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Slater Heelis is a full-service law firm with offices in Sale, Timperley and Manchester city centre offering a range of legal services including, Corporate, Employment, Personal Injury, Residential and Commercial Property, Family Law, Private Client and Criminal Law.

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Exceeding expectations

Slater Heelis is a respected and experienced full-service law firm with offices in Manchester, Sale and Timperley. Offering exceptional legal advice for every stage of life, our dedicated team of professionals provide our clients expert advice they can rely on. Tried and trusted for generations With our origins dating back 250 years, we pride ourselves on building relationships that last. We are proud to have provided legal services to successive generations of many families within Greater Manchester, whose continued relationships with us are an endorsement of our services. Our success is born from our ability to understand the needs of our clients, identifying outcomes and working diligently to achieve them. Whether an SME, large corporation, not-for-profit organisation or an individual, we have an outstanding reputation for delivering results and meeting, if not exceeding, clients’ expectations. We provide a local, personal and comprehensive legal service to meet a wide range of both business and private individual needs.


Business clients: Pioneering the very best legal solutions At Slater Heelis we pride ourselves on providing the very best legal support for people and businesses alike. Lean on us for legal advice and support, so you can focus on managing your business. No matter the size or stage of your business, we are here to help. Legal matters for businesses can become extremely complex, so it’s important to have an experienced solicitor you can trust. From our offices across Greater Manchester, we’ve been on hand for local, national and global businesses since our humble beginnings in the 18th century. Much has changed in the business world since then, but our level of service and commitment to achieving the best possible outcome for our clients has not.

Keeping your business on track

At Slater Heelis we tailor our approach to suit our clients’ individual circumstances. By understanding their needs, we are able to provide effective commercial advice and practical legal solutions that directly align with the strategic vision for their business. As your trusted solicitors, we will ensure key operations, agreements and transactions run as efficiently as possible. Thanks to our experience, specialist skill sets and commercial acumen, we have a thorough understanding of the business landscape and how you can prosper within it. Clients value our pragmatic approach to commercial law, and our in-depth knowledge of a number of sectors, including life sciences, healthcare, manufacturing, technology and education serves to strengthen our reputation.


Business Client Services

Our business services team’s expertise spans the full range of commercial disciplines, which is one of the main reasons we consistently rank highly in both Chambers and Legal 500 and maintain lasting relationships with our clients. Corporate Law Dispute Resolution Insolvency & Restructuring Employment & HR Commercial Property & Residential Development

Construction & Engineering Business Crime & Regulatory Charities & Social Enterprises



Corporate & Commercial Law

We are passionate about supporting you to achieve your commercial goals. The Slater Heelis Corporate & Commercial Team has gained an exceptional reputation for high quality work delivered in a client centred and value added manner. Whether you are a newly established company or a mature business, we can advise you on all aspects of corporate and commercial legal requirements. We will work with you to build up a long-term relationship, so we can develop a strategy to assist you achieving your aims and protecting your interests. We have significant experience and expertise in working alongside our clients and their other advisers from incorporation, through growth and expansion phases through to an exit. Our team of experts have experience in a variety of sectors with specialist sector knowledge in life sciences, manufacturing, technology, education and healthcare.

Our corporate services include: - Incorporation and corporate structures

- Shareholders agreements and articles of association - Early stage funding rounds and ensuring your company is investment ready - Mergers, acquisitions and disposals - Private equity transactions - Management buy-ins and buy-outs - Refinancing - Corporate governance - Banking - Venture capital and angel investments - Joint ventures - Share option schemes - Employee ownership trusts Our commercial services include: - Strategic alliances - Collaboration and licensing technology - Transfer, research and development product acquisition and sale - Clinical trial and CRO agreements - Manufacturing and supply agreements - Sales, promotion, marketing and other commercial arrangements; data protection compliance


Dispute Resolution

We are on your side, helping to swiftly and successfully resolve disputes between businesses. We are equally at home doing battle in the High Court in London, appearing in your local County Court or sitting around a mediation table resolving your dispute informally. No case is too big, small or complex for us to handle. We understand the importance of ensuring the legal costs of the dispute do not outweigh the benefits of success. Therefore, we provide you with clear and concise advice at the outset in respect of the likely prospect of success and costs. We can advise on the following matters: - Debt recovery - Shareholder and partnership disputes - Copyright and trademark disputes - Negligence claims, including professional negligence - Contract disputes - Property litigation - Emergency remedies, including injunctions, search orders and freezing orders


Insolvency & Restructuring

Insolvency can be a challenging and complex process, with significant consequences for your business or personal life. Providing clear, professional guidance is imperative. Our team of specialist insolvency solicitors draw on their in-depth expertise across a wide range of insolvency matters of both corporate and personal cases to offer practical solutions and advice for individuals, sole traders, partners, directors, companies, shareholder creditors and insolvency practitioners.

Our insolvency services include: - Bankruptcy

- Individual Voluntary Arrangements (IVAs) - Company Voluntary Arrangements (CVAs) - Administration - Liquidation - Restructuring and Recovery - Creditor services


Employment & HR

Employment law can be problematic for employers. Difficult circumstances and disagreements with employees can arise, seemingly out of nowhere. Therefore, it is crucial that you have prompt access to legal advice you can trust. With our specialist team as your trusted employment law solicitors, you will promptly receive expert assistance to resolve HR issues or to help prevent problems before they arise, for example, by ensuring that you have appropriate policies and procedures in place to protect your business. We have expert knowledge and offer an unrivalled level of client service. Working closely with your business, we will ensure that you receive a high standard of clear, commercial advice tailored specifically to you. Our solicitors consistently rank well in both Chambers and Legal 500 directories for a reason. We are pragmatic and commercial in our thinking as well as being accomplished negotiators who always put the best interests of our clients first when resolving workplace disputes.


Commercial Property

The depth of knowledge and experience within our commercial property team allows us to give you outstanding, authoritative advice that delivers the best result for your business. Whatever your commercial property needs, our team has the experience to deliver the right result, in the right time and in the right way. We understand the importance of establishing a strong and trusted relationship from the very beginning to achieve the best outcomes. Our reputation has been built on our clients’ knowledge that we care – your business is our business and we are always prepared to go the extra mile to meet evolving commercial property needs. The commercial property team provide a wide

range of services including: - Acquisitions and disposals - Residential development - Plot sales - Social housing

- Landlord and tenant advice including lease renewals, rent reviews and property litigation - Secured lending - Construction and engineering - Property litigation Residential Development The Residential Development Team at Slater Heelis have a wealth of experience in dealing with property matters. We also have a niche expertise in social housing. We have advised sector stakeholders such as leading house builders, developers and management companies, as well as local authorities, charities, registered providers and public bodies. This coupled with decades of experience across various disciplines enables us to bring a more rounded approach to solving issues.


Construction & Engineering The construction industry can be complicated from a legal perspective. Legislation must be carefully adhered to and contractual disputes must be quickly resolved. We have the expertise to provide robust contentious and non-contentious advice to Employers, Consultants, Contractors, Sub- contractors, Purchasers, Tenants and Funders across a range of construction and engineering industry sectors to help assess and manage the legal risks of procurement and construction. We provide legal advice on issues such as the implications of contract notices, extensions of time, the timing and content of payment and

pay-less notices, payment of retention, suspension of work and termination.


Business Crime & Regulatory

Our business crime solicitors specialise in supporting organisations through each stage of the investigation process, as well as planning effective regulation and training programmes to ensure compliance. Many of our clients face legal charges or investigation by the FCA, HMRC, BEIS, insolvency services or local council authorities. Our team draws on decades of experience dealing with these authorities and challenging the various accusations or demands they make. Having successfully defended organisations across all industries, we know every step of the process inside out. We also understand the high level of stress and pressure placed on the shoulders of business owners and directors in these cases. Rest assured our department has a proven track record in reaching effective resolutions within reasonable time frames. As your trusted legal advisor, we’re here to protect your reputation, safeguard your assets and maintain day-to-day operations wherever possible.

Discretion is essential, of course, which is why we’re committed to helping you manage any adverse publicity or financial repercussions that may follow a criminal allegation. It’s our job to offer straightforward advice and lay out a clear legal strategy that delivers the best course of action. The business crime specialists Our solicitors regularly advise on a broad range of business crime and regulatory offences, including fraud, money laundering, environmental prosecution, breaches of copyright, health and safety, town planning and tax evasion. As a full-service firm, we’re also able to call on the expertise of our commercial, construction and litigation specialists whenever necessary to build the strongest possible case for you.


Charities & Social Enterprises

As a core work area, our charity lawyers draw on their wide- ranging experience of corporate and commercial law to deliver practical solutions for any legal challenge. Working closely with charities, social enterprises and faith organisations at all stages of their development gives us a comprehensive understanding of the environment in which these institutions operate. With a client base including guarantee companies, unincorporated trusts, community interest companies, faith groups and other forms of social enterprises including community benefit societies and co-operatives, it has never been more essential for businesses operating in the third sector to scope out opportunities and risk from a judicious legal perspective before committing to any large financial or operational decisions.


Personal Clients: The best legal solutions to meet your needs

At Slater Heelis we pride ourselves on providing the very best legal support for people and businesses alike. When there’s a legal issue affecting you or your family, we understand how difficult it can be. That’s why we’re on hand to help, by providing a friendly, clear and honest service. We offer legal services for a wide range of private issues, from sensitive family matters to the complex process of buying or selling a home.

Understanding your needs

You may find in your personal life you need to enlist the help of a solicitor. We take pride in being the partner of choice for our clients and guide them through the process, keeping their interests at the heart of everything we do. All of our team are specialists in legal matters, but we’re also human and share similar life experiences to our customers. That’s why we provide reliable, jargon-free advice to help them navigate the laws, from everyday experiences to the most difficult situations they may find themselves in. Whatever your legal situation - whether you need help writing a will, buying a home, have been involved in an accident, require criminal defence or experience a relationship breakdown – we can offer clear, cost-effective advice to guide you through.


How it Works?

Contact us either by phone, email or via our online live chat

Let us know what kind of advice you are looking for or request a call back

A member of our legal team will be in touch as soon as possible

They’ll find out a little more about your circumstances and advise you of the next steps

Our Promise

We promise to:

Be responsive, efficient and proactive in handling your legal matter

Advise in your best interest and focus on achieving the result you desire

Provide guidance on the range of approaches that you could take with your legal matter

Ensure our advice is easy for you to understand


We’re fortunate to have some of the most talented and dedicated solicitors on hand to guide you through every step, no matter how big or small your legal requirement may be. From our offices in Manchester, Sale and Timperley, we’ve been helping people just like yourself for 250 years.

Neighbour and Boundary Disputes

Wills, Trusts & Probate

Lasting Power of Attorney

Court of Protection

Estate Planning & Asset Protection

Employment & HR

Family Law

Personal Client Services

Criminal Defence

Personal Injury

Residential Property


Neighbour and Boundary Disputes

Neighbour disputes never present a desirable situation for those involved, though they are often unavoidable and are always best resolved in line with professional legal advice. Experience is essential to maximise your investment of time and money, and to prevent any initial dispute from developing into a long-term saga. We work closely with property owners and tenants on a full range of matters: protecting their property rights and boundary rights, resolving right of way and parking disputes, breach of restrictions and instances of nuisance or trespassing.

Whatever issue you are facing, we believe that litigation should always be viewed as a last resort. Seeking to achieve an amicable solution through initial negotiation and mediation is always preferable to lengthy legal proceedings. If further court action is required, our neighbour dispute solicitors will obtain the required evidence to support your case and scope out the proportionality of legal action to ensure that the costs do not outweigh an achievable outcome. We pride ourselves on our ability to resolve disputes on time and within budget.


Lasting Power of Attorney However distant it may seem, it’s always a good idea to prepare for a time when we may require help in making important decisions regarding our welfare, health and finances. If you want to appoint a lasting power of attorney (LPA) then the first step is to understand the full range of options available to you. There are two types of lasting power of attorney: - Health and welfare – appoints a person or persons to act as your attorneys to make decisions about any care you received (in the event that care was required) where and how you received that care and what your day to day care or treatment involved. - Property and finance – appoints a person or persons of your choice to be your attorneys with the power to deal with matters such as operating your bank accounts, dealing with your investments, claiming any benefits, or the sale of your house etc.

Our team of experts are specialists in wills, trusts, probate, estate planning and Court of Protection matters. We work hard to understand your needs, give straightforward advice and help you protect your loved ones and the things that matter the most. Wills, Trusts & Probate Writing a will is one of the most important legal decisions you can make towards safeguarding the long-term security of your loved ones and beneficiaries. Our specialist solicitors work closely with you when drafting a bespoke document tailored to your personal circumstances and priorities.


Court of Protection As we reach old age, vulnerable individuals often require assistance in the form of a professional deputy to help manage their welfare and finances, and ensure that they cannot be exploited in any way. At Slater Heelis, our team of expert Court of Protection solicitors and professional deputies maintain a proven track record for acting on behalf of vulnerable individuals or providing advice and assistance for those looking to take on the role of Deputy or Attorney. Our understanding of the Court of Protection rules and procedures safeguards the fundamental rights of those who lack sufficient mental capacity to make important decisions for themselves. We provide expert legal advice that ensures people have access to the right medical care, residential protection, social services and financial support when they need it most.

Estate Planning & Asset Protection

For decades, Slater Heelis has been highly regarded as a leading provider of estate planning and asset protection legal services across England and Wales. With dedicated teams that work collaboratively across contentious probate and wills, trusts and probate, we understand the challenges facing individuals, families, and businesses when they are looking to protect the future of their security and finances. Our specialist solicitors work closely with clients to navigate legal and legislative requirements at each stage of the estate and asset planning process. Whether your focus is ensuring the long- term administration of a personal estate, planning the succession of a business, or addressing any other legal challenge pertaining to trusts, wills, or inheritance, Slater Heelis’ team of lawyers are here to support your primary objectives with expert advice.


Contentious Probate & Will Disputes

In these circumstances, it might be possible to make a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 for reasonable financial provision for your needs. At Slater Heelis, we have an extremely experienced contentious probate and estates disputes team who work together for your benefit in Inheritance Act claims. Our team ensures that you are given advice covering every angle of your case, to maximize the chance of a successful result. Contentious Court of Protection & Safeguarding Our dedicated contentious Court of Protection team are astute at handling sensitive cases where individuals lack the capacity to make certain decisions about their health, welfare, or finances. The team are adept at navigating the complex interplay of legal, medical, and ethical considerations inherent in these matters. They offer guidance and representation in disputes related to lasting powers of attorney, health and welfare decisions, and financial management issues. Many of their cases involve allegations of financial abuse or other safeguarding issues and may require liaison with specialist agencies such as the police and social services. Their approach is client- centred, ensuring that the rights and best interests of the vulnerable individual are at the forefront. With a blend of compassion and legal acumen, our team will ensure that the voice of the incapacitated person is heard and respected in the Court of Protection.

The loss of a loved one is always a painful time for families, and it becomes even more difficult when a dispute is raised about a person’s will. Our contentious probate solicitors specialise in resolving will disputes as quickly and efficiently as possible. Whether you have concerns regarding the validity of a will, the administration of an estate or trust, or you are looking to make or defend a claim against an estate, our contentious probate team can advise on all your available legal options. There are often strict time periods that apply, and so seeking expert legal advice at an early stage is a priority. We act on behalf of beneficiaries, family members, stepchildren, common-law spouses, executors, and administrators, and always seek to resolve matters out of court where appropriate. If court action is necessary, we draw on years of experience in resolving contentious probate claims including claims raising issues such as undue influence and lack of testamentary capacity. Inheritance Act Disputes If you have been affected by the death of a loved one or someone close to you, it can be very difficult to hear that you have not been provided for in their will, or have not been left what you feel was fair or that your loved one died intestate, and the Intestacy Rules do not provide for you either at all or adequately.


Employment & HR

If you have concerns about a work matter and would like to raise a grievance, or you are at risk of redundancy, have been subjected to disciplinary action or offered a settlement agreement, knowing where to turn for support isn’t always straightforward – particularly if it means challenging an employer on your employment rights. You may not even be an employee, but a consultant or zero hours worker or a job applicant who has suffered discrimination or an ex-employee who has been given an unfavourable reference or threatened with injunctive proceedings for breaching your restrictive covenants. Our employment law team have a long-standing reputation for providing sound legal advice and representation for employees.


Family Law

Whether you are married, in a civil partnership or living with someone, you probably never thought you would need legal advice from family law solicitors. You can rely on us for genuine support and straightforward advice to help you make important decisions, from your initial meeting with one of our expert lawyers and throughout.

We understand the difficulty and emotion involved with any legal matter related to your family, so we treat your case with the sensitivity and care it requires. Divorce & Civil Partnership Dissolution The decision to separate is never easy and we recognise that the prospect of divorce or dissolution can be daunting. Our highly skilled legal team can help you navigate the process and provide clear, honest legal advice on all matters relating to divorce or dissolution.


Child Arrangements Separating when children are involved can be unsettling for the whole family. Our experienced team of family solicitors understand how this can impact your lives and aim to provide you with the advice you need to best meet your children’s needs. We understand how important your children are to you. That’s why we try to handle your case with the utmost care and strive to achieve a resolution without the need for contested court proceedings. Our dedicated family lawyers make every effort to ensure that your children’s needs are at the heart of all decisions. Whether this involves negotiations with your former partner in a co-parenting context, addressing living arrangements for your children, agreeing suitable financial arrangements for the children after a divorce or separation, the involvement of CAFCASS, or your rights as a grandparent, we are focused on the most pragmatic and child-friendly solutions.


Mediation Our professional, impartial family mediators will help you and your former partner work together to make decisions about your lives after you separate. If you and your former partner or spouse have decided to separate or divorce, family mediation is a way of resolving any disputes privately without going to court. This can be in relation to arrangements for children, money or the practicalities of how life will work in the future. Collaborative Law Our collaborative law experts can help you and your former partner resolve a dispute without having to go to court by offering you clear, practical advice and support every step of the way. The traditional court process isn’t always the best option, that’s why our collaborative law experts are here to guide you through the process of a ‘four way’ meeting and come to the best possible resolution for you and your former partner.


Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements Prenuptial agreements (before the marriage) and postnuptial agreements (after the marriage) are increasingly popular choices for those looking for financial security and certainty in the event of relationship breakdown – especially those who have divorced before.

Financial Arrangements & Settlements Whilst it can be tempting to argue with your former partner over every asset, this is often self-defeating simply as a result of the costs that can be incurred. At Slater Heelis, we always strive to reach a negotiated agreement without going to court, and very few of our cases end up with a fully contested final court hearing. It is important to record any agreement in a court order so that the settlement is legally binding.



Surrogacy & Modern Families

Thankfully there now exist many different ways for couples or individuals to start a family who may be unable to do so naturally. IVF, surrogacy, and sperm and egg donor arrangements are all widely recognised and accessible in England and Wales. Whatever your unique plans for starting a family, seeking legal advice at an early stage should be a key part. At Slater Heelis, we are an experienced team committed to helping people who want to start a family to understand the legal implications of their options. Choosing to start a family will always be an incredibly profound and life-changing decision. It is therefore vital that the legal implications are fully understood from the outset, particularly as some informal arrangements can lead to outcomes that differ quite significantly from what might have been intended regarding the legal status of the parents and their relationships to the child. LGBT Solicitors The family law team at Slater Heelis are experts in advising all families and individuals on legal matters, from same-sex and alternative family disputes and financial settlements to co-habiting agreements and arrangements for children. After a long period of sustained inequality, LGBT couples now have the same rights to marriage, divorce, arrangements for children and financial settlements as heterosexual couples. Despite this, many in the LGBT community are understandably concerned as to how the law will affect their particular situation, bearing in mind that no two families are ever alike. At Slater Heelis, our solicitors draw on years of experience supporting LGBT+ communities with a full range of family law services, including divorce/dissolution, financial settlements, mediation, cohabitation disputes, arrangements for children and domestic abuse. We work closely with the LGBT Foundation in Manchester to provide a legal clinic for those seeking clear and cost-effective legal advice.


Criminal Defence

Being investigated or charged by the police for a criminal offence is a daunting prospect for anyone – regardless of the circumstances. Our criminal defence solicitors are here to fight your corner and to ensure the best possible outcome for you.

Many of our clients have no prior experience in dealing with the police or court proceedings and are therefore looking to rely on the support of a senior lawyer. That makes Slater Heelis a natural choice for those who do not wish to rely on legal aid. As a full-service department, we advise on all aspects relating to private crime and criminal defence law, including: assault, robbery, fraud, motoring offences, money laundering, extradition, drug-related offences, sexual offences, GBH, murder and manslaughter.


Personal Injury

It’s a fact of life that accidents happen. Unfortunately, the resulting injuries can not only impact your health and quality of life but also create financial worries if your earnings are affected. From physical injury to psychological symptoms our expert solicitors are here to support you throughout the claims process to help ensure your worries are eased and friendly legal advice is always available. There are many ways an individual may be involved in a personal injury including: - Accidents at work - Accidents in public places - Road traffic accidents - Cycling accidents

- Birth injuries - Brain injuries - Cancer delayed and mis-diagnosis - Clinical negligence - Cosmetic surgery negligence - Dental negligence

- Fatal accidents - GP negligence - Motorcycle accidents - Pothole injuries - Serious injuries - Slips, trips and falls

This list is non-exhaustive. Please get in touch with the team to discuss your claim and we will arrange a meeting to suit your requirements.


Residential Property

Buying or selling a home represents a major financial commitment, so choosing the right property solicitor is critical in protecting your investment and minimising unnecessary delays. Our residential property solicitors have years of experience in helping clients move and sell – which means we understand all the potential pitfalls. Whether you’re taking your first step onto the property ladder or moving into your dream home, moving house can be stressful, complicated and time-consuming. Our property solicitors have the experience to act on your behalf to ensure an efficient and fuss-free process enabling your house purchase to proceed efficiently, giving you the confidence that you will be moving in to your new home as quickly as possible.


Get in touch with our team

With specialists across all fields of law, we will help you achieve the results you want. 0330 111 3131

@SlaterHeelisLaw /slaterheelis @slaterheelis

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