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Slater and Gordon

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 3

Slater and Gordon

Scott Ingram leads the practice at Slater and Gordon, which has a core focus on acting for members of police forces in cases involving, among other areas, misconduct proceedings, deaths in custody, use of force and criminal investigations.

Practice head(s):Scott Ingram

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London: Human resources

Employment: employees/unions
Employment: employees/unions - ranked: tier 1

Slater and Gordon

At Slater and Gordon, national practice head Edward Cooper and his team handle a wide scope of employment matters for their clients, such as corporate advisory work for unions, conducting judicial reviews, handling discrimination claims and advising on pensions. Emma Hawksworth is skilled in handling complex equal pay work and providing GDPR-related advice. The wider team also includes Paula Chan, who is currently acting head of the department for London and advises on contentious and non-contentious employment law issues; Clive Howard, who advises on high-level exits and whistleblowing cases; and new partner Peter Daly, who joined from Bindmans LLP in May 2019.

Practice head(s):Edward Cooper; Paula Chan

Other key lawyers:Emma Hawksworth; Clive Howard; Peter Daly

Key Clients

Police Federation of England & Wales







Unite the Union


Work highlights

  • Acting for the FDA, the PCSU and Prospect in a judicial review challenge to the consultation process leading to the decision of the Minister of the Cabinet Office to increase pay for civil servants post austerity by 1 – 1.5%.
  • Acting for the Police Federation of England and Wales in the judicial review of the Home Secretary's decision not to implement in full the recommendations of the Police Remuneration Review Body.
  • Defending GMB against two separate certification officer complaints, both of which were dismissed.
  • Acting for Phillip Horsley, formerly a fraud investigator for HMRC, who was dismissed after 40 years' service.
Leading individuals

Clive Howard - Slater and Gordon

Edward Cooper - Slater and Gordon

Emma Hawksworth - Slater and Gordon

Next Generation Partners

Peter Daly - Slater and Gordon

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Employment: senior executives
Employment: senior executives - ranked: tier 2

Slater and Gordon

Slater and Gordon's practice handles all employment-related matters including high-level terminations, breach of contract, bonus disputes, contract advice and reviews, team moves and high-value discrimination claims. The team has recently acted on a number of whistleblower claims involving major banks and global companies, and is increasingly representing NHS and private hospital staff in internal disciplinary proceedings. Paula Chan has been acting as head of the national employment practice, which includes Clive Howard as head of the partnership team, and Deborah Casale as acting head of the London employment team.

Practice head(s):Claire Dawson; Paula Chan; Deborah Casale

Other key lawyers:Clive Howard

Work highlights

  • Advised on Court of Appeal case to determine a number of important questions concerning the territorial reach of the Employment Rights Act 1996 including in particular, the whistleblowing provisions for those who live and work overseas.
  • Representing a managing director in unfair dismissal and wrongful dismissal claims against Tesco.

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London: Insurance

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

Slater and Gordon

Slater and Gordon's team is praised for offering a comprehensive service that goes beyond compensation by fully supporting injured clients. The team demonstrates particular expertise handling claims of maximum severity and has more recently gained recognition in group-actions, following its lead role in the Paterson (breast surgeon) litigation. Typical instructions include claims involving brain injury, spinal injury, amputations and surgical errors. Practice head Emma Doughty has developed a specialist interest in cancer and obstetric claims, while also dealing with high-value birth injury cases. The 'committed' Laura Preston further brings experience in fatal accidents and inquests.

Practice head(s):Emma Doughty

Other key lawyers:Penny Fitzpatrick; Laura Preston


'Extremely knowledgeable and with a wealth of knowledge of complex, multi party actions in light of their work on the Paterson case.'

'The team is full of real star individuals and is led by Emma Doughty who is a 'tour de force'. They are reassuring, calm under pressure and really fight for their clients.'

'No stone is left unturned and you know that Emma Doughty will have considered every possibility and line of attack to try and achieve the right result. Her abilities are far beyond what you would expect for her years.'

'Penny Fitzpatrick is a very safe pair of hands in more difficult and high value claims.'

Work highlights

  • Representing claimant who suffered with a Brown-Seuqard type syndrome with symptoms of incomplete paraplegia as a result of negligent corrective surgery.
  • Acting on behalf of an entrepreneur who suffered partial amputation as a result of a delay in diagnosis.
  • Representing a child in a claim, arising from the hospital's failure to diagnose sepsis and avoidable amputation of limbs.
  • Acting on behalf of a young mother who was left paralysed from the waist down after giving birth, following  negligent delays in scanning and treating a spinal bleed.
  • Acting in case related to a delay in diagnosis and treatment of a diabetic foot ulcer resulting in an unnecessary partial amputation of the Claimant’s foot.
Leading individuals

Emma Doughty - Slater and Gordon

Rising stars

Laura Preston - Slater and Gordon

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Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 3

Slater and Gordon

Slater and Gordon acts for those who have suffered life-altering injuries, generally resulting from brain, orthopaedic and spinal trauma, as well as amputation and industrial disease. The main focus of the practice concerns supporting clients at the beginning of their injury to secure ongoing financial relief and rehabilitation. Nick Godwin specialises in catastrophic injury involving brain and spinal damage; while Edmund Young leads a team of expert asbestos lawyers. Typical instructions also include representing bereaved families in fatal accident cases. Patrick Maguire led the team that acted for a number of families of the victims as well as those that were injured in the Westminster and London Bridge terrorist attacks. Alicia Alinia heads the team.

Practice head(s):Alicia Alinia

Other key lawyers:Nick Godwin; Will Cornwell; Tracey Benson; Edmund Young; Patrick Maguire


'Slater & Gordon continues to be a true market leader in personal injury work. The sheer depth of expertise across the full spectrum of personal injury work marks the firm out.'

'The firm continues to achieve success in claims of the highest value and complexity.'

'Very good firm for asbestos-related disease. The London branch led by Mr Edmund Young especially sticks out.'

'Nick Godwin is a powerhouse lawyer who has a remarkable ability to see the wood for the trees in the most complex cases. He can cut through difficult medical and legal problems and get straight to the heart of the matter.'

'Will Cornwell is impressive. He is clearly hardworking and dedicated to his clients. More than capable of dealing with complex catastrophic injury cases.'

'Tracey Benson is a formidable negotiator who has a knack of getting concessions out of opponents and maximising damages claims.'

Work highlights

  • Enjoyed huge success in the Court of Appeal in the case of Bellman vs Northampton Recruitment Limited, which extends the boundaries of the law of vicarious liability.
  • Acted for a claimant, who was involved in a road traffic collision and suffered an amputation injury, in reaching an agreement in respect of liability with the claimant receiving a significant proportion of damages.
  • Representing a client in a fatal case regarding a mesothelioma claim.
  • Securing interim payments for accommodation and acting for claimant in a formal appeal regarding a spinal cord injury sustained in a road traffic accident.

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London: Private client

Court of Protection
Court of Protection - ranked: tier 3

Slater and Gordon

Nationally the team at Slater and Gordon acts as financial deputy for over 350 clients managing settlements from £10,000 to £30m. It has a particular specialism in property and affairs applications. The group has dealt with a range of applications from complex statutory will and gift applications through to gratuitous care applications for lay deputies. It also has an elderly client specialism and receives a steady flow of instructions from local authorities to act as a deputy for protected parties. Michael Knott, Martin Hudson and John Fawcett are the names to note.

Practice head(s):Michael Knott; Martin Hudson; John Fawcett


'The lawyers know their clients' needs and requirements. Easy to get along with. Approachable'.

'The team has an empathy with its clients and a genuine desire to help where possible. The lawyers go the extra mile to help their clients'.

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Family - ranked: tier 6

Slater and Gordon

Slater and Gordon advises both high-net-worth individuals as well as those with limited means through its various offices nationally. The team under the leadership of Hannah Cornish has a wide range of expertise in diverse areas such as international child abduction, surrogacy and adoption. It also advises on complex financial matters and the team has particular expertise in other related areas such as police and military pensions.

Practice head(s):Hannah Cornish

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London: Public sector

Civil liberties and human rights
Civil liberties and human rights - ranked: tier 4

Slater and Gordon

Slater and Gordon handles mostly personal injury matters and also has experience in child abuse cases, inquests and medical law. Manchester-based Kim Harrison and Richard Scorer co-lead the abuse team, which is representing clients in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. The team is also particularly experienced in actions against public authorities.

Practice head(s):Kim Harrison; Richard Scorer

Other key lawyers:Zak Golombeck; Sarah Jones; Victoria Beel


Kim Harrison is a gritty and determined fighter for human rights and civil liberties. She is passionate about her clients and about social justice.'

'Kim and her team are highly organised, practical and a dream to work with. Nothing is too much for them.'

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London: Transport

Travel: personal injury - ranked: tier 3

Slater and Gordon

The Manchester-based travel litigation team at Slater and Gordon acts for claimants and defendants in personal injury claims that occur abroad. It is an 'experienced team with a good mixture of fee earners and a strong and well-established volume of cases'; it has broad experience in a range of accident and illness claims and is advising a claimant who suffered catastrophic injuries as a result of an accident in Spain. Senior associate Stephen Goodman leads the Manchester travel litigation team and Nicola Rostron, who is also a senior associate, has particular experience in cross-border road traffic accident claims. Kieran Mitchell has joined DAC Beachcroft LLP.

Practice head(s):Madelene Holdsworth

Other key lawyers:Stephen Goodman; Nicola Rostron; Nicola Simpson; Michael Hagan; Victoria Cox; Philip Cooper


Michael Hagan is a truly exceptional associate, who is adored by his clients and well respected by firms acting for opposing parties.

Work highlights

  • Advising an individual who suffered a brain injury as a result of a road traffic accident in Spain.
  • Acted for three claimants in a fatal accident claim as a result of a road traffic accident in Portugal.
  • Advising on a case relating to a child who lost his life when he drowned in a hotel swimming pool.
  • Advising an  individual who was injured whilst boarding a train in Italy.
  • Advising a client who suffered necrotising fasciitis after having cosmetic surgery in the Czech Republic.
Rising stars

Nicola Rostron - Slater and Gordon

Stephen Goodman - Slater and Gordon

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