues including bankruptcy, liquidations, individual voluntary arrangements, and advice to creditors.  She is an associate member of R3 – which is the Association of Business Recovery Professionals.  Kathryn regularly writes for professional publications in the field of insolvency.

Residential property: the experienced residential property team, led by partner David Johnson provides a professional and personal service, acting quickly and efficiently to meet clients’ needs. The team acts on behalf of numerous developer clients in connection to the sales/acquisition of large sites for residential development. The residential conveyancing team has secured membership of the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme: the mark of excellence for the home buying process.

Matrimonial and family: the family team have a recognised reputation for advising high-net-worth clients in matrimonial proceedings and dealing with highly complex financial settlements. With unrivalled expertise in the family law arena the team who are well versed in the financial aspects of relationship breakdown and advise in relation to all matters arising from a relationship, including forward planning prior to cohabitation or marriage such as pre-nups and cohabitation agreements, together with issues arising from a relationship breakdown for married and unmarried couples and are well equipped to deal with complex financial issues, including resolving finances port-separation, Children Act cases and protection from domestic abuse.

Wills, trusts, tax and probate: The department provides expertise to a wide range of clients, from private individuals looking for lifetime tax planning advice, deeds of variation and lasting powers of attorney or the elderly worried about making sensible provision for their own and their families’ future, to charities and those with considerable sums to invest. Partner, Maria Lonergan heads up the team and deals with a full range of private client matters including wills; trusts; probate and estate administration; tax and estate planning (pre and post death); asset protection; Court of Protection matters (deputyship and ancillary applications) and powers of attorney. Maria is a fully qualified member of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP) and  a specialist in contentious trust and estate matters to include contentious probate; post-death estate claims/family disputes and trust disputes/litigation.

Residential Property David Johnsondjohnson@kbl.co.uk01204 527777
Commercial property Debbie Robertsdroberts@kbl.co.uk01204 527777
Corporate and commercial Anneka Traynoratraynor@kbl.co.uk01204 527777
Commercial litigation Michael Slatermslater@kbl.co.uk01204 527777
Commercial Greg Gardener-Boyesggardener-boyes@kbl.co.uk01254 268790
Family Law Amy Dawberadawber@kbl.co.uk01204 527777
Insolvency Kathryn Maclennankmaclennan@kbl.co.uk01254 268790
Wills, Trusts & Probate Maria Lonerganmlonergan@kbl.co.uk01204 527777
Employment Sarah Collierscollier@kbl.co.uk01204 527777
Mr Zaheer Ahmed  photo Mr Zaheer Ahmed Solicitor specialising in property transactions, Zaheer advises individuals, companies and lenders regarding…
Miss Sarah Collier  photo Miss Sarah Collier Sarah has practiced exclusively in employment law since qualifying in 2009 and…
Miss Amy Dawber  photo Miss Amy Dawber Amy deals with all aspects of relationship breakdown including advising and negotiating…
Miss Gillian Hindle  photo Miss Gillian Hindle Commercial Property Partner dealing with all aspects of commercial property work on…
Mr Nick Horsfall  photo Mr Nick Horsfall Consultant – specialising in commercial and residential property as well as property-related…
Mr David Johnson  photo Mr David Johnson Partner and head of residential property. David advises builders and developers on…
Miss Amera Karim Nazib  photo Miss Amera Karim Nazib Amera deals with all aspects of Divorce & Family Law with particular…
Miss Maria Lonergan  photo Miss Maria Lonergan Partner, Maria Lonergan heads up the firms Wills, Trusts & Probate department…
Ms Debbie Roberts  photo Ms Debbie Roberts Partner and head of commercial property, Debbie has substantial experience of dealing…
Mrs Sarah Sayers  photo Mrs Sarah Sayers Sarah is an Associate (FCILEx) in our Property team, specialising in residential…
Mr Jonathan Shorrock  photo Mr Jonathan Shorrock Consultant. Jonathan Specialises in a broad range of corporate transactions including mergers…
Mr Michael Slater  photo Mr Michael Slater Partner and experienced commercial litigator. Specialist areas include partnership/shareholder/contractual disputes, professional negligence,…
Mr Philip Stephenson  photo Mr Philip Stephenson Consultant, Phil Stephenson specialises in corporate transactions, commercial contracts, management buy outs/ins,…
Mr Christopher Taylor  photo Mr Christopher Taylor Partner specialising in Wills, Trusts & Probate matters.
Mrs Anneka Traynor  photo Mrs Anneka Traynor Associate Solicitor – Anneka specialises in corporate transactions, terms & conditions of…
Number of UK partners : 9
Number of other UK fee-earners : 14
STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners)
Resolution Accredited with particular specialisms in Children Law and Private
Law Society

CLIENT: Michael James
COMPANY/FIRM: James Industrial Ltd
TESTIMONIAL: I’ve dealt with KBL and Debbie Roberts for many years and have always found them to be on the ball. Debbie’s expertise in property law has been vital to my business, she is an excellent communicator, very responsive and always gives me clear, concise advice. The professional relationship I have with KBL is invaluable and I would have no hesitation in recommending KBL to businesses and individuals alike.

CLIENT: Ben Smith
COMPANY/FIRM: Pierce Business Advisory & Accountancy Group
TESTIMONIAL: I have known and worked closely with Greg Gardner-Boyes for many years. Greg is an extremely effective solicitor with the ability to grasp complex situations quickly and get the job done. He is a results driven, hands-on partner, specialising in litigation and corporate matters. Greg and the team at KBL provide a high level, professional and personal service to its clients to rival any city centre practice.

CLIENT: David & Kerry Shuttleworth
TESTIMONIAL: We came to see Maria to discuss our Wills and provision for our families. Our matter was not as straightforward as we first thought but Maria explained the issues in a way which was easy to understand, she was helpful, friendly and professional and was able to put our minds at ease. Maria kept us up to date on progress at all times and I believe offers good value when you consider the work that went into producing the Wills and associated documents. We were particularly grateful for Maria’s understanding and explanations of the whole process and the “what happens if” scenarios.

CLIENT: Melanie & Ken
TESTIMONIAL: We came to KBL with a very complex and difficult issue and Michael Slater provided us both with the energy and belief in the case which enveloped our lives. Our worry, stress and sleepless nights could well have decided the case, but Michael gave us hope and professional skill and analysis. His focus on the issues and facts surrounding those issues was instrumental to our case and without his skill and attention we would not have survived as a family, now looking forward. One more observation, Michael is a caring, approachable and thoroughly nice man. We would not hesitate to recommend him and his very supportive staff.

TESTIMONIAL: I have used various Solicitors in KBL for many years and not only do they deliver, they do it with great work ethic and customer service. I would have no misgivings recommending their services. I would also personally like to thank Kathryn Maclennan (Insolvency Partner). The service provided has been second to none!

CLIENT: Judith Callow
COMPANY/FIRM: Willaston Physio & Sports Rehab
TESTIMONIAL: I was introduced to Sarah through a colleague in the physio world. I needed help with some agreements for my self-employed staff. Service was efficient and the required agreements sorted quickly and professionally. I am happy to recommend the service and will use KBL again.

CLIENT: Mr & Mrs Hales
TESTIMONIAL: Myself and my wife have sold two properties and Zaheer has been acting for us in both matters. I am writing to let you know how impressed and pleased we are with the professionalism of his work and also his general, friendly nature. His advice has been invaluable. It has been an absolute pleasure working with Zaheer and we are so glad that he is acting for us in a property purchase. He is a credit to your practice.

TESTIMONIAL: I had complete faith in Amy Dawber from our very first conversation. She really put me at ease, and I found her to be professional and knowledgeable, she picked up a complex and sensitive case halfway through and managed to get things sorted effectively and quickly. Amy was clear on costs throughout, very responsive and always returned my calls. KBL’s offices at Chorley New Road are lovely and welcoming, and on each occasion I visited I found the whole team to be helpful and polite. Following my experience, I have already recommended KBL to my parents in the knowledge that they’ll be looked after as well as I was.

CLIENT: Stephen Wall
TESTIMONIAL: Philip Stephenson and Anneka Traynor are very good at keeping you in touch with what is going on and generally shepherding you through the obstacles and unfamiliar processes that are required when selling your business. I found Philip to be very professional, approachable and able to communicate in terms I could understand. I have to say both Philip and Anneka showed great patience when answering my at times obvious (to them) questions. Make no mistake, as Philip told me at the outset, “You will be pleased when it is completed” and I was! If you have a choice – I recommend you go with KBL.

CLIENT: Mr John O’Brien
TESTIMONIAL: You kept me completely up to date and informed of the process, you always take my calls or I receive a prompt reply or email, clear pricing, extremely polite, approachable and professional manner. As you are aware, I have been in business for 30 plus years and have used various legal services from time to time. We are very happy with your service and pricing, we will be happy to use your services in the future.

CLIENT: Mr Lancaster
TESTIMONIAL: From start to finish Maria Lonergan was outstanding. Firstly, in preparing my late mother’s Will and then concluding the probate with great efficiency. Her depth of knowledge and situations and likely outcomes is very impressive, the property sale was expertly handled by David Johnson with the same customer focused approach. Our family could not have been better served and I have no hesitation in giving the strongest possible recommendation of their services.

CLIENT: Ismail Limbada
TESTIMONIAL: I instructed KBL in relation to a complex Employment matter. Sarah Collier is highly experienced in Employment Law. The client care provided by Sarah Collier and her assistant Sarah Taylor was exceptional and went over and beyond my expectations in the matter. A pragmatic approach was taken in the matter and I achieved the conclusion I was hoping for. Would definitely recommend KBL Solicitors.

CLIENT: Annie Boland CEO
COMPANY/FIRM: P&A Medical ltd
TESTIMONIAL: Although we expressed our appreciation to you for your help and guidance, we wish to formally register our thanks in writing. From the beginning of the transaction to complete the sale of our business premises, Gillian Hindle at KBL was always available to discuss any developments both by phone or email. As matters progressed, and became somewhat stressful, her advice and reassurance was particularly appreciated, leading to the successful conclusion of the sale. In addition, we always felt that our matter was given priority as important individual clients. Thank you once again for your professionalism. We wouldn’t have any hesitation in recommending KBL’s services.

CLIENT: Jane Brown
TESTIMONIAL: I would like to thank KBL, and in particular, Amy Dawber for all of her help and support with my divorce. Amy made the process so much easier over the last few months and I cannot thank her enough for making a situation that had become incredibly stressful so much more bearable, thank you truly.

CLIENT: Mr John Hooper
TESTIMONIAL: I just wanted to thank KBL Solicitors for all their support with the sale and purchase of our house. Sarah was supportive every step of the way giving honest advice as well as engaging with all parties and taking the stress of moving away from ourselves. As well as being competitively priced the service given was always professional. Again, thanks Sarah and the team for your service and support.