Our History

GLP Solicitors have been providing legal solutions since 1970

It has now developed into a young, dynamic team of lawyers based around Greater Manchester but utilising the latest in information technology for the benefit of our clients and to service a nationwide reach.


The Firm was originally created by Jonathan Pfeffer as ‘Pfeffer & Co’ in February 1970, and from its roots grew a number of legal practices. 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 it’s present location on Chapel Street in 1980. Paul Wainwright’s entry into the partnership, then Terry Kelly, 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.
A practice at Pendlebury followed in 1984, Sheldon Fagelman joining the business in 1990. Mrs Jacynta McMahon became a Partner in 2010.

The Bury practice settled in its five-storey building opposite the Interchange transport hub in 1999 a short distance from 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.


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 and have done so ever since.