Mark Heptinstall Partner & Head of Family
Mark joined Slater Heelis in 2005 and is Head of the Family Department. He holds two part-time judicial appointments firstly as a Deputy District Judge…
Mark joined Slater Heelis in 2005 and is Head of the Family Department. He holds two part-time judicial appointments firstly as a Deputy District Judge sitting across the North West dealing with all types of civil and family cases. Mark also sits as a Recorder (a part-time Circuit Judge) specialising in more complex private & public law children proceedings. Mark is also authorised as a specialist complex financial remedies/family money Judge.
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 leading individual 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.
Mark has been active in the local law societies for many years and he is both a past President of The Trafford Law Society and previously a Manchester Law Society Council member. Mark is a member of Resolution, formerly known as the Solicitors Family Law Association and a Resolution trained Collaborative Lawyer.
What our clients say about us
Make Slater Heelis your first port of call if you are needing legal support of almost any description.
Mark Heptinstall helped me through my divorce 11 years ago and I cannot recommend him highly enough. His management of my circumstances in relation to divorce, financial matters and child access arrangements eased me through the most stressful part of my life.
I have since recommended Mark and his team to other close friends and family. On all occasions the feedback has been exceptional. Technical expertise is accompanied with a very personable approach and when it matters most the “punch” is their to sway the argument with the least fuss. That also means cost effective.
I’ve also had excellent advice on Wills and probate, Conveyancing and employment issues.
For me there is only one place I need to turn when I’m seeking legal representation.
I would highly recommend Mark Heptinstall as he is without doubt the most amazing solicitor.
I had used different legal representation during my divorce 2 years earlier which had been acrimonious. Each step was frustrated by my ex which added to the stress, duration and cost. I was never really comfortable with the advice I was receiving but stuck with it. I now know that much of this could have been avoided by the right legal representation.
On recommendation I approached Mark to complete the sale of the Former Matrimonial Home which was again being frustrated by my ex. Mark’s approach to resolving this issue was remarkably different.
- Quickly gained a thorough understanding of my situation.
- Focused and prioritised the major issues.
- Highlighted errors made by my previous solicitor and found solutions to effectively overcome them.
- Clearly communicated with the other side taking control.
- Presented my case in court effectively against counsel.
- I was amazed that he won the case, and costs and then tied up the loose ends that I had written off.
Mark is so approachable, I felt like I was his only client. He is thorough, knowledgeable and takes no nonsense.
In summary EXCEPTIONAL!!
Mark, I just wanted to say thanks so much for all your help….
Being clear and concise and bringing the whole thing to a swift conclusion was just what I needed so I could move on. Once again thanks.
Mark Heptinstall helped me throughout my divorce with his empathy and knowledge and competence.
I would have been lost without him and owe him a great deal.
Thank you so much!
I can’t thank you enough for your advice and expertise and for your support and sound recommendations.
I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending you to anyone. You’ve been great throughout.
Thank you so much for your support, advice and the sensitive way in which you handled my case.