Aaron & Partners LLP > Manchester, England > Firm Profile
Aaron & Partners LLP Offices
PALL MALL COURT
61-67 KING STREET
Aaron & Partners LLP > The Legal 500 RankingsAaron & Partners LLP, practice head Stuart Scott-Goldstone continues to develop the firm’s expertise in the technology, renewable energy and care sectors; an ever greater base of notable clients is instructing the firm to advise on corporate and commercial issues in these fields. The group also maintains its reputation for handling complex transactions involving owner-managed businesses across the North West and around the country. On the international front, mandates involving US companies are becoming an increasing area of focus. Jamie Hawley stands out as a key contact for banks and financial institutions. Jennifer Harrison is also noted.
‘Practical straightforward advice and support. A no-nonsense approach to getting the job done without getting bogged down in the fog of a transaction.’
‘Jamie Hawley was diligent, insightful and efficient throughout the process.’
‘The team is quick to respond, extremely proactive and gives clear, concise and commercial advice. Billing is efficient, but never feels like you are being unreasonably chased. We have been very happy with the exceptional level of service we’ve received.’
‘Jamie Hawley is our key point of contact. He will always make himself available for discussions, assist with managing our relationship with other departments within Aaron & Partners and has developed a detailed understanding of our company and industry way beyond that of any other legal firm we have worked with.’
Sicut Enterprises Ltd
KNP Logistics Group Limited (formerly named Knights of Old Group Ltd)
Special Needs Group Limited
UK Caravans Direct Ltd
Thermographic Measurements Ltd (TMC Hallcrest)
Sanctus London Limited
- Advised the shareholders of Technik Ground Solutions and Sonic Drilling & Piling Planthire on the sale of these two co-owned companies, which operate in the construction sector across the UK, to RSK Group.
- Advised UK Caravans Direct on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Lawnworth and Brow-y-Wendon Static Caravan Park.
- Advised the shareholders of Arena Instrumentation on the sale of the entire issued share capital of the business to Ellab (UK), as well as assisting with their investment into the buyer’s holding company, Kelvin Holdco, a company registered in Denmark.
‘The best solicitors to deal with commercial and disputes. Layla Barke-Jones discussed my case and after all the hard work and efforts from Layla we won the case.’
‘Aaron & Partners Solicitors provides excellent service, very knowledgeable in commercial finance, mortgages, private contract, landlord disputes, commercial contracts, commercial leases.’
‘Layla Barke-Jones is the top solicitor I have ever dealt with: her knowledge, professionalism and expertise are at another level compared to other firms and solicitors.’
Dŵr Cymru Ltd (t/a Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water)
Private client > Family Tier 2Based in Chester, Aaron & Partners LLP are experts regarding financial matters concerning relationship breakdown. The team is particularly experienced in advising on pre- and postnuptial and separation agreements, often with an international element or involving offshore investments. Additionally, the team is experienced in alternative dispute resolution. Practice head Richard Barge is a highly experienced family litigator, while Simon Mawdsley and Lorraine Saunders deal with financial remedy work and private children law. Solicitor Jane Tinsley joined in June 2021 from Martin-Kaye LLP Solicitors and is a key contact regarding high-conflict children work in the Court of Appeal and High Court.
‘The team is solid, lead by Richard Barge.’
‘Richard Barge is a really incisive, tenacious and good-humoured family lawyer, who rightly instils massive confidence in his clients.’
‘An efficient, knowledgeable and approachable team.’
‘Simon Mawdsley has been exceptional. He has been reassuring and insightful. He has made the process a lot easier than I expected. I have found Simon Mawdsley to be an excellent listener, open and engaging.’
‘Aaron’s Family law department consistently provides great client outcomes and is always prepared to go above and beyond.’
‘This is a very proactive, and helpful practice. They are always willing to go the extra mile, and be available to clients. The aim to move matters forward, and during the challenges of Covid they have developed working practices using technology which have had lasting impacts of making the delivery of advice more efficient.’
‘Lorraine Saunders is very good with the clients that she looks after. She is always available for clients, and regularly takes calls and answers questions out of hours. She is very knowledgeable, and yet still very approachable for clients. They are a cohesive and proactive team who calls in skills from subject experts, and think out of the box in order to provide solutions.’
Other key lawyers:
Simon Ellis; Trish Randles; Iwan Williams; Joseph Fletcher Hunt
‘The practice is unique in Chester in providing a comprehensive commercial service with experts in every field of normal commercial business.’
‘This firm is exceptional, it has some exceptional solicitors who are very client focused. They always get right to the heart of the matter and provide sound, practical legal advice. Their people are their strength. In addition to the legal abilities they actually listen, pay attention and take on board a clients concerns which is a major factor in instructing them. They also provide great value for money.’
‘The team go above and beyond to complete all tasks with great care and attention in a very timely manner. ‘
‘Iwan Williams has paid a lot of attention to detail and has always handled our matters efficiently and well.’
‘Simon Ellis is an absolutely brilliant property lawyer – he has a quiet unassuming manner but gets to the heart of a transaction very quickly and where there may be difficulties he can always be relied upon to find a way around those difficulties.’
‘Emma McGlinchey delivers work to the highest standard and will always prioritise work in the correct order. ‘
Dŵr Cymru Cyfyngedig (Welsh Water)
Stapeley Jewish Care Home Limited
Just Go Travel (Trading as Hays Travel)
Chester Diocesan Board of Finance
HBL Leisure Limited
Parkfield Homes Limited
Corbett Sports (Bookmaker)
University of Chester
- Advised residential developer Edenstone Homes, providing full service to meet their property demands from acquisition to disposal via finance and acquisition of rights.
- Advised regional utility supplier Dŵr Cymru Cyfyngedig (Welsh Water) on all aspects of operational property matters.
Employment Tier 3Based in Chester, Aaron & Partners LLP is frequently involved in high-level investigations, but is also experienced in advising on GDPR, discrimination and harassment claims, and disciplinary procedures. Head of team Helen Watson is a qualified workplace mediator, often advising on board of directors’ duties. Claire Brook is especially strong in representing respondents in Employment Tribunal litigation. She also covers collective consultation matters and complex discrimination cases. Ikram Malik is a key contact regarding business immigration matters. Senior associate Deborah Coyne provides key support.
‘I genuinely felt Aaron & Partners were fighting for me, for my justice, and they worked incredible hours in order to ensure no stone was left unturned. In particular I want to single out Debbie Coyne. She provided a truly exceptional personal service.’
‘Debbie Coyne and Helen Watson were exceptional in terms of their empathy, and necessary technical learning of my specific industry. Aarons went to considerable lengths to speak with me in order to fully understand my business and the technical nature of it, from which allowed them to legally act with both knowledge and considerable authority helping my legal case considerably. Debbie Coyne needs specific praise, as the workload she provided was not only considerable, but thorough in every aspect, picking up key points, relaying them to all legal persons connected with the case but also relaying the details to us understandable terms.’
‘I have confidence that the team understands the company’s needs and expectations because they have taken time to understand our business.’
‘Person-centered and responsive; advice is clear and risk based; lots of value add-networking and social value at the core of this.’
‘Claire Brook is great to work with.’
‘All members of the Aaron and Partners team are friendly and approachable and talk to you in plain English. They are fantastic at speaking to clients and explaining complicated employment law in a way that is easy to put into practice. They will give you as much or as little support as you require which means that HR professionals can develop and learn throughout the process. The team feels like an extension of our own team. They understand our culture and work with us to find solutions.’
Sovini Group / Sovini Property Services Limited
Wirral Chamber of Commerce Limited
The Learning Trust (Multi Academy Trust)
Special Needs Care Limited
Clogau Gold of Wales Limited
Evans Textile (Sales) Limited & Group
Zip World Limited
North of England Zoological Society
Ysgol Bryn Elian
TTE Training Limited
Knights of Old Limited
Brother Industries UK Limited
Yokogawa UK Limited
Azure Luxury Hotel Collection Limited
- Advised Imagine Independence regarding Covid compliance and employment issues arising from the pandemic including mandatory vaccination.
- Instructed by a large private hire operator to undertake a self-employment status audit of 1000+ drivers, strategic review of the business model and contract updates following Uber and other recent judgments affecting the sector.
- Supported West Brom Building Society on trade union recognition agreement.
Clive Pointon; James Wallace
Other key lawyers:
‘Absolutely brilliant. Could not fault them.’
‘Vlad Macdonald-Munteanu dealt with our case. He was absolutely amazing. Extremely knowledgeable and without him or this firm I doubt we would have had the outcome we did.’
‘From the very first meeting with James Wallace we were impressed with the sensitive and supportive manner in which our case was considered. Great care was taken to enable us to explain in detail the complexities of the matter and the responses from James imbued us with complete confidence regarding the firm’s ability to achieve a satisfactory outcome. The final outcome greatly surpassed our expectations and we have the outstanding staff of the firm, particularly James and Vlad Macdonald-Munteanu, to thank for this.’
‘My overall impression of the client service offered by Aaron and Partners is that it was outstanding in every area. Day to day administrative processes were undertaken with the utmost efficiency and competence, whilst always recognising the needs and wishes of the client. The interaction between us was truly collaborative, with consultation and negotiation being an important part of the process. Their legal expertise was fundamental in addressing daunting and seemingly insurmountable barriers; the firm’ s prompt response to emails and telephone calls provided constant reassurance in difficult situations – so greatly appreciated.’
‘Vlad Macdonald-Munteanu is very on the ball and has first rate commercial instincts. Extremely good at assessing risk for clients.’
Other key lawyers:
James Wallace; Rowena Ridgeway
‘An experienced and specialised team.’
‘Clive Pointon was very organised and gave frequent updates. Clive was the individual that would encourage me to use the firm in the future or to recommend this firm.’
‘Clive Pointon was extremely personable and he was really helpful. He was also readily available.’
‘The team is extremely efficient and vastly experienced, meaning even the most complex cases are dealt with effortlessly.’
‘Clive Pointon has a genuine personable approach combined with a great eye for detail. His knowledge and proactive approach makes him stand out significantly from any other solicitor I have ever dealt with.’
North West > Transport Tier 3Aaron & Partners LLP, which has North West bases in Chester and Manchester, specialises in handling mandates for transport operators, advising on regulatory issues and strategic compliance matters, as well as providing representation at public inquiries. In addition, the firm also regularly advises on the acquisition, disposal and financing of transport businesses, and assists with drafting and litigating warehousing contracts. Tim Culpin leads the practice and is an experienced advocate. David Harries heads the planning, environment, energy and regulatory team, in which the transport team sits.
Tim Culpin; David Harries
‘Totally brilliant, 24/7 communication. The best legal firm I’ve worked with.’
‘Tim Culpin is an excellent lawyer.’
‘Simple billing and statements sent through. Overall very friendly and kind workers.’
‘Tim Culpin was exceptional from day 1. He was personable, professional and installed confidence and faith in me. Tim demonstrated that it was my life that was being affected and he was going to do what he could within his powers to help me receive the best advice and guidance. He was available for calls and emails no matter how big or small or silly the question. Without him I would not have the knowledge or made it as far as I did. In the court room he demonstrated every trait that a reliable solicitor should have.’
‘Their specialist knowledge is first class and have always secured the desired objectives within the timescales.’
‘The knowledge they have is first class and always have a proactive solution to the situation they face.’
‘Tim Culpin has an excellent understanding of the law and the practicality of transport regulatory practice. He has the skill and professionalism to ensure all eventualities are covered. It is quite evident he is well respected by other lawyers in this area.’
‘Tim Culpin was absolutely amazing. My business wouldn’t be where it is now with out him.’
UK Warehousing Association
DELTA Merseyside Ltd
Hugh Strickland; Stuart Scott-Goldstone
Other key lawyers:
‘Hugh Strickland is always available when required. He likes to understand your business and is in tune with the commercial advice that you are looking for.’
Santander UK plc
Fullbrook Thorpe Investments LLP
- Advised Tritech Group on extensions to its inventory facility, variations in security structure and a new CBILS loan.
- Serving as a panel law firm for Santander, supporting on numerous pieces of work across the country.
- After advising Meatpoint on its refinancing, together with all associated finance, security documents and conditions precedent and on the accession of a UK subsidiary to the group security, supported on an extension to the facility during 2021.
‘Highly professional and supportive team, whilst maintaining the personal touch. Lynda has provided a valuable service for my clients. Thorough expertise and great empathy. Confident in referring my valuable clients, knowing they will be will be receiving high quality advice‘.
‘Time is taken to create relationships from all partners Lynda Richards is excellent. Exceptionally professional. Clear documented definition of work to be undertaken and costs enabling discussion and agreement of changes prior to the commencement of work‘.
‘Lynda Richards was above and beyond our high expectations in her professionalism, understanding of our requirements, her approachability and her willingness to explain and ensure our wills and associated documentation achieved the outcomes we required‘.
‘Aaron and Partners dealt with very sensitive and complex matters, at a time of heightened complexity (during Covid-19 pandemic), with unrivalled care and understanding. All touch points with the organisation demonstrated the utmost support, flexibility and attention to detail. The situation needed a highly professional but gentle touch and this is what shone through’.
‘Lynda Richards was able to quickly grasp the issues and was able to give best advice throughout the quite lengthy undertakings. The issues at hand were of a very sensitive family nature and Lynda’s diplomacy, tact and understanding made the world of difference. Nothing was too much trouble to Lynda and this resulted in matters progressing as productively as possible for all parties. Lynda Richards came highly recommended to me’.
‘Lynda Richards greeted us with a warm smile and in an extremely affable manner. She made us feel very welcome and soon had us feeling comfortable and relaxed. This was not always our experience in other similar establishments. My wife and I were extremely impressed with Lynda’s ability to answer our questions off the cuff whether they were of a financial or legal nature. She provided detailed explanations of the various options available to us and gave us confidence that the decisions we took were soundly based. Her explanations in layman’s terms of the various trusts available to us and their implications were particularly impressive’.
‘I have been impressed with the ethos of the firm, the team work and the prompt attention to requests. I believe they aspire to creating enduring relationships with clients with a focus on tailored advice appropriate in each circumstance. This certainly makes the client feel valued and provides a sense that value for money is a key consideration too. Importantly I feel that the relationship formed with a particular partner is backed up by the firm. Support from reception staff and associates has been excellent’.
‘Lynda Richards gets to the heart of the matter and concentrates on the crucial elements in a very targeted way. This builds trust and confidence in the advice received‘.
Other key lawyers:
Chris Mitchell; Jan Chillery
‘Mark Davies is a very accessible individual and always keen to take calls, answer questions and progress cases.’
‘Between them, the team at Aaron & Partners have a great breadth of knowledge and have consistently delivered the work we needed both professionally and on time.’
‘I have to say that working with Jan Chillery over the past couple of years has been a breath of fresh air. With a pragmatic view on costs and sensible views on when to move forward and when not to she has actively guided me through the difficult process of Escheat and I would have no hesitation in recommending her and her team.’
‘Strong in the insolvency field.’
‘Chris Mitchell is knowledgeable, good to work with, and has a good rapport with clients.’
‘The knowledge and skill of the firm and the quality of their connections to other third parties relevant to your specific circumstances was excellent. I would not hesitate to recommend Chris Mitchell and the firm.’
‘While the service you receive is very professional, Chris Mitchell never lost that personal touch and he went over and beyond the level of service, you would expect from a firm of that size, checking we were okay both professionally and personally. His knowledge of the subject matter and the applicable legislation was second to none and the speed at which he was able to respond and keep the case progressing in a timely manner could not be faulted.’
Development Bank Wales / FW Capital
Baker Tilly Creditor Services LLP / RSM
SPK Financial Solutions Ltd
Poppleton & Appleby
Smith & Williamson
- Acting for Manolete Partners plc in £3m of claims against directors for breach of duty arising from the use of tax avoidance schemes.
- Acting for Menzies LLP as liquidators of IWG Limited pursuing recovery of £230k outstanding director’s loan account.
- Advising Poppleton & Appleby as Trustee in Bankruptcy in their realisation of interests in various properties.
Other key lawyers:
Hugh Strickland; Zoe Lloyd; Peter Manford
‘As a family owned and operated SME we have found Aarons to be incredibly responsive to our varying needs as we prepared ourselves for selling our business. They were incredibly helpful in supporting us to ensuring that when we were approached by prospective buyers we have everything we needed in place. Aarons have provided a fantastic one stop shop meeting our commercial property needs as well as the amazing work they fulfilled in helping us to sell our business.’
‘Hugh Strickland as the commercial partner was outstanding – responsive, supportive and innovative in always looking for solutions.’
Invertek Drives Ltd
Tudor Griffiths Limited
- Acted for the selling shareholders on the sale of Marches Care Holdings Limited.
- Acted for Different Dog on several funding rounds for individual investors and Seedrs.
- Assisted Georges Tradition Group Limited with the purchase of Georges Tradition Limited, while the latter was in administration.
‘A good firm with strengths at all levels. Highly recommended’.
Employment Tier 5
The Shropshire-based team at Aaron & Partners LLP has a strong reputation for its specialisms in sports-related matters, large-scale restructures, TUPE and corporate support work. Ben Mason has also been busy advising on complicated employment tribunal claims. Helen Watson , who jointly leads the group with Mason, advises clients in both the public and private sectors on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. The team receives plaudits for providing ‘solutions that work‘.
‘Aaron & Partners is a very approachable team. Highly professional with deep knowledge and always delivered in a personal manner according to the circumstances. Varied and broad skill base to support and guide on commercial matters‘.
‘Efficient, prompt and professional advice with a personal approach understanding the needs of the business. Ben always ensures to follow up afterwards and check if there is any further advice or help needed’.
‘All aspects of Aaron & Partners Solicitors have been exceptional. Nothing is too much trouble for the team and they are always on hand to give informed advice. Ben Mason has been an amazing help to our business. Always accommodating and provides accurate information and advice. We can’t recommend him enough!’
‘The employment team at Aaron gives a prompt and efficient service, explaining situations fully and looking at all possible outcomes. Ben Mason was easily accessible and competent at advising me and encouraging me to move forward when it would have been easy to stall. Ben is very down to earth and approachable and explains all possible outcomes fully’.
‘The team is always available, they are quick to make contact if unavailable. They are very collaborative in their approach to issues we have had. Supportive and the team is fantastic and puts legalise into every day language’.
‘Excellent people especially Ben Mason, available, knowledgeable and commercial. Excellent value for money, sticks to the point and thinks commercially. Able to offer multiple perspectives on various situations that gives you a 360 degree opinion‘.
‘We find the practice to be extremely responsive and personable with a great understanding of our business and the commercial challenges faced in various circumstances whether this is mergers, acquisitions, or practical employment law advice. The expertise and practical application of the advice given is invaluable to our team and very much valued’.
‘I always find Ben to be personable and grounded and very easy to talk to. I find that I can explain the situation/issue to Ben being completely honest and Ben is very pragmatic in the advice he provides. Ben will always seek to find a commercially viable realistic solution to the advice he is providing and is very supportive in how the advice is executed within the business. Ben is very approachable and will often discuss all the possible angles and solutions’.
Field Studies Council
West Bromwich Building Society
Invertek Drives Limited
Timothy Taylor Limited
Peter Posh Limited
Carey Glass Chester Limited
AXYZ Automation (UK) Limited
Tudor Griffiths Limited
AP Wireless (UK) Limited
Leapwork UK Limited
- Field Studies Council – is a retainer client – recent work includes advising on furlough and all of the issues arising from it, absence management, performance management, large restructuring, termination of employee contracts, TUPE advice and pension advice.
- Advising West Bromwich Building Society on all general employment matters including dealing with employment tribunal claims.
- Advising a company on the exit of husband and wife as director, shareholder and employees who held positions across the group of companies.
Aaron & Partners LLP > Firm Profile
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.
LanguagesWelsh German French Spanish
- Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the North West
- Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the North West
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Private client > Agriculture and estates
- Private client > Family
- Real estate > Commercial property: elsewhere in the North West
- Private client > Contentious trusts and probate
- Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate
- Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy, project finance and PFI
- Real estate > Planning and environment
- Finance > Banking and finance
- Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate
- Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery
- Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the West Midlands
- Private client > Family: elsewhere in the West Midlands