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Sam Swann

Sam has nearly 10 years’ experience of general commercial property matters with particular expertise in development and landlord and tenant work.

His recent experience includes acting for:

a commercial developer in connection with the acquisition, pre-letting and letting of sites across England to household name tenants including Starbucks, Greggs and Burger King;
an investment partnership in connection with general asset management work in London and Surrey;
a national coffee chain franchisee in connection with a pre let for a new site in Yorkshire;
a pizza chain in the taking of leases at new sites across London; and
a start-up pub company taking a lease of a site in London.

Sam feels his considerable experience in acting for both landlords and tenants gives him a balanced perspective when negotiating leases on different sides of a transaction which helps to get deals done.

Primarily a transactional lawyer, Sam has a developing practice in property disputes which he feels adds value to the service he provides to clients.

The aspects of the job Sam most enjoys are the interaction with people and problem-solving, no two days every being the same.

In his spare time Sam enjoys exercising, reading inspirational books and watching classic films

Jonathan Chung

Jonathan is a Legal Director in MLP Law’s Real Estate team with over 13 years’ experience in real estate transactions.  Prior to joining MLP Law, Jonathan was a partner in a long-established local law firm in Manchester for over a decade.

Jonathan has extensive knowledge and experience in dealing with both commercial and residential property matters.  His main expertise is in relation to commercial landlord and tenant matters (acting for both landlords and tenants), commercial property acquisitions and disposals (acting for both sellers and buyers), real estate aspects of real estate finance (acting for both borrowers and lenders) and corporate support.

Jonathan acts for a wide range of businesses and individuals including sole traders, SMEs, property investors, pension funds and property developers in the retail and wholesale, hospitality and leisure, food and beverage and industrial and office sectors.  Jonathan transacts properties in locations throughout the North West and nationwide.

Jonathan offers a friendly and pragmatic approach to commercial transactions.

Outside of work, Jonathan enjoys spending time relaxing with his family.

Neil Sutcliffe

Neil trained with and worked for a West End firm from 1993 to 1997, moving back to the North West in 1997, and setting up his own practice in 2003 which he merged with a Central Manchester commercial law firm in 2010. Neil joined MLP Law as a consultant solicitor in December 2014.

He specialises in residential and commercial real estate, landlord and tenant and corporate support, with particular emphasis in acting for property developers, investors and funders in London and the surrounding home counties.

Outside work, Neil enjoys spending time with his family, cooking and going to the theatre and concerts.

Julie Sabba

Julie is an Associate at MLP Law in its Employment team. Julie qualified in Scotland and has developed a broad range of experience, having specialised in employment law since 2003.

Julie principally advises employer clients in a wide variety of sectors, including retail, hospitality, food production, manufacturing and social care. She has extensive experience advising on disciplinary and grievance matters, capability and conduct dismissals and managing both short and long term ill health absences.

Julie also provides her expertise to employers in relation to reorganisations, redundancies and the application of the TUPE regulations.

She has significant experience in negotiating and drafting employment contracts, settlement agreements and HR policy documentation.

In addition, Julie provides advice to senior employees in relation to navigating internal processes and negotiating exit packages.

With a wealth of litigation experience, Julie often appears in the Employment Tribunal, initiating and defending a variety of claims, including unfair dismissal, discrimination and whistleblowing.

Having practiced in Glasgow in a leading commercial law firm for most of her career, Julie moved to Manchester in 2017. In her spare time she also enjoys relaxing with her family and cooking, but with 3 children finding a spare moment is quite rare!

Amelia Denton

Amelia completed her LPC with a distinction in 2021 with the University of Law. Whilst studying for both her LLB and LPC, Amelia gained experience working as a legal assistant both in practice and in-house. It was during this time and experience that emphasised her particular interest within commercial law.

Amelia is a valued member of our Commercial, IP and Dispute resolution teams, she advises on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious business law. Amelia hopes to develop her knowledge and skills further enabling her to progress at MLP Law, ultimately qualifying as a solicitor.

Outside of work Amelia enjoys trying different restaurants, watching live music and attending comedy clubs, country walks and spending time with family and friends.

Max McGenity

Max is a Trainee Solicitor in the Corporate team and works with a variety of clients such as owner-run businesses, national corporations and private individuals.

Having joined MLP Law as a Corporate Paralegal in November 2021, Max has built up experience in this area and hopes to continue developing this skillset.

Max graduated from the University of Oxford in 2014 and has since been a manager at a national education charity and started his own business as a Personal Trainer and Yoga Teacher. He completed his LPC at BPP University Manchester, having gained legal work experience at both a mid-sized Liverpool practice and a large London firm.

Having stepped away from the fitness industry to return to the law, Max’s love of exercise continues outside of work; he is a regular gym-goer and a fan of physical challenges. He also enjoys live music and comedy, and a good pub quiz.