Slater Heelis LLP

0161 969 3131

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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Verified Ahsan Added 1 week ago Report to admin
May 16, 2019 20190516174450

Car claim


Greatly handled and responded in time for any queries I had. Thank you to the solicitor who handled my case- Richard Wilson 👍

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Susan Alison
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May 14, 2019 20190514162728

Excellent service throughout


I am a first time buyer and was really worried about everything but I had nothing to worry about as slater heelis took care of everything. Thanks

Solicitor being reviewed: Zara Banday

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Stephen Paul
Verified Stephen Paul Added 1 week ago Report to admin
May 14, 2019 20190514095106

Great Experience


Professionalism throughout. Great advice and knowledge, fast action and a talk through at every stage, which is important in todays solicitor market place where priorities are just the fees. Thoroughly recommended.

Solicitor being reviewed: Simon Charles Adamson

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Steven Vigand
Verified Steven Vigand Added 2 weeks ago Report to admin
May 09, 2019 20190509075243



Ian Donnison dealt with the house sale in an efficient, professional and polite manner. A good experience.
The price was OK and agreed as a fixed fee.
Have used the firm for Power of Attorneys and a will in the past and service and professionalism have always been very good.
Based on my experiences so far, a good firm which I’d recommend.

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Margaret Pauline
Verified Margaret Pauline Added 1 month ago Report to admin
April 18, 2019 20190418102005

buying a house


Slaters, were really helpful, always answered emails told you exactly what was going on help ed me every step of the way

Solicitor being reviewed: David Andrew Jones

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Verified Darren Added 1 month ago Report to admin
April 11, 2019 20190411112041



A simple, professional and straight forward approach to handling our case. Very impressed with the service and advice we were given.

Solicitor being reviewed: Sarah Jane Calderwood

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Charlotte Lee
Verified Charlotte Lee Added 1 month ago Report to admin
April 10, 2019 20190410094903

Thank you Slater Heelis!!


I recently purchased my first home, and was understandably overwhelmed with the lengthy process, having never purchased a home before. I chose Slater Heelis solicitors because of their fantastic reviews and it was possibly the best decision I made!

My solicitor was Edward Michell, and he and his team were kind, patient and understanding throughout the process of buying my home. Every person I spoke to from Slater Heelis had excellent communication skills and were approachable and responsive throughout.

I would like to share my sincere gratitude and thanks to Slater Heelis, Edward Michell, Louise Royle and Sarah Howson... and would highly recommend anyone to choose Slater Heelis!!

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Verified Madeleine Added 3 months ago Report to admin
February 22, 2019 20190222082652

Excellent Service


The guys provided a professional and timely service meeting all our expectations.

Solicitor being reviewed: Germaine Zoe Peters

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Joseph Paul
Verified Joseph Paul Added 3 months ago Report to admin
February 21, 2019 20190221194817

Great Solicitors *****


I glad I chose Slater Heels for my personal injury claim. Simon explained the procedure very clearly and communicated regularly to keep me updated.
I'm very happy with the compensation I received and would highly recommend there services.
Many thanks.
Joe Bridgman.

Solicitor being reviewed: Simon Charles Adamson

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Verified Paul Added 3 months ago Report to admin
February 21, 2019 20190221184230

Personal injury claim


Great service, and conducted claim listening to all my points and concerns accordingly against my employer. Kept up to date throughout and got the result that was satisfactory in the end

Solicitor being reviewed: Stephen Edward Farnworth

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Solicitors who work at Slater Heelis LLP

  • 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.

  • Simon Maddox

    Simon is a partner in the Real Estate department based out of Manchester, having joined the practice in January 2017. He has extensive experience with a broad client base ranging from large corporates to individual entrepreneurs, across various commercial property sectors. He has a particular Retail specialism, having acted for a number of National retailers, both with regard to their strategic acquisition/disposal programmes and general portfolio management. Additionally he has a wealth of experience in other property disciplines, including investor/occupier, Landlord and Tenant and property finance work. Outside of the office he enjoys good food and a glass or two of Rioja. He also plays a number of sports including golf, and generally tries to keep fit in a desperate effort to work off the aforementioned food and drink.

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

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  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday
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