Firm Profile > Slater Heelis > Sale, England

Slater Heelis
LLOYDS BANK BUILDINGS
16 SCHOOL ROAD
SALE
M33 7XP
England

Commercial property: elsewhere in the North West Tier 2

The team at Slater Heelis is spread across Sale, Manchester and Timperley; Zara Banday heads up the residential property department from the Sale office, drawing on a broad range of expertise, including sale and purchase transactions and landlord and tenant matters. Jay Lafinhan and Hannah Al-Shaghana, both of who are also based in Sale, play a leading role in some of the practice’s most significant matters.

Practice head(s):

Will Henson; Zara Banday; Nicola Deutsch

Other key lawyers:

Mike Fox, Jay Lafinhan; Hannah Al-Shaghana

Key clients

P J Livesey Group

Coppergreen Developments Limited

Aramex (UK) Limited

Restaurant Bar and Grill Limited (in administration)

Individual Restaurant Company Limited (in administration)

Jessica Stellina D’Acampo

Family Tier 2

Slater Heelis represents high-net-worth clients in court proceedings and arbitrations, handling disputes involving financial settlements and children. Much of the team’s work involves complicating elements such as cross-border assets and complex financial arrangements. The highly experienced Mark Heptinstall leads the practice, and also sits as a Deputy District Judge and a Recorder on the Northern Circuit. Patricia Robinson and Charlotte Beck have experience handling financial remedy and private children disputes including acting in High Court litigation. Phillip Rhodes, a Resolution-trained mediator, is another name to note. Associate Alexandra Goldrein joined from Irwin Mitchell in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Mark Heptinstall

Other key lawyers:

Patricia Robinson; Charlotte Beck; Phillip Rhodes; Kim Aucott; Alexandra Goldrein

Testimonials

‘Slater Heelis LLP are an outstanding team of family law practitioners. I have only the highest regards for their ability, across the team, to get things done with the minimum of fuss which also equates to well controlled expense. The technical knowledge is first class and that instils confidence for the client and ultimately helps to keep anxiety levels low in the face of often infuriating opposition. Mark Heptinstall heads with calm authority and a truly caring personal approach which I have not experienced of heard of from any other Family law firm. ’

‘The family law department were exemplary. Nothing was too much trouble, they were exceptionally well organised and incredibly knowledgeable. Immediately from the first meeting I knew I had appointed not only the right law form, but the right individual. Mid way through my case we entered the first lockdown but the level and quality of service remained the same. Despite the difficult times we were all living in.’

‘Phillip Rhodes was my solicitor and I have to say his persona/approach is his greatest asset. At a time when I was dealing with an horrific divorce, a full-time single dad, working full time, home schooling as well as dealing with a lockdown, Phillip single handedly guided me through the worst period of my life. Nothing was too much trouble. I would sum up Phillip Rhodes as an exemplary solicitor – one of the best in his specialist field. A fantastic listener, understanding, compassionate, incredibly knowledgeable, genuine and very fair. He cares about his clients! ’

‘Charlotte Beck – simply excellent – intelligent, engaging and great to work with – clients really appreciate her dedication and assuredness of touch.’

‘A highly effective team of hard working, approachable and highly experienced matrimonial solicitors, headed up by the marvellous Mark Heptinstall. Mark Heptinstall has a way of reassuring clients about the case while also ensuring the best possible outcome.

‘Alexandra Goldrein really fights for her clients, no matter how difficult the case is. She is passionate and energetic and you definitely want her in your corner. Alexandra Goldrein is tenacious. She is deeply compassionate and committed to her clients.’

‘Mark Heptinstall makes light of his enormous experience, and with the best instincts in every case I have done with him. Clients love him, for his ability, support and pragmatism. Kim Aucott is very bright, sensible, and driven to do the very best for her clients.’

‘Phillip Rhodes is superb and in my view the stand out partner. He is extremely personable and clients feel extremely reassured by him and fights very hard for his clients. He is technically also very skilled. ’

Health Tier 2

Slater Heelis advises medical partnerships, dental practitioners, opticians and pharmacy owners, as well as GP and practice groups. Its team's experience includes the development of federations and the creation of super-partnerships. In addition, other key areas of work include clinical trial agreements, health sector acquisitions and disposals, CQC matters, services contracts and criminal and regulatory matters. Practice head Nicky Collins acts for opticians, dentists, pharmacists and care home providers, and is particularly known for her work for GP practices.

Practice head(s):

Nicky Collins

Testimonials

With Nicky Collins acting for me, she was a safe pair of hands. Her obvious expertise in her field was evident from the outset and her clear communication helped me navigate my way through a plethora of documents and legal jargon that at times had the potential to overwhelm. Throughout the process she was constantly on hand, offering succinct, honest guidance, without question always acting and negotiating with my best interests at heart.’

Key clients

Daska Barnett (Specs of Kensington)

Solihull Healthcare Partnership

Blueberry Therapeutics Limited

Erewash Health Limited

Carolyn Devlin (Goose Green Dental)

Morecambe Bay Primary Care Collaborative

Gendius Limited

Northern Care Homes Limited

Bivictrix Therapeutics Limited

BAPRAS (The British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons)

OTSIS (Orthopaedic and Trauma Specialists Indemnity Scheme Ltd)

PRASIS (Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons Indemnity Scheme)

Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the North West Tier 3

Slater Heelis' Sale-based team represents individual shareholders and corporate clients in company litigation, specialist tribunal work, and large-scale contractual disputes, as well as offering alternative dispute resolution services such as mediation. Experienced litigator Elizabeth Wilkinson leads the team, with managing partner Chris Bishop also handling contentious commercial issues.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Wilkinson

Other key lawyers:

Chris Bishop

Testimonials

‘I have worked with Daniel Wise primarily and find him user friendly and well prepared as well as being good with clients.’

‘Chris Bishop – very approachable but effective style with clients. Able to distil difficult arguments into a manageable form for client feedback and in letters.’

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

Slater Heelis advises clients on contentious probate matters, including claims made under the Inheritance Act. The team aids clients in contesting wills on the grounds of proprietary estoppel, incapacity and undue influence. Chris Bishop is the key partner in the team and 'combines incisive legal analysis with an excellent client manner'.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Wilkinson

Other key lawyers:

Chris Bishop; Daniel Wise

Testimonials

‘I have found them to be very helpful. I feel Chris Bishop has a complete understanding of the situation I was in, he is very approachable, always happy to explain things in lay persons terms, and is always happy to speak to myself or my daughter on my behalf to explain things I didn’t understand.’

‘I found Chris Bishop to always be very helpful explaining things in non-legal jargon, as this is the first time I have need the support of a solicitor. I feel he has a very good understanding of people in general and I think because he is so approachable it gave me a sense of confidence and reassurance I would get the very best advice and outcome with this legal matter.’

‘The thing that most impresses me about the team at Slater Heelis is that it takes a no-holds-barred approach on behalf of its clients but maintains, at all times, strict professionalism. Clients are made to feel valued and difficult advice in difficult times is delivered with empathy and compassion. They really work hard to achieve the best outcome for the client.’

‘Chris Bishop – he really does go the extra mile for his clients. He manages to combine incisive legal analysis with an excellent client manner always ensuring clients are not overwhelmed by the process. His correspondence ensures that his opponent are under no illusions that he will leave no stone unturned.’

‘Slater Heelis are a first choice firm in the North-West for contentious trusts and probate work. Their team of specialists attract high quality work and provide excellent service, with clear advice and excellent results being consistently delivered. ’

‘Chris Bishop and Daniel Wise provide excellent and specialist advice in this arena and are second to none in their approach to the work. They have achieved notable success in this area of work and can be relied upon to provide an excellent service to their clients.’

Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 3

Slater Heelis is active in lower mid-market M&A, advising clients on a diverse range of acquisitions and sales regionally, nationally, and on a cross-border basis. Practice head Simon Wallwork is noted for his life sciences and tech sector work, handling complex regulatory and finance issues, while Nicky Collins  regularly advises healthcare sector clients, including GPs and veterinary surgeries on M&A.  Rhian Owen is another key team member.

Practice head(s):

Simon Wallwork

Other key lawyers:

Nicky Collins; Rhian Owen; Janet Robinson

Testimonials

‘Everyone in the team is very friendly and genuinely cares. They are very efficient and you trust them to do a brilliant job. They are easily contactable and go above and beyond to meet deadlines. Nothing is too much trouble for them.’

‘Janet Robinson – always upbeat and positive. Takes accountability and manages the process from end to end. You don’t need to chase. When working to a deadline Janet is always contactable.’

‘I though Janet Robinson was excellent, in her clear and precise legal language but also helping me through the complex and stressful journey that ended up in a successful outcome. ’

‘The Slater Heelis team are always pro-active, knowledgeable and supportive. Response is always timely and they are flexible in their approach. It also helps that they are extremely personable and fun to work with. Billing is never an issue and is always reasonable and good value.’

‘Simon Wallwork – vastly experienced, pragmatic and always calm and reassuring. Instils you with confidence. Rhian Owen – very responsive at any time of the day and always good fun to work with. Always knowledgeable and instils confidence.’

‘The Slater Heelis corporate finance team, are of a size and breadth to match our requirements as an SME. They are agile enough to respond as and when required, but have experience and depth to handle all the transactions and advice we require.’

‘Simon Wallwork has stood out as the man to guide our business through business change and positioning for our future plans. He always responds in a timely manner, thinks outside the box and offers clear guidance on options available and the pros and cons of each. He’s there for the long term not just the next transaction.’

‘Nicky Collins is excellent and assists us by providing good pragmatic advice; and she is always available, and quickly appreciates the legal issues that arise.’

 

Key clients

Blueberry Therapeutics Limited

Quantum Science Limited

QBS Technology Group Limited

F Klucznik & Son Limited

Denaxe Limited

Hasgrove Limited

IEG Holdings Limited

Novo Properties Limited

Farratt Holdings Limited

Route Finance Limited

Employment Tier 4

Slater Heelis specialises in defending clients against claims of unfair dismissal, discrimination and lack of reasonable adjustments, acting for companies in sectors such as manufacturing, finance and technology. The team additionally advises on non-contentious matters such as TUPE transfers. Tracey Guest and Sarah Calderwood are the key partners in the team; both have considerable experience in advising healthcare clients, with Calderwood also having sector experience in education.

Practice head(s):

Tracey Guest

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Calderwood

Testimonials

‘An extremely competent team in the Employment Law area.’

‘Tracey Guest is very knowledgeable but also very practical.’

Key clients

Blueberry Therapeutics Limited

Matrix Telematics Limited

The Seashell Trust

Eastwood and Creswell Dental Surgeries Limited

Greenhalgh’s Craft Bakery Limited

Medicine Discovery Catapult Limited

Elle R Leisure Limited (t/a Albert’s Shed restaurants)

Airborne Environmental Consultants Limited

Scapa Group Plc

Bruntwood Limited

Novo Property Solutions Limited

Commercial property: Manchester Tier 5

Led by experienced commercial property expert Will Henson, the team at Slater Heelis assists clients on a variety of matters ranging from residential and commercial development to retail sector work. With particular expertise in social housing and statutory agreements, Nicola Deutsch heads the residential development team while Jonathan Kay contributes strengths in the acquisition and disposal of commercial property as well as property portfolio management.

Practice head(s):

Will Henson; Zara Banday; Nicola Deutsch

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Kay

Testimonials

‘They understand our business objectives and deadlines for completion. Slater Heelis have never let us down or missed a deadline that was set. They provide information and advice in a format that is simple to understand.’

Key clients

P J Livesey Group

Coppergreen Developments Limited

Aramex (UK) Limited

Restaurant Bar and Grill Limited (in administration)

Individual Restaurant Company Limited (in administration)

Jessica Stellina D’Acampo

Construction Tier 6

The practice at Slater Heelis covers contentious issues, assisting clients with avoiding disputes and advising them on adjudication and arbitration proceedings, as well as non-contentious issues, with particular growth in the education sector. The ‘extremely approachable and professional’ Matthew Grellier heads the team, drawing on a broad base of expertise. He is supported by esteemed practitioner Kenneth Salmon.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Grellier

Other key lawyers:

Kenneth Salmon

Testimonials

‘I was very happy with Ken Salmon’s personal qualities in conveying legal issues and negotiating tactical advice, at a level which matched my understanding, all the while calming my somewhat frayed nerves.’

‘We have worked very closely with Matt Grellier, who has been extremely helpful and patient in breaking down the complexities of all aspects of the project into manageable chunks. His advice has been spot on.’

‘Professionalism, accessibility and reliability are key strengths of the Slater Heelis team. They manage the subcontracting side of grant awards for us; we know that we’re in safe hands.’

‘We have worked with Matt Grellier for a number of years – he’s extremely approachable and professional and always goes above and beyond to ensure our legal position is protected.’

‘Matt Grellier provides excellent, clear advice, and always delivers to the timescales set out and within remit. He always answers questions clearly, with no sitting on the fence like I have experienced elsewhere, which is very important in the advice I need for planning strategy going forward.’

Key clients

One Manchester Limited

Chester Diocesan Academies Trust

Cockermouth School Academy

The Mossley Academy Trust

Endeavour Multi Academy Trust

Novo Property Group

View Associates

Spencer Weston (Project Management) Ltd

Aramex (UK) Limited

Property litigation Tier 6

Slater Heelis' practice, which is led by Daniel Stern, is active in cases arising from high-value dilapidations, enfranchisements, boundary and easement issues, and party wall act disputes, among other matters. The firm's client base includes management and residential management companies, owner-managed businesses, and family-owned property investment and development companies. Alongside Stern is experienced associate Daniel Wise, who has particular expertise in handling claims on behalf of and against developers, as well as landlord and tenant disputes.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Stern

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Wise

Testimonials

‘Prompt response to emails, lateral thinking when dealing with problems and terrier-like qualities.’

Key clients

Daniel Bell

Ricoman Limited

De Trafford Estates Group

Slater Heelis is a respected and experienced full-service law firm with offices in Manchester City Centre, Sale and Timperley, but operating nationally. Our legal services span all things personal and business related.

Dating back almost 250 years, we are proud of our heritage but foster a modern and forward thinking approach to our work. We are a client-focused firm with success born from being able to understand the needs of our clients, and work diligently to achieve dedicated outcomes. Our experts offer in-depth legal advice, working hard and thoroughly on every case to build relationships that last.

We truly are a full-service firm, and specialise in a vast range of services for people and businesses alike. Our dedicated team of legal professionals provide expertise and guidance that our clients can rely on, whether they are an individual, SME, large corporation or not-for-profit organisation.

Slater Heelis has an outstanding reputation for delivering results and meeting clients’ expectations. We are also proactively nurturing further diversity both in our workforce and with our social responsibility to become allies for the LGBTQ+ Community. For example, we offer a pro bono legal clinic for the LGBT Foundation and are the dedicated legal advisors for the LGBT Switchboard which operates nationally. We have also appointed LGBT Champions throughout all of the business who will lead the way towards complete equality in how we understand and treat our clients.

Department Name Email Telephone
Practice Management Chris Bishop chris.bishop@slaterheelis.co.uk 0161 672 1311
Private Client Chris Partington chris.partington@slaterheelis.co.uk 0161 672 1317
Family Mark Heptinstall mark.heptinstall@slaterheelis.co.uk 0161 672 1521
Employment Tracey Guest tracey.guest@slaterheelis.co.uk 0161 672 1425
Personal Injury Simon Adamson simon.adamson@slaterheelis.co.uk 0161 672 1368
Dispute Resolution Elizabeth Wilkinson elizabeth.wilkinson@slaterheelis.co.uk 0161 672 1437
Criminal Law Rachel Fletcher rachel.fletcher@slaterheelis.co.uk 0161 672 1544
Residential Property Zara Banday zara.banday@slaterheelis.co.uk 0161 672 1445
Commercial Property Mike Fox mike.fox@slaterheelis.co.uk 0161 672 1434
Commercial Property Will Henson will.henson@slaterheelis.co.uk 0161 672 1514
Corporate & Commercial Simon Wallwork simon.wallwork@slaterheelis.co.uk 0161 672 1528
Property Litigation Daniel Stern daniel.stern@slaterheelis.co.uk 0161 672 1543
Construction & Engineering Matthew Grellier matthew.grellier@slaterheelis.co.uk 0161 672 1427
Photo Name Position Profile
 Simon Adamson  photo Simon Adamson Simon is a Partner and Head of Personal injury team. He specialises…
 Chris Bishop  photo Chris Bishop As Managing partner Chris is heavily involved in the management of the…
 Sarah Calderwood  photo Sarah Calderwood Sarah works alongside many corporate clients advising them in relation to complex…
 Stephen Farnworth  photo Stephen Farnworth Personal Injury Partner specialising in Clinical Negligence claims including:birth injuries; dental negligence…
 Georgina Garner  photo Georgina Garner Georgina has recently been appointed Head of the Court of Protection team.…
 Edward Michell  photo Edward Michell Edward Michell is a full time Consultant with Slater Heelis. He offers…
 Chris Partington Tep  photo Chris Partington Tep Chris is a Partner and Head of Private Client at Slater Heelis.…
 Richard Wilson  photo Richard Wilson Richard is a partner in the personal injury department, handling claims arising…
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Number of UK fee earners : 90+
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