Slater Heelis LLP

0161 904 9595

Slater Heelis is an established and friendly full-service law firm in Manchester and Cheshire, with offices in the city centre, Sale and Timperley. Our team of solicitors can advise you on many legal matters, as our broad service offering caters to individuals and businesses alike.

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Samantha Jayne
Verified Samantha Jayne Added 6 months ago Report to admin
September 30, 2018 20180930172051



Had a fanstastiv service, Helen was brilliant!

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Nicholas Geoffrey
Nicholas Geoffrey Added 6 months ago Report to admin
September 27, 2018 20180927210814

Professional and friendly


I experienced total professionalism and prompt, friendly attention. At no point did i feel baffled or out of my depth due to the straightforward use of language.

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Verified Lilian Added 6 months ago Report to admin
September 27, 2018 20180927190037



My husband and myself were delighted with the help given with the purchase of our apartment., and ,also the help given in making out our wills

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Iain Nigel
Verified Iain Nigel Added 6 months ago 2 found this helpful Report to admin
September 27, 2018 20180927185049

Mum & Dad’s estate


David helped and guided us consistently and advised on matters in a straightforward pragmatic way. We had confidence in how matters would proceed. Probate all attended to in a timely way

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Deborah Jane
Deborah Jane Added 6 months ago Report to admin
September 27, 2018 20180927175941

Excellent service


Helen Young was exceptional when dealing with our purchase and sale. Always kept us informed and up to date with each stage of the process. We highly recommended her for her professionalism and help through out the whole process.

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Nichola Anne
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September 27, 2018 20180927154333

Great Service during House Purchase


I dealt with Stephen Locke during the purchase of my property and the service Stephen and his team delivered was great. No problems at all. The day of the sale was very efficient and everything was done and dusted by 11am.

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Deborah Added 6 months ago Report to admin
September 27, 2018 20180927151246

Slater Heelis


I use Slater Heelis fairly regularly, both for buy to let’s and for personal house purchases. The team are very thorough and give excellent advice - I’ve just bought a new build and Slater Heelis were the only solicitors, from everyone purchasing on the estate, who picked up on a building condition that had passed the due date and had not been completed.

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Patrick Michael
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September 27, 2018 20180927150602



I have worked with Stephen Locke in the past, and be provided his usual timely and thorough service.

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Verified Audrey Added 6 months ago Report to admin
September 26, 2018 20180926204629

Local availability


We were able to access advice by popping in when we had a query. Nothing was too much trouble.

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Verified Barbara Added 6 months ago Report to admin
September 26, 2018 20180926063518



No fuss conveyancing.
Attention to detail and easy communication.

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Solicitors who work at Slater Heelis LLP

  • Stephen Locke

    Stephen has in excess of 30 years experience in all aspects of residential conveyancing. Prior to joining Slater Heelis LLP in 2013 Stephen headed his own firm in Timperley where he developed an enviable reputation dealing with residential conveyancing for private clients, investors and property developers. Stephen is recognised as a recommended lawyer in the Legal 500 law directory.

  • Mike Fox

    Mike first joined Slater Heelis in 1977, was appointed Managing Partner from 2008 to 2013 and then took up his current position as Senior Partner . Mike has been instrumental in the growth and development of the business in addition to previously heading up the Commercial Property Department. His main area of expertise is in relation to commercial landlord and tenant matters and commercial property acquisitions and disposals. Outside of the office Mike has been appointed President of the Altrincham & Sale Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber provides Business support and Business mentoring along with networking and training sessions. Mike is recognised as a recommended lawyer in the Legal 500 law directory.

  • Hannah Al-Shaghana

    Hannah is a commercial property lawyer whose expertise encompasses all aspects of commercial property work including acquisitions and disposals, secured lending and all landlord and tenant matters. Hannah acts for a wide variety of clients including limited companies, partnerships, entrepreneurs, schools and educational providers. Notably Hannah acts for a national restaurant chain and handles all their leasehold transactions including acquisitions, disposals, licences for alterations and surrenders. She is also a member of our Schools and Academies Team. In a Legal 500 Review (2011), Hannah was described as “particularly active in leasehold matters” and “is an up-and-coming member of the team and is praised for her great communication skills”. She was also ranked in Chambers UK (2013) as a “leading individual” and an “Associate to watch”.

  • Jay Lafinhan

    Jay joins the firm with extensive knowledge and experience in all areas of commercial and residential property law. He acts for a variety of clients including property investors, developers, corporate investors, private landlords, corporate landlords, commercial property portfolio managers, mainstream lenders as well as private corporate lenders. He also specialises in acting for lenders on short-term development loans, bridging finance and for private property developers. With the high-level of experience and expertise he has acquired throughout his career, Jay provides an efficient, knowledgeable and user-friendly service to all the clients he acts for.

  • Katharine Mellor

    Katharine Mellor is a corporate partner based at our Sale Commercial Office. She is a former corporate partner in DWF LLP who joined Slater Heelis in 2013. Katharine’s client service offering in the healthcare, education and professional services sectors enhances the firm’s expertise in corporate and commercial matters. With over 40 years’ experience of mergers and acquisitions, reorganisations, partnerships and LLPs, and charities, Katharine was the former senior and managing partner at Elliotts in Manchester who ultimately merged with DWF in 2007. Katharine was the first female President of the Manchester Law Society and has held non-executive director positions on the National Blood Authority and South Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She is currently a member of the Association of Partnership Practitioners and a trustee of the Brockbank Foundation. Katharine is recognised as a leading individual in the Legal 500 law directory.

  • Patricia Robinson

    Patricia is a Partner who specialises in Resolution and is a senior member of the team. Patricia specialises in all aspects of family law and has particular expertise in resolving complex financial issues arising from divorce and the dissolution of a civil partnership and dealing with the arrangements for children both within and outside the court process. Patricia’s cases often involve successful entrepreneurs, business owners and high profile figures. Patricia is an active committee member of Resolution whose extensive members consist of specialist family lawyers and other professionals committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes. She sits as the Chair of Resolution’s Greater Manchester Region and is also a qualified collaborative solicitor. Patricia frequently writes for legal and non-legal publications on family law issues and has presented several family law lectures to her peers. Outside work Patricia’s spare time is spent with her husband and two young children enjoying days out and camping trips. Patricia is recognised as a recommended lawyer in the Legal 500 Law Directory.

  • Phillip Rhodes

    Phillip is a Resolution accredited mediator and Partner in the Family team at Slater Heelis. He helps separating couples deal with the many issues that arise following the breakdown of a relationship, both in relation to divorce/civil partnership dissolution and children. Phillip practises exclusively in family law with a particular emphasis on complex financial cases, often with multi-jurisdictional elements (international) and those involving business interests, trusts and pensions. He has extensive experience in cases involving children disputes and also advises unmarried couples in relation to cohabitation issues and prenuptial agreements. Phillip is a committee member of Resolution, whose 6,500 members comprise family lawyers and other professionals committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes. Members adhere to a code of practice which promotes a non-confrontational approach to family disputes. Members also encourage solutions which consider the needs of the whole family and, in particular, the best interests of children. He also sits as treasurer to the committee of Resolution (Manchester). Phillip comments on family law issues in both national and local media. He has been quoted in The Telegraph and has been interviewed on Radio 5 Live. He frequently writes for legal and non-legal publications on family law issues, including online support tools for other family lawyers for whom he also delivers lectures. Outside work, Phillip’s spare time is spent with his wife and two young children.

  • Sarah Calderwood

    Sarah is a Human Resources/Employment lawyer with over 15 years’ experience. Throughout her career Sarah has been involved in a broad range of employment related issues including conducting tribunals, advising on personnel issues and drafting related documentation, providing employment related support for corporate and commercial transactions, negotiating settlements and pursuing injunctive action in respect of restrictive covenant matters. Sarah contributes to articles including for the Executory News and MEN Business Week. She is also a member of our Schools and Academies team. Sarah is recognised as a recommended lawyer in the Legal 500 law directory.

  • Tracey Guest

    Tracey has specialised in employment law for more than 18 years. She joined Slater Heelis in November 2009 as Partner and Head of the Employment department, having previously worked at various city centre law firms. Tracey’s work focuses on providing clear, practical advice on all aspects of employment law, including executive terminations, compromise agreements, redundancies, restrictive covenants and all types of employment law claims. She handles unfair dismissals, discrimination, TUPE, disciplinary and grievance procedures, family friendly rights and drafting documentation for a wide range of clients. Tracey is a regular speaker at seminars and provides client training at their premises on a variety of employment-related topics. She is frequently quoted in the press and is the featured expert for providing regular advice on employment matters affecting mothers in the workplace. Tracey is recognised as a leading lawyer in the Legal 500 law directory.

  • Zara Banday

    Zara is a Partner in the Residential Property Department at Slater Heelis. Prior to her appointment at the firm, Zara worked for Darbys before their recent merger with Knights. Before working for Darbys, she worked for a large city centre firm where she gained superb experience in all aspects of residential property transactions, ranging from sale and purchase transactions to boundary disputes and landlord and tenant issues. Zara has a wide variety of clients and has acted for numerous sports personalities. She is often asked to act for high-net-worth individuals in complex property transactions. She also acts for lending institutions providing short-term lending. She has a loyal client base with most of her work generated from personal recommendations and referrals. Zara has strong links with a football club in Manchester and regularly gets asked to act on behalf of the players in complex sale and purchase transactions as well as tenancy agreements. Further to her legal expertise, Zara is also fluent in Urdu and Punjabi.

  • Mark Heptinstall

    Mark joined Slater Heelis in 2005 and is Head of the Family Department. Mark is recognised as a leading lawyer in the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession and is described as a “very thorough, proactive and a hard negotiator.” Mark is recognised as a recommended lawyer in the Legal 500. Mark specialises in family finances including high-net worth, complex cases and often appears in court as an advocate. He has clients across the UK and these typically include business owners, other lawyers, accountants, footballers and clients with overseas connections. He has a keen interest in the resolution of cases involving contested trusts, estates, inheritances and Court of Protection matters. He is both a past President and Vice-President of The Trafford Law Society. Mark is also a member the Manchester Law Society Council and of Resolution, formerly known as the Solicitors Family Law Association. Mark is a Resolution trained Collaborative Lawyer.

  • Simon Wallwork

    Simon Wallwork is a corporate partner based in Manchester and Head of our Corporate and Commercial team. With over 28 years’ experience advising on acquisitions, disposals, fundraising, private equity and public market transactions, for a wide variety of clients including public and private companies, banks, venture capital funds and partnerships, Simon also has considerable client side experience spending a number of years working in-house with Pilkington plc. In addition to general corporate work, Simon specialises in the Technology and Life Sciences sectors. He has built up expertise in these sectors developing a deep understanding of their drivers. Simon was ranked the most active corporate lawyer in the North West in the Corpfin Deals Review 2015 produced by Experian, with 18 deals completed in that year. Simon is recognised as a recommended lawyer in the Legal 500 law directory and the Chambers Guide.

  • Will Henson

    Will joined Slater Heelis in 1998, qualified in 2000 and was promoted to Partner in early 2010. Will has built an excellent reputation for his keen commercial approach and his established client base includes a wide variety of private and corporate investors, landlords and tenants. He acts for a number of high-profile regional developers and has particular expertise in residential and commercial property development. Will is recognised as a recommended lawyer in the Legal 500 law directory and is now Head of Commercial Property at Slater Heelis LLP.

  • Nicky Collins

    Nicky is a corporate and commercial partner and joined Slater Heelis in 2016. She has over 20 years’ experience advising clients on their acquisitions, disposals and restructures as well as their banking facilities and re-finances and commercial contracts. In addition to general corporate and commercial work, Nicky has a keen interest in the health and education sectors and, in particular, advises numerous GP Federations which are emerging around the country in response to the ever-increasing pressures in the health sector. Nicky is a trustee and director of the Alder Hey Children’s Charity and a member of its Spending Committee and director of its trading subsidiary. She has also recently taken on Non-Executive position on the Board of PRASIS, which is a specialist indemnity scheme established for plastic surgeons. Nicky is described in the Legal 500 in connection with her work with healthcare clients as being “exceptional in providing the benefit of her wisdom and expert knowledge in a non-patronising and readily understandable manner”.

  • Nicola Deutsch

    Nicola joined the Residential Department at Cottrills in 2013 specialising in social housing development and has become an integral part of the team at Slater Heelis LLP. She headed the social housing team in the north of England whilst at Eversheds dealing with regeneration projects such as Pathfinder, then working at Trowers & Hamlins for the housing project team acting on behalf of numerous registered providers. Nicola also has public sector experience having been the in-house lawyer for a registered charitable provider and a local authority. Having worked in social housing for approximately 30 years, Nicola’s expertise is in residential development, all elements of social housing, site set ups, Section 106 Agreements, easements and property finance. Out of the office she enjoys reading, gardening and exploring European cities.

About This Branch


Slater Heelis is an established and friendly full-service law firm in Manchester and Cheshire, with offices in the city centre, Sale and Timperley. Our team of solicitors can advise you on many legal matters, as our broad service offering caters to individuals and businesses alike.

Practice Area

Services for you: Family Law - Court of Protection - Residential Conveyancing - Personal Injury - Wills, Trusts & Probate Services for businesses: Corporate Law - Dispute Resolution - Employment Law & HR - Commercial Property - Construction & Engineering - Residential Construction Projects

Legal Services
  • Repossessions
  • Option agreements and conditional contracts
  • IT professionals
  • Child Relocation After Divorce
  • Civil partnerships
  • Collaborative Law
  • Professional Discipline
  • Media and Sports
  • Matrimonial finance
  • Litigation - Breach of contract
  • Exclusivity and lock-out agreements
  • Insurance brokers
  • Asset protection and tax mitigation
  • Housing disputes
  • TUPE
  • Children Act proceedings
  • Litigation - Property litigation claims
  • Travel - Travel agents going out of business
  • Grandparents' Rights
  • Residential Conveyancing
  • Gym Injury Compensation
  • Deeds of easements, variation, deeds of rectifications
  • Harassment/Bullying at Work
  • Transfer of title
  • Cohabitation agreements and disputes
  • Right to Manage
  • Boundary Disputes
  • Benefits Available To Asbestos Victims
  • Unfair Dismissal Claims
  • Travel - Airlines going out of business
  • Travel - Falsely advertised accommodation
  • Tenant Eviction
  • No Win No Fee
  • Investment and buy to let properties
  • Renting and Tenancy Agreements
  • Evicting Squatters and Trespassers
  • Agency Staff / Temp Workers
  • Out Of Court Divorce
  • Whistleblower Protection
  • Extending your Lease
  • Barristers
  • Family Leave
  • Disciplinary Hearings
  • Child contact
  • Mental Health
  • Property Disputes
  • Inheritance Act claims
  • Probate
  • Employment Contracts
  • Valuers
  • Injunctions
  • Litigation - Product liability claims
  • Matrimonial transfers
  • Tax Compliance Services
  • Settlement Agreements
  • Litigation - Trust and pension issues
  • Constructive/Unfair Dismissal
  • Financial advisors
  • Separation
  • Separation Agreement
  • Property Holding Structures
  • Pre and Post Nuptial Agreements
  • HMRC Tax Investigations and Disputes
  • Parental responsibility, paternity disputes, surrogacy
  • Flexible Working
  • Children
  • Neighbour Disputes
  • Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme
  • Professional trustees
  • UK Employment Laws
  • Transfers of parts of land
  • Inheritance Tax
  • Trusts
  • Tenancy Breaches, Injunctions and Forfeiture Claims
  • Dispute resolution - civil mediation
  • Litigation Law
  • Redundancy
  • Family law
  • Unpaid Rent, Service or Ground Charges
  • Right of Way and Rights to Light
  • Service Charge Disputes
  • Adoption, Surrogacy, Care and Special Guardianship
  • Financial Matters
  • Pension and property advice
  • Litigation - M&A and warranty disputes
  • Deeds of Gifts
  • Travel - Holiday Sickness
  • Libel and Defamation
  • Declarations of trusts
  • Unmarried Couples' Rights
  • Child Arrangements Following Divorce
  • Travel - Unsanitary hotel conditions
  • Trusts
  • Child Law
  • Part Time Workers
  • Gardening Leave
  • Tribunal Claims
  • Privacy and Data Protection
  • Pension Law
  • Right of First Refusal
  • Leasehold properties
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Maternity and Paternity
  • Against The Council
  • Welfare Issues After Serious Injury
  • Wills
  • Divorce After A Brain Or Other Serious Injury
  • Transfers of equity
  • Family Mediation
  • Restrictive Covenants, Easements and Wayleaves
  • Dilapidation Claims
  • Housing Management
  • Insolvency and bankruptcy
  • Tax Advisory Services
  • Stress at Work
  • Cohabitation and Unmarried Relationships
  • Debt and Bankruptcy
  • Travel - Volcanic ash disruption
  • Injunctions
  • Litigation - Insurance disputes
  • Social Services
  • Anti-social Behaviour
  • Landlord and Tenant
  • Holiday Pay Issues
  • Tax
  • Service Charge Recovery
  • Lease Extensions
  • Employee Team Moves
  • Housing Associations
  • New home purchases and sales
  • Discrimination at Work
  • Restrictive Covenants
  • Possession and repossession proceedings
  • Remortgaging
  • Buying at auction
  • Professional Negligence
  • Personal Injury Law
  • Senior Executives
  • Civil Partnership Dissolution
  • Travel - Trip cancellation
  • Freehold Enfranchisement
  • Purchase and Sale
  • Equal Pay Disputes
  • Sales or purchases of shops, factories, warehouses, offices and licensed premises
  • Development loan facilities
  • Partnership and LLP law
  • Computer and IT Law
  • Commercial Litigation Matters
  • Intellectual Property Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Framework agreements
  • Investment purchases and Buy to Let
  • Copyright
  • Environmental policy law
  • Development plot sales
  • Construction
  • Setting up a business
  • Trade Marks and Designs
  • Guarantees and bonds
  • Business structures and joint ventures
  • Engineering contracts
  • Dealing with intellectual property infringements
  • Merchandising and sponsorship
  • Commercial Leases
  • Franchising
  • Purchase and Sale Of Commercial Property
  • Banking
  • Asset Tracing
  • Advertising and Marketing Compliance
  • Design rights and product designs
  • Development agreements
  • Commercial Law
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Mis-sold Interest Rate Swap Agreements
  • Share option schemes
  • Employment - business
  • Landlord and tenant
  • In-house training
  • Rights of way issues
  • Patents
  • Health and Safety
  • Purchase of development land
  • Insurance
  • Mediation
  • Charities
  • Domain Names
  • Insolvency and Bankruptcy
  • Developer disputes
  • Facility maintenance agreements
  • Agency agreements
  • Anti-Counterfeiting and Anti-Piracy
  • Confidential Information, Know-How and Trade Secrets
  • Competition law
  • Corporate finance
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Unfair Loan Charges
  • Building contracts and professional appointments
  • Due diligence audits for banks and other financial institutions
  • Intellectual Property
  • Warranties, third party rights and reliance letters
  • Personality and Image Rights
  • Sales and Purchases
  • Tax
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Commercial mortgages
  • Contracts for the supply, installation and maintenance of specialist mechanical and electrical plant
  • Licensing
  • Summary Judgment
  • Shareholder and Partnership Disputes
  • Construction and engineering dispute resolution
  • Statutory Demands
  • Data Protection
  • Finance
  • Corporate Law
  • Shareholder Agreements
  • Debt Recovery
  • Crane oversailing and scaffolding licences
  • GDPR
  • Credit Control
  • Management buyouts

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  • Thursday
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  • Sunday
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