Private Clients Team

“With more than 30 years’ experience in this field, we offer a friendly, personal service that is tailored to your individual needs.”

Philippa Wright, Head of Wills & Probate

Philippa Wright

Head of Wills & Probate

Philippa gained a law degree in 2011, having studied at the College of Law in Manchester.  She is a member of the Society for Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

After working for 25 years in the Public Sector Philippa realised a long held ambition by re-training to become a Solicitor. In addition to an MBA, she has extensive experience in the public sector, most recently in the regulatory and Freedom of Information fields.

Outside of work she visits the cinema regularly, enjoys reading and running (but not at the same time) and enjoys watching sport including Football, Rugby and Formula 1.

John Nattrass, Solicitor

John Nattrass

Solicitor

John qualified as a solicitor in 1981 having graduated with an honours degree in law from the University of Durham and after completing his law finals at the College of Law in Chester. Following his training at a firm of solicitors in Manchester, John moved to Altrincham where he has specialised in property law, wills, probate, powers of attorney and Court of Protection applications.

John is a keen follower of football, both Premiership and non league, fund raises for the RNLI and enjoys walking and visiting the theatre.

Helen Green, Solicitor

Helen Green

Solicitor

Helen graduated from The University of Sheffield in 2012 with a degree in European, International and Comparative Law. During her degree she enjoyed being able to spend time studying at the University of Helsinki in Finland as well as the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands.

After completing her post graduate qualifications at the University of Law in Manchester and her training contract with another local firm, Helen joined McHale and Co as a newly qualified Solicitor in June 2017.

Helen specialises in estate administration and trust matters as part of the private client team. She also has experience in Wills, Powers of Attorney’s, Court of Protection and advising the elderly. She works across all our offices and regularly visits clients in their home and in care.

Since joining McHale and Co., Helen has gone on to achieve a distinction in her STEP diploma in Trust and Estate administration and is now an accredited Trust and Estate Practitioner and affiliate member of STEP.

Outside of work she enjoys reading, cooking and walking and exploring with her Border Collie Skye.

Philip Hartley, Solicitor

Philip Hartley

Solicitor

Philip graduated from Staffordshire University with an LLB honours degree and LPC in 2006.  He qualified as a solicitor after completing his training contract with a firm of solicitors in Staffordshire two years later.

Philip specialises in the administration of estates and also advises in relation to the preparation of wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection matters.

Prior to qualifying as a solicitor, Philip enjoyed a successful career working as a software developer working on IBM mid-range computer systems.  He had an ambition to enter the legal profession and completed all of his legal qualifications on a part time evening basis.  He left his IT career when offered a training contract to qualify as a solicitor.

Philip enjoys walking, riding motorcycles and the Edinburgh Festival.

Michaela McDonald, Solicitor

Michaela McDonald

Solicitor

Michaela graduated from Liverpool John Moores University in 2015 with LLB and went on to study the LPC and LLM at the University of Law in Manchester.  Michaela joined Sedgwick Legal in 2014 prior to its merger with  McHale and Co in 2016, formally completing her training contract and qualifying in July 2019.

Michaela now specialises in Private Client matters including Wills, Probate, Powers of Attorney,  Court of Protection and advising the elderly on a range of issues.  She works across all of our offices in Altrincham, Stretford, Heywood and Middleton and regularly visits clients in their home, care or hospital.

Outside work, Michaela enjoys spending time with her friends and family, reading, and going for long walks in the countryside exploring new places.

Luke Spilsbury, Lifetime Planning Advisor

Luke Spilsbury

Lifetime Planning Advisor

Luke joined McHale & Co in 2018 and is now a Lifetime Planning Advisor within our Private Client Team based in Altrincham. Luke specialises in Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney and provides clients with bespoke advice about how best to protect their legacy and focus on our core purpose of “Keeping families together”.

Outside of work Luke is a keen cyclist and is a member of Cheshire Mavericks Cycling Club. He also enjoys a round of golf and travelling to far-flung places with his wife.

Testimonials

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Excellent, professional and caring. Michaela and her colleagues made the whole process very easy.

Ms A

I have been using McHale and Co for both the sake of my property and the purchase of my new home. Joy handled my sale and was extremely professional, helpful and persevered when dealing with my buyers solicitors who were less than professional to deal with.
Phillippa was equally professional and extremely knowledgeable on purchasing new build properties due to her years of experience in this specialist area. She was supportive and gave me confidence that I was getting a first class service. Would use them again and recommend to my friends and family.

Ms. S

…in the midst of the most stressful situations, I have never felt the need to ‘nudge’ or urge action, I have always been confident in the reliability and consistency in the service received, especially from Liz Connolly.

Ms B

Extremely satisfied, I have already recommended. I first used the Will drafting service – Helen Green – then probate… clearly happy!

Ms W

Excellent Service provided by Michaela. Detailed, professional and approachable.

Ms J

Michaela is professional and confident in her field and at the same time I felt completely relaxed in her presence, a great asset to McHale & Co.

Mrs P

Always, without fail, returned email/telephone calls promptly. Thank you.

Mr D

Professional and efficient service with a personal touch.

Mr Y

Grace has been very helpful dealing our whole family, arranging wills and lasting powers of attorney. Excellent service.

Mrs N

I am very glad that I found your office and especially Helen Green. I enjoy dealing with people who know what they are doing.

Mr S

Grace Kennedy was friendly, professional and knowledgeable. Updating our wills was a very smooth and efficient process.

Mr W

The service and communication provided by Michaela throughout the process of dealing with my mum’s estate has been exemplary.

Mr E

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