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SAS Daniels LLP

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the North West Tier 1

SAS Daniels LLP offers long-term strategic advice to SME clients, advising a range of corporate clients on M&A, commercial issues, corporate governance, and wider business strategy. The primarily Chester and Stockport-based team is led by Jeremy Orrell, an experienced transactional lawyer with expertise in regional, national, and cross-border deals. Kaye Whitby heads up the commercial team, and advises clients on corporate transactions as well as operational issues. Andy Booth maintains a notable music industry practice, advising high-profile bands and musicians, while Paul Tyrer advises a number of SMEs on transactions.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Orrell

Other key lawyers:


‘Work well together , friendly relaxed atmosphere ’

‘Excellent, well led team with a commercial approach in supporting businesses.’

‘Jeremy Orrell – Personal touch, depth of knowledge, practical, results focussed approach, excellent at keeping a positive approach.’


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

Work highlights

  • Advised Hyde Park Finance Limited on a sizeable lending to a Midlands based housing developer.
  • Advised the MBO team on the acquisition of HMK.
  • Advised shareholders on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Keyways, an alarm and security company, to Irish fire and safety products and services business, Moyne Roberts.

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 2

SAS Daniels LLP is routinely instructed by agricultural clients on issues related to rural estates, including tenancies, option agreements and transactions. The team is active in growing areas in this sector, such as the development of agricultural land for renewable energy. The practice is jointly led by Helen Gowin in Congleton and James Goddard in Chester; Gowin specialises in private client work, such as estate administration, while Goddard leads on real estate matters.

Practice head(s):

Helen Gowin; James Goddard


‘SAS has proved to provide a first class service which is highly commendable given the pandemic. They have reacted to restrictions quickly and efficiently whilst still delivering a first class service. ’

‘James Goddard has been one step ahead of our needs.’

‘Proper agricultural specialists which is a rarity these days.’

‘James Goddard has wide ranging technical knowledge and expertise.’

‘I would recommend James Goddard to all my professional clients. ’

‘The team has provided and supplied an all embracing legal service which despite having many legal avenues works cohesively together. Personal engagement is a focus of the team which is more like the traditional client / family solicitor role.’

‘James Goddard is my main contact. He is always accessible on a range of matters and now that he is fully aware of all the issues surrounding my affairs gives clear and concise advice.’

Private client > Family Tier 2

Led by Shelley Chesworth, SAS Daniels LLP' family law practice covers matrimonial disputes related to financial remedy and children arrangements. The team's work includes matters involving complicating aspects such as complex and international assets, allegations of abuse and controlling behaviour, and mental health issues. The practice also advises on pre-nuptial agreements. Associate Cheryl Haywood is also praised by clients; she handles children disputes, with a focus on matters involving relocation, and also advises on financial disutes.

Practice head(s):

Shelley Chesworth

Other key lawyers:


‘Approachable and contactable, SAS are knowledgeable in family law and the associated proceedings, fair price.’

‘Shelley Chesworth  listens to clients with compassion and understanding, and is realistic with her approach and feedback to the client giving good honest advice. A trustworthy, solicitor with high morals and ethics. Knowledgeable with current up to date advice.’

‘SAS Daniels are always a pleasure to conduct work for in our role as Process Servers, they always provide a great service, the bundle of Court documents are always accurately compiled & the instruction they provide is perfectly constructed & well above the normal standards we received from other solicitors. Whenever we need to contact them, they are always available to speak to & advise, especially with cases that have sensitive issues. Payment is always quick as well as feedback, we find them a very professional company to deal with. ’

‘Most of the instructions we have received from SAS have been from associate solicitor Cheryl Haywood & Christine her Legal Secretary, they are both extremely experienced in the field that they work in, they are very professional & efficient, provide concise instructions which can be fully understood. They clearly both have a great passion for the role that they play, they are always available if needed & we feel are a credit to SAS Daniels. They certainly make us feel valued as Process Servers & it’s a pleasure to work with them.’

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

SAS Daniels LLP handles wills and estate planning, estate administration and trust matters, with a particular focus on acting for elderly and vulnerable clients. Justine Clowes is especially experienced in this area; a former chair of Solicitors for the Elderly, she is frequently instructed on matters involving mental capacity issues and care funding. Helen Gowin and Helen Kelly are other key partners in the team; Gowin's practice focuses on estate administration, while Kelly is a specialist in trust creation and management.

Practice head(s):

Justine Clowes

Other key lawyers:


‘The team are a close set of individuals that offer the whole gamut of services regarding Tax Trusts and Probate – they work well together and provide a comprehensive service.’

‘Justine Clowes is head of the department and has an excellent and caring ‘bedside manner,’ is a lateral thinker and also works well and closely with vulnerable clients. Helen Kelly deals with the Trusts aspects and is extremely efficient and knowledgeable and hustles all parties for resolution to a problem. Helen Gowin is the lead on Probate and works effectively and caringly with the families of the bereaved to ensure good outcomes in a timely manner. ’

‘I have found SAS Daniels to be a very responsive and proactive law practice, from their Stockport office. I have worked with them over 3 years with regard to wills, powers of attorney, trusts, estate management and closure following the death of a family member. I have also received advice on landlord and tenant relations. In all cases I have found SASD to be prompt and effective in their communication, much achieved remotely in the last year. I have found them accessible and helpful, with the team members that I have dealt with.’

‘The stand out partner I have dealt with has been Helen Kelly, it has been a pleasure working with her. She has a very positive, engaging and efficient approach to her clients, sets a timetable for actions, which is kept to. Her advice is given in straightforward style and sensitively given, when dealing with a family member’s estate, and most of all I trust that she has my interests at heart. When I send an e-mail, she always acknowledges it, so I know that she has the actions in hand. I feel that I could call Helen in the future and she would always provide her attention, help and advice.’

‘I was so very pleased and reassured to be dealing initially with solicitors here in Bramhall, albeit with the new name SAS Daniels, where they could have not been more helpful, instructive and friendly with their expertise. And I, who was decidedly naive in the legal world, did not once feel patronized. I felt 100% supported in every way. I was however somewhat nervous about the scheduled to move to “bigger and better” offices in Stockport. It was further away, there would be new faces and personalities… But my concerns were completely unnecessary. The “new” staff were just as constructively friendly as the “old” members, and someone had the brainwave of making the old Bramhall clients especially welcome’.

‘At certain points of the year there are special hospitality events usually a delightful afternoon tea with of course a legal input. And even in this dreadful year with lockdown, they very successfully organized a virtual meeting, with a cream tea delivered to our door! And the talk was about the pros and cons of gifting a house to offspring. The net result is that I have genuinely felt myself to be among friends, whether dealing with probate, will trusts, will-making or setting up lasting power of attorney. And I talk about them to friends and neighbors who at times cannot believe the superb experiences I’ve been able to have as a client of SAS Daniels. ’

Real estate > Commercial property: elsewhere in the North West Tier 2

SAS Daniels LLP’s core expertise includes residential developments, landlord and tenant matters as well as the financing and refinancing of property portfolios. The team regularly supports clients with sales and acquisitions, and often handles multimillion-pound deals. Steven Percy leads the commercial property team; he splits his time between Macclesfield and Congleton and is supported by Neil Powell, who acts for strategic land promoters, and Andrew Clarke who contributes expertise in development as well as leasing and portfolio management.

Practice head(s):

Steven Percy

Other key lawyers:

Scott Tams; Neil Powell; Andrew Clark


‘Very professional’

‘Excellent knowledge and support’

‘Scott Tams has taken considerable time to get among our business model, but more so the wider stakeholders and intuitions which fund our industry. It is with this level of detail that we are able to be more professional, smooth and dynamic. Scott and his team almost feel like they are integral to our team.’

‘They are very efficient and helpful, thorough and transparent.’

Key clients

Frederic Robinson Limited

Wren Properties Ltd

Willan Homes

Silkdale Properties Limited

Dawsons Music & Sound Ltd.

Henderson Homes

Dean Lewis Estates Ltd

Handelsbanken Plc

Beluga Projects Ltd

Enabling Homes

Work highlights

  • Acted on the acquisition of Dawsons Music Limited from administration and the subsequent lease of several prime retail sites across the country with a combined rental value of over £4.85m.
  • Acted for Henderson Homes (UK) Ltd on the acquisition of a £1.4m derelict site in an affluent area with planning difficulties/objections.
  • Acted for Cranford Estates (Projects) Limited on a conditional contract to vary an option agreement with a post development value of in the region of £5m.

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

SAS Daniels LLP offers considerable expertise in a diverse range of commercial disputes, with Stockport-based practice head Anna Barnes and Chester-based senior associate Ray Woodward both holding significant experience in contractual disputes, shareholder and partnership proceedings, injunctive relief, and banking litigation. Clients include individuals (primarily shareholders and directors), and diverse small-to-medium-sized regional businesses.

Practice head(s):

Anna Barnes

Other key lawyers:


‘The team benefits from their experience and in-depth knowledge of all these areas of law and their insightful perspectives on the conduct of litigation at all of its stages. This insight is regularly used to maximise their clients position in each case, achieving the best result in any given circumstance. The litigation team is well supported by an efficient and effective support network which is always on hand to give any assistance as needed. SAS Daniels are easy to contact and always accessible providing effective points of contact throughout cases.’

‘SAS have stood apart due to their ability to have adapted during the recent difficult and demanding period. They have sought to use technology to stay in touch and invested in this from the very outset and I believe were ahead of other firms. They have strength and depth in their departments which is critical in providing clients with a complete service. Their work ethos is constant throughout the firm which again stands them apart from other firms. All the team are approachable and have an unique ability to gain trust, they place a great value of working as a team which for a barristers chambers is essential.’

‘I deal with Ray Woodward. He sets himself apart by his ability to gain your confidence with a very client focused approach. He understands the stresses that any legal involvement brings and sets out to ease those pressures whilst providing first class legal assistance. His ability to calmly deal with issues and guide you through the legal process is exceptional and he places great weight on working as a team, a critical ingredient to achieve a successful legal outcome for his client.’

‘Ability to process large volumes of complex information and data quickly. High level of pro-active policy development and program management skills.’

‘I have primarily worked with Anna Barnes’ team. Anna is highly experienced, incredibly good with clients and a pleasure to work with, as are the members of her team.’

Employment Tier 3

SAS Daniels LLP experienced changes at the top in 2020, with Karen Barker departing in June 2020 and Katie Hodson taking over as practice head. The team continues to defend employers in tribunal claims, including handling disputes involving alleged discrimination, unfair dismissal, refusal to make reasonable adjustments, and issues surrounding the furlough scheme. Hodson was promoted to partner in November 2020.

Practice head(s):

Katie Hodson

Other key lawyers:

Charlie Wood


‘For me the most important things they provide are solutions to problems and issues as they arrive that are easily translatable in to action and delivered in a way that we all understand what we need to do and why. Over the last 2 years we have gone through a lot of change and they have been with us every step of the way.’

‘The 2 people I have the most interaction with are Katie Hodson and Charlie Wood. Both provide great knowledge and advice to our business.’

‘Always knowledgeable and give sound advice.’

‘Always available, knowledgeable, no-nonsense advice and they make it clear what the risks are if any in advice they provide.’

SAS Daniels LLP is a Cheshire-based law firm with offices in Chester, Congleton, Macclesfield and Stockport. Working with business and individuals all over the Cheshire region and beyond, the firm specialises in high-quality corporate, property, litigation, employment and individual private client legal services.

Clients select the firm because they want first-rate legal advice delivered in a timely manner and in everyday language by approachable, down-to-earth advisers.

Through meticulous attention to detail and excellent communication skills, the SAS Daniels legal team solves problems, reassures clients and helps lives and businesses run smoothly.

SAS Daniels has developed and continues to develop long-term relationships with private clients and is a trusted partner for businesses and intermediaries. It has a loyal client base that includes national and regional companies, public sector organisations, owner-managed businesses and start-ups.

The firm provides expert legal advice in the following areas:

Corporate: A range of corporate and commercial services for businesses, which includes mergers and acquisitions, company sales, corporate finance, reorganisations, the raising of equity capital, private equity, MBOs, MBIs and LBOs, joint ventures, employee share schemes and partnership matters. The team also specialises in advising clients in various sectors including the music business, care services, professional services, IT and software, recruitment, agriculture and leisure.

Employment: A pro-active service for employers and employees on all aspects of employment law and HR. Areas of expertise include employment tribunal representation, restructuring and redundancy advice, TUPE and equal pay. The team also offers the SAS Protect service, a fixed-price fully insured employment law protection scheme utilising bespoke software to provide employers with continual support and complete peace of mind.

Property: Full-service commercial and residential property teams. The commercial property team delivers advice for investment management, property funding and finance, rural and agricultural law and ancillary matters. The residential property team deals with residential conveyancing and landlord and tenant matters as well as plot sales for developers and their customers.

Litigation: Dispute resolution services in 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 and debt collection issues, as well as corporate, commercial and partnership disputes.

Private client: Expert guidance on a comprehensive range of services for individual clients, including a full probate and estate administration service together with wills, trusts, LPAs and Court of Protection matters. The team is particularly strong in providing services for older and vulnerable clients, including safeguarding and personalisation matters.

Family: Specific expertise in separation, divorce and all associated family law matters including complex financial and childcare arrangements. The team has developed specialisms in same-sex marriage, civil partnerships, LGBTQ+ issues and co-habitation agreements.

Chief Executive Officer and Head of Corporate Jeremy 391 5829
Employment Law & HR Group Katie 475 7670
Dispute Resolution Anna 475 7655
Property Nigel 442157
Family Shelley 475 7622
Private Client Group Justine 442148
Mrs Anna Barnes photo Mrs Anna BarnesPartner, 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 and head of the Family team. She…
Mrs Katie Hodson photo Mrs Katie HodsonKatie is a Partner and Head of Employment, specialising in all areas…
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…
Mr Charlie Wood  photo Mr Charlie Wood Charlie Wood is an Associate Solicitor in the Employment Team at SAS…
Number of UK partners : 20
Number of other UK fee-earners : 45

At SAS Daniels LLP, diversity and inclusion are fundamental to our values. As a responsible business and employer, it is important to us that we act with integrity, with fairness and with respect towards all our colleagues, our clients, our suppliers and the wider community.

Our clients expect us to take diversity as seriously as they do. We want to deliver a service which meets their needs and reflects their culture and values.

SAS Daniels is committed to complying with Chapter 2 of the SRA Code of Conduct and with all current and future anti-discrimination legislation and associated codes of practice.

However, being a responsible business is about much more than policy implementation and complying with the law. It is the culture and values of the firm and the way we go about our business.

Our thinking is simple; we will only be a leading premium regional law firm by coming up with the best ideas and solutions for our clients. The imagination and resourcefulness needed to create these ideas and solutions will only be ensured by drawing from the broadest possible pool of knowledge, skills, perspectives and talent.

At SAS Daniels, we recognise that one of our primary strengths is our ability to attract, retain and develop excellent people from a range of backgrounds and experiences. In short, our people should be as diverse as our client base. We pride ourselves on being an equal opportunities employer and we do not tolerate discrimination in any of its forms.

As a firm we are committed to fostering a culture of opportunity and access. We want to make sure that we attract talent from the widest possible pool. Once people join us as colleagues, we aim to create an inclusive environment where everyone can excel.

We consider it a priority to integrate our diverse cultural perspectives as an enabler of collaboration, innovation and teamwork for the benefit of our clients and communities.

CLIENT: Steve Gray
COMPANY/FIRM: Training Limited 2000
TESTIMONIAL: I was very impressed with you, Jeremy Orrell, personally and with your company. You all carried out each aspect of the merger very efficiently. I would have no hesitation in recommending your services and SAS Daniels in the future.

CLIENT: Chris Welsh, CEO
COMPANY/FIRM: Saturn Communications Group Ltd
TESTIMONIAL: The board at Saturn had identified that in a world in which employment law is ever-changing, the implications of poor or uninformed business practice may have significant implications to an SME such as ours. With this in mind, the team at SAS Daniels provided a tailor-made one-day seminar to all of our managers. The day covered all aspects of managing staff from attendance, performance, conduct and behaviour, advice of what to ask and when to ask it and as importantly, when to consult the experts. The whole management team left the room feeling far more confident and capable of running the business. A day well spent and highly recommended.

CLIENT: Phil Dolan
COMPANY/FIRM: Gladman Developments
TESTIMONIAL: SAS Daniels’ overall level of service is second to none. They are extremely responsive and proactive rather than reactive, always looking for solutions to avoid pitfalls. Their knowledge and strength is invaluable and they always offer practical and commercial solutions to any situation.

CLIENT: Stephen Conlon
TESTIMONIAL: Thank you for all your fantastic help and support in what was a stressful time. My family will benefit from all the hard work you have done, which I’m extremely grateful for. I would have no hesitation in recommending you to anybody who needs help regarding access to their children.

CLIENT: Richard Haszeldine
TESTIMONIAL: I have found SAS Daniels very easy to do business with, their website is very clear, introducing their team, the numerous services and expertise that they can offer. Their communication is also very punctual, to the point and most importantly easy to understand. They network well across the team and perhaps most of all, I feel I can trust the advice provided. I thus offer an unreserved recommendation.

CLIENT: Alison Parr
TESTIMONIAL: We have worked with Warren at SAS Daniels using the HR Protect Online package for almost a year now. As a charity we were growing and employing more staff and were facing different challenges as an employer. We recognised that we didn’t have the knowledge and skillset to manage all aspects of HR. The SAS Protect online package offered us an affordable alternative with legal support from Warren when needed. The pandemic brought new unexpected challenges to our charity and without the support and guidance from Warren we certainly would have struggled to navigate the changes to both employees and for us as an employer.

The Lex 100 Verdict

With locations in Stockport, Macclesfield, Congleton and Chester, SAS Daniels’ place in the North West’s legal market is well established. Variety and a small-firm-feel coupled with an impressive client list and local knowledge is a major draw for trainees. Often coming through the firm as a paralegal or as an apprentice, trainees praise the firm’s values and approach: ‘I have worked at SAS Daniels since 2013 doing an apprenticeship and then when completing my LLB part-time over four years. I always wanted to complete my training here’.  The firm is well known for its friendliness and individualised training; as one trainee comments, ‘there are some great people who have helped me in the time I have been at the firm, and with whom I have developed friendships'. Plus there’s 'lots of client contact and a direct link between the partners and even the CEO’. Negatives mentioned include remuneration and communication/differences between offices, yet these are outweighed by positive responses. As one trainee summarises: ‘I grew up and live in the area so was aware of the firm because it has always been very active in the community. This was something that was really important to me and drew me to SAS Daniels - it's the perfect fit for me’.