Our Team

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Emma Nawaz

Managing Director

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Emma Nawaz

Managing Director

emma@blackstonesolicitorsltd.co.uk

Emma Nawaz of Blackstone Solicitors Limited has a wealth of legal experience specialising in the fields of commercial and property litigation. Emma represents local, national and international clients, many of whom have been clients since the beginning of her career. Emma is known as a tenacious and pragmatic lawyer.

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Daniel Thomas

Commerical Litigation Partner

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Daniel Thomas

Commercial Litigation Partner

daniel@blackstonesolicitorsltd.co.uk

Daniel joined the firm as an Associate in November 2012 following 8 years at a city centre practice. He has a wealth of knowledge in commercial and personal litigation and has been involved in numerous heavyweight cases including freezing injunctions and Court of Appeal matters. Daniel’s great commercial awareness and tactical expertise, coupled with a ‘no-nonsense’ approach to litigation, allows him to achieve the highest results.

Socially, Daniel has a keen interest in football, golf and snowboarding. He also enjoys rowing regularly for Trafford RC.

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Nick Jackson

Commercial Property Partner

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Nick Jackson

Commercial Property Partner

nick@blackstonesolicitorsltd.co.uk

Nick joined Blackstone Solicitors in June 2015 from a nearby firm in Altrincham, whilst having previously worked for two nationally recognised law firms. Nick has over 13 years of experience in the commercial property sector in England and Wales, dealing with sales, purchases, site set-ups, lettings and secured lending transactions. Nick specialises in working for individuals and businesses with real estate requirements whether as occupiers, investors or developers. Over the years, he has acted for a number of major high street retailers while also acting for both commercial and residential developers, representing local, national and international clients. Outside of work, Nick enjoys attending the gym, playing tennis and running.

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Michelle Rothburn

Commerical Property Partner

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Michelle Rothburn

Commercial Property Partner

michelle@blackstonesolicitorsltd.co.uk

Michelle joined Blackstone Solicitors as a Commercial Property Partner in June 2016.

Michelle qualified in 1988 and has spent all of her professional life practising commercial property. She has extensive knowledge of her field of work enabling her to advise her clients on all aspects of commercial property.

Michelle’s no nonsense approach and departure from the ‘traditional way’ that legal firms tend to act continues to be well received by clients. She continues to advise clients who she first represented upon qualification which is a clear testament to her ability and the quality of service that she provides. Michelle’s time management skills play a significant role when she is involved in deals with very rigid time-frames and also when representing clients when acquiring or disposing of multi-tenanted property or larger estates.

Michelle has a strong reputation for speed and efficiency which benefits both clients and colleagues alike. Her lateral thinking enables her to take a commercial and realistic approach to her transactions and offer excellent advice and service to clients.

Michelle enjoys fine dining, cooking, her family and all things blue – Manchester City!

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Judith Chesters

Wills and Probate Partner

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Judith Chesters

Wills and Probate Partner

judithc@blackstonesolicitorsltd.co.uk

Judith joined Blackstone Solicitors in April 2016 having worked in Altrincham and Hale for most of her career.

Judith qualified as a Solicitor in 1990, qualifying and then briefly working in Cumbria. She joined an Altrincham Firm in 1991 where she worked for 15 years and has been based in Hale for the last 10 years.

Judith is an experienced Private Client lawyer specialising in dealing with estate planning and administration, the preparation of Wills and Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection matters. She has had experience in dealing with disputed estates and claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975.  Judith also deals with Residential Conveyancing.

She has always enjoyed acting for a diverse range of clients and providing them with a high level of individual service. She has been described by her clients as approachable and caring, focused on the client and committed to achieving a swift beneficial outcome. One client said that Judith’s calm counsel sustained her through a very difficult time following the death of her husband. She indicated that she was sure that Judith’s expertise and support led to a favourable outcome in her case.

When not working Judith enjoys theatre going, walking and following football.

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Robin Fozard

Corporate Consultant

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Robin Fozard

Corporate Consultant

robin@blackstonesolicitorsltd.co.uk

Robin joined Blackstone Solicitors in April 2016 having worked in Hale for three years and before that having been a partner in the corporate department of a Manchester City Centre firm for 25 years.

Robin is a consultant and he has considerable experience in all aspects of corporate and commercial transactions.  He is experienced in acquisitions and disposals, group reorganisations, joint ventures, start ups, shareholders agreements, limited liability partnerships, partnerships, advising professional firms of accountants, solicitors and doctors and preparing commercial agreements and he has acted for local, national and international clients.

Outside of work, Robin enjoys playing golf and skiing.

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David Walton

Head of Residential Property

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David Walton

Head of Residential Property

david@blackstonesolicitorsltd.co.uk

David trained in Bristol qualifying in 1995. He worked for two of the leading firms in the city specialising in commercial property transactions, before moving back to Manchester in 2003.

Building on this experience, David continued dealing with wide range of commercial property matters, including sale and purchase of freehold and leasehold property, leasing and management of commercial property and re-financing.

The opportunity arose to broaden his experience with a move towards residential property transactions more recently with particular emphasis on the sale and purchase of new-build residential accommodation and purpose-built buy to let investment properties.

When out of the office David is likely to be found in the garage at home restoring classic cars, or renovating property.

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Rokhsareh Vahid

Head of Iran Desk

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Rokhsareh joined our firm in February 2017 after earning her LLM degree at The University of Manchester and practicing law in the United States.

Rokhsareh was born in Iran and moved to the United States as a child. She earned her Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctor of Jurisprudence degrees with honours and qualified as an attorney in Texas in 2010. Her law practice focused on healthcare law, commercial law, and sanctions on Iran.

Rokhsareh moved to England in 2015 to complete her LLM in International Business and Commerce Law at The University of Manchester, and graduated in December 2016. She is now in the process of qualifying as a solicitor in England.

Rokhsareh is fluent in Persian and English and speaks basic Spanish. She enjoys spending time with family, attending the gym, and traveling.