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SAS Daniels LLP

3 VICAR'S LANE, CHESTER, CH1 1QX, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01244 305900
Fax:
Fax 01244 305901
Web:
www.sasdaniels.co.uk

North West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the North West
Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the North West - ranked: tier 1

SAS Daniels LLP

The corporate and commercial department at SAS Daniels LLP routinely advises SME clients, and has particular strengths across the healthcare, music and education sectors. The team advised Training 2000 on its merger with the University of Central Lancashire; assisted Nviron with its MBO; and advised Pale Wood Holiday Park on the acquisition of the business and assets of Henstent Park. The practice also acted for Fayrefield Foods on the sale its subsidiary, Good Carb. Managing partner Jeremy Orrell, who is based across the Chester and Stockport offices, heads the corporate team and is ‘very experienced’. Commercial team head Kaye Whitby is based in Chester and handles complex commercial agreements and also advises on competition law and data protection. Stockport-based Andy Booth specialises in commercial matters, and has experience in advising on music contracts. Pail Tyrer, who operates across the Macclesfield and Congleton offices, also handles corporate matters.

Leading individuals

Jeremy Orrell - SAS Daniels LLP

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North West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the North West
Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the North West - ranked: tier 3

SAS Daniels LLP

SAS Daniels LLP regularly handles general commercial disputes, as well as property, fraud, negligence, construction and probate-related litigation. Paul Formby, who heads the insolvency and corporate recovery department, and senior associate Anna Barnes, who specialises in contractual, shareholder and partnership disputes, lead head the team. Roger Allsup  is noted for contentious construction instructions. Senior associates Hannah Leese, who is noted for her experience of the food sector, and Ray Woodward, who specialises in property litigation, professional negligence claims and freezing orders, are also key members of the team. Former team head Christopher MacCafferty recently retired.

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North West: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 5

SAS Daniels LLP

SAS Daniels LLP is active across contentious and non-contentious personal and corporate insolvency matters and is experienced in advising on insolvent deceased estates. Baker Tilly, Begbies Traynor, KPMG and Mazars are clients. Paul Formby heads the insolvency and corporate recovery team, which includes senior associate Hannah Leese. Chris MacCafferty recently retired.

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North West: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

SAS Daniels LLP

SAS Daniels LLP's  ‘knowledgeable’ team has a particular strength in the education sector and ‘gives superb advice’. The ‘sensible and very professional’ Jonathan Whittaker is praised for his ‘no-nonsense and down-to-earth advice’ - he also acts part time as an employment tribunal judge. Senior associate Katie Hodson  advises on a variety of employment issues such as re-organisations and TUPE, in addition to disciplinary and grievance issues.  Karen Barker  and Stephen Foster  are also recommended.

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North West: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

SAS Daniels LLP

SAS Daniels LLP  handles a diverse range of legal services to farmers with particular expertise in energy, construction and a niche specialism in regulatory food law. The practice routinely handles the buying and selling of agricultural land, advises on agricultural tenancies as well as on easements for landowners and on unregistered agricultural land. It is also adept at advising on unregistered agricultural land and on the surrender of Agricultural Holdings Act tenancies. In a recent highlight the team assisted a landowner who needed advice on various matters such as a promotion and sale agreement and a pension scheme. Helen Gowin, James Goddard and senior associate Hannah Leese  are recommended.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 2

SAS Daniels LLP

Shelley Chesworth   heads a ‘technically competent and approachable’ team at SAS Daniels LLP  that is ‘very well regarded in the North West’. Denise Woodward is a ‘very effective and very persuasive negotiator' with particular expertise in resolving financial disputes and children issues. Angela Moores  has a Resolution accreditation for high-value/complex financial settlements on divorce.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

SAS Daniels LLP

SAS Daniels LLP   is ‘large enough to have the expertise in-house but not too large to lose the personal touch which is so important to clients. The team is technically extremely capable and all team members have an excellent bedside manner’. The ‘extremely professional’ Justine Clowes  heads the team, which includes the ‘helpful, skilled and personable’ Helen Kelly, the ‘very friendly and efficient’ Helen Gowin, and associate Victoria Timothy. Solicitor Genevieve Powrie  ‘takes the time to help to find the best solutions for people’. The group advises on the administration of complex and high value estates where there are foreign assets or agricultural/business property. It is also skilled at advising on wealth planning for a variety of clients including advising on the preparation of wills for parents of children with learning difficulties.

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North West: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 2

SAS Daniels LLP

SAS Daniels LLP  ‘consistently provides an excellent level of service. There is always a member of the team available to answer questions or provide advice’. Stephen Foster  has an ‘excellent knowledge and understanding of the sector. He has a strong ability to offer advice and solutions to a wide variety of problems’. Jonathan Whittaker provides ‘succinct and honest advice that he delivers in a way that is easily understandable and accessible to head teachers and school business managers alike’. Nick Brown  and Clare Bromley  ‘work very effectively on a day-to-day basis with schools’ and Simon Bellard  ‘provides fabulous support’. The group provides the full range of legal services in the education sector and is praised for its ‘detailed guidance and support at each and every stage’.

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North West: Real estate

Commercial property: elsewhere in the North West
Commercial property: elsewhere in the North West - ranked: tier 2

SAS Daniels LLP

SAS Daniels LLP provides a ‘proficient and professional’ service and is noted for its experience in development work in the residential sector. The team also acts for landowner clients on promotion agreements and land disposals. Agriculture and estates work is also a mainstay of the practice, as are leisure, renewable energy and education-sector mandates. Stockport-based James Clarke, who is ‘always methodical and thoughtful in his approach’, heads the team with Nigel Read in Macclesfield. In Chester Andrew Clark has expertise in development, leasing and portfolio management matters; and senior associates James Goddard, who handles agricultural mandates, and Stewart Smith are also recommended. Also in Stockport; Neil Powell is a ‘very accomplished and commercially minded lawyer’; and Roger Allsup leads on construction and engineering work. Macclesfield-based associate Steven Percy  ‘takes a common-sense approach’.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 5

SAS Daniels LLP

The Stockport-based team at SAS Daniels LLP acts for employers, contractors, sub-contractors and professionals on both construction contracts and disputes. The team is experienced across mandates in the education, retail, commercial property developments, residential developments, care homes and public sectors. Team head Roger Allsup is noted for his contentious construction experience and is considered an ‘expert in the field who works very hard for his clients’, and James Clarke regularly handles acquisitions for developers and advises landowners on disposals.

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