Slater Heelis > Manchester, England > Firm Profile

Slater Heelis
86 DEANSGATE
MANCHESTER
M3 2ER
England

Private client > Family Tier 2

‘An impressive, forward-thinking, solution-focused firm’, Slater Heelis’s arsenal of capabilities includes a significant alternative dispute resolution offering, with a number of collaborative and resolution accredited mediators within its ranks. The team boasts an extensive track record handling complicated nuptial agreement mandates, as well as Schedule One Children Act and children relocation cases. Mark Heptinstall is a ‘true professional’, utilising his collaborative lawyer credentials to competently settle financial disputes, especially where trusts and international assets are present. Charlotte Beck provides trusted counsel to couples in cohabitation disputes or seeking post-separation advice, while Patricia Robinson, also a trained collaborative lawyer, has been involved in extensive, multi-faceted proceedings involving divorce, financial and child welfare aspects, as well as cross-border components. Phillip Rhodes is a go-to for nuptial agreements, fielding a roster of high-net worth clients from sport and media backgrounds; he is also a resolution accredited mediator.

Practice head(s):

Mark Heptinstall

Testimonials

‘Particular mention should be given to Phil Rhodes and his assistants who went the extra mile and were always available for help. He displayed exceptional expertise and achieved the very best outcome for me.’

‘Slater Heelis in my opinion has exceeded my expectations, from the moment I was greeted I felt welcome. Mark Heptinstall and his team have been totally professional, there is excellent communication within the team, and they obviously all work together perfectly. The overall commitment from the team has put me at ease and has filled me with confidence. I know I am in safe hands.’

‘Mark Heptinstall is a true professional that has given me nothing but the best advice. Both Mark and Gabriella have the ability to listen and I actually feel I have been heard.’

‘The team work here is astonishing. Every step of the way when we needed additional support there was always someone in the firm to assist. Mark Hepstinstall made sure to direct me to the best person with the firm. At some point I had multiple cases in few different departments within the firm. They all collaborated and worked diligently to achieve the best outcome. They are diverse and work together with client focus approach. Very down to earth people.’ 

‘A team that is going from strength to strength. They have recruited excellent individuals who very much fit ‘the mould’. The team overall is extremely dedicated but also very down to earth. Their people skills are second to none and really set them apart from other firms that I have worked with. They work collaboratively which means more often than not the client gets the benefit of a mixture of the different qualities each team member brings.’

Patricia Robinson is fabulous in every way. Clients like and trust her, and she is always willing to go that extra mile and her judgment is spot on.

‘Slater Heelis is an impressive, forward-thinking, solution-focused firm, delivering a very dedicated, high quality service to their clients. As a silk instructed by them in a very demanding, long-running, high-conflict case, I simply cannot fault the support and service that I received. Together, we turned around a case from a sure-fire loser to an ultimate winner, which speaks volumes for their level of commitment, diligence and determination.’

‘Charlotte Beck is an outstanding family law solicitor. Intelligent, insightful, resolute and with exceptional client-care skills, she delivers amazing results. Jodi Tuson is also a highly capable young solicitor with a bright future ahead of them.’

Work highlights

Real estate > Commercial property: elsewhere in the North West Tier 2

Sale-based residential property specialist Zara Banday co-leads Slater Heelis‘ team alongside Manchester-based Will Henson. It has a reputation for its strength in residential development work, acting for developers on a range of projects; it is described as offering an unrivalled’ quality of advice. Jay Lafinhan acts for an array of key clients on commercial work also, and has a developing expertise in renewable energy and infrastructure projects in particular. The team ably advises on complex sale and purchase agreements, leases and financial aspects of high-value projects.

Practice head(s):

Zara Banday; Will Henson

Other key lawyers:

Jay Lafinhan; Jonathan Kay; Richard Bradbury; Charlotte Padmore

Testimonials

‘Slater Heelis offer a very personal service that makes you feel part of the Slater Heelis family. Great communication and updates on matters that are proactive. They really make you feel that you matter as a client and their quality of advice is unrivalled.’

‘Jonathan Kay is simply exceptional, I can’t say enough about how good he is.’

Key clients

Justice Properties Limited

60 Oldham Street Limited

District and County Investments Limited

The shareholders of Sunnysands Caravan Park Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted in the property aspects arising from the disposal of the entire issued share capital of Sunnysands Caravan Park Limited.
  • Represented District and County Investments Limited and its group member, DCI 2 Limited, in respect of obtaining a Revolving Loan Facility from Shawbrook Bank Plc.
  • Represented Justice Properties Limited on a complex sale of a commercial building in Manchester city centre.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 3

Slater Heelis is known for its expertise in lower and mid-market M&A with particular experience in the life science and tech sectors. The practice is headed by Rhian Owen who acts on acquisitions and disposals in addition to development capital deals. Simon Wallwork is a corporate transactional lawyer with expertise in the life sciences industry. Janet Robinson works on group reorganisations, demergers, disposals and shareholder arrangements while Richard Riley focuses on business-to-business contracts.

Practice head(s):

Rhian Owen

Other key lawyers:

Simon Wallwork; Janet Robinson; Richard Riley

Testimonials

‘Small enough to care, but highly professional and experienced.’

‘Simon Wallwork has a huge amount of corporate finance experience. Able to explain difficult concepts in layman’s terms in a clear and concise manner. He wants to work for the entrepreneur to get the best deal for them in a commercially astute way.’

‘Slater Heelis has a superb team of professionals who offer calm, high quality advice. In comparison with their peers they offer both fantastic, clear legal advice but also with a personal touch. They utilise digital technologies to facilitate corporate deal making faster whether through digital signatures or through data rooms for the sharing of due diligence information. I cannot recommend Slater Heelis enough.’

‘I have had the absolute pleasure of working with Rhian Owen and Richard Riley from Slater Heelis.’

‘Rhian Owen has at times been both a fantastic advisor but also a close confidant when discussing the details behind details and negotiation lines. Rhian is always available when we have needed her and has worked during holidays at times where urgency was required. Rhian is calm, professional and able to work on the companies behalf in a clear way during negotiations.’

Key clients

Incom-CNS Group

Sunnysands Caravan Park Ltd

KMP Associates Ltd

HL Healthcare Limited

Steven Potts & Karen Potts

Catchpoint Limited

Sun Valley Caravan Park Ltd

Teckentrup (Holdings) Limited

Watercycle Technologies Limited

The shareholders of Acceleris Capital Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of Paul Tomlinson and other shareholders of IEG Holdings Limited in relation to the private equity acquisition of IEG Holdings Limited for a consideration of £27,000,000.
  • Acted on behalf of the Mead family being shareholders of Sunnysands Caravan Park Limited and also the pension scheme owner of Snowdon View caravan park.
  • Acted on behalf of John Keefe and other shareholders (including Enterprise Venture Fund) of KMP Associates Limited.

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

A firm revered for its litigation capabilities, Slater Heelis has a series of experienced practitioners who act on a range of wills, estates and Court of Protection disputes. Steered by Elizabeth Wilkinson, the team advises on professional negligence claims, undue influence issues, and complex probate proceedings. John Gorner‘s far-reaching expertise is especially concentrated in Court of Protection matters, and he regularly works alongside Chris Bishop who lends vast litigation proficiency. The arrival of Veronica Howley from HM3 Legal in July 2022 has bolstered the practice's strength and adds additional knowledge of trusts, land and property disputes.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Wilkinson

Testimonials

‘Veronica Howley is an extremely hard-working and able solicitor. Nothing gets past her. Her attention to detail is first rate and she takes no short cuts.’

 

Key clients

Philip Andrew Stevens

Gillian Victoria Evans

Peter Aksiuk & Leslie Slawco Aksiuk

Alison Ruth Ferrier

Work highlights

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

Slater Heelis handles a steady stream of Court of Protection matters, with head of private client work Chris Partington principally noted for his expertise acting as a financial deputy for individuals who been victims of clinical negligence. Georgina Garner regularly works alongside her colleague in these deputyship proceedings and is especially well regarded for her adeptness at mental capacity cases. Alex Sealy spearheads the team’s private wealth offering, with far-reaching expertise that focuses on complex estates involving foreign assets. The group is geared to advise clients on domicile status and the consequential tax implications, as well as possessing a strong understanding of Sharia Law. In addition, the firm has a strong proficiency at will drafting and trust creation.

Practice head(s):

Chris Partington; Alex Sealy; Georgina Garner

Work highlights

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the North West Tier 4

The dispute resolution department at Slater Heelis is well-versed in corporate litigation with shareholder, director and warranty matters. The practice also specialises in property litigation, contentious wills and probate. Practice head Elizabeth Wilkinson advises on claims arising out of the sale and purchase of businesses while Mike Carter focuses on professional negligence and contract claims. John Gorner specialises in contentious probate and trusts.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Wilkinson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Slater Heelis is a highly approachable yet professional firm, with seamless cohesion between departments. The firm has over the years transitioned from a High Street practice to a major commercial solicitors without losing its ability and desire to retain its traditional customer base and hands on approach.’

‘All staff at Slater Heelis are warm and friendly, yet exceptionally precise and professional in their dealings with all parties to litigation. I have had considerably positive interactions with Elizabeth Wilkinson.’

Employment Tier 4

Real estate > Commercial property: Manchester Tier 5

Slater Heelis‘ team is co-headed by Sale-based Zara Benday and Manchester-based Will Henson who has ample experience handling transactional real estate matters. From Manchester, the team is well-equipped to assist on acquisitions and disposals of considerable value. Ceri Jones leads the plot sales team. Jonathan Kay is noted as being ‘simply exceptional’.

Practice head(s):

Zara Banday; Will Henson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Slater Heelis offer a very personal service that makes you feel part of the Slater Heelis family. Great communication and updates on matters that are proactive. They really make you feel that you matter as a client and their quality of advice is unrivalled.’

‘You never get the feeling that they are just fee-takers trying to hit their targets, they’ll tell you straight how best to approach a matter; they think long-term, which I’ve not experienced from a law firm before.’

‘Jonathan Kay is simply exceptional, I can’t say enough about how good he is.’

Key clients

Justice Properties Limited

60 Oldham Street Limited

District and County Investments Limited

Shareholders of Sunnysands Caravan Park Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted in property aspects arising from the disposal of the entire issued share capital of Sunnysands Caravan Park Limited in an acquisition made by Lyons Holiday Park Limited as part of a series of acquisitions in the holiday park sector.
  • Represented District and County Investments Limited and its group member DCI 2 Limited, in respect of obtaining a Revolving Loan Facility from Shawbrook Bank Plc.
  • Represented Justice Properties Limited on a complex sale of a commercial building in Manchester city centre on a deal structure which required a Lease, Option to Purchase and a loan from the Client to the buyer for the refurbishment of the building.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 5

The practice at Slater Heelis was strengthened in 2022 with the May arrival of commercial litigation specialist partner Sale-based Mike Carter from Salehs LLP and the July addition of specialist Veronica Howley from Gregory Abrams Davidson LLP. ‘Tenacious’ team lead Daniel Stern is the key name to note in Manchester, leading on many noteworthy matters, particularly landlord and tenant disputes. Residential disputes specialist John Gorner also stands out.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Stern

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘We highly recommend the team for commercial landlord and tenant matters. Daniel Stern has an excellent understanding of the law surrounding commercial lease disputes.’

‘Daniel Stern has extremely detailed knowledge of commercial landlord and tenant matters and is tenacious.’

‘We felt totally supported through a very complex and unusual set of circumstances. We were always kept up-to-date as regards any progress or changes in the case.’

‘John Gorner represented us in a drawn-out, complicated and sometimes emotionally challenging case and supported us throughout – he was always available to answer any questions and gave us sound advice in a calm and professional manner.’

‘Daniel Stern took the time to understand our issues fully and gave clear analysis of our best options thereafter. He gave no-nonsense advice and moved things to a conclusion in good time, allowing us to continue the building of our new home.’

‘I would recommend Daniel Stern to anybody; he was clear and concise in his assessment of our situation and our options to progress – we had been dealing with some exceptionally difficult people and Daniel was able to crystallise the legal points quickly, and to resolve them to a point which allowed us to proceed.’

‘Slater Heelis is has a clear commitment to diverse recruitment and a real strength in the range of work it can tackle for a range of communities. That is to be set against a commitment to quality to be expected from a firm which has been established for centuries.’

‘Associate Dan Leone is a strong performer. He has expertise in a broad-range of work from domestic landlord and tenant to energy supply. Calm, collected and efficient, he enjoys working with his clients and is dedicated to achieving a practical, commercial solution for each of them.’

Key clients

Riverside Lodge Management Limited and Riverside Lodge Freehold Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised in a protracted partnership dispute involving four defendants, a matter which involves the dispute of complex points including laches, limitation, breach and waiver.
  • Assisted Riverside Lodge Management, and Riverside Lodge Freehold limited in a collective enfranchisement matter, obtaining enfranchisement for the leaseholders.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 6

At Slater Heelis Elizabeth Wilkinson’s practice centres on commercial contract disputes, with the team advising on shareholder, director, and warranty disputes. Pharma and life science related clients particularly rely on the expertise of the team. Mike Carter is another key figure in the team, having joined from Salehs LLP in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Wilkinson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Slater Heelis is a highly approachable yet professional firm, with seamless cohesion between departments.’

‘All staff at Slater Heelis are warm and friendly, yet exceptionally precise and professional in their dealings with all parties to litigation.’

‘I have had considerably positive interactions with Elizabeth Wilkinson.’

Real estate > Construction

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general crime and fraud

Slater Heelis has made a push into the general crime and fraud space with the well-renowned Rachel Fletcher, formerly of JMW Solicitors LLP, leading the team.

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
Photo Name Position Profile
Kim Aucott photo Kim Aucott Kim is a Consultant in the Family team at Slater Heelis. She…
Charlotte Beck photo Charlotte Beck Partner
Hannah Costley photo Hannah Costley Solicitor
Nicola Deutsch photo Nicola Deutsch Nicola is a Partner & Head of Residential Development. She was promoted…
Rachel Fletcher photo Rachel Fletcher Rachel is a Partner & Head of Crime & Regulatory. Rachel has…
Alexandra Goldrein photo Alexandra Goldrein
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
Rebecca Lang photo Rebecca Lang Associate Solicitor in our Family team, Rebecca deals with all aspects of…
Vicki McLynn photo Vicki McLynn Partner
Sunil Mohindra photo Sunil Mohindra Sunil is a Partner and his work over the years has focused…
Rebecca Muirhead photo Rebecca Muirhead Associate Solicitor
Rhian Owen photo Rhian Owen Partner
Richard Riley photo Richard Riley Richard is an Associate Partner at Slater Heelis, which he joined in…
Janet Robinson photo Janet Robinson Associate Partner
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 : 200+
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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.

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
Crime & Regulatory Rachel Fletcher rachel.fletcher@slaterheelis.co.uk 0161 672 1544
Residential Property Zara Banday zara.banday@slaterheelis.co.uk 0161 672 1445
Commercial Property Will Henson will.henson@slaterheelis.co.uk 0161 672 1514
Property Litigation Daniel Stern daniel.stern@slaterheelis.co.uk 0161 672 1543
Construction & Engineering Matthew Grellier matthew.grelllier@slaterheelis.co.uk 0161 672 1427
Corporate & Commercial Simon Wallwork simon.wallwork@slaterheelis.co.uk 0161 672 1528

We have a firm-wide target to focus on diversity and inclusion. We are fully committed to the elimination of unfair discrimination and we see the value that a diverse workforce brings to the firm. We have an EDI policy that covers all protected characteristics and works to value meritocracy, openness, fairness and transparency. The policy is  applicable  to  all  employees,  agency  staff,  clients,  communities,  suppliers  and consultants, whether permanent or temporary.

In 2021 the firm’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion steering group was set up, which is run by 7 individuals from different levels within the business, ethnicities and backgrounds.

The committee has rolled out internal communications to educate colleagues on the value and importance of using inclusive language to showcase a welcoming and safe environment by including pronouns on email signatures and on our intranet.

With colleagues from a range of backgrounds and beliefs across the firm, the ED&I committee has done the groundwork to educate before implementing.

By broadening our talent pool by advertising jobs on a more diverse range of platforms and offering internships to individuals through college partnerships and the 10000 Black Interns Scheme, we demonstrate an openness to all applicants, not just those who may already have heard of us. In a matter of days we saw an exceptional increase in both the number of applications and the diversity within the talent pool.

Not only are we encouraging better representation and inclusion across the firm, but by developing this we are able to demonstrate a workforce that will better resemble society and our broad client base. We strive to move away from a business run by all white cisgender males by planning the implementation of an internal development platform, and as such clients from all walks of life will be able to see a law firm filled with people just like them, and feel more comfortable in approaching us.

Sustainability

Slater Heelis is an accredited Living Wage Foundation Employer, and with regards to the business’ impact on 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

Pro Bono

We offer Pro Bono advice to service users of the LGBT Foundation in Manchester. Our Head of Family, Mark Heptinstall, and Head of Crime, Rachel Fletcher, provide this service.


CLIENT: N/A
COMPANY/FIRM: N/A
TESTIMONIAL: Slater Heelis and in particular my solicitor Amy Dawber has been fantastic to work with. I was looking for a solicitor to help with a non molestation and occupation order and was extremely happy with the service provided. Time was of the essence and the work needed was done quickly and sensitively. The legal process was explained in layman’s terms i could understand. I would certainly recommend Amy and Slater Heelis.


CLIENT: Tony Lee
COMPANY/FIRM: N/A
TESTIMONIAL: I recently had to pleasure of working with Daniel Stern on a contractual dispute representing a high profile client of ours.

Daniel did not disappoint and worked tirelessly to get the result we required.

I would highly recommend him to any of our future clients and look forward to working with him again in the near future.


CLIENT: Hamed
COMPANY/FIRM: N/A
TESTIMONIAL: Mark is an excellent solicitor who loves and respects his profession dearly. He is an amazing person with excellent communication skills. He listens carefully to what you tell him and understands it fully before providing an accurate answer that leaves no unclear corners or doubts. He gives all the possible scenarios and the responses to each one of them. I am absolutely grateful.


CLIENT: Shakila
COMPANY/FIRM: N/A
TESTIMONIAL: I write to express my sincere and heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to Elizabeth Wilkinson and her team. I was provided a highly professional and competent service in both a friendly and accessible manner. Elizabeth helped my family and I during a very challenging time and at the start of the pandemic. Her approach was thorough and transparent. She was professional and worked diligently to the end and was completely understanding . I achieved the outcome and justice was served . I would highly recommend this firm !


CLIENT: Kim H
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TESTIMONIAL: From my first consultation with Mark, I knew I was in good hands. I needed someone that was knowledgeable, experienced and considerate to assist me with my divorce. I went through such an emotional and traumatic experience throughout the last few months. But Mark and his team were always on hand to help out and Mark always ensured that things were cost effective. Chloe was also such a great help with the non molestation and occupation order. It’s been such a hard journey but I honestly could not have made it through the last few months with out Mark’s exceptional counsel. I would not hesitate to recommend Mark and his team to anyone. Mark is the best especially with complicated family issues.


CLIENT: Kris Halliwell
COMPANY/FIRM: N/A
TESTIMONIAL: Contacted Slaterheelis on a personal recommendation from someone who had a great experience with the company. Made telephone contact needing some urgent advice with on on going issue with the CMS. Received a call back within a few hours established the nature of my enquiry and then Jodi called me that same afternoon. Jodi was amazing and provided clear guidance on a number of issues which enabled me to take the important right next steps! great company, lightening fast response to the enquiry and then professional and personal legal guidance. Thank you Jodi and team!


CLIENT: Sharon
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TESTIMONIAL: I have been incredibly fortunate to have Alexandra Goldrein acting as my lawyer. Divorce is never going to be easy, and being in lockdown/the pandemic added to the difficulty. Alex was a tower of strength and support to me during this time, and I genuinely would have struggled without her help.

Alex is razor sharp. She is a tactically astute family lawyer with incredible skill, gaining insight into your particular situation very quickly. Alex always acts with total professionalism and empathy. She is on the ball, very down to earth, and is one of the most genuinely caring people I have come across.

Alexandra Goldrein works tirelessly at a level way beyond her grade and is more than a match for anyone she comes up against – I would absolutely recommend her to anyone going through divorce, you will be in safe, skilled and supportive hands.


CLIENT: Frank Morris
COMPANY/FIRM: N/A
TESTIMONIAL: Can I thank you for a great job in providing me with some reasonable clarity on my position and affording me the knowledge of where I stood/stand in this RR V SRL stand-off.


CLIENT: Ray
COMPANY/FIRM: N/A
TESTIMONIAL: You might think this review is fake because of how positive it is but I can assure you it’s not and it’s as genuine as it gets ! I’m only so passionate about this because I understand how it feels as a dad to be alienated from your child when you’ve done nothing wrong and you hit rock bottom so I’d like anyone seeing this that’s in a similar position to really listen.

I was panicking because I had just gotten rid of my old solicitor a week before my first court date in regards to contact with my son and Alexandra reached out to me after an enquiry.

I cannot stress that Alexandra had a week or so to get everything done that my previous solicitor at Harold G Walker had done poorly. Alexandra provided everything to a high quality along with providing me with what I believe the most important thing, honesty.

She also made me understand exactly where I stood and what I should do next etc and not only did it pay off but it actually made me understand exactly what’s going on and for someone who has no knowledge of this prior it was pretty clear. Alexandra provided me with amazing communication and didn’t just view me as a money making scheme but as a human being going through genuine problems, this was reflected through her care when it came to approaching me with discussing finances and discussing the ongoing situation. I would definitely recommend her to anyone going through legal family troubles especially if you’re someone who is innocent and is being taken advantage of especially and in addition if you have the finances because she is definitely one of the very best you’ll find.


CLIENT: Bruno
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TESTIMONIAL: Being the first time I found myself in a situation where I needed a legal solicitor to deal with a personal private matter, I could have not asked for a better person to represent me and help me throughout the all process.

I was fortunate to come across Rachel who from the first contact immediately put my mind a rest by conveying confidence, knowledge and reassurance.

Once I was able to describe the situation to Rachel she immediatly started all diligences to ensure all work was done before I attended my interview.

On the interview day she was by my side and delivered an excellent defence statement which ultimately together with my account ensured the right outcome was achieve and justice prevailed.

Rachel helped me more than I can honestly say. She supported me throughout the process and help me in such a way that without her I am unsure how I would have coped mentally with the pressure of such situation.

I highly recommend Rachels services as she could not done better for me. Rachel is reassuring, has a vast amount of knowledge, is supportive, honest and very approachable.

Thank you Rachel


CLIENT: Anonymous
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TESTIMONIAL: Alex was an invaluable help through my divorce proceedings. I had some previous experience with a different lawyer (at another law firm) who I did not have a positive experience with. When moving to Alex at Slater Heelis right from the beginning I got a superior service.

Not only is Alex’ knowledge and experience great, but she is an excellent communicator, able to distill issues down to the most relevant points and present the options available clearly, concisely and with the related pros / cons of each approach in such a way that I was able to make decisions as and when needed along the way. Alex was also always pro-active in following up unresolved issues so that matters progressed.

I would not hesitate to recommend Slater Heelis in general, and Alexandra Goldrein in particular for Family Law matters.


CLIENT: Anonymous
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TESTIMONIAL: Rebecca dealt with a financial dispute which arose when I separated from my partner of 14 years. Whilst I was optimistic of the outcome being in my favour, there were still huge doubts and legal implications which didn’t go in my favour. After the first meeting with Rebecca, I was made aware of the various options available to me & also the implications of each. At no point did Rebecca make any promises or guarantees so I was prepared for every eventuality.

I found Rebecca very professional & knowledgeable from the outset & It was clear that she was quite tenacious.

She kept me informed at all times and the way her correspondence was worded with the opposing solicitor was very impressive.

The outcome worked entirely in my favour and this was all down to Rebecca. She is someone who I trusted from the start, she didn’t judge & these things are all very important. I would not hesitate to use Rebecca again at any time in the future. She is a huge asset to her company.


CLIENT: Anonymous
COMPANY/FIRM: N/A
TESTIMONIAL: I am writing to personally say how much I appreciate the lengths and efforts of David during my recent divorce in which he handled very professionally. The hard work and diligent effort David applied to this case has been very reassuring in that I felt at ease and comfortable discussing every aspect and detail that was paramount to the divorce.

At the beginning of the divorce my mental health and well being was at its lowest and David was always honest about how the case could go for either side. At the time this was probably not the news I wanted to hear but I am so grateful that he was honest during this time.

David was always available to speak whenever I needed clarification on any queries and was understanding of my work commitments considering I run a day service for severely mentally ill clients, and this had on occasion impacted the timings of my replies to David’s emails or telephone calls.

David worked tirelessly to ensure we had gathered enough documentation for my case to help us get the best outcome.

Please accept my sincere gratitude for David’s efforts during the most stressful time of my life. Myself and my family could not be more at ease.


CLIENT: Anonymous
COMPANY/FIRM: N/A
TESTIMONIAL: Wow! I wonder whether I was dreaming! Ms Charlotte Beck truly is the best solicitor that I have ever come across in my entire life. I’m 53 years and have been in touch with too many firms and solicitors helping families and friends. I have never ever come a cross solicitor like Charlotte….she is very friendly, genuine, straight away put you at ease…. I cannot thank her enough for her time and information. She truly knows what she is talking about and even from her tune of voice, I could strongly sense that she actually genuinely cares.

I liked that I was able to ask questions and get answered in a very short turn around. While too many solicitors before giving any piece of information or advise, first mentioning about their hourly rate, I was provided with very valuable information and advise without being asked for any money. Absolutely Wonderful service with the amazing genuine Solicitor.

Thank you so much Charlotte!!!!


CLIENT: Chris Horton
COMPANY/FIRM: N/A
TESTIMONIAL: “We are a Mechanical & Electrical contractor that found ourselves to be in a precarious commercial position against a much larger main contractor. Matthew and Slater Heelis supported us through a very difficult and trying case, the levels of professionalism and depth of knowledge provided us reassurance and confidence to be able to pursue our claim to eventually achieve an agreeable outcome.

I will recommend Matthew and Slater Heelis to anyone else that needs the support of true professionals in difficult situations.”

“Having spoken to a number of solicitors for advice and becoming increasingly distressed, I found Rachel from an advert for Slater Heelis on the radio. Rachel was amazing from the very first telephone call! Having outlined my Son’s case Rachel provided knowledgeable and factual information in a personable, professional and trustful manner that put me at ease straight away. All avenues of the case were explored by Rachel and her Barrister and we were well briefed throughout the case by email, telephone and in person. Rachel was always there to answer questions about the legal aspect of things we didn’t understand. Rachel successfully got my Son’s case discontinued before the trial. This was a huge relief for both my Son and myself and we cannot thank Rachel and her Barrister enough for their dedication during this case and providing the best possible outcome for my Son. If you are ever in need of a solicitor I would highly recommend Rachel and her team!”

“Once again its a five out of five. Having been messed about on several occasions before instructing Rachel, I am pleased to say she restored my faith in the legal profession. She is bright, personable,

sensible, and highly unusually tries to keep fees to a minimum. It took a huge leap of faith to trust another solicitor but my faith was not misplaced and she (with the assistant of very capable counsel) got me a great result. She is also very friendly, down to earth and doesn’t judge. If only I’d have instructed her in the first instance. Highly recommended.”

“Hannah assisted me with a criminal case that was very emotive as it involved the future for my 2 year old son. Not only was I given very professional legal direction, Hannah was always available and communicated excellently throughout. This was of the utmost importance to me during such an emotionally stressful time. Thanks Hannah #JUSTICE”

“Hannah was above and beyond. She would answer any calls or messages nearly immediately. Kept me informed and got me the best result for my case. Give me the best professional advice. And is above all a lovely human being. I was referred to her off a friend, now I can do the same. If you want a professional solicitor that gets the right results use her. Thanks Hannah”