Leading local independent Solicitors for Derbyshire and High Peak.

Leathems Solicitors are a modern law firm based in Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire, specialising in Residential and Commercial property, Business sales and acquisitions, Wills, trusts and estate administration, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Family law.

Principal Christopher Leathem is a leading local practitioner with over 30 years legal experience. Associate Lesley Gaskell is an expert in matrimonial law having specialised in this field since 1984.


In addition to being regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority we are part of the Law Society Conveyancing Quality and Family Law Accreditation Schemes. Accessibility. We are able to see clients on the ground floor and offer home or business visits by arrangement if you are unable to access our office.


Property law

Dealing with property is complex, which is why it’s essential to obtain proper advice. We offer a highly personal, professional and efficient service which gives peace of mind in any property transaction you’re involved in. We can advise you on: sale and purchase, lease, transfer of equity, remortgage, voluntary registrations, claims for adverse possession, auctions and equity releases.


Dealing with commercial property presents unique challenges. Fortunately Leathems Solicitors are experienced in dealing with all aspects of your transaction, including: sale and purchase, lease issues (including security of tenure under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, rent review, negotiation and enforcement of lease terms, remedies for breach, assignments, sub-letting and termination), transfer of equity, remortgage, voluntary registrations, claims for adverse possession and auctions.



Creating a Will may seem like a very daunting decision, however this really is the best way to ensure that your estate passes according to your wishes and that it is administered by someone that you trust. Everyone should consider making a Will, but this is particularly the case if you have remarried, cohabit with a partner or wish to leave money to a charity. Leathems Solicitors can also advise on complex issues such as any potential liability to inheritance tax, the possibility of any claims being brought against your estate and whether it would be appropriate to create a trust.

Estate administration

The loss of a relative or close friend is always difficult to cope with and even more so when it falls to you to administer their estate. Leathems Solicitors are highly experienced in guiding you through the entire process from checking that any Will left is valid, establishing who is going to administer the estate and contacting asset holders to valuing the estate, filing returns, dealing with taxation and finally distributing the estate to the beneficiaries.







The law relating to Trusts changed substantially in 2006. Whether you are creating, administering or winding up a trust, we can provide expert advice and guidance on both lifetime settlements and Will Trusts, including Relevant property regime settlements,  Discretionary trusts, Settlements for the disabled, Immediate Post-death interests, and Trusts for bereaved minors or bereaved young people.


Divorce & Family

One in five married people in Britain get divorced every year. Still more unmarried couples separate. The process can‚ of course‚ be emotional and there can be lots of paperwork. Not only that but the arrangements you make surrounding finances‚ property or children can be complex. It's advisable to instruct a solicitor. Fortunately‚ we’ve got one of the area’s most experienced matrimonial solicitors‚ who can help with every aspect of the process. The average divorce or legal separation process takes about six months. Before it can be finalised (and a “Decree Absolute” issued)‚ you’ll need to come to agreements over children‚ finances and property. This will‚ of course‚ be a very emotional and difficult time but if you can keep things amicable and agree the details before going to court‚ you’ll find it all easier. We will make your divorce as simple and painless as possible.


First of all‚ you’ll have to demonstrate that your marriage has broken down irretrievably. To do that‚ one of the following statements has to apply to your situation: Adultery has taken place, Unreasonable behavior has taken place, There’s been over two years of desertion, There’s been at least two years of separation


Either partner can make the initial application for divorce. The application is called the “Petition‚” the person who makes it is called the “Petitioner”‚ and the other partner is the “Respondent.” Most divorces are undefended and are based on one of the first two statements.

Lasting Power
of Attorney

If you need someone to act on your behalf you might choose to grant them Power of Attorney. This could be because you’re going away‚ or perhaps you find it difficult to do everyday tasks‚ such as dealing with your bank. The person acting on your behalf is known as your “Donee”‚ but their legal powers will only remain for as long as you’re mentally capable of making your own decisions. If you want to prepare for the longer term‚ you’ll need something more permanent in place: a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA).


LPA’s replaced Enduring Powers of Attorney (EPA)‚ but the latter are still perfectly valid as long as they were signed before 1st October 2007.


There are two types of LPA:

1. Property and Financial Affairs

2. Health and Welfare


By granting Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) your Donee will able to carry on acting on your behalf even if your mental capacity is impaired (for example through an accident or illness). An LPA can potentially grant more legal powers than an EPA and is more flexible too: you can specify exactly what powers you’d like your Donee to have.

Commercial law

If you run a business there are many legal pitfalls to overcome, which is why sound legal advice from a solicitor you can trust is so important. Leathems solicitors have years of knowledge and experience in every aspect of legal work for businesses, from negotiating complex agreements to advising on planning issues and recovering debts, leaving you free to concentrate on growing your business.


We offer an expert service tailored to the exact needs of your business and can help you with:

Wills and powers of attorney

Ensure your business can carry on in any event.


Employment contracts and compromise agreements

If you do not provide employment particulars
and a dispute arises then an employment
tribunal can award 2-4 weeks’ pay.

Lease issues

Rent review, negotiation and enforcement
of lease terms, remedies for breach,
assignments and sub-letting.


Sale and purchase of your business
and premises

Whether you are starting out or selling up,
we can guide you through the process.

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Leathems Solicitors are a modern law firm based in Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire, specialising in Residential and commercial property, Business sales and acquisitions, Wills, trusts and estate administration, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Family law.

Office: +44 (0)1663 733 431

Fax: +44 (0)1663 735 488.

12 Market Street,
Whaley Bridge, High Peak, Derbyshire, SK23 7LP.

DX: 28468 Whaley Bridge.

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