GLP Solicitors are independent partnerships with law practices throughout Greater Manchester.

We are able to offer coverage throughout the country and, through our agency arrangements, are able to deal with matters abroad.

GLP Solicitors are confident that in a competitive market, we can offer the very best of quality and service. We set our standards to the highest level and strive to offer added value to all our clients.


Each practice is separately authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, the independent regulatory body of the Law Society of England & Wales, with the following reference numbers: Bury: 307015, Manchester (LLP): 511445*, Middleton: 69836, Pendlebury: 73881, Prestwich (LLP): 543409*, Worsley: 403135.

All solicitors are subject to rules and principles of professional conduct.

For the the link to the code of conduct of the Solicitors Regulation Authority, Click here…

* For further details regarding the Manchester and Prestwich practices, see below.

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“Our aim is to be the leading provider of quality legal services to the people and

businesses of Greater Manchester and the region”

GLP Mission Statement

Professional accreditation – Lexcel

Lexcel is the Law Society’s practice management standard. It is a scheme for any type of practice to certify that certain standards have been met following independent assessment.

The Lexcel practice management standard is only awarded to solicitors who meet the highest management and customer care standards. Lexcel accredited practices undergo rigorous independent assessment every year to ensure they meet required standards of excellence in areas such as client care, case management and risk management. All the GLP Solicitors practices have been Lexcel accredited since 2002, indeed were amongst the first legal practices in the North West to achieve recognition as Lexcel accredited firms.

The practices were re-accredited by the Lexcel appointed body, Centre for Assessment, in October 2014.  The next re-accreditation is due in the Autumn of 2017.

The information in this section is required by the Electronic Commerce (EC Directive) Regulations 2002. All the independent practices of GLP Solicitors are law firms.

The address of each practice can be found on the respective webpage of each office, together with the telephone number and email address.

All GLP Solicitors practices are VAT registered in England as GB registrations: Bury (150587759), Manchester (693168110), Pendlebury (519459222), Prestwich (732571637).

GLP (Manchester) LLP is registered as an LLP in England & Wales with the Partnership No: OC341970, and has the SRA ID: 511445

GLP (Prestwich) LLP is registered as an LLP in England & Wales with the Partnership No: OC351774, and has the SRA ID: 543409

Both practices trade as ‘GLP Solicitors’.

The GLP Solicitors practices are committed to providing high quality legal advice and client care.

If you are unhappy about any aspect of the service you have received, or about the invoice or bill for professional services that has been issued, please contact the Complaints Partner (clientcare@glplaw.com) for each legal practice using the telephone number or email address shown on the relevant page on this website, or by post.

If you are not satisfied with the firm’s handling of your compliant you can request the Legal Ombudsman on 0300 555 0333 to consider your complaint.

Forty years on…
“GLP Solicitors” has been in existence for 40 years, created by Jonathan Pfeffer and has now developed into a young, dynamic team of lawyers around Manchester utilising the latest in information technology for the benefit of our clients.

GLP – a history of long-established legal practices
Jonathan Pfeffer established ‘Pfeffer & Co’ in February 1970, and from its roots grew a number of legal practices around Greater Manchester. Jonathan Pfeffer’s influence when establishing each subsequent office in the network remains as strong today as it was when founded.

The Manchester practice traces its history directly to the original Pfeffer & Co, moving from St Ann’s Square to Chapel Street in 1980. Paul Wainwright’s entry into the partnership, then Terry Kelly and later Andrew Haworth, paved the way for the firm to grow in different areas of law.

In February 1972 a practice was opened in Prestwich, becoming ‘Graham Leigh Pfeffer & Co.’ in 1983 when Graham Leigh joined the partnership. Like the Manchester pratice, it now operates as a LLP with Mrs Carol-Ann Duke as the Managing Partner.

A practice at Pendlebury followed in 1984, Sheldon Fagelman joining the business in 1990. Mrs Jacynta McMahon became a Partner in 2010.

Worsley was opened as a branch of Pendlebury in January 1993 before being itself being established as an independent legal firm in April 2001.

The Bury practice had been located at various addresses until, in 1999, it settled in its five-storey building opposite the area’s transport hub and the famous open-market in Bury town centre. Neil Sugarman’s specialisms in the personal injury and criminal injury field, and the television and radio coverage that it has since generated, put GLP on the national map. Patricia Noone joined the Bury partnership in 2011.

Across Manchester, and with Edward Cliiford also adding his expertise as a Partner until 2010, the Blackley and Crumpsall offices were opened by Martin Cohen in February 1979 and April 1980. In August 1979, they also expanded towards Middleton and opened their front door onto the Langley housing estate. David Foster became a Partner in the firm in June 1987 and continues to serve the local community and beyond.

Other legal practices in Oldham, Rochdale, Salford and in Manchester: Blackley, Burnage, Chorlton, Ladybarn, Rusholme, Whalley Range and Whitefield have variously merged, become independent as existing partners or managing solicitors acquired their offices, or closed.

The advertising campaign of “If you can’t say ‘Pfeffer’, ask for ‘Leigh'” ran successfully in the 1990s, but by then many of the legal practices were known simply as ‘GLP’ through Graham Leigh’s use of the initials as the dominant feature in the ‘Graham Leigh Pfeffer & Co’ advertising and high street presence.

‘GLP’ became the key marketing identity in 2004 when all the associated firms used ‘GLP Solicitors’ as their principal trading name.

‘GLP Solicitors’ independent legal practices are all committed to eliminating unlawful discrimination, harassment or bullying incidents throughout their firms and to promoting equality and diversity within their policies, procedures and work practices. The Partners of the various firms are also committed to ensuring equality and diversity in all GLP Solicitors’ offices and allied concerns. This applies to their clients, staff and Partners, other solicitors and third party contacts.

Resultant from the regulatory requirements of the Solicitors Regulation Authority, as signatories to the Law Society Charter on Equality & Diversity and our own internal policies covering equality and diversity matters, we are obliged to publish a summary of aggregate information about GLP Solicitors on the GLP website.

The 2019 survey covered Partners and staff working for ‘GLP Solicitors’ on 31st May 2019, producing a 95% response. By way of comparison, the most recent survey in 2017 provided a 91% response. As they are entitled to do, 5% of staff have chosen not to respond to the survey this year. 64% (2017: 72%) of those working under the ‘GLP’ banner and choosing to identify their gender are female, as are 25% (23%) of GLP’s Partners.

92% (2017: 92%) report their British/UK background and 81% (75%) report their state school education. 23% (27%) of the team fall into the 25-34, 20% (18%) fall into the 44-54 and 20% (27%) fall into the 55-64 age group brackets.

Some form of disability was reported by 5% of personnel (2017: NIL) whilst 9% (20%) stated that they offered between 1 and 19 hours per week in helping or supporting family members, friends and neighbours because of long-term physical or mental ill-health/disability, or because of problems relating to old age.

Subject to the SRA’s timetable and direction, following the bi-annual pattern since 2013, it is envisaged that the next profession-wide ‘Diversity’ survey will be undertaken in 2021 a summary of which will be published shortly thereafter.

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