Manchester law firm Slater Heelis has launched a crime and regulatory department to be led by new partner Rachel Fletcher.
Fletcher joins the firm from JMW and will provide private client criminal defence, including advice on driving offences, and regulatory advice to Slater Heelis’ professional clients.
Fletcher was a solicitor and director at Freeman and Co for eight years, dealing with high profile and celebrity clients.
Slater Heelis managing partner Chris Bishop said: 'There is a growing demand from businesses for proactive legal advice and support particularly around HMRC and environmental prosecutions which can also lead to private criminal and regulatory matters.
'Rachel’s experience and track record in all these areas, along with her profile in the legal community makes her the perfect partner to head our new department.'
Fletcher added: 'This is a great opportunity to grow a hungry new department within a genuinely client-focussed firm.
'Launching this department completes the circle enabling us to offer a 360 legal service for private clients and their businesses.'
Fletcher will be based in the firm’s Manchester Deansgate offices. Slater Heelis also has offices in Sale and Timperley.