SAS Daniels LLP > Chester, England > Firm Profile

SAS Daniels LLP
3 VICAR'S LANE
CHESTER
CH1 1QX
England

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

At SAS Daniels LLP, experienced transactional lawyer Jeremy Orrell heads up the corporate offering, while Kaye Whitby takes the lead on commercial work. The firm is particularly focused on serving SMEs in the Cheshire region and is lauded by clients for its partner-led approach. Andy Booth has been instrumental in developing the group’s reputation for excellence in the music industry; he is regularly instructed by leading artists and bands from the Manchester area. Paul Tyrer completes the roster of recommended practitioners.

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Testimonials

‘We found them very approachable, they lead us through the sales process from start to finish and explained what we needed to do, and what they would do for us, and why in a way we understood. From the way the business sale went through I would say we felt SAS were far more “on the case” than the buyer’s solicitors. I have recommended them to business associates and  would use them again without hesitation.’

‘We were informed at an early stage that if anybody became unavailable, (due to Covid mainly) that because multiple people were involved we would get the service we were expecting without delay. We did.’

Key clients

Pentre Group Holdings

Medical Air Technology Limited

Beech Developments (NW) Limited

The Challenge Group

High Court Enforcement Group

TFLI Limited

Louver-lite Limited

Fayrefield Foods Limited

Premier Care Limited

Rowlinson Knitwear Limited

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    Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the North West Tier 2

    With offices located in Chester, Stockport, Congleton & Macclesfield, SAS Daniels LLP maintains a concerted presence across the entire Cheshire region. The firm’s ‘wealth of experience allows for exceptional service to all clients, tailored specifically to their individual requirements and concerns‘; this ensures that a wide range of corporate SMEs and high-net-worth individuals with roots in the area instruct the team on their most complex and notable commercial disputes. Department lead Anna Barnes and senior associate Ray Woodward recently welcomed Stewart Burrows, formerly practice head at Jolliffe & Co LLP, to the team.

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    Testimonials

    ‘Stewart Burrows is an exceptionally able and tenacious litigator, regularly taking on cases which might otherwise go to bigger firms.’

    ‘Ray Woodward continues to be a stand-out litigator who always manages a remarkable balance of client care skills, knowledge and a pragmatic approach that serves each client extremely well. He is able to offer clear and insightful advice, in a sympathetic manner when necessary.’

    ‘The wealth of experience allows for exceptional service to all clients, tailored specifically to their individual requirements and concerns, providing expert advice and guidance to point within this area. The team is extremely knowledgeable both in respect of the substantive law and also litigation strategy and is able to deploy this knowledge to best advance the client’s position. The team has exceptional client care skills which are clearly noticed and appreciated by their clients. There are highly regarded and established practitioners supported by an impressive quality of junior associates.’

    ‘At an associate level Kathryn Clare is a stand-out litigator. She is meticulous in her preparation of cases, both in the provision of instructions to counsel, and in the case generally. She has exceptional client care skills and is able to offer accurate and insightful advice to clients on any aspect of their case.’

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      Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 2

      SAS Daniels LLP advises North West farmers and agri-businesses on structuring, estate administration, partnership agreements, and inheritance and succession planning. In Chester, practice co-head James Goddard deals with a broad range of matters, including easements, farm sales and purchases, and options and promotion agreements, while in Congleton, co-head Helen Gowin is a key contact regarding estate administration. The team is also known for advising on the development of renewable energy farms on agricultural land.

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      ‘The team is well experienced, professional and knowledgeable. They have excellent communications and are easy to get hold of.’

      ‘James Goddard is reliable, professional and knowledgeable. He always gives sound advice to clients and I would always recommend him to my clients.’

      ‘They are focused on and experienced in looking after landed estates. They can cover all the legal aspects of dealing with residential, agricultural and commercial property in one practice.’

      ‘We are confident that when we call James Goddard, he will be able to deal with our queries/issues or at least refer them to another expert within the practice. We trust James to give us a good and fair pice for work done and also to deliver a good service.’

      Key clients

      Rainford Hall Estate Limited

      Work highlights

      • Advised Rainford Hall Estate Limited on the lease of Rainford Hall, part of a Landed Estate.

      Private client > Family Tier 2

      Led by Shelley Chesworth, SAS Daniels LLP provides advice to high-net-worth clients regarding divorce, child arrangments such as internal and external relocations, and financial resolution cases. Cheryl Haywood is a key contact regarding breakdown of marriages and relationships, as well as related financial matters. Anita Scorah is noted for her experience advising on same-sex partnerships, divorce, and pre- and postnuptial agreements.

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      Testimonials

      ‘Whoever you speak to at SAS Daniels gives you great advice. Everyone works together. They seem to get the job right the first time where other firms take many attempts. The firm listens to what you want and works with you. Billing is easy and transparent compared to other firms who seem to pluck figures from thin air. This firm really understand the challenges of child custody cases and treats you like its their own child.’

      ‘Specialist solicitors dealing with all aspects of private family law. Helpful and thorough instructions. A great team to work with.’

      ‘Anita Scorah’s client care is second to none. Anita goes above and beyond proving herself to be supportive, reliable and approachable. Her advice to clients is clear and on point. Her empathetic approach enables her to effective communicate even difficult advice to clients. She is the solicitor I recommend to friends and family without hesitation.’

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        Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

        SAS Daniels LLP is noted for advising the families of elderly clients and children with mental capacity issues on personal tax, trust, and probate work. Based in Macclesfield, practice head Justine Clowes is a specialist in wills and wealth planning, especially pertaining to mental capacity work and care funding advice. Helen Gowin leads the estate administration team and is a key contact regarding the administration of complex estates with agricultural or overseas assets, while Helen Kelly covers trust formation and administration matters.

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        ‘The practice has provided client-centred and bespoke support for the client I have been working with in order to provide the best for that client.’

        ‘A consummate team with individuals who are professional, considerate, and excellent at what they do with reasonable charging.’

        ‘I work mainly with Justine Clowes and Helen Kelly both of whom return calls quickly – offer excellent advice, clients like them and they have a professional yet laid back manner which works very well with my clients.’

        ‘Can’t speak highly enough of Justine Clowes and her approach. Her advice is pragmatic, commercial and very user-friendly.’

        ‘They appear to understand your personal requirements & take time to get to know you as a person rather than a number.’

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

          SAS Daniels LLP‘s expertise lies in residential development work, however the team also advise on financing and re-financing of property portfolios as well as sales and acquisitions. Steven Percy leads the team, splitting his time between the firm’s Macclesfield and Congleton locations. Andrew Clark supports a range of clients from private individuals to corporations, and Nigel Read is praised for going ‘the extra mile‘ when advising on primarily residential property matters. Nicola Deutsch recently joined from Slater Heelis, where she was head of residential development.

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          ‘I find the team at SAS Daniels helpful and they are happy to take the time to talk things through where needed. They have a large team so you are covered for whatever legal situation may arise.’

          ‘We receive a prompt service and matters are dealt with in a straight forward manner.’

          ‘This team are tremendously good at dealing with all kinds of situations, particularly difficult situations with the solicitor of the other party involved in the transaction!’

          ‘Partner Nigel Read goes the extra mile whenever required. He is available in unsocial hours and always does his best to deal with situations in a rapid, professional, and exceptionally effective way.’

          Key clients

          Frederic Robinson Limited

          Duchy Homes Limited

          Big Brand Ideas Limited

          Svenska Handelsbanken PLC

          Frankly Financial Management

          Willan Trading Limited

          Josolyne LLP

          Aramex (UK) Limited

          Career Connect

          Work highlights

          • Advised Josolyne LLP on the relocation of its head office, signing a long lease in a prime office location.
          • Advised JW Houses Ltd on the acquisition of a site in the Lake District with a GDV of over £5m.
          • Advised Frederic Robinson Ltd on the acquisition of the business and assets at The Swettenham Arms.

          Employment Tier 3

          The team at SAS Daniels LLP are experienced Employment Tribunal advocates and frequently receive mandates related to investigations, board level issues, and corporate support. Head of employment team Katie Hodson is noted for her work on discrimination matters, but also covers disciplinary matters, redundancy, whistleblowing, and TUPE. She has also represented both claimants and respondents at the Employment Tribunal. Warren Moores was promoted to senior associate in November 2021 and advises on restructuring, redundancies, and contractual disputes.

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          ‘The team are always on hand to answer any questions we have about employment law in a very timely manner that provides the right solution for the business. They take the time to listen and understand before providing the answer for the right course of action.’

          ‘SAS Daniels Team Members were exceptional from start to finish. We didn’t have to lift a finger the whole process was seamless.’

          I couldn’t recommend SAS Daniels highly enough. The staff were responsive, extremely knowledgeable, friendly and very supportive.’

          On the basis of the service we have received we continue to pass referrals through to SAS Daniels.’

          ‘SAS are not a massive firm where we as a client are a billing code. Whenever I call or get in touch, they know me / my business. Its one thing getting expert advice but its another when you speak to someone who knows you and your business so the guidance you receive feels more personal.’

          ‘I mainly deal with Warren Moores. Warren is a true credit to an amazing firm who offer the same values and beliefs that we do to our customers. Warren looks after us. He is extremely intelligent, who knows his area of expertise inside and out.’

          ‘The team give practical advice on how to deal with varying situation with a best and worse case scenario. They do not dictate what the law says but rather the most appropriate course of action.’

          ‘Katie Hodson gives clear, tough, no nonsense advice. She is brilliant within her field and much better than HR specialist firms that I have used in the past.’

          Work highlights

            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.

            DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
            Chief Executive Officer and Head of Corporate Jeremy Orrelljeremy.orrell@sasdaniels.co.uk0344 391 5829
            Employment Law & HR Group Katie Hodsonkatie.hodson@sasdaniels.co.uk0161 475 7670
            Property Nigel Readnigel.read@sasdaniels.co.uk01625 442157
            Family Shelley Chesworthshelley.chesworth@sasdaniels.co.uk0161 475 7622
            Private Client Group Justine Clowesjustine.clowes@sasdaniels.co.uk01625 442148
            Dispute Resolution/Litigation Stewart Burrowsstewart.burrows@sasdaniels.co.uk01244 305953
            PhotoNamePositionProfile
            Stewart Burrows photoMr Stewart BurrowsStewart is a partner and head of the dispute resolution team based…
            Kathryn  Clare photoMs Kathryn ClareKathryn is a dispute resolution associate working out of SAS Daniels’ Chester…
            Andrew Clark photoMr Andrew ClarkAndrew is a partner in the Property group and specialises in both commercial…
            James Goddard photoMr James GoddardPartner
            Jeremy Orrell photoMr Jeremy OrrellJeremy Orrell is the Chief Executive Officer and Head of the Corporate…
            Kaye Whitby photoMrs Kaye WhitbyKaye is a partner in the corporate team and the heads up the Chester…
            Ray Woodward photoMr Ray WoodwardRay is a former teacher who qualified as a solicitor in 1989.…
            Number of UK partners : 20
            Number of other UK fee-earners : 47
            English

            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
            COMPANY/FIRM: Ruby’s Fund
            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.