Firm Profile > Slater Heelis > Manchester, England

Slater Heelis
M3 2ER

Commercial property: elsewhere in the North West Tier 2

Slater Heelis handles a range of residential work, notably for high net worth clients, with the group led by Zara Banday, who also has a track record of work on landlord and tenant matters. Acting on the commercial property side is Will Henson, with over two decades of experience in the field. Mike Fox is another key member of the team, advising property lenders and developers. Hannah Al-Shaghana represents limited companies and partnerships on all commercial property matters. In September the firm was joined by Jonathan Kay from Knights plc, bolstering its commercial property capacity.

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Gino D’Acampo Worldwide Restaurants Limited (trading as Gino D’Acampo My Restaurant)

Towerhouse Systems Limited

George Moss & Sons Limited

Mason Developments (Management) NW Limited

Odyssey Interactive Limited

Superstan Property Limited

Family Tier 2

The family team at Slater Heelis advises clients on a range of matters, with particular expertise in high-value matrimonial finance work and disputes involving children, property and inheritance. Alternative dispute resolution is a growth area for the practice, which notably includes both mediators and collaborative lawyers. Sports and media personalities, business owners with complex company structures, CEOs and high-net-worth individuals are among its key clients. 'Brilliant legal mind' Mark Heptinstall heads up the family department, which includes the highly regarded Patricia Robinson, Charlotte Beck, and 'skilled and thoughtful' consultant Kim Aucott.

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‘In my opinion, the team punch above their weight compared to larger Manchester practices. They are well regarded and rightly so. It is apparent that they provide comprehensive advice which is not only legally sound but also sensible.’ 

‘In my professional experience Mark Heptinstall, Patricia Robinson, Phillip Rhodes and Kim Aucott are all extremely able and well-regarded practitioners.’ 

‘Undertake a range of good quality of work from average professionals to HNW cases with vigour and thoroughness but also fairness and an eminently sensible approach.’ 

‘Kim Aucott provided exceptional advice throughout the whole process. I have nothing but praise for her and the team. Her advice was always practical and pragmatic but delivered with sensitivity and tact. I would highly recommend Slater Heelis, and Kim especially.’ 

‘Mark Heptinstall and his team are very proficient, skilled and professional. they know their job well. I am a happy customer.’ 

‘Mark Heptinstall is generally regarded as one of the best all-rounders in the North West.’ 

‘I have engaged with many legal practices across various specialisms through my professional career and have found Slater Heelis to be without peer in terms of their approach. Whilst respecting you as a client, you believe that they are fully in your corner.’ 

‘Patricia Robinson showed a huge amount of patience and compassion for my situation, never once did I feel under pressure to make a certain decision but felt fully briefed of all potential outcomes to allow me to reach my own conclusions with full support.’ 

‘This team simply goes from strength to strength through canny recruitment and commitment to client care. Its breadth and depth mean it can cover a wide range of family disputes and is fast becoming a force to reckon with. Plus they are so pleasant to deal with.’ 

‘Head of team Mark has a clear vision and good eye for an opportunity in the professional market place. Ably supported by Kim who is a skilled and thoughtful practitioner as well as being a delight to work with. The team has recently been boosted by the arrival of Charlotte Beck who is a bit of a star and the meticulous Phil Rhodes is a practitioner I would not hesitate to recommend.’ 

‘Very able and personable team – good, steady choice if wishing to instruct a non-city centre practice.’ 

‘Kim Aucott is very solid and empathetic, especially as a mediator. Good all-round skills and a wealth of experience.’

‘Mark Hepsinstall is a brilliant legal mind, but very personable. Makes client feel at ease.’ 

Health Tier 2

The healthcare team at Slater Heelis advises on a broad spread of work, covering primary care matters, GP mergers, clinical trial agreements, corporate structures, and acquisitions and disposals of pharmacy businesses. Other areas of work include service contracts for medical and dental services and employed practitioners, development capital for healthcare projects, and criminal and regulatory matters. The team also offers guidance on property matters and employment issues. Nicky Collins, who has extensive corporate and commercial experience within the sector, heads the practice. Crime and regulatory specialist Rachel Fletcher joined from JMW Solicitors LLP in October 2019.

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‘They are an experienced, close-knit team who deal with queries efficiently.’

Key clients

Kings Norton

Solihull Healthcare Partnership

Blueberry Therapeutics

Mark Flett


South Cumbria Primary Care Collaborative

Quantum Science Limited

Maxwellia Limited

Gendius Limited

Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the North West Tier 3

Disputes handled by Slater Heelis include a range of company litigation such as shareholder, director and warranty disputes, all core strengths of practice head Elizabeth Wilkinson. Contractual disputes are a further forte of the team, which is reputed for its specialist tribunal work and focus on ADR. The wider litigation team is also engaged for construction, breach of contract, professional negligence, property and public law matters.

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HML PM Limited

Hampshire Property Investments

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

Drawing expertise from the firm’s family and commercial litigation departments, Slater Heelis also receives contentious probate instructions, including claims under IPFDA and trust disputes. Managing partner Chris Bishop acts for high-net-worth individuals in complex and high-value trust and probate disputes, while senior associate Daniel Wise is also adept at handling property and trust disputes. Elizabeth Wilkinson leads the wider dispute resolution team.

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‘Chris Bishop is handling a Will dispute for us. Obviously the most stressful time of our lives, but Chris’ calming way helps greatly to smooth our anxiety. We felt an instant connection from the first moment we spoke to him. He is approachable, friendly but means business when he needs to. He completely listens to our views and advises rather than instructs.’ 

‘There was a very personable way in which Chris Bishop handled our case and we felt both informed and assured without being bogged down in legal terms and text.’ 

‘Chris Bishop had a very personable, human approach understanding the difficulty and sensitivity of the case without any loss of professionalism. His advice and guidance steered us throughout this ordeal whilst keeping us very much in control and informed at all times.’ 

Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the North West Tier 3

Slater Heelis is geared towards lower mid-market M&A transactions with the team particularly well-versed at matters in the healthcare and life sciences sectors. Simon Wallwork leads the practice, which prides itself on its representation of entrepreneurial clients, having acted for numerous early-stage clients from funding rounds through to eventual exits. Other expertise encompasses business-to-business and business-to-consumer contracts, franchise agreements, corporate governance and group reorganisations. Former partner Katharine Mellor has now taken up a consultancy role.

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Ruth Lee Limited


Commercial property: Manchester Tier 4

The 'extremely diligent' practice at Slater Heelis handles a range of residential real estate matters and is building up its credentials on auction work. Department head Will Henson has two decades of experience in commercial property work and leads the firm's relationship with long-term client Brammer UK. Jonathan Kay, who joined the firm from Knights plc, acts for developers, property funds and ground rent specialists. Nicola Deutsch heads up the team's residential development arm.

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‘A very friendly firm with a broad wealth of knowledge within the practice.’

‘A very knowledgeable team with a keen eye for detail. Extremely diligent giving great confidence that no stone remains unturned and nothing is missed. A prompt and efficient service from the team.’

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Brammer UK Limited No

Towerhouse Systems Limited No

Mason Developments (Management) NW Limited

Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 4

The ‘incredibly supportiveSimon Wallwork is the key name at Slater Heelis; he heads up a ‘wonderful team’, and offering expertise on transactional matters. The practice is best known for mid-market M&A, with particular expertise in the life sciences and healthcare sectors. Specific focus is also directed towards entrepreneurial clients; the group has a track record of acting for early stage companies from funding rounds through to exit.

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‘Slater Heelis are a wonderful team. They really care about their clients. We have had a very caring responsive and high-quality service from them. They stand out because they really go the extra mile for you.’

‘Simon Wallwork is incredibly supportive and understand our business challenges. He will always strive to find a way to help you.’

‘I referred a client who was very impressed with the attention to detail and pragmatic advice.’

‘I have worked a lot with Nicky Collins who responds quickly, gives pragmatic advice and is very calm. She is also very thorough. I have every faith in her when referring clients to her.’

Key clients

Blueberry Therapeutics Limited

Ruth Lee Limited

Bolton Gate Company Limited

F Klucznik & Son Limited

Fylde Coast Farms Limited

Hasgrove Limited

IEG Holdings Limited

Ubiquigent Limited

MIS Group Holdings Limited

Phoenix Optical Technologies Limited

Employment Tier 4

Led by Tracey Guest, Slater Heelis's team has considerable experience dealing with employment matters in the education sector, assisting schools, universities, and teachers. The team also specialises in the healthcare sector, acting for GP surgeries, dental surgeries and pharmacies. Matters relating to collective redundancies, TUPE, and employment tribunals are core areas of expertise.

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‘Slater Heelis provide responsive, practical advice. They make sure they understand your business and then that you understand what is needed in sound, commercial terms.’ 

‘Sarah Calderwood is very approachable and always responsive. I have appreciated Sarah’s common sense, practical approach.’ 

‘The team works cohesively together and if a question is out of ones range, we receive help and information from another who is more knowledgeable on the subject.’ 

‘I have dealt with many other people at the practice but lately, I have been more involved with employment matters and have been dealing with Tracey Guest along with her team have provided excellent, prompt and factual advice and answers to the many twists and turns within employment law.’ 

‘Friendly and approachable staff with excellent and up-to-date technical knowledge.’

Key clients

Blueberry Therapeutics Limited

Matrix Telematics Limited

The Seashell Trust

Eastwood and Creswell Dental Surgeries Limited

Greenhalgh’s Craft Bakery Limited

PJ Livesey Holdings Limited

Elle R Leisure Limited

Scapa Group Plc

Bruntwood Limited

One Marketing Communications Ltd

Property litigation Tier 5

Slater Heelis is known for its team's 'decisive, accurate advice with practical value.' The practice is led by Daniel Stern, an expert in residential property litigation. He advises landlords, investors and SMEs. Managing partner Chris Bishop is also an experienced litigator in this field.

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‘Decisive, accurate advice with practical value. The team takes action on time and provides detailed explanations to clients.’

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Inspired Equity Limited

FM Investment Limited

Stavros Neocleous

Hampshire Property Investments

Construction Tier 6

Slater Heelis advises contractors and professional consultants, and its team garners praise for its 'great insight.' Its strong capabilities in contentious matters see it represent clients in adjudications and arbitration proceedings. The firm's non-contentious work includes handling urban development work. Matthew Grellier, who leads the team, has experience of contentious and non-contentious construction matters with a nexus to the hospitality and education sectors. Kenneth Salmon has advised developers and construction professionals on a broad range of construction matters.

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‘There is a particular focus to the team to be responsive to the client to ensure that advice and support is always available. The team have a great insight into the sector and understand the importance of maintaining good relationships, hosting a regular series of networking events. These events are well attended which demonstrates the trust and respect the sector have for the work of the team and have led to us generating business outside of our work with Slater Heelis.’

‘Matthew Grellier has an all-round experience of the construction and real estate sector. Having acted for both sides, his input into work with us has been a huge benefit to fully understand the risks and needs relating to our project. I have always found Matthew to be very approachable and to work in a positive and friendly manner.’

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Brammer UK Limited

Rochdale Borough Council

Endeavour Multi Academy Trust

Novo Property Solutions Ltd

B2PM Ltd

Odyssey Interactive Limited

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 0161 672 1311
Private Client Chris Partington 0161 672 1317
Family Mark Heptinstall 0161 672 1521
Employment Tracey Guest 0161 672 1425
Personal Injury Simon Adamson 0161 672 1368
Dispute Resolution Elizabeth Wilkinson 0161 672 1437
Criminal Law Rachel Fletcher 0161 672 1544
Residential Property Zara Banday 0161 672 1445
Commercial Property Mike Fox 0161 672 1434
Commercial Property Will Henson 0161 672 1514
Corporate & Commercial Simon Wallwork 0161 672 1528
Property Litigation Daniel Stern 0161 672 1543
Construction & Engineering Matthew Grellier 0161 672 1427
Photo Name Position Profile
 Charlotte Beck  photo Charlotte Beck Partner
 Nicky Collins  photo Nicky Collins Nicky is a Corporate and Commercial Partner and has over 25 years’…
 Nicola Deutsch photo Nicola Deutsch Nicola is a Partner & Head of Residential Development. She was promoted…
 Rachel Fletcher  photo Rachel Fletcher Partner & Head of Crime & Regulatory
 Will Henson  photo Will Henson Will is a Partner and the Head of Commercial Property and has…
 Mark Heptinstall  photo Mark Heptinstall Mark joined Slater Heelis in 2005 and is Partner and Head of…
Mrs Anne Irwin  photo Mrs Anne Irwin Anne has specialised in commercial property and residential development for 35 years…
 Jonathan Kay  photo Jonathan Kay Partner
 Sunil Mohindra  photo Sunil Mohindra Sunil is a Partner and his work over the years has focused…
 Rhian Owen  photo Rhian Owen Partner
 Richard Riley photo Richard Riley Richard is an Associate Solicitor at Sleet Heelis, which he joined in…
 Patricia Robinson photo Patricia Robinson Partner practising exclusively in Family Law for over 20 years with a…
 Daniel Stern  photo Daniel Stern Partner and Head of Property Litigation team in Manchester office he has…
 Jim Tully photo Jim Tully Jim is a Corporate Partner at Slater Heelis. He has a leading reputation…
 Simon Wallwork  photo Simon Wallwork Simon is a Partner and Head of the Corporate Team at Slater…
Mrs Elizabeth Wilkinson  photo Mrs Elizabeth Wilkinson Head of Department.  Elizabeth has over 20 years PQE advising on a…
Number of UK partners : 30
Number of UK fee earners : 90+
England & Wales Law Society
Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP)

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.

CLIENT: Michael Aldridge
TESTIMONIAL: “Elizabeth, thank you for your advice and guidance, it has been much appreciated and well received by my board of directors. I will certainly recommend you to my other business connections should they need assistance.”

CLIENT: Fadi Barnes
TESTIMONIAL: “I really appreciated your assistance. Your firm have been very, very helpful since the beginning. I have no words to express my gratitude. I know it is business, but I also know that you guys are doing your absolute best for me. I am truly grateful. Thanks thousand times”

CLIENT: Jane Gallon
TESTIMONIAL: “I was fortunate to employ Slater Heelis to handle my incredibly complex divorce in 2012. I recently had to return to ask them for help in relation to a matter from that divorce. Mark Heptinstall has truly been amazing. Firstly he remembered my case which immediately put me at ease and then he made it simple to address. I could not have asked for more. Their customer service is exemplary.”

CLIENT: Neil Eccles
COMPANY/FIRM: Rochdale Development Agency
TESTIMONIAL: “Matthew Grellier advised and assisted Rochdale Council to prepare contract documentation associated with a high profile procurement process to find a multi-disciplinary team for Rochdale’s Town Hall Square public realm scheme. Matthew worked effectively and diligently to advise the Council and prepare a tailored suite of documents to be included in the tender package. Due to Matthew’s extensive knowledge of the sector, he was responsive in his approach, meeting the project’s tight deadlines”

CLIENT: Neil Collins
COMPANY/FIRM: NC Architecture
TESTIMONIAL: “I have no hesitation in recommending Matt Grellier and his Construction Team at Slater Heelis to assist in any contractual or financial disputes. He has a very easy manner, is extremely knowledgeable and talks plain English not techno/legal speak. Put simply, Matt listens and delivers.”

CLIENT: Margaret Stretford
TESTIMONIAL: “I am a residential landlord & Zara has handled all my sales & purchases for several years.

Zara has always given me great service & is true to her word. She is very thorough, efficient & helpful. Nothing is too much trouble for her, she is very clear in her explanations & always returns my calls & emails swiftly. I have recommended her to several of my friends & will continue to do so. Kind regards Margaret.”

CLIENT: Chris Horsley
COMPANY/FIRM: Angela Mortimer PLC
TESTIMONIAL: “I have had the pleasure of working with Tracey and her Employment team at Slater Heelis for five years. Warm, knowledgeable and creative/flexible in their approach we have the utmost of respect and have no qualms in placing our trust in Slater Heelis. Tracey and her team are a delight to work with– they are almost an extension of company!”

TESTIMONIAL: I want to thank Charlotte Beck for her continued support and professional services over the last 2 years. I highly recommend her for anyone needing a family solicitor. Not only a professional with all the best advice, getting great results, but also a human that understands sometimes legal talk is a bit too much and friendly words of encouragement are more suites and what’s needed sometimes. The last two years have been hell, but I look back on those times and thankfully now they are all a blur. I got the result that I am very happy with for my children, thank you so much.

CLIENT: Marion
TESTIMONIAL: I was involved in a motoring incident in a company vehicle, the ordeal was horrendous and there was a real possibility I could be convicted of a serious driving offence which would have led me to losing my licence and my employment. Rachel was appointed as my solicitor and from the moment we spoke I knew that she was someone who cared and would represent me without judgement, that was certainly the case, I retained my licence and my employment, I couldn’t have asked for better representation. I would highly recommend her services, not just because she’s a fantastic solicitor, Rachel is kind and compassionate and gives 100% commitment to her clients.

CLIENT: Stephen
TESTIMONIAL: I would not hesitate to recommend Katharine Mellor of Slater Heelis to anyone requiring a full understanding of the complexities involved in navigating corporate restructures and sensitive Board level disputes. Katharine always makes an effort to add value to the relationship and her diversity of experience is truly invaluable in situations such as ours. The counsel provided by Katherine and her team has been professional and supportive and delivered a very positive outcome for the business.

TESTIMONIAL: Personal injury at work. From an initial phone conversation Simon Adamson was confident that I had a good chance of success in winning my claim. He at all stages kept me informed of the progress and acted in a friendly and professional manner. I would highly recommend Simon Adamson to anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation to myself. Thank you Simon!

TESTIMONIAL: My financial advisor recommended Slater Heelis and I can’t praise them highly enough, particularly Alex Sealy whom I dealt with throughout. He was obviously very knowledgeable about all aspects of wills and LPAs. All the options for my will trust were explained to me verbally and in writing, culminating in a revised will to my complete satisfaction. The minefield of LPAs was also explained and Alex guided me through what was required and handled the completion and submission of the mountains of paperwork associated with this. An agreeable and rewarding experience which left me with no doubt that I would use Slater Heelis again and would definitely recommend them to anyone.

TESTIMONIAL: Ian Donnison offers a professional and personal service. I had lots of questions regarding the sale of our property because it was my first experience of a sale. Ian was on hand to answer my questions and also to give great advice. Ian facilitated a fast and smooth sale for us, which was exactly what we needed. Ian really was outstanding. I highly recommend Ian (and Slater Heelis LLP) and will always use them whenever I require a solicitor.

CLIENT: Richard
TESTIMONIAL: Top class professional service. Our service from Slater Heelis is led by Anne Irwin who has always provided top class professional advice as service in our property transactions. I would recommend them to others.

CLIENT: Michael
TESTIMONIAL: We do not have expertise in construction contracts and the Board wished to clearly understand the tenders received from lift manufacturers. A number of specialist construction law firms were invited and Slater Heelis LLP was selected. Mr. Matthew Grellier, the construction contracts expert, provided outstanding advice in a prompt, very thorough, clear and concise plain English. We highly recommend Mr. Matthew Grellier of Slater Heelis LLP.

TESTIMONIAL: Slater Heelis have always been my ‘go-to’ firm in respect of commercial property or matters of litigation. Following ten arduous months of litigation in respect of a forfeited lease, Daniel Stern managed to achieve a positive outcome for my firm. Efficient in dialogue, without the need to ever be chased for updates or guidance, friendly & approachable, a good job well done! Thanks Daniel.

TESTIMONIAL: Clear, polite and transparent. There are not enough words to describe how appreciative I am of Sarah’s patience and hard work throughout my legal process. I don’t usually disclose this but I am dyslexic and with this in mind I was very conscious (initially) of the legal fees involved when asking questions. The biggest factor for me, as well as knowing Sarah’s professional expertise, was the personal approach her and Leah delivered, which in turn put me at complete ease. It goes without saying I would thoroughly recommend her services.