Manchester and Cheshire-based law firm Slater Heelis LLP has strengthened its Commercial Property, Corporate and Family teams with the appointment of four industry specialists, while promotions see two existing members of staff offered training contracts.

Jay Lafinhan, 38, and Richard Bradbury, 26, bring a wealth of experience to their new roles in the Commercial Property department. Jay joins from Salehs LLP, having advised a variety of clients across all bodies within the property sector, including private property developers, with particular experience acting for lenders on short-term development loads.

In his new role, Richard will be dealing with landlord and tenant matters, as well as the acquisition and disposal of commercial properties. Having gained experience at Horwich Farrelly Solicitors, he brings a methodical and logical approach to commercial transactions.

Janet Robinson, 38, joins the Corporate team from LHS Solicitors and has 12 years’ experience in corporate law. She will be advising on a broad range of matters, including acquisitions, disposals, private equity investments, reorganisations and joint ventures and shareholder agreements.

Joining the Family team as assistant solicitor is Abigail Lowther, 27, whose previous role at Slater & Gordon LLP has equipped her with a vast amount of experience in advising on divorces and separations, with a particular interest in division of matrimonial finances. Abigail has experience assisting in financial claims relating to children and arrangements for children with separated parents.

Chris Bishop, managing partner at Slater Heelis, said: “Bringing on board the right people is crucial to maintaining the firm’s reputation for providing top-class legal assistance via a friendly and personable service. We’re confident that Jay, Richard, Janet and Abigail will make wonderful additions to their teams and I’m looking forward to seeing them flourish.”

In addition to the new recruits, two existing members of staff are progressing their careers with the offer of training contracts. James Kay, will begin his training contract in January, starting in the Commercial Property team, having gained 12 months’ experience as a paralegal. Meanwhile, Heena Kapadi, a paralegal in the Property department, will be starting her training contract in June 2016.

Chris added: “With both our client base and service offering growing, it’s important that we nurture the talent we have here at Slater Heelis. James and Heena have proven they have the skills required to uphold and enhance our proposition in the North West and I wish them the best of luck with their training contracts.”