Firm Profile > MLP Law LLP > Altrincham, England

WA14 1QE

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

The will, trusts and probates team at MLP Law LLP specialises in high-value estates, including advising on ways to mitigate, or avoid, inheritance tax. Jane Hunter joined the firm in 2019, from Knights Plc, to become practice head. The team also has experience assisting with estates that have foreign assets and beneficiaries abroad, as well as expertise in advising family business owners on wealth protection issues.

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‘Jane Hunter is an absolute asset to the business.’ 

Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the North West Tier 4

MLP Law LLP is home to a team of ‘knowledgeable, proactive and professional lawyers’. Stephen Attree is a specialist in commercial, family business and M&A matters; he ‘leads team by example’ and is noted for his ‘understanding of the challenges facing a small business’. Other areas of expertise include asset and share sales, due diligence and shareholder agreements, equipment leasing and asset finance. Particular focus is directed towards the hospitality and catering, technology, engineering and healthcare sectors.

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‘Their advice is trusted and solid; they have a commercial understanding of our business requirements.’

‘MLP provide a number of legal services for my business and also on a personal level. They would say they are a city law firm without the city prices; we say they are way better than a city law firm and without the city prices. The team are always available, offer unbiased technical advice which is articulated in a manner that allows me our my team to make the best decisions for our business.’

‘The corporate and commercial team is led by Stephen Attree, who understands acutely the difficulties and challenges of running a small business from his own personal experience. Stephen has helped us with M&A, shareholder agreements and even with our exit strategy.’

‘This is a hands-on service which makes you feel they are part of your team. Their turnaround time is very quick on queries and they’re always available for a call.’

‘The team are friendly approachable and always ready to offer advice and help, they are also happy to be supportive and enable me to talk through issues to find the best way forward. As a team they are very knowledgeable, proactive and professional.’

‘We have used MLP for many years now and the reason we have remained with them is the quality of help and support they give our business. We are an international company and MLP are a business partner in the UK. They accommodate our business needs, even working around the time differences. The level of service and willingness to help is exceptional and for further support they provide training sessions for our business managers.’

‘MLP Law is a standout law firm, due to the pragmatic advice it provides across all service areas. You know that the team understand the law and legal situation inside out, but how they choose to give advice and options, which are appropriate to the size of our business and the situation we are in, is second to none.’

Stephen Attree leads his team by example. Notwithstanding the ethos of pragmatic advice, which Stephen clearly leads on, he also is very responsive and sets out a clear set of next steps and timeline in his correspondence.’

Key clients

GTD Healthcare Limited

Sim Trava Group

Travelogix Limited

Employment Tier 5

After the departure of practice head Karen Bexley in 2019, Gareth Matthews was promoted to head of department at MLP Law LLP, which acts for large international corporations, SMEs and high-level executives in the North West, handling both contentious and non-contentious employment issues. It primarily advises clients in the hospitality, retail, construction, and chemical manufacturing sectors.

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The firm: MLP Law is an ambitious entrepreneurial law firm which has offices in Altrincham, Liverpool, Lymm and Media City. We provide a full range of legal services to corporate and private clients. We act as trusted advisors adding value at every possible stage. We work in partnership with our clients and are genuinely interested in them and their business. The MLP Law DNA is embedded in our culture guaranteeing our clients receive the same level of service whoever they work with. We are passionate about building strong effective relationships to ensure our service and support is tailored and focused.

We have built a solid reputation as a firm committed to advising established corporate clients as well as growing, entrepreneurial and often family owned businesses and individuals in the region. Our vision is to be the most trusted provider of legal services in the North West. Our ISO 9001 and Lexcel accreditations alongside our Legal 500 Lawyer recommendations are testament to this.

MLP Law now works in sectors including family business, healthcare, hotel & leisure, IT, technology & software, media & agencies, and retail. The practice provides services including corporate & commercial, dispute resolution, employment & human resources, property, real estate & landlord/tenant, residential property & home moving, and wills, trust & probate. MLP Law remains independent and north-west based, and works with individuals and all sizes of businesses to help them realise their ambitions.

Areas of practice: MLP Law works with clients of all sizes, from private individuals, to businesses from sole traders and small employers up to medium and large brands. The firm’s experienced team of solicitors work alongside clients and in their best interests, with an overall aim to help deliver on plans and to fulfil clients’ ambitions. The range of work done has expanded over three decades in practice, to encompass new services and sectors in response to customer demand.

The current list of service areas includes:

  • Corporate and commercial – Providing clear legal advice to businesses of all sizes.
  • Dispute resolution – Including both litigation and ADR/mediation.
  • Employment and HR – Employment contracts, redundancy, unfair dismissal and discrimination.
  • Property, real estate and landlord/tenant – Services for individuals, developers and national brands.
  • Residential property and home moving – Conveyancing, remortgaging, leases and shared ownership.
  • Wills, trust and probate – Including estate administration, IHT planning, and Powers of Attorney.

In addition to all of the above, MLP Law particularly specialises in services for family-run businesses, healthcare organisations, hotels and leisure facilities, IT, technology and software developers, media and digital agencies, and the retail sector.

The MLP Law team recognise the unique needs of different clients, from individuals and business owners up to the biggest corporate customers, and offer advice tailored to the circumstances at hand. This has helped establish a reputation for working with fast-growing family-run businesses across the north-west, and MLP Law enjoys long-term relationships with many businesses and private clients who put their trust in the team to guide them in aspects of both personal and commercial law.

Number of UK partners : 6
Number of other UK fee-earners : 30