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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

Slater and Gordon¬†has a ‚ÄėProfessional and dedicated‚Äô team that specialises in representing Police Federation clients in relation to police use of force, fatal road traffic accidents, gross misconduct, criminal investigations, misconduct proceedings and deaths in police custody. The ‚Äėvery capable and highly experienced‚Äô Scott Ingram¬†heads the team. Susan Freeburn¬†recently advised a Met police officer accused of assault occasioning actual bodily harm whilst policing a football match, he was acquitted at trial.

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Fraud: white-collar crime
Fraud: white-collar crime - ranked: tier 4

Slater and Gordon

‚ÄėExtremely professional and knowledgeable‚Äô Slater and Gordon¬†has experience of handling cases involving investigations and prosecutions from the CPS, SFO, BIS, Trading Standards and HMRC. It advises on matters such as VAT fraud, banking fraud, advance fee fraud and insurance fraud. The ‚Äėexcellent, reliable, diligent and knowledgeable‚Äô team is now led by Rachel Adamson.¬†Former practice head Shula de Jersey¬†left the firm for BCL Solicitors LLP¬†and Helen Simm¬†left for Clyde & Co LLP¬†.

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London: Human resources

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

Slater and Gordon

Slater and Gordon's 'great depth of knowledge and experience' makes it 'a pre-eminent firm on the claimant side', where it advises employees and trade unions including FDA, PCS and NASUWT. Key names include 'highly experienced' department head Edward Cooper, partnership team head Clive Howard and the 'incredibly intelligent' Emma Hawksworth; Cooper recently acted for an individual in a case arising from the high-profile Trojan Horse affair alleging the Islamification of schools in Birmingham, and Hawksworth represented a Muslim prison chaplain in an indirect discrimination claim relating to pay disparity between Muslim and Christian chaplains. Other work for Hawksworth includes acting for a claimant in a disability discrimination claim relating to her dismissal from her police officer role and representing HMRC employees in equal pay claims. Paul Daniels joined Keystone Law in 2018.

Leading individuals

Clive Howard - Slater and Gordon

Edward Cooper - Slater and Gordon

Emma Hawksworth - Slater and Gordon

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Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: senior executives - ranked: tier 1

Slater and Gordon

Slater and Gordon 'excels in the senior executive space' as 'an outstanding firm with a combative and experienced team, which always gets the results its clients need'. The department is 'genuinely brilliant at litigation' with notable experience in whistleblowing and discrimination claims, high-level terminations, bonus disputes, team moves and professional discipline issues.  Deborah Casale represented an individual employed in Saudi Arabia in an unfair dismissal claim; she is particularly active in the financial services sector. Claire Dawson leads the national practice and has notable expertise acting for clients with disabilaties; other key names include partnership team head Clive Howard, Edward Cooper, Julie Morris and London group head Paula Chan, who is 'a rising star and definitely one to watch with superb judgment and a keen intelligence'.

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London: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 3

Slater and Gordon

Slater and Gordon's team is composed of 'hardworking lawyers' who 'fight hard for their clients' and 'know their clients and cases inside out'. The practice handles a wide range of cases including those involving brain and spinal injury, amputations, delayed diagnosis of cancer, orthopedic and surgical claims. Emma Doughty, who was appointed joint head of the London and Cambridge clinical negligence department acted in more than 750 claims for unnecessary surgeries, achieving a global landmark settlement of £37m as well as provision for recovery of compensation for future claimants. Laura Preston 'prepares cases skillfully'.

Leading individuals

Emma Doughty - Slater and Gordon

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

Slater and Gordon

Slater and Gordon is acknowledged as 'a very large firm undertaking a wide range of work, including the whole range of personal injury and industrial disease work'. It is a panel member of the Child Brain Injury Trust, Cycling UK and asbestos support groups around the country, and counts a number of unions among its clients. The team delivers 'high-quality work' in areas such as brain and spinal trauma and fatal accident cases resulting from road traffic collisions and accidents in the workplace. In one highlight, it is acting for an individual who was assaulted by the managing director of a company, which resulted in a brain injury. The case, which is going to the Court of Appeal, will examine whether the employer is vicariously liable for the injury. Key lawyers include Nick Godwin, who is 'extremely thorough' and has 'great tactical insight', and the 'pragmatic, realistic and hardworking' Will Cornwell, who specialises in orthopedic and traumatic brain injuries. The 'first-class and very knowledgeable' Edmund Young and Lisa Fountain, who exhibits 'good judgement and great negotiation skills', are also names to note, as is Alicia Alinia, the national head of the specialised personal injury group.

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London: Private client

Court of protection
Court of protection - ranked: tier 3

Slater and Gordon

Manchester-based Martin Hudson  heads the team at Slater and Gordon. Nationally the team acts as financial deputy for over 300 clients. The team has recently dealt with a wide range of applications including complex statutory will and gift applications.Lucy Nicol and Gillian Hitchen joined Irwin Mitchell .

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Family - ranked: tier 5

Slater and Gordon

Hannah Cornish¬†¬†heads the team at Slater and Gordon¬†that has a ‚Äėstrong market hold for financial remedy applications concerning individuals who are public sector workers in high income roles‚Äô. Cornish is well regarded for her experience in disputes concerning children. Joanne Green¬† is ‚Äėvery efficient and knowledgeable‚Äô.

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London: Public sector

Civil liberties and human rights
Civil liberties and human rights - ranked: tier 3

Slater and Gordon

Slater and Gordon¬†stands out for its expertise in handling a range of human rights cases including medical law, child abuse, inquests, public law, community care and disability discrimination. Zak Golombeck¬†represented Jakki Smith and successfully challenged the law in relation to partners' eligibility to receive bereavement damages. Sarah Jones¬†handles¬†clinical negligence work including cases involving psychiatric harm and secondary victims. Kim Harrison¬†acts for families in Article 2 inquests and ‚Äėfailure to remove‚Äô actions against local authorities. Richard Scorer¬†is head of abuse law at the firm and top name in the field. Liz Perry left the firm.

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London: Transport

Travel: personal injury - ranked: tier 3

Slater and Gordon

Primarily based across its London and Manchester offices,¬†Slater and Gordon¬†has ‚Äėin-depth and complete knowledge‚Äô of travel-related personal injury work and acts for claimants who have sustained catastrophic injury abroad, as well as defendants on personal injury and other travel-related claims. It represented the family of an individual who was killed in the terrorist attacks in Sousse, Tunisia, and represents the legal guardian of two children whose parents and grandmother were shot and killed in France in 2012.¬† Recently promoted principal lawyer Kieran Mitchell¬†is a ‚Äėhighly effective negotiator‚Äô and heads the travel litigation team. Senior associates Stephen Goodman¬†and Nicola Rostron, who was recently promoted, are also recommended.¬† Joanne Brine¬†has joined JMW Solicitors LLP.

Next generation lawyers

Kieran Mitchell - Slater and Gordon

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