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Slater and Gordon

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North West: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud
Crime: fraud - ranked: tier 2

Slater and Gordon

Despite several changes in the Manchester-based fraud team at  Slater and Gordon, it is often instructed on a number of fraud and financial crime cases. The team defends clients on complex and high-value fraud cases brought by agencies such as the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and HMRC.

Other key lawyers:Alan Greenidge; Jonathon Enston; Lucy Cohen; Chris Fallows

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Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 1

Slater and Gordon

Slater and Gordon stands out for its experience in advising on a range of criminal law matters and is best known for its experience in representing the Police Federation as well as private clients. It represents police officers facing criminal investigations, misconduct proceedings, shootings, fatal traffic collisions and deaths in police custody, or following police contact. This also includes representation at inquests and public inquiries. The team also represents individuals in complex criminal investigations arising from their employment. Richard Black regularly handles complex and high-profile cases; Paul Reddy heads the road traffic defence team; recently promoted principal lawyer Christopher Fallows represents police officers facing criminal and disciplinary hearings; and associate litigation executive Alan Greenidge is 'first-rate'.

Practice head(s):Paul Reddy

Other key lawyers:Richard Black; Christopher Fallows; Alan Greenidge


Paul Reddy and  Richard Black have vast amounts of experience in dealing with police federation-related criminal cases

Work highlights

  • Represented Darren McKie, a Manchester police inspector charged with murdering his wife.  
  • Represented Mr W who was acquitted of death by careless driving at Sheffield Crown Court.
  • Represented Mr N who was acquitted of the historical sexual abuse of a family member.  
  • Represented Mr L, a driver, who was involved in a collision with an illegal scrambler bike and was charged with death by careless driving.  
  • Represented Mr C and Miss A as serving police officers facing assault charges.
Leading individuals

Paul Reddy - Slater and Gordon

Richard Black - Slater and Gordon

Next Generation Partners

Alan Greenidge - Slater and Gordon

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North West: Human resources

Employment: employee/union firms
Employment: employee/union firms - ranked: tier 1

Slater and Gordon

Slater and Gordon handles the full range of employment issues in relation to unions, with principal lawyer Sadiq Vohra stepping up to lead the practice group in early 2018. Vohra focuses on private client matters, working in tandem with Jennifer Ainscough, who handles the membership side of the practice. The team is experienced in negotiating employment contracts, and advising on restrictive covenants, severance agreements and employment disputes, particularly concerning breach of contract, equality claims, whistleblowing and redundanies. Non-contentious instructions such as negotiated exits also feature.

Practice head(s):Sadiq Vohra; Jennifer Ainscough

Other key lawyers:Clare Armstrong; Sharon Wardale; Lauren Broderick

Work highlights

  • Acting for a claimant in a multi-day employment tribunal case relating o race discrimination and unfair dismissal.
  • Represented claimant seeking wife’s entitlement to pension on his death.
  • Acted for claimant challenging use of positive action in recruitment process.  
  • Represented dog handlers denied allowance despite transporting police dogs in own vehicles.
  • Representing over 300 claimants in covert/intelligence department not paid for overtime.

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North West: Insurance

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

Slater and Gordon

'Conscientious' and 'experienced' litigator Julia Bridges is the new head of medical negligence in Slater and Gordon's Manchester office, having joined in 2018 from Linder Myers following a number of departures from the team. The practice advises on cases encompassing all areas of clinical negligence, with standout expertise in relation to coroner's inquests and human rights cases, including the application of Article 2 of the Human Rights Act.

Practice head(s):Julia Bridges

Other key lawyers:Sarah Sedge; Helen Lewis; Zak Golombeck; Sarah Jones; Aisling Kiernan; Stephanie Kelly; Victoria Beel; Joe Eley


'Julia Bridges is an experienced litigator. Sarah Jones is a very good litigator and would make a great addition to any clinical negligence team.'

'Julia Bridges and Sarah Sedge are conscientious and committed solicitors.'

'Joe Ely is impressive, with a sensitive approach to the client and an impressive ability to handle evidence.'

'Sarah Sedge is careful, understated and effective.'

'Sarah Jones is learning fast and one to look out for.'

'Joe Eley was my solicitor throughout my claim and I simply don't know what I would have done without him. Not only the settlement he secured for myself was substantial and changed my life, as due to the medical negligence I am very disabled now, but I know without his support I simply would have given up. Joe is the most professional, thoughtful, understanding solicitor I could ever wish for. I cannot recommend him highly enough.'

Work highlights

  • Advised on an Article 2 inquest and clinical negligence fatality.
  • Successfully represented the claimant at a trial on liability in June 2018 for a claim against Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust alleging negligent delay in treating a stress fracture of the right femur
  • Advised on a claim which concerned a failure to diagnose post-partum SIRS/sepsis, leading to death of female.

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Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Slater and Gordon

Slater and Gordon has an 'exceptionally well regarded team with an established history of being at the forefront of child abuse litigation', led by Richard Scorer. The team also has a particular specialism in running industrial disease cases, particularly in relation to asbestos exposure. National head of industrial disease Madelene Holdsworth is 'experienced and particularly tenacious in pursuit of cases, with a keen eye for detail.' Pauline Chandler, Michael Hardacre and principal lawyers Kim Harrison and David (Jon) Andrews, who joined from Linder Myers in 2018, are recommended. Michael Wolstencroft also joined from Roberts Jackson Solicitors as a senior solicitor, while Jennifer Maloney left the firm and now is a judge. Well-regarded principal lawyer Andrew Zajac recently relocated to from Cambridge to join the Manchester team.

Practice head(s):Alicia Alinia; Matthew Jarvis (national heads)

Other key lawyers:Richard Scorer; Pauline Chandler; Matthew Tomlinson; Madelene Holdsworth; Michael Hardacre; Kim Harrison; Steve Hill; Alicia Rendell; Katie Pendower; Gill Owen; David (Jon) Andrews; Darren Hughes; Jennifer McDade; Matthew Corby; Jordan Bell; David Roberts; Andrew Taylor; Linda Yen Fox; Christopher Woods; Andrew Zajac


'Kim Harrison is highly experienced and very able. She puts clients at their ease and ensures they are central to the process.'

'Richard Scorer and Kim Harrison have a deservedly excellent reputation as leaders in the field of child abuse compensation litigation.'

'There is a large team in Manchester with significant depth of experience and ability. Particular mention goes to the team undertaking asbestos disease work.'

'Pauline Chandler has unmatched experience in disease work and enjoys a worthy reputation as a fierce opponent acting on behalf of claimants.'

'Their strength is the size of the practice and consequently the depth of knowledge and the resource that they can provide to cases. Their key capability is the ability to give early advice in asbestos cases and run them well and to a quick conclusion. Their is standout knowledge amongst the partners in this area.'

'Jon Andrews has undertaken asbestos work for many years and has a wealth of knowledge in relation to asbestos claims. He is able to utilise his experience and tactical ability to get a great result for clients. Madelene Holdsworth is experienced and particularly tenacious in pursuit of cases, with a keen eye for detail.'

'Jordan Bell is measured, calm and a bright up-and-coming disease lawyer.'

'Richard Scorer is renowned for his expertise and experience, and for his leadership in this field. He is very personable with clients and colleagues and is generous in sharing his knowledge. He is always responsive to requests for assistance.'

'Michael Hardacre is a really fantastic lawyer. He is brilliant with his clients, delivers hard messages where necessary but fights tooth and nail for the best outcome. He makes the difference; ensuring that the evidence is as thoroughly prepared as possible. Any claimant would be lucky to have him as their lawyer.'

'Years of know how and great depth of knowledge in asbestos litigation and occupational illness in general. Huge resources and client base. They have connections to the many of the national asbestos charities and treatment centres and therefore have great knowledge of the latest treatment techniques being employed.'

'Jon Andrews is a great addition to the team. He is a wily campaigner who knows how to get a case across the line.'

'Madelene Holdsworth has great knowledge of the area and will go the extra mile for clients. She leads her team brilliantly.'

'The team is strong: it is led by Richard Scorer and Kim Harrison, who are two of the top lawyers in the field of historic abuse litigation. Richard Scorer has a particular ability to use his links with the media to obtain strong results for his clients and he receives very high quality work as a result, typified by his status as the principal abuse survivor lawyer at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.'

'The team is very strong with a depth and breadth of experience - you could throw anything at them and you get the impression that someone has encountered it before.'

'Michael Hardacre is a good technical lawyer and has excellent client care skills.'

'Andrew Zajac is helpful, approachable and has a keen interest in his clients.'

'Andrew Zajac is a level-headed and thorough solicitor.'

Leading individuals

Pauline Chandler - Slater and Gordon

Richard Scorer - Slater and Gordon

Next Generation Partners

David (Jon) Andrews - Slater and Gordon

Kim Harrison - Slater and Gordon

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North West: Private client

Family - ranked: tier 3

Slater and Gordon

Slater and Gordon's family team handles a range of divorce and financial matters in the north west, as well as on an international level. The firm regularly acts for high net-worth individuals including professional sportspeople, captains of industry, entertainers and their spouses. Lorraine Harvey heads the team while also advising high-net-worth clients on complex financial matters. Amy Dawber joined the firm in 2019 from Forbes Solicitors.

Practice head(s):Lorraine Harvey

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Slater and Gordon

Slater and Gordon advises on all aspects of private client work, including preparation of wills, trusts, lasting powers of attorney and the administration and taxation of estates and trusts. Clients include high-net-worth and complex estates, often involving trusts and assets abroad. Former practice head James Bereford left to join BLM in mid-2018.

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