Experienced Commercial Lawyers
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Finding a reputable, experienced lawyer who will take a straightforward approach to resolving the legal issue you are facing is important.

At Bootes, we recognise the importance of having someone on your side.

Established in 1854, Bootes has a superb and long-standing reputation as a quality firm for civil and commercial law. We are well known for our legal abilities and for being knowledgeable and solution-focused. We work to deliver quality, timely legal services and maintain a successful track record in helping clients.

  • A Commercial Approach To Resolving Issues.
  • Simply put, we consider all factors when representing you because we understand your commercial position. We are proactive, driven and focused in achieving the right results.
  • Innovative Solutions, Straightforward Advice.
  • We treat you how we would want to be treated and take a no-nonsense approach when resolving complex legal matters. You can depend on us for straightforward advice without unnecessary jargon and a common sense assessment of outcomes. Our lawyers are easy to communicate with, friendly and will fight your corner with determination.

Areas of Service

The team at Bootes has a broad range of skills and abilities, and for each case and transaction we hone in on the most important legal issues at hand to address them directly.

Please contact Bootes on 0161 832 7888 to arrange a free no obligation discussion. Alternatively, please contact our team at info@bootes.co.uk.

We are commercial lawyers who specialise in four niche categories:

Dispute Resolution

Contract disputes; property disputes; shareholder & director disputes; injunctions; dilapidation claims and probate disputes

Finance Litigation

Mortgage enforcement; unfair relationship actions; MCOB & CONC considerations; undue influence and regulatory features (including matters arising out of The Mortgage Credit Directive)

Property Finance

Drafting lending, security and guarantee documentation; acting in connection with transactions (including construction of houses; conversions of offices to residential units; refurbishment projects; auction purchases; custom-build projects and barn conversions); Section 106 agreements & unilateral undertakings; deeds of priority / subordination and assistance in the creation of management systems for lenders


Commercial sales and purchases; lease transactions for landlords & tenants; overage agreements and deeds of easement

Why choose us?

Experienced and expert solicitors ready to help you.

When faced with a legal issue that you want resolved quickly, you want to feel confident in knowing that you have chosen the right solicitor to handle your legal matter. Our team is highly experienced and committed to providing quality legal services that are tailored to meet our clients' needs.

We are focused on providing speedy services and achieving results within our niche fields. When undertaking a matter, we consider the objectives of the client and relating circumstances in order to use our creativity in developing and putting into practice the appropriate legal strategies. Our solicitors will be discreet in working on your matter and provide the guidance and support you are seeking.

Our Legal Team

Our ethos is to provide our clients with the right person for the job. Each member of our legal team has been specifically trained within our niche areas to ensure that you receive the first-rate service and advice you deserve.

Eugene Esterkin


Gary Lederberg


James Green


Susan Kemball


Simon Barnett


Michelle Platt


Rhiannon Cottam


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Dispute Resolution

Commercial disputes divert attention from your business, potentially threatening your daily operations and profitability. At Bootes, we have a strong background in commercial dispute resolution and always work diligently to assist you in reaching a favourable outcome.

We have a long-standing reputation and have been representing commercial and business clients in Manchester for more than 150 years. Our clients include entrepreneurs, high net-worth individuals, corporations, SME businesses, financial institutions and private equity capital providers.

We have considerable experience in commercial law and a successful track record in working with business owners and professionals. Our firm has been successful in handling several Court of Appeal cases.

Commercial Disputes: Achieving Swift Resolutions.

Our Manchester dispute resolution lawyers have experience with the following matters:

  • Breaches of contract
  • Injunctions (including breach of restrictive covenant actions)
  • Property disputes (including boundary claims)
  • Professional negligence matters (including claims against solicitors relating to leasehold issues)
  • Fraud claims
  • Search and seizure orders
  • Shareholder and director disputes
  • Probate disputes including inheritance act dependant actions
  • Lease disputes including dilapidation claims
  • Acting for employers in connection with employment related matters – details of our prices and service information can be found here.
  • Acting for individuals in connection with employment related matters including unfair and wrongful dismissal – details of our prices and service information can be found here.

Comprehensive Legal Representation

At Bootes, we do not focus on the dispute alone, we examine your business as a whole so that we can develop the best possible legal approach. Understanding your business and its goals helps us to be pragmatic and direct in applying legal solutions.

We will provide you with absolute transparency in connection with the level of fees and may undertake no win-no fee cases if appropriate.

Negotiators and Litigators - Lawyers for Commercial Disputes.

Whilst we are experienced litigators, we understand that litigation is costly and can be time-consuming for you. Our goal is to effectively negotiate on your behalf so that an acceptable resolution can be found without long drawn out court proceedings. Of course, should it become necessary to go to court, you will not find better litigators in your corner.

Finance Litigation

Our dispute resolution and property finance teams bring together specialist expertise from within the finance legal market that is second to none. We have built up excellent relationships with and act for numerous financial institutions to include mainstream banks, secured loan providers and short-term finance houses. We have specialist knowledge in connection with finance & mortgage regulation (MCOB, MCD & CONC) and act for lenders who provide both regulated and unregulated products to their customers. We are perfectly placed to advise you on treating customers fairly whilst also ensuring that we achieve results you require.

We offer a wide range of services, to include:

  • Acting for lenders in the enforcement of loans and mortgage security, including issuing default notices, MCOB notices, issuing possession proceedings, issuing warrants for possession, applying for warrants of restitution and arranging to take possession of real property
  • Mis-selling and payment protection insurance claims
  • Interest rate swap claims
  • Unfair relationship claims
  • Undue influence claims
  • Bringing claims against third parties for professional negligence (to include valuers, architects, monitoring surveyors, solicitors & barristers)
  • Resolving property disputes (to include issues concerning rights of way, planning conditons and ownership of property)
  • Secret and half-secret commission claims
  • Assisting with complaints and investigations through the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS)

We also advise in connection with non-contentious finance related issues, adopting a preventative approach.

Our services can be provided within a service level agreement providing for certainty and transparency.

Property Finance

Our niche property finance team includes specialists from within the bridging and development finance sector to offer experience and expertise that is unrivalled.

We act for financial institutions, including mainstream banks, secured loan providers and short-term bridging & development finance providers.

We deal with all types of lending including:

  • Mortgage loans regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and governed by The Mortgages and Home Finance: Conduct of Business Sourcebook (MCOB)
  • Consumer Credit loans regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and governed by the Consumer Credit Sourcebook (CONC) and the Consumer Credit Act
  • Loans exempted as for investment purposes, including buy to let loans
  • Corporate and non-corporate loans, including to companies, LLPs, partnerships and trusts.

Our work for mortgage lenders includes:

  • Drafting loan, security and guarantee documentation
  • Assistance in the creation of management systems for lenders to incorporate regulatory and legal compliance, both at the inception of the loan and enforcement of the loan
  • Assistance in the creation and drafting of tariffs of charges to ensure that all fees and charges are transparent and represent a genuine pre-estimate of the likely cost involved
  • On-going assistance with regulatory and legal changes
  • Acting for lenders in making loan facilities, further advances, stage drawdowns, capital reductions and redemptions
  • Acting for lenders in the sale and disposal of real property
  • Acting for mortgagees in possession, receivers and administrators offering site-specific solutions to facilitate effective disposals to include setting up management companies, drafting template leases, preparing management packs, assistance with planning applications & planning conditions, and negotiating and finalising documentation with third parties such as deeds of easement and wayleave agreements
  • Section 106 agreements and unilateral undertakings
  • Deeds of priority / subordination

Our property finance team delivers expert advice in a professional and cost-effective manner. Our services can be delivered within a service level agreement providing fixed fees for certainty and transparency.

Our property finance team works closely with our dispute resolution team to offer a complete service.


With a wealth of experience in acting for sellers and buyers, landlords and tenants, our specialist property team has the understanding, knowledge and know-how to help you navigate the hurdles and pitfalls of any transaction.

We advise on all aspects of property including:

  • Selling and buying commercial premises, including office space, warehouses and industrial units, factory premises, shops, pubs and restaurants
  • Property development and property finance
  • Advising landlords and tenants on existing leases
  • Negotiating new leases, tenancies at will and licences to occupy, including agreements for leases and subleases
  • Licences for alterations
  • Negotiating and drafting deeds of rectification and deeds of variation of existing leases
  • Lease renewals, both within and outside of the framework of the Landlord & Tenant Act 1954
  • Forfeiture, surrenders, and lease terminations (including dilapidations considerations)
  • Site assembly, set-up, disposals and plot sales for residential, commercial and mixed-use schemes
  • Acting for mortgagees in possession, receivers and administrators offering site specific solutions to facilitate effective disposals
  • Acting for high-net-worth individuals in the acquisition and disposal of high value residential property
  • Lands Tribunal applications
  • Overage agreements
  • Residential conveyancing
  • Lost title deeds, reconstitution of title and adverse possession

Our expert property team has broad experience and delivers expert advice in a personal way to help you achieve your goals in the most cost-effective way possible.

Our property team works closely with our expert dispute resolution litigators who can advise on and assist with any contentious issues.

Details of our prices and service information for residential conveyancing can be found here. We offer fixed fees for attending to commercial property related matters as we understand the requirement for certainty.