Firm Profile > Slater Heelis > Manchester, England

Slater Heelis
M3 2ER

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


‘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


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


‘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


‘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


‘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


‘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


‘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


‘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


‘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 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…
 Anne Irwin photo 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 Partner at Slater 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 Consultant in the Corporate team with Slater Heelis. He…
 Simon Wallwork  photo Simon Wallwork Simon is a Partner and Head of the Corporate Team at Slater…
 Elizabeth Wilkinson photo 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.