Firm Profile > SAS Daniels LLP > Stockport, England

SAS Daniels LLP

Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the North West Tier 1

SAS Daniels LLP's team has strong corporate transactional experience, with a focus on M&A, demergers, sales and joint ventures. Headed by Jeremy Orrell, the group recently acted for Challenge Recruitment Group in relation to its acquisition of TRG Logistics, with work including the preparation and negotiation of the share purchase documentation. Distinguishing features of the group include is its expertise in the music industry along with its history of acting for SMEs and entrepreneurs. It is also well-equipped to advise on operational requirements.

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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

Chester-based James Goddard and Congleton-based Helen Gowin jointly head  up SAS Daniels LLP’s team, which handles agriculture and estates matters, focusing on the sale and purchase of agricultural land and rural property, as well as tenancies, promotion agreements and renewable energy schemes. Working as part of the firm’s private client department, it acts for farmers and landed estates, with experience acting in divorce and litigation matters.

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‘The team has a comprehensive range of skillsets that are appropriate for my personal and business interests. The accessibility of the partners permits the building of relationships that are very important in transactions that need to be ongoing now and into the future.’ 

‘James Goddard is always available when needed and understands the inter-family connections that are important. As time goes on he is becoming integral to our future planning.’

Commercial property: elsewhere in the North West Tier 2

SAS Daniels LLP's practice includes lawyers in Stockport, Macclesfield and Chester. The team focuses on residential development, strategic land promotion and land disposals, often handling multimillion-pound deals. Key team members include Andrew Clark, newly promoted partner Steven Percy and agricultural specialist James Goddard. The team also has expertise in the renewable energy section.


‘One to one dealings with partners and good response times in managing client expectations and delivering transactional completions expediently and in an efficient manner.’

‘An excellent firm with a broad range of departments and skills with competitive fees.’

‘Legal knowledge and experience, especially problem solving.’ 

Key clients

Gladman Developments Limited

Frederic Robinson Limited

Willan Homes

Silkdale Properties Limited

Henderson Homes Limited

Enabling Homes

Anwyl Land Limited

Handelsbanken plc

Beluga Projects Limited

Property Alliance Group

Dean Lewis Estates Limited

Lancashire Developments Limited

Bell Developments Limited


Education Tier 2

SAS Daniels LLP fields a team of specialists in employment law and human resources, with a particular focus on SMEs in the education sector. The team provides 'swift and effective resolutions to problems which could otherwise continue for months'. The team also handles matters relating to discrimination work and performance and sickness management. Former practice head Karen Barker left the firm in mid-2020.


‘The expertise of the team means my school is in safe hands.’

‘The advice provided puts the interests and operational needs of the school first and seeks swift and effective resolutions to problems which could otherwise continue for months.’

Family Tier 2

The family team at SAS Daniels LLP acts for wealthy individuals on a national basis, with each team member skilled at handling complex finance and children matters. Proceedings involving companies, trusts, inheritances, civil partnerships, pensions, pre-marital contracts, and cohabitation and separation agreements are key areas of strength. Stockport-based Shelley Chesworth heads up the team.

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‘Friendly, approachable and supportive. Very professional compared to other solicitors I have used. Really care about the clients and offered impartial advice.’ 

‘Shelley Chesworth is outstanding. Her work is top class and her knowledge of the law is unbelievable. Over the last two years, she has gone the extra mile for me, working weekends when needed and has always been available day and evenings for me to contact her on her mobile. Her work is outstanding.’ 

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Led by Macclesfield-based Justine Clowes, who specialises in wills and wealth planning with a focus on mental capacity work, the team at SAS Daniels LLP provides advice on a variety of issues in this space. Long-term care funding, trusts and personal taxation work, high-value estate issues and inheritance tax planning matters are among the firms’ main strengths. The group has also seen an increase in mandates for high-net-worth-individuals. Helen Kelly is a key name in the Stockport office.

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‘The staff at SAS Daniels treated our probate submission almost as if it were their own – they were both very professional and caring. I found them good partners as well, in that I had managed my father’s affairs for several years before he died and they were able to dovetail my work into theirs without unnecessary repetition.’

‘Helen Gowin is a friendly, caring person, as well as clearly very professional and meticulous in procedure and detail. She always seemed to be readily available when I needed to contact her which is a not a trivial thing.’

‘Very personable and understanding and professional. They make room for the client to express themselves given that we were going through an emotionally challenging experience. The team seems to work well together. Communication with the client is excellent. Explanation of procedures and the legal process is excellent.’ 

‘Helen Gowin showed empathy yet retained professionalism. She was systematic in her approach yet flexible to accommodate our queries. Genuinely interested in our family.’ 

‘Helen Kelly is friendly, has a good manner, and explains everything for us.’ 

Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the North West Tier 3

Clients praise SAS Daniels LLP for delivering ‘a service expected from one of the big Manchester firms’. Under the ‘excellent leadership’ of Anna Barnes, the commercial litigation team excels in relation to contractual, shareholder and partnership disputes along with urgent applications for injunctive relief. In addition, the broader disputes team handles claims of professional negligence, banking disputes, contentious probate and IP-related litigation.

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‘The service you would expect of one of the big Manchester firms but provided in Stockport. Geared to providing a quality legal service to private individuals and SMEs. Its strength stems from the excellent leadership of Anna Barnes that in turn is based on the experience that she has gained in working in a number of major litigation teams over the years.’

‘Anna Barnes brings a wide range of litigation experience that she can apply to all range of disputes. You would want her in your corner, as she is a fighter coupled with tactical and commercial acumen.’

Employment Tier 3

The Stockport-based team at SAS Daniels LLP assists both employers and employees, focusing on discrimination and whistleblowing cases for SMEs and clients in the education sector. The team also receives instructions on collective consultation, redundancies, restructuring, and acts occasionally in complex Tribunal claims. Senior associate Katie Hodson is noted for her expertise and is the key contact. Former practice head Karen Barker left in mid-2020.

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‘The service is personalised service, confident and knowledgeable, and the team understands the business context. Pragmatic.’

‘The team meets all our needs; there is great support from others in the team if my usual contact is engaged or absent. They provide safe advice and if asked they will provide an option that may carry some risk with it but if doing so they will always clearly spell out the risk in order that we can make a considered choice.’ 

‘Katie Hodson always comes back to me promptly and gives me confidence in my own role.’ 

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.

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
Mrs Anna Barnes photo Mrs 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 Katie Hodson photo Mrs Katie Hodson Katie 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…
Number of UK partners : 20
Number of other UK fee-earners : 45

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’.