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Slater and Gordon

23 CHESTER STREET, WREXHAM, LL13 8BG, WALES
Tel:
Work 01978 340400
Fax:
Fax 01978 340430
DX:
721920 WREXHAM 4
Email:
Web:
www.walkersmithway.com

Wales: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 3

Slater and Gordon

The 'empathetic and knowledgeable' team at Slater and Gordon is primarily focused on representing police officers facing criminal investigations and misconduct proceedings. Benefiting from an 'encyclopaedic knowledge of the law of police misconduct together with his extensive experience of the high level crime', Ian Wilson is a leader in the field whose work has recently included a high-profile matter successfully defending a police officer accused of misusing her taser. Associate Jon Nutman  is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Ian Wilson

Other key lawyers:Jon Nutman

Key Clients

Jan Kingshott

Claire Boddie

Work highlights

  • The firm represented Acting Sergeant Claire Boddie who was prosecuted in relation to taser misuse. The officer was acquitted at court but she was still required to attend a misconduct hearing, where the allegations were unproven.
  • The firm successfully defended a Devon & Cornwall police sergeant who was prosecuted for gross negligence manslaughter following the death of an individual who was taken into custody when he was the custody sergeant on duty.

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Wales: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Slater and Gordon

Slater and Gordon's 11-strong team provides an 'impressively knowledgeable service' to an exclusively claimant-side client base, which includes senior executives, private clients, trade unions and the Police Federation. 'Excellent' senior associate Juliette Franklin is now one of the most experienced members of the team following Rachel Harfield's recent move to the Cardiff and District Law Society, and is particularly noted for her skill in representing clients in discrimination claims. Senior solicitor Mohini Bharani is 'very compassionate' when representing clients in race and disability discrimination cases.

Practice head(s):Juliette Franklin 

Other key lawyers:James Watkins; Claire Tait; Rhydian Reeves; Mohini Bharani

Testimonials

'The sensible and commercial Juliette Franklin has an excellent reputation.'

Key Clients

Police Federation of England and Wales

Unite the Union

USDAW

GMB

FDA

Accord

UCU

NGSU

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Angus Bowler in a long-running racial discrimination and victimisation case brought against Kent Police.
  • We are acting for a transgender police officer in a claim for sexual orientation discrimination.
Next Generation Partners

Juliette Franklin  - Slater and Gordon

Rising stars

Mohini Bharani  - Slater and Gordon

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Wales: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 2

Slater and Gordon

Slater and Gordon is able to call upon the expertise of a large number of 'excellent lawyers' at varying levels of experience, across the full spectrum of claimant clinical negligence cases, including those of the utmost severity. As well as the firm's litigation expertise, it is also provides a holistic service through the life-cycle of a case by virtue of its national client liaison team, specialist Court of Protection offering and independent financial planning company. Team head Yvonne Agnew has extensive experience across all types of clinical negligence cases, particularly in relation to high-value and complex birth injury, brain and spinal/vascular injury claims. Praised for his 'skill and sensitivity', senior associate Luq Ali is head of fixed fees for clinical negligence claims in Cardiff.

Practice head(s):Yvonne Agnew

Other key lawyers:Luq Ali; Julia Reynolds; Lara Bennett; Kelly Lloyd Davies

Testimonials

'Luq Ali has a very busy case load with many complex and high-value cases.'

'Lara Bennett handles complex and high-value cases with excellent skill.'

 

Work highlights

  • The firm achieved an excellent settlement for a claimant who underwent an above knee amputation.
  • The team is acting for the claimant in a sensitive misdiagnosis case.
  • The team is acting for the claimant who suffered complications as a result of a delay in diagnosis and treatment of Cauda Equina Syndrome.
  • The team successfully acted for a claimant who suffered significant loss of vision as a result of a delay in referring for specialist ophthalmic treatment.
Leading individuals

Yvonne Agnew - Slater and Gordon

Rising stars

Luq Ali  - Slater and Gordon

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Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 2

Slater and Gordon

Slater and Gordon has a strong reputation among private individuals, as well as for members of numerous trade unions, across a wide range of personal injury claims, ranging from RTA and employers' liability through to serious industrial disease. Clients also benefit from various ancillary services, including a Court of Protection offering and a client liaison and welfare benefits adviser. John Browne has 'in-depth knowledge' in relation to industrial disease-related claims, and Nicholas Collins has vast experience dealing with workplace injuries, particularly within heavy industry environments. The 'empathetic and sensitive' Julian Cason excels at handling asbestos-related matters.

Practice head(s):John Browne (Head of Cardiff Industrial Disease Team) and Andrew Owen (Head of Cardiff Personal Injury Team)

Other key lawyers:Nicholas Collins; Michael Jenkins; Julian Cason

Testimonials

'Vastly experienced and resourced personal injury team with a long history of fighting for claimants.'

'Impressive breadth of knowledge.'

'The experienced Nicholas Collins has a good tactical approach to complex claims.'

'John Browne is a canny litigator who has a wealth of experience in dealing with asbestos litigation and always seems to be one-step ahead of the opposition.'

'Julian Cason has an excellent manner in dealing with people in very difficult circumstances.'

Leading individuals

John Browne - Slater and Gordon

Nicholas Collins - Slater and Gordon

Next Generation Partners

Julian Cason - Slater and Gordon

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