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Pannone, part of Slater & Gordon

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Manchester, London, Hale, Alderley Edge

Pannone is firmly established as one of the country’s leading regional law firms. With a team of over 600 staff, including 300 specialist lawyers, Pannone serves a full range of corporate, public sector and private clients throughout the UK and internationally.

The firm:The firm acts for a diverse range of clients from private individuals to businesses of all sizes, SMEs to multinational PLCs, including Bank of England, Go Outdoors and L’Oreal. Its private client groups continue to lead the way in the sector, acting in cutting edge cases under the Human Rights Act, securing some of the highest awards in the country for personal injury and clinical negligence claims, attracting the leading divorce and family cases in the north of England and managing finances on behalf of its Court of Protection clients.

Pannone’s approach to service is entirely client focused and multidisciplinary in nature. The firm is renowned for building long-term relationships. This is achieved through excellence in client care, the quality of its people and the ongoing in-house development of cutting-edge technologies.

Types of work undertaken:The firm is organised into five divisions: corporate services, dispute resolution and regulatory, family, personal and financial, injury and negligence and Pannone Affinity Solutions.

Corporate services: provides a full service legal offering to businesses of all kinds and includes all corporate and commercial work types as well as real estate, construction, corporate recovery and employment.

Dispute resolution and regulatory: works closely with the corporate services division and is focused on resolving disputes in a quick and cost-effective manner with minimal disruption. The regulatory group undertakes a wide range of work from implementing robust compliance systems and conducting internal audits to successfully defending complex criminal and regulatory investigations.

Family, personal and financial: offers a fully rounded service to private clients. One of the largest teams outside London, the team deals with tax and wealth planning, wills and estates, divorce and Court of Protection work.

Injury and negligence: this division represents clients throughout the country seeking compensation for injuries or medical negligence, including a large number of maximum severity cases. The clinical negligence team is one of the largest dedicated teams in the UK and the PI team has a demonstrable national and international reputation for the quality of its work, the size of settlements obtained and expertise in handling multi-party and complex claims.

Pannone affinity: this division handles volume legal work for insurers, banks and retailers operating in the commoditised legal services market.

International (Pannone Law Group): Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cyprus, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, UK, Timor and Uruguay.

Number of partners 62

Number of Legal Directors 16

Number of assistant solicitors 128

Number of other fee-earners 146

Above material supplied by Pannone, part of Slater & Gordon.

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