Firm Profile > Aaron & Partners LLP > Chester, England

Aaron & Partners LLP

Agriculture and estates Tier 1

Aaron & Partners LLP acts for partners and shareholders in farming and other agriculture related businesses on partnership and shareholder disputes, while also advising on the development of agricultural land and the acquisition of land for utility projects. The practice is led by real estate head Simon Ellis, who works alongside planning, energy, environmental and regulatory head David Harries. One of the team's particular areas of expertise is the development of land for mineral exploitation and waste management, as well as renewable energy projects.

Key clients

Dŵr Cymru Cyfyngedig (Welsh Water)

Mostyn Estates

Denbighshire County Council

Chester Zoo

Chester Diocesan Board of Finance

John Holford Charity

Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the North West Tier 1

Aaron & Partners LLP is adept at handling disputes relating to shareholders, partnerships, corporate transactions, contracts, restrictive covenants, property and professional negligence, and the firm has recently begun to secure roles on an increasing amount of international cases. Clients come from a variety of sectors including energy, transport and warehousing. Nick Clarke heads the team; David Mann and John Devoy are also recommended. Stephen Taylor joined as partner from Beswicks.

Key clients

South Gloucestershire Council

Knights of Old Limited

Dŵr Cymru Ltd (t/a Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water)

Sanderson Plc

Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the North West Tier 1

Aaron & Partners LLP's Chester-based corporate and commercial team focuses on the Manchester, Cheshire and North Wales regions, as well as working with national and overseas clients. Clients include owner managed businesses (OMBs), venture capitalists, banks and angel investors. Areas of expertise include commercial and corporate transactions, acquisitions and commercial sales contracts. Stuart Scott-Goldstone  heads the team; senior partner Simon Edwards and newly-promoted partner Jamie Hawley are also recommended.   The firm recently expanded by opening an office at Manchester’s Airport City.

Key clients

Illingworth Seddon

Knights of Old

Blue Prism Ltd


Commercial property: elsewhere in the North West Tier 2

Aaron & Partners LLP stands out for its expertise across ecclesiastical property and charity land work. The education, utilities, food and retail sectors are also key areas of focus, and it is also instructed on renewable energy and waste management mandates. The team is active on commercial and residential development matters and is experienced in agricultural land and estates work. Team head Simon Ellis frequently handles commercial property instructions and is experienced in the utilities and charities sectors. Emma McGlinchey, who joined in 2018 from Knights plc, acts for retail and food sector clients. Senior associate Lisa Moncur is 'first-rate' and is experienced in diocesan work.

Key clients

Dŵr Cymru Cyfyngedig (Welsh Water)

Mostyn Estates

Edenstone Homes

John Holford Charity

Chester Diocesan Board of Finance



Knights of Old

University of Chester

Galliers Properties

Employment Tier 2

Helen Watson is the head of employment at Aaron & Partners LLP, which has expertise across across a wide range of sectors, including logistics, education, recruitment, leisure, travel and tourism. Watson is one of only a few employment solicitors in the region with Higher Rights of Audience, and is also a qualified mediator. Areas of work in which the firm is seeing an increasing amount of instructions include atypical contracts and zero hours contracts, as well as contracts for media and sports professionals. The team also routinely conducts high level investigations, including compliance and risk audits.


‘The team is easily accessible and works hard to get to know their clients. Relationships are built and maintained over many years.’

‘I have worked with Helen Watson and Claire Brook, both of whom are very approachable, offer sound advice and often more importantly, will discuss issues from all angles and offer a number of options with the relevant potential consequences outlined.’

‘The service we receive from Aaron & Partners is personalised. Nothing is too much trouble.’

‘Helen Watson has impressed me significantly with the speed with which she can process information and turn this into advice. She has an amazing ability to de-escalate a concern you may have and will simply produce a simple plan with the appropriate reassurance that you need to take this forward. Helen shows empathy as needed but is also able to be fully objective and take some of the complexities and emotional stress out of significant HR issues.’

Key clients

Imagine Independence

Connah’s Quay Nomads FC Limited

gap Group

Sovini Limited (One Vision Housing Trust)

Boots Hearingcare Limited

North of England Zoological Society (Chester Zoo)

Zip World Limited

Columbus McKinnon

Christleton Learning Trust


Family Tier 2

The family team at Aaron & Partners LLP have a 'depth of knowledge' and are 'very proactive' in their dealings with clients, which include business owners, professionals, sportsmen, land owners and wealthy retirees. The team is led by the 'excellent' Richard Barge who heads the Chester office and regularly works on high value and complex matters including nuptial agreements. The 'very reliable' Lorraine Saunders is another name to note, specialising in high-net-worth cases including offshore trusts and complex financial agreements. Senior associate Simon Mawdsley is also well regarded.


‘Very proactive, with good communication skills. Transparency in dealing with clients.’

‘The depth of knowledge in the team led by Richard Barge is excellent.’

‘Lorraine Saunders has great empathy with clients, and makes them feel relaxed and confident in her abilities.’

‘Lorraine Saunders is very reliable – her advice is measured, realistic, to the point and gave me confidence.’

‘Richard Barge is an excellent solicitor – always incisive, ready to stand up for his client but equally sensitive to the realities of any case, and able to steer his clients towards pragmatic and sensible settlements.’

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

Aaron & Partners LLP's practice is led by wills, trusts and tax head Clive Pointon and James Wallace, who advises clients on both the litigious aspects of contentious trust and probate work as well as the taxation and estate planning consequences of judgments and settlements. The department, which also gives expert evidence on Court of Protection disputes, offers alternative funding arrangements for clients including conditional fees and damages-based agreements.

Energy Tier 3

Aaron & Partners LLP acts for non-plc energy developers, operating across wind, hydro power, solar, biomass and biogas, and battery storage industries, and the team has experience in cutting-edge projects such as pumped storage hydro and tidal energy. The team advises on land issues, planning, accreditation, regulatory requirements, grid connections, power purchase agreements, acquisition, financing, investment and disposals, and also handles disputes. The team is also instructed by landowners where developers are seeking to use their land. David Harries has 'fantastic knowledge of the energy sector'.

Key clients

Dwr Cymru Welsh Water

Bryn Blaen Wind Farm

Hendy Wind Farm

North Wales Tidal Energy & Coastal Protection

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

Aaron & Partners LLP advises on the administration of charitable trusts, inheritance tax mitigation, estate restructuring and wills and estate planning. Clients include a number of high-net-worth individuals as well as various charitable trusts. The 'precise and proactive' Clive Pointon offers experienced advice as a Court of Protection deputy, receiving a considerable amount of referral work with a wide geographical spread, and is described by clients as 'a delight to work with'.


‘Clive Pointon is delightful to work with.’

‘Clive Pointon’s precise and proactive professional approach imbued an absolute confidence in the advice he has provided.’

Planning and environment Tier 3

Aaron & Partners LLP offers specialist expertise in energy work, minerals and waste planning mandates. Energy specialist David Harries heads the planning, environment, energy and regulatory team which features Richard Forrester, who is experienced across mines, minerals, waste planning, complex land and agricultural work, environmental licensing and regulation; David Delaney, who is experienced in planning and compulsory purchase law; and senior associate Keith McKinney who is instructed on planning and environmental matters and is experienced in energy work and environmental crime.


‘The team has a deep understanding of environmental law, procedural hurdles in development consenting and renewables work in Wales.’

‘Keith McKinney is a dedicated lawyer with real insight into client needs and what really matters in a case.’

‘The team is highly responsive and fast to attend to the issues that arise on projects; it uses original arguments and angles to achieve successful outcomes and are of a size that ensures excellent client relationships.’

‘David Harries is an excellent lawyer, who is highly knowledgeable and efficient in dealing with the various issues that can arise in development.’

‘Keith McKinney is a highly determined and effective lawyer who provides fast and accurate advice easily within highly stressful situations; his ability to maintain a healthy sense of humour and his personable style makes working with him very easy.’

Key clients

Hendy Wind Farm

Aldi Stores UK

Bryn Blaen Wind Farm

Dwr Cymru Welsh Water

North Wales Tidal Energy & Coastal Protection

Morris Homes

Meadow Foods

Tudor Griffiths Group

Transport Tier 3

Aaron & Partners LLP's particular areas of expertise include taxi private hire licensing, Traffic Commissioner compliance and vehicle recovery. Client sectors include transport and warehousing. Tim Culpin heads the team and is an experienced advocate in both the Magistrates’ Court and at public inquiries.

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 4

Aaron & Partners LLP is regularly instructed on contentious insolvency mandates and is engaged by a number of insolvency practitioners. It stands out for its specialist transport sector expertise and the team acts for a number of insolvent logistics companies. The department, which is led by Nick Clarke , is noted for its experience in advising on law firm insolvencies and it also handles personal insolvency work.


Mark Davies is a very able insolvency lawyer

Simon Edwards is excellent


Key clients

Development Bank Wales (Finance Wales Group)



Grant Thornton



CLB Coopers

Marshall Peters

Smith & Williamson

Poppleton & Appleby, Manchester

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

Aaron & Partners LLP is a popular choice for businesses looking for corporate and commercial advice across Shropshire, Mid-Wales and Staffordshire. Stuart Scott-Goldstone, who heads up the team, has experience in M&A, disposals, MBOs and commercial contracts.


‘A specialist legal team that can translate into understandable terms for clients. Helpful and suggestive.’

‘Hugh Strickland and Zoe Lloyd have shown a deep appreciation of commercial issues which we have found extremely helpful and reassuring. Deep understanding of legal matters is expected, but this commercial awareness is a welcome bonus.’

Key clients

Blue Prism Software Limited

Tudor Griffiths Limited

MTD Acquisitions Limited

A P Wireless Limited

YEE Group Limited

TSB Returns Limited

Thomas Thomas & Co Limited

Ellis Whittam Limited

Heaven Health and Beauty Limited

Norvent Limited

The firm

Aaron & Partners is a UK top 200 law firm, which is growing from its core base in Cheshire and Shropshire through a series of nationally recognised sector specialisms. The firm has built a strong reputation for providing high quality, results-focused advice across all key commercial disciplines for those who own, run or invest in businesses. Aaron’s private client teams focus on helping high net worth individuals protect their wealth and resolve family matters.

Aaron’s specialist sectors include: insolvency, warehousing and logistics, transport, finance and banking, professional practices, pharmacy, licensing, education, planning, energy, renewables, minerals and mining, waste management and agriculture.

Other offices: Chester, Shrewsbury and Manchester.

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