Our Team

Phil Stephenson

Name: Phil Stephenson

Position: Partner

Email: pstephenson@kbl.co.uk

Tel: 01204 527777 / 01254 268790

Departments: Corporate And Commercial

Head of Corporate & Commercial. Specialises in corporate transactions, commercial contracts, management buy outs/ins, joint ventures, restructuring and partnerships.

Career: Trained at KBL; qualified 1992; Associate 1995; Partner 1998.

Member: President; Bolton & District Round Table, Bolton Incorporated Law Society.

Leisure: Fell-walking, Mountain-biking.

Michael Slater

Name: Michael Slater

Position: Partner

Email: mslater@kbl.co.uk

Tel: 01204 527777

Departments: Commercial Litigation, Dispute Resolution

Head of Commercial Litigation/Dispute Resolution. Experienced commercial litigator, specialist areas include partnership / shareholder / contractual disputes, professional negligence, insolvency, property litigation, contracts, mis-selling of interest rate hedging products and debt recovery.

Career: Trained Denton Wilde Sapte; qualified 1995; Associate KBL 2001; Partner 2003

Member: Bolton Incorporated Law Society.

Leisure: Swimming, Golf, Gym, Music.

 Debbie  Roberts

Name: Debbie Roberts

Position: Partner

Email: droberts@kbl.co.uk

Tel: 01204 527777

Departments: Commercial Property

Head of Commercial Property. Substantial experience dealing with all aspects of commercial property work including commercial lease procedures for both landlord and tenants and has particular expertise in acting for commercial developers.

Career: Trained Waller & Co; qualified 1986; Associate Cobbetts, Manchester 1988-1997; Associate Turner Parkinson, Manchester 1997-1999; Associate KBL 1999; Partner 2002.

Member: Bolton Incorporated Law Society.

Leisure: Living life!

David Johnson

Name: David Johnson

Position: Partner

Email: djohnson@kbl.co.uk

Tel: 01204 527777

Departments: Residential Property, Commercial Property

Head of Residential Property. Advises on a wide range of property matters, particularly residential and commercial development, leases and acquisitions and disposals.

Career: Trained Keoghs; qualified 1982; Partner 1986; Head of Property; Partner KBL 2001.

Member: Bolton Incorporated Law Society.

Leisure: Golf, Cinema/Theatre, Bolton Wanderers F.C.

Chris Taylor

Name: Chris Taylor

Position: Partner

Email: ctaylor@kbl.co.uk

Tel: 01204 527777

Departments: Wills, Trusts & Probate

Head of Personal Injury. Specialising in plaintiff road traffic accident litigation including uninsured loss recovery. Also deals with Wills & Probate matters.

Career: Trainee legal executive in private practice for the Crown Prosecution Service 1975-1981; Clerk KBL 1981-1991; qualified 1991; Partner 1991.

Member: Bolton Incorporated Law Society.

Leisure: Scuba-diving, Cooking, Manchester United F.C.

Jonathan Shorrock

Name: Jonathan Shorrock

Position: Consultant

Email: jshorrock@kbl.co.uk

Tel: 01204 527777

Departments: Corporate And Commercial

Specialises in a broad range of corporate transactions including mergers and acquisitions, venture capital investments, buy ins/outs, equity investments, shareholder agreements, corporate borrowing/lending and commercial agreements (agency, distribution, franchising and manufacturing).

Career: Trained Addleshaw Sons & Latham; qualified 1985; Partner Addleshaw Booth 1990-2002; Head of Corporate 1998-2001; Partner, Head of Corporate Weightmans 2002-2005; Partner KBL 2005; Consultant KBL 2015.

Member: Bolton Incorporated Law Society.

Leisure: Fishing, Skiing, Rugby.

Greg Gardner-Boyes

Name: Greg Gardner-Boyes

Position: Consultant

Email: ggardner-boyes@kbl.co.uk

Tel: 01254 268790

Departments: Commercial Litigation, Dispute Resolution

Specialising in contentious matters, advises on shareholder and partnership disputes, banking issues, breaches of trust and fiduciary duty and professional negligence, as well as general commercial disputes.

Career: Trained Farleys; qualified 2001; Solicitor Halliwell Landau 2002; Associate Haworth and Nuttall 2006; Partner, Garricks LLP 2008; Consultant, KBL 2016.   

Member: Bolton Incorporated Law Society

Leisure: Football (particularly Blackburn Rovers), Cricket and Golf.

Nick Horsfall

Name: Nick Horsfall

Position: Consultant

Email: nhorsfall@kbl.co.uk

Tel: 01204 527777

Departments: Commercial Property, Commercial Litigation, Dispute Resolution

Specialising in Commercial Property and Property Litigation.

Career: Trained Eaton Smith & Downey; qualified 1979; Partner at Stephensons 1985; Managing Partner at Garstangs 1989; Consultant 2008; Consultant at KBL 2013.

Member: Bolton Incorporated Law Society

Leisure: Rugby League, Golf, Vice-Chair of Bolton Sixth Form College Corporation

Charlotte Beck

Name: Charlotte Beck

Position: Associate

Email: cbeck@kbl.co.uk

Tel: 01204 527777

Departments: Divorce And Family Law

Head of Family Law. Experienced in a whole range of family matters from divorce settlements, separation agreements and co-habitation disputes to pre-nuptial agreements and child arrangements. Dealing with property issues arising from the breakdown of relationships including married and non-married couples and civil partnerships. Charlotte is trained in Collaborative Law and focused on a client centered approach to resolving issues.

Career: Trained Keoghs/KBL; qualified 2007; Associate 2013; Head of Family Law 2016

Member: Bolton Incorporated Law Society Committee Member, Resolution, Bolton Divorce Collaborative Law Group.

Leisure: Spending time with family, Gym.

Christine Hart

Name: Christine Hart

Position: Associate

Email: chart@kbl.co.uk

Tel: 01204 527777

Departments: Employment

Head of Employment. Dealing with all aspects of employment Law and HR assistance for both employers and employees.

Career: Trained Perkins Solicitors under Employment Judge Holmes; qualified 2008; Solicitor KBL 2009; Associate KBL 2015

Member: Employment Lawyers Association; Bolton Incorporated Law Society Committee Member.

Leisure: Live Music, Bee Keeping, Socialising, Crafts.

Anneka Traynor

Name: Anneka Traynor

Position: Associate

Email: atraynor@kbl.co.uk

Tel: 01204 527777

Departments: Corporate And Commercial

Specialising in corporate transactions, terms & conditions of business and shareholder/partnership agreements.

Career: Trained Rawsthorns Solicitors; qualified 2006; Solicitor Eversheds LLP 2007; Solicitor KBL 2008; Associate 2012.

Member: Bolton Incorporated Law Society, Children Today Committee Member.

Leisure: Cooking, Travelling, Skiing.


Stephen McArdle

Name: Stephen McArdle

Position: Associate

Email: smcardle@kbl.co.uk

Tel: 01204 527777

Departments: Commercial Litigation, Dispute Resolution

Experienced in most aspects of dispute resolution and commercial litigation work including: contract and professional negligence, corporate and shareholder disputes, landlord and tenant disputes, property disputes, contentious probate, debt recovery and mediation.

Career: Trained KBL; qualified 2007; Associate 2014.

Member: Manchester Incorporated Law Society; Bolton Incorporated Law Society, Trustee; Octagon Theatre Bolton, board member. 

Leisure: Music, History, Squash, Fencing and changing nappies! 

Maria Lonergan

Name: Maria Lonergan

Position: Solicitor, Head of Department

Email: mlonergan@kbl.co.uk

Tel: 01204 527777

Departments: Wills, Trusts & Probate

Head of Private Client. Dealing with a full range of private client matters including wills; trusts; probate and estate administration; tax and estate planning (pre and post death); asset protection; Court of Protection matters (deputyship and ancillary applications) and powers of attorney. Specialist in contentious trust and estate matters to include contentious probate; post-death estate claims/family disputes and trust disputes/litigation.

Career: Trained DRN; qualified 2009. Solicitor, Brearleys Solicitors 2012; Associate Solicitor 2015. Solicitor & Head of Private Client, KBL Solicitors 2016.

Member: STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) affiliate member. Student member ACTAPS (Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists). Solicitors for the Elderly.

Leisure: Music, Fell Walking, Horse Riding

Helen Grundy

Name: Helen Grundy

Position: Solicitor

Email: hgrundy@kbl.co.uk

Tel: 01204 527777

Departments: Residential Property, Wills, Trusts & Probate

Specialising in all aspects of Residential Property matters. Also handling Wills & Probate matters.

Career: Trained Lansdale & Holdsworth; qualified 2009; Assistant Solicitor 2009-2014; Solicitor KBL 2014.

Member: Bolton Incorporated Law Society

Leisure: Spending time with family, Cooking and Reading.

Gillian Hindle

Name: Gillian Hindle

Position: Solicitor

Email: ghindle@kbl.co.uk

Tel: 01204 527777

Departments: Commercial Property

Dealing with all aspects of Commercial Property work. 

Career: Trained Dylan Nair Solicitors; qualified 2015; Solicitor KBL 2015

Member: Bolton Incorporated Law Society

Leisure: Travel, Music, Shopping, Gym.

Sarah Sayers

Name: Sarah Sayers

Position: Chartered Legal Executive

Email: ssayers@kbl.co.uk

Tel: 01204 527777

Departments: Residential Property, Wills, Trusts & Probate

Specialising in residential plot sales and residential conveyancing whilst assisting with Wills & Probate matters.

Leisure: Cooking, Spending time with family, Reading.

Mairead Platt

Name: Mairead Platt

Position: Solicitor

Email: mplatt@kbl.co.uk

Tel: 01254 268790

Departments: Corporate And Commercial

Assisting with all aspects of Corporate & Commercial work. 

Career: Trained Dylan Nair Solicitors; qualified 2016; Solicitor KBL 2016

Leisure: Baking, Home renovating, Socialising with friends & family, Travelling

Claire Higham

Name: Claire Higham

Position: Solicitor

Email: chigham@kbl.co.uk

Tel: 01204 527777

Departments: Divorce And Family Law

Career: Trained KBL Solicitors; qualified 2016; Solicitor KBL 2016

Leisure: Gym, spending time with family and friends.

Pauline O'Rourke

Name: Pauline O'Rourke

Position: Fee Earner

Email: porourke@kbl.co.uk

Tel: 01204 527777

Departments: Residential Property

Specialising in residential conveyancing.

Career: Legal Executive (membership grade affiliate)

Leisure: Reading, Cinema/Theatre, Cooking and Gardening.

Chelsea  Belfield

Name: Chelsea Belfield

Position: Paralegal

Email: cbelfield@kbl.co.uk

Tel: 01204 527777

Departments: Employment