Firm Profile > SAS Daniels LLP > Stockport, England

SAS Daniels LLP

Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the North West Tier 1

SAS Daniels LLP has a good geographic coverage across the North West, with offices in Chester, Stockport, Congleton and Macclesfield. The firm has particular expertise in transactional work for SMEs including M&A, demergers, sales and joint ventures. Client sectors include healthcare, music and education. Chester-based Jeremy Orrell and Kaye Whitby head the corporate and commercial teams respectively.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Orrell; Kaye Whitby

Other key lawyers:

Andy Booth; Paul Tyrer

Key clients

Pentre Group Holdings Limited

Medical Air Technology Limited

Beech Developments (NW) Limited

The Challenge Group

High Court Enforcement Group Limited

TFLI Limited

Louver-Lite Limited

Fayrefield Foods Limited

Premier Care Limited

Rowlinson Knitwear Limited

Agriculture and estates Tier 2

SAS Daniels LLP's agricultural team sits within the firm's private client practice, offering a range of legal services for farmers, including land sales, partnerships, renewable energy and tax and succession issues, as well as divorce and litigation matters. The team is led out of Chester by James Goddard, who made partner in late 2018, alongside estate administration and probate head Helen Gowin in Congleton.

Practice head(s):

Helen Gowin; James Goddard

Commercial property: elsewhere in the North West Tier 2

SAS Daniels LLP has particular expertise in residential work; the team stands out for its experience in the land promotion sector and has advised on a number of land disposals for residential development. It is also instructed by owner-managed businesses on their property needs and handles development work. The estates and agricultural sector is also a key driver of the practice where James Goddard, who was recently promoted to partner, is noted. Elsewhere, James Clarke  handles development work and promotion agreements; Nigel Read leads the residential property team; Neil Powell is active on education sector work; and Andrew Clark handles development work. Recently promoted partner Scott Tams is instructed by social housing providers.

Practice head(s):

James Clarke

Other key lawyers:


Scott Tams consistently provides solid and prompt advice on a diverse range of matters.



Key clients

Gladman Developments

Frederic Robinson

Willan Homes

Silkdale Properties

Henderson Homes

Enabling Homes

Anwyl Land


Nat West Bank

Clive Sall Architects

Beech Developments (NW)

Beluga Projects

Education Tier 2

SAS Daniels LLP regularly provides employment and HR advice to school and further education sector clients in the region, and it also advises on a range of health and safety, regulatory and commercial work. The team handles property mandates for clients in the sector and it has advised on a number of academy conversions.  Karen Barker head of the employment and HR group.

Practice head(s):

Karen Barker

Other key lawyers:

Neil Powell


‘The team provides support swiftly, offers pertinent advice and its no-nonsense approach is refreshing.’

‘The team gives confidence in the advice and guidance that it gives.’

‘Clare Bromley provides practical support’.

‘Simon Bellard is patient, thorough and shows warmth whatever the circumstances.’


Family Tier 2

The 'efficient, thoughtful and professional' family team at SAS Daniels LLP is spread across its four Cheshire offices, but the firm has in recent months begun to receive more work from further afield, with more instructions coming in from Shropshire, Birmingham and Leeds. The 'professional and intelligent' Shelley Chesworth, 'a little gem amongst lawyers', heads up the team, while fellow partner Denise Woodward has a 'professional, realistic and informative touch'.

Practice head(s):

Shelley Chesworth


‘Shelley Chesworth has impressed me highly – she is a little gem amongst lawyers. She is always on hand to reassure and give good advice, no matter how busy she is. She goes beyond what she needs to and has even took time to advice and reassure out of office hours and weekends. She does a brilliant job for a fair price, not taking advantage of the situation to make money. She is very professional and very intelligent.’ 

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

SAS Daniels LLP advises a broad range of clients on long-term care funding, inheritance tax planning, trusts and personal taxation, as well as complex and high value estates, including estates containing trusts, foreign property, business property and agricultural property. Justine Clowes, who specialises in wills and wealth planning, with a particular focus on mental capacity work, heads the team which also includes the 'very approachable and professional' Helen Kelly.

Practice head(s):

Justine Clowes

Other key lawyers:


‘Helen Kelly and Jayne Heywood are very approachable, helpful and professional.’

‘The firm’s communication is exceptional and makes for very smooth working.’

Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the North West Tier 3

SAS Daniels LLP advises businesses and high-net-worth individuals across Cheshire and the North West on a wide range of disputes, covering property, contentious probate, intellectual property and banking, as well as professional negligence claims. Newly promoted partner Anna Barnes heads the team, while Kathryn Clare joined as solicitor from Knights plc during 2018.

Practice head(s):

Anna Barnes

Other key lawyers:

Ray Woodward; Nicola Moulds; Kathryn Clare

Key clients

Gladman Homes Limited

Hutchison 3G UK Limited

Employment Tier 3

The SAS Daniels LLP employment team, which is led by Karen Barker has particular strengths in the education sector, representing a range of schools and academies. Former senior partner Jonathan Whittaker, a mainstay of the team, now serves as a consultant and part-time employment judge. 'Approachable and knowledgeable' senior associate Katie Hodson is recommended.

Practice head(s):

Karen Barker

Other key lawyers:


The team were very sympathetic and understanding in a very difficult situation. All the people we dealt with were very professional and well informed.

Katie Hodson’s availability to discuss circumstances and her excellent level of practical advice and interpretation is really helpful. She is very approachable and knowledgeable about the subject, quick to understand the situation circumstances and needs of any particular situation. She has an excellent understanding of the bigger picture and applying this to the circumstances to obtain an optimal but practical outcome.

‘The service provided by SAS Daniels – namely Katie Hodson – the best that I have ever experienced. Regardless of the nature of the query, Katie’s experience in providing straightforward advice in a no-nonsense fashion, I find to be second to none.’

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 5

SAS Daniels LLP acts for a range of insolvency practitioners, individuals and SMEs on contentious and non-contentious insolvency and restructuring mandates. The team has particular experience in advising on insolvent deceased estates and also handles asset recovery work. Paul Formby heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Paul Formby

Key clients

Begbies Traynor LLP


Mazars LLP

Beesley Corporate  Solutions

DMC Corporate Recovery

Bennett Verby

Lucas Johnson

BCR Limited

Duff and Phelps

Frederic Robinsons Limited

Construction Tier 6

SAS Daniels LLP's Stockport-based team handles contentious and non-contentious construction and engineering mandates and it is often instructed by employers, contractors, sub-contractors and professionals. Roger Allsup heads the construction and engineering team.

Practice head(s):

Roger Allsup

Other key lawyers:

James Clarke

SAS Daniels LLP is focused on delivering high-quality corporate, property, litigation, employment and individual client legal expertise.

The firm provides clear and practical legal advice through experienced teams – to develop long-term relationships with private clients and to become a trusted partner for businesses and intermediaries.

The firm: SAS Daniels LLP operates from locations across Cheshire and Greater Manchester and is placed outside the region’s major city centres. Clients select SAS Daniels because they want first-rate legal advice, delivered quickly without fuss, from cost-effective locations. This competitive pricing structure, delivered by well-respected legal advisors, is why the firm has a loyal client base that includes some of the best known national and regional companies, public sector organisations, owner-managed businesses and start-ups.

Types of work undertaken: SAS Daniels LLP provides expert legal advice in the following areas:

Corporate: delivers a range of corporate and commercial services for businesses, which includes mergers and acquisitions (public and private), disposals, corporate finance, corporate reorganisations, equity capital markets (IPOs, secondary offerings and pre-IPO fundraisings) private equity and private placings, MBOs, MBIs and LBOs, joint ventures, share schemes and partnership matters. The team also specialises in advising various sectors including music and media, care homes and domiciliary services, business services, professional services, IT, recruitment, agriculture, marketing, hotels and caravan parks.

Employment: provides a proactive and results-driven service to employers and employees on all aspects of employment law and HR. Areas of particular expertise include employment tribunal representation, restructuring and redundancy advice, TUPE and equal pay. The team was one of the first in the country to offer a fixed-price fully insured employment law protection scheme for employers, called SAS Protect. SAS Protect provides bespoke contracts, policies and procedures, advice on employment issues together with tribunal representation and award cover for complete peace of mind. The team also offers fixed-price HR consultancy services, including on-site support at disciplinary and grievance hearings, absence management, bespoke appraisal processes, recruitment guidance and management training.

Property: consists of full-service commercial and residential property teams. The commercial property team delivers advice for investment management, property funding and finance, rural and agriculture law and ancillary matters such as negotiating, licensing and insurance. The residential property team specialises in providing advice in conveyancing and landlord and tenant matters.

Litigation: specialises in delivering a range of dispute resolution services in both general and commercial litigation for both individuals and corporate clients. With a diverse range of skills and abilities, the team resolves land and property disputes, contentious probate issues, corporate and partnership disputes together with construction matters.

Private client: offers expert guidance on a comprehensive range of services for individual clients, including a full probate service together with wills, trusts and estate administration. The team has particular strength in providing services for older and vulnerable clients, including safeguarding and personalisation matters.

Family: delivers specific expertise in separation, divorce and all associated family law matters. All team members are specialists in complex finance and children matters, with additional expertise in collaborative law and mediation.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chief Executive Officer and Head of Corporate Jeremy Orrell 0344 391 5829
Employment Law & HR Group Katie Hodson 0161 475 7670
Dispute Resolution Anna Barnes 0161 475 7655
Property Nigel Read 01625 442157
Family Shelley Chesworth 0161 475 7622
Private Client Group Justine Clowes 01625 442148
Photo Name Position Profile
 Anna Barnes photo Anna Barnes Partner, Head of Department Anna is an experienced commercial litigator having qualified…
Mr Andy Booth  photo Mr Andy Booth Andy is Deputy Managing Partner and is a partner in the corporate…
Mrs Shelley Chesworth  photo Mrs Shelley Chesworth Shelley Chesworth is a partner head of the Family team. She is…
Mrs Helen Kelly  photo Mrs Helen Kelly Helen heads up our trusts team, assisting clients with setting up, administering,…
Mr Jeremy Orrell  photo Mr Jeremy Orrell Jeremy Orrell is the Chief Executive Officer and Head of the Corporate…
Mr Neil Powell  photo Mr Neil Powell Neil is a partner in the property team and has considerable experience…
Mr Scott Tams  photo Mr Scott Tams Partner
Mrs Vicky Timothy  photo Mrs Vicky Timothy Vicky is a partner specialising in Wills and wealth planning with a…
Number of UK partners : 20
Number of other UK fee-earners : 41