Slater Heelis > Sale, England > Firm Profile

Slater Heelis
OAKLANDS HOUSE
2ND FLOOR SUITE 2, 34 WASHWAY ROAD
SALE
M33 6FS
England

Private client > 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:

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. ’

Public sector > 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)

Work highlights

  • Advised biotech company Gendius Limited on its Future Fund funding and co-investment by Crowd Cube.
  • Advised DB on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Specs of Kensington Limited to Penguin Holdings Ltd.
  • Advised Blueberry Therapeutic Limited on its £10m fundraising to progress its lead product in fungal nail infection through phase 3 clinical trials.

Real estate > 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:

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

Work highlights

  • Represented Aramex in connection with entering into an Agreement for Works and Lease of a property. Also advised on the drafting and negotiation of the building contract for the fit out works.
  • Acting for Restaurant Bar and Grill Limited and Individual Restaurant Company Limited on a frequent basis during the year in connection with a number of the existing restaurant properties,  mainly dealing with general lease management.

Corporate and commercial > 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.’

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

Dispute resolution > 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:

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.’

Private client > 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 > Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the North West Tier 4

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:

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

Real estate > 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:

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

Work highlights

  • Continuing and new instructions on site acquisitions and infrastructure to expand the PJ Livesey Group’s existing resort in North Yorkshire with which the firm has been involved for over 10 years.
  • Continuing and new instructions on site acquisitions and infrastructure to expand the Coppergreen Developments Limited ’s existing resort in North Yorkshire with which the firm has been involved for over 10 years.
  • Continuing instructions on the grant of a strategic option by an individual to a regional residential developer of land allocated for housing in the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework. Assisting the land owner with complex option provisions particularly in relation to future calculation of the market value of the land.

Real estate > 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:

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

Work highlights

  • Advising One Manchester Limited on construction contract documentation relating to a series of multimillion-pound housing development projects in Greater Manchester.
  • Drafting and negotiating the suite of construction contract documents on behalf of Chester Diocesan Academies Trust regarding construction projects at three of the trust’s primary schools.
  • Advising Novo Property Group regarding the construction contract documents for residential developments.

Real estate > 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:

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

Work highlights

  • Acted for Ricoman Limited in a tri-party dilapidations dispute where the client was caught between its sub tenant and the landlord.
  • Represent developer De Trafford Estates Group and its various group companies in all contentious matters regarding any disputes on any of its developments.

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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Practice Management Chris Bishopchris.bishop@slaterheelis.co.uk0161 672 1311
Private Client Chris Partingtonchris.partington@slaterheelis.co.uk0161 672 1317
Family Mark Heptinstallmark.heptinstall@slaterheelis.co.uk0161 672 1521
Employment Tracey Guesttracey.guest@slaterheelis.co.uk0161 672 1425
Personal Injury Simon Adamsonsimon.adamson@slaterheelis.co.uk0161 672 1368
Dispute Resolution Elizabeth Wilkinsonelizabeth.wilkinson@slaterheelis.co.uk0161 672 1437
Criminal Law Rachel Fletcherrachel.fletcher@slaterheelis.co.uk0161 672 1544
Residential Property Zara Bandayzara.banday@slaterheelis.co.uk0161 672 1445
Commercial Property Mike Foxmike.fox@slaterheelis.co.uk0161 672 1434
Commercial Property Will Hensonwill.henson@slaterheelis.co.uk0161 672 1514
Corporate & Commercial Simon Wallworksimon.wallwork@slaterheelis.co.uk0161 672 1528
Property Litigation Daniel Sterndaniel.stern@slaterheelis.co.uk0161 672 1543
Construction & Engineering Matthew Grelliermatthew.grellier@slaterheelis.co.uk0161 672 1427
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Hannah Al-Shaghana photo Hannah Al-ShaghanaHannah is a commercial property lawyer whose expertise encompasses all aspects of…
Zara Banday photo Zara BandayZara is a Partner and Head of the Residential Property team at…
Mike Fox photo Mike FoxMike is a Consultant in the commercial property team. He has substantial…
Matthew Grellier photo Matthew GrellierMatthew Grellier is a Partner and our Head of Construction & Engineering.His…
Matthew Grellier photo Matthew GrellierMatthew Grellier is a Partner and our Head of Construction & Engineering.His…
Tracey Guest photo Tracey GuestTracey heads the employment team at Slater Heelis. She specialises in employment…
Jay Lafinhan photo Jay LafinhanJay is a Partner in the Slater Heelis Property team. He joined…
Phillip Rhodes photo Phillip RhodesPartner practising exclusively in Family Law with a particular emphasis on complex…
Ken Salmon photo Ken SalmonKen is a specialist dealing with contentious and non-contentious building and civil…
Mr Kenneth Salmon photo Mr Kenneth SalmonKen is a specialist dealing with contentious and non-contentious building and civil…
Daniel Wise photo Daniel WiseAssociate Partner
Number of UK partners : 30
Number of UK fee earners : 90+
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Slater Heelis is a respected and experienced full-service law firm with offices in Manchester City Centre, Sale, Timperley, and a by-appointment only base in London, but operating nationally,  Our legal services span all things personal and business related.

Celebrating our 250th anniversary in 2023, 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.

ED&I

In 2021 the firm’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion steering group was set up which now boasts over 10 individuals from different levels within the business, and backgrounds.

The committee utilises internal communications to educate colleagues on the value and importance of using inclusive language and showcasing a welcoming and safe environment. With colleagues from a range of backgrounds and beliefs across the firm, the ED&I committee has done the groundwork to educate before implementing.

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.

Sustainability

The longer-term adaptation to remote working has vastly improved our statistics on paper usage, and as such compared to 2019, we’ve had an 80% reduction in printing. Our firm is focused on tech-enabled development and by being less reliant on paper and training staff to utilise tech more efficiently, we are making improvements.

As members of the Legal Sustainability Alliance we are dedicated to improving our environmental footprint while making lasting changes bit by bit in order to adapt and to develop lasting habits over time.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Practice Management Chris Bishopchris.bishop@slaterheelis.co.uk0161 672 1311
Private Client Chris Partingtonchris.partington@slaterheelis.co.uk0161 672 1317
Family Mark Heptinstallmark.heptinstall@slaterheelis.co.uk0161 672 1521
Employment Tracey Guesttracey.guest@slaterheelis.co.uk0161 672 1425
Personal Injury Simon Adamsonsimon.adamson@slaterheelis.co.uk0161 672 1368
Dispute Resolution Elizabeth Wilkinsonelizabeth.wilkinson@slaterheelis.co.uk0161 672 1437
Crime & Regulatory Rachel Fletcherrachel.fletcher@slaterheelis.co.uk0161 672 1544
Residential Property Zara Bandayzara.banday@slaterheelis.co.uk0161 672 1445
Commercial Property Will Hensonwill.henson@slaterheelis.co.uk0161 672 1514
Property Litigation Daniel Sterndaniel.stern@slaterheelis.co.uk 0161 672 1543
Construction & Engineering Matthew Grelliermatthew.grelllier@slaterheelis.co.uk0161 672 1427
Corporate & Commercial Simon Wallworksimon.wallwork@slaterheelis.co.uk0161 672 1528

Diversity Commitment Statement

Slater Heelis employs people from the community as a whole and from a variety of academic backgrounds. We support equal opportunity in the workplace and it is important to us that everyone is treated as an individual and is entitled to work in an environment free from all forms of discrimination so that each member of staff can reach their full potential.

We encourage cooperation and teamwork and provide fair and ethical treatment of all employees regardless of race, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, religion or religious belief, age, disability or social background. This commitment is also true in the provision of services to our clients.

The firm is committed to developing and implementing best practice in equality, diversity and inclusion as employers; providers of legal services; purchasers of goods and services; and in their wider role in the community.

All employees and those acting on behalf of the firm are required to adhere to the firm’s equality and diversity policy which covers employees, clients and third party suppliers.

Although we recognise that we have more work to do, we are proud of the progress we have made over the last few years.

The firm has signed up to the Law Society Equality and Diversity Charter.

In the past few years we have developed partnerships with LGBT+ organisations to educate our staff and provide tailored guidance to those in the community. We have recently signed up to the 10,000 Blank Interns programme and have committed to host two people for work experience during 2022.

CSR Policy

Definition

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a concept whereby a business recognises that its day to day operations and processes may have an impact on social, economic and environmental issues outside of the workplace. It also represents a commitment to ensuring and maintaining socially responsible behaviour in a business.

Purpose

We seek to sustain a business that is successful and respected in its ethical standing by our stakeholders. These include employees, clients, regulators, suppliers and the community. We embrace the role our business plays on a day to day basis in contributing to a better society.

Policy

We are aware that the running of our business will, in many ways, affect the local community and the wider environment in which we operate. We believe that the way we run our business can and should make a positive difference in these areas and we aim to ensure that continued efforts are made to achieve that.

Our corporate social responsibilities are identifiable in the following areas:

Environment

With regard to the business’ impact upon the environment, we are committed, amongst other initiatives, to:

  • efficient printing
  • reducing the amount of waste produced by the business
  • ensuring that water/electricity is used responsibly by our staff
  • recycling materials as extensively as possible
  • using technology to lessen the need for travel
  • the promotion of agile working to reduce our carbon footprint

The firm has been a member of the Legal Sustainability Alliance for the past two years.

Charitable/community work

Our business is keen to support and become involved in community initiatives and charitable work. We do this in the form of sponsorship, donations to national and local charities which may be suggested by our staff, and the funding of community projects. Every suggestion is given due consideration.

Education

We recognise the importance of education in our community, and supporting individuals during this process is key to advancement. We actively encourage our employees to take up training courses, often funded by ourselves, and we offer a number of work experience placements in partnership with local schools.

Slater Heelis are also contributing to the 10,000 Black Interns Project, which aims to transform the horizons and prospects of young black people in the UK by offering meaningful paid work experience.

Our employees

Involvement: We keep our staff fully informed of our policies and procedures and we encourage them to share their ideas with us on both internal processes affecting them, and the way our service is provided to clients. We maintain an open and honest approach to all of our communications.

Equal opportunities

We are committed to providing an environment of equal opportunities for all members of our workforce. No account of any of the protected characteristics set out in the Equality Act 2010 shall be taken to a detrimental effect in any decision involving recruitment, promotion, provision of facilities etc. See our equal opportunities policy for more detail in this regard.

Business partnerships

We strive to engage with local suppliers and businesses where possible to meet the business’ operational needs, in order to support businesses within our area and decrease our carbon footprint.

In respect of our entire CSR initiative, we expect no lesser standards from our suppliers and business partners.

We have an active partnership with the LGBT Foundation and a number of our team members are graduates of the LGBT Foundation Champions Programme, and act as LGBT Allies within the business.

We are members of the Legal Sustainability Alliance, the leading sustainability network for UK law firms and the UK legal sector.

Slater Heelis are an accredited Living Wage Foundation Employer.

Ongoing commitment

We are fully committed to the principle of CSR and aim to ensure that no relevant policy decisions are made within the business, without first evaluating the potential CSR impact.

Pro Bono

As partners of the LGBT Foundation in Manchester, and also prior to this partnership, we have offered Pro Bono advice to service users. Our Head of Family, Mark Heptinstall, and Head of Crime, Rachel Fletcher, provide this service.


CLIENT: John William (collected via Review Solicitors)
COMPANY/FIRM: n/a
TESTIMONIAL: Great experience! Moving home during the last year was incredibly stressful but Zara Banday at Slater Heelis was quick, professional, responsive, and supportive from start to finish and did everything possible to reduce that stress. I would recommend their services to anybody and plan to use them again in the future, without question.


CLIENT: Jasmine Rose (collected via Review Solicitors)
COMPANY/FIRM: n/a
TESTIMONIAL: Amazing service. The service at Slater Heelis was great and efficient. My claim was dealt with in the best way possible and lots of compassion was show towards me. Communication was great and would highly recommend.


CLIENT: Victoria (collected via Review Solicitors)
COMPANY/FIRM:n/a
TESTIMONIAL: Slater Heelis were nothing short of amazing in helping win my personal injury case. Simon was an absolute pleasure to work with, and I felt confident that with his extensive knowledge and clear advice, I was in safe hands, and we would achieve a great outcome. As a client, having a responsive and proactive solicitor is something I value most, both qualities that Simon possessed when handling the case. All my phone calls and emails were always answered straight away, and the whole legal process felt easy to understand with his help. First class service, that I will be sure to recommend to family and friends should they need legal advice.


CLIENT: Lauren Amelia (collected via Review Solicitors)
COMPANY/FIRM: n/a
TESTIMONIAL: We can’t recommend Zara Banday enough. We have recently completed the purchase of our first property and were very impressed with Zara’s speedy replies to all our emails. We were kept up to date throughout the process and would definitely use Zara in the future.


CLIENT: Vanessa Mary (collected via Review Solicitors)
COMPANY/FIRM: n/a
TESTIMONIAL: Exceeded my expectations! From my initial consultation with Mark Heptinstall, I instantly felt reassured and supported. Throughout the whole process of going through the divorce, both Mark and Patricia showed me kindness, compassion and great understanding of my situation. Professional, friendly and approachable. Always available to discuss any concerns I might have. Their knowledge and expertise allaying any of these concerns. I would highly recommend Slater Heelis to my friends and family. They help me to achieve more than I could ever have hoped for.


CLIENT: Jon Suckley
COMPANY/FIRM: Asteer Planning
TESTIMONIAL: A note to say a huge thank you for your support in recent times. Your kindness, diligence, professionalism and speed of work has meant a huge amount and you have played an important part in the creation of Asteer Planning.