Firm Profile > SAS Daniels LLP > Chester, 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 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
Mr Andrew Clark  photo Mr Andrew Clark Andrew is a partner in the Property group and specialises in both commercial…
Mr James Goddard  photo Mr James Goddard Partner
Mrs Kaye Whitby  photo Mrs Kaye Whitby Kaye is a partner in the corporate team and the heads up the Chester…
Number of UK partners : 20
Number of other UK fee-earners : 41