About Slater Heelis

Slater Heelis today offers dedicated legal advice and guidance to private clients and to commercial and non-profit organisations with specialists across all areas of law.

Exceeding Expectations

We offer progressive legal advice and exceptional service to commercial and not-for-profit organisations and private clients.

When we act for you, we start by understanding your specific needs and what outcome you want to achieve. And because no two clients or cases are the same, we apply some fresh thinking before we advise you. All of our legal services are accessible from all of our offices, as our partner-led teams work collaboratively on your behalf. In fact, because we’ve been advising clients for many years, we have an enviable reputation for delivering results and going beyond our clients’ expectations.

With specialists across all fields of law, we will help you achieve the results you want. In fact, whether you are a commercial or private client, you’ll find that our solicitors offer the very best legal advice matched by friendly and approachable service.

Warmest regards,
Mike Fox
Senior Partner


Looking back: A Brief History of Slater Heelis

  • 1773
  • 1823
  • 1833
  • 1853
  • 1815
  • 1855
  • 1900
  • 1919
  • 1999
  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2019

As one of the leading law firms in the area, we take a look back at our history with the origins of the firm dating back to 1773. Originally the firm was known as William Fox (no relation to our Senior Partner Mike Fox).


In 1823 William Slater, a passionate Churchman revered in Manchester’s society, became a partner at the firm.

Stephen Heelis became a partner at the firm. Both ‘Slater’ and ‘Heelis’ appeared in the firm’s name – Cririe, Slater & Heelis.

Stephen Heelis was so admired in local society that in 1853 he was unanimously elected as Alderman for the Borough of Salford, despite not having sat for the council.

William Slater was equally revered in Manchester’s society and like Heelis, supported many enterprises and societies. In 1815 he was a member of the Manchester Law Students Society despite not fully qualifying for another five years. Interestingly, Slater was also a passionate Churchman and as a result, was involved in the building of two Anglican churches and the schools attached to them.

Astonishingly, just two years later Heelis was again unanimously elected as Mayor of Salford by the Council. Heelis was even offered (though he declined) a knighthood. One of the founders of the Manchester Law Society, he was twice named President, in 1843 and 1867.

Slater Heelis traded from iconic offices on 71 Princess Street and also took a presence in Sale since the early 1900s.

The firm went from strength to strength, gaining a reputation for high-quality work across all disciplines. Former senior Partners include Roger Groarke and Mike Sachs (first solicitor high court judge) both now sadly deceased.

Slater Heelis opens its offices in Sale in the iconic Lloyds Bank Building on the highstreet in the Trafford borough.

In 1999 the firm merged with Heaton Moor (Mike Fox), Urmston (Edward Michell) and Sale Moor (John Waind) offices of Collier Littler.

Following a demerger in 1998 the Princess Street offices closed and Slater Heelis Sale was formed which subsequently became Slater Heelis LLP in 2012.

During the period 2013 to 2014, a number of highly regarded regional practices successfully joined forces with Slater Heelis, including:

  • Tarran and Co
  • Nicholls Locke
  • Cotterill Stone Lawless
  • Mohindra Maini

These mergers allowed the firm to move back into Manchester City Centre and open an addition office in Timperley, adding to the existing presence in Sale.

In 2019, Slater Heelis celebrates its 100th year anniversary of being in Sale.

Slater Heelis Office

Meet our Partners



Former Partners

Over the years we’ve worked with partners that have retired and moved on, but we continue to have a relationship with many. Our ambassadors include:

  • Mike Hamlin (Family Law)
  • John Waind (Property & Private Client)
  • Geoff Blower (Corporate)
  • Philip Mogg (Personal Injury)