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Slater and Gordon

North West: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud
Crime: fraud - ranked: tier 1

Slater and Gordon

Slater and Gordon   is ‘excellent in fraud. It has an outstanding and well-earned reputation in this field’. ‘The firm has a long history of having excellent experienced lawyers in fraud so it comes as no surprise that the firm remains one of the first ports of call for anyone who has been charged with a serious fraud or a financial crime’. There have been some changes at senior level in the team; the ‘tenacious, thorough and patient’ Rachel Adamson  joined the team from Stephensons Solicitors LLP, while Helen Simm departed for Clyde & Co LLP. Adamson is ‘very sensitive to her clients’ needs, sets rigorously high standards for her team and is a powerhouse for complex fraud cases; she has all the qualities that are needed to deal with long and difficult cases’. Other members of the ‘superb team’ include the ‘tenacious and hardworking’ associate Alan Greenidge  and solicitor Jonathon Enston, who is ‘dedicated and leaves no stone unturned’. Tim Coolican  is well regarded for his work in complex cases of business crime. The skilled team has recently acted in numerous SFO investigations and prosecutions and currently has two active VHCC contracts. The group conducts legal aid work as well as servicing a large number of private clients. ‘This is one of the top firms in the country for crime and is certainly a first stop for clients arrested with serious financial offences’.

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Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 1

Slater and Gordon

Slater and Gordon fields a ‘top-class team’ that includes ‘hard-hitterRichard Black, who provides an ‘exceptional service to police officers facing criminal prosecution’; the ‘dedicated’ Jonathon Enston, who  ‘leaves no stone unturned’ in fraud, business crime and regulatory cases; Rachel Adamson, who joined from Stephensons Solicitors LLP  and is a  ‘major force’; and the ‘tenacious and hardworking’ Alan Greenidge. The team has particular expertise in police law and acts for clients including the Police Federation as well as private individuals. It regularly represents police officers facing criminal investigations or misconduct proceedings and in sensitive cases such as shootings, fatal road traffic collisions and deaths in police custody. It also handles a large number of professional misconduct proceedings.

Leading individuals

Richard Black - Slater and Gordon

Tom Nutter - Slater and Gordon

Next generation lawyers

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

The team at Slater and Gordon  ‘always keeps clients up to date at each stage of a claim’. Jennifer Ainscough  is the practice group head with particular expertise in discrimination litigation. Solicitors Nazia Khan and Jackie Morris  are also recommended. Morris led the advice to the client in a claim for constructive dismissal and in a disability claim against Manchester City Council. The department routinely represents members of trade unions and staff associations in complex allegations such as race discrimination and collective labour issues. Sarah Evans is now at JMW Solicitors LLP  and Jim Lister is at BLM

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North West: Insurance

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

Slater and Gordon

Notwithstanding a number of departures, Slater and Gordon maintains notable strength in multi-track personal injury matters, especially overseas claims. Julia Hamilton ‘handles the most serious cases with aplomb; she has a good record of seeing difficult cases through to a successful conclusion’. The ‘empatheticLindsay Holt is ‘business like and a strong negotiator; she has great strategic insight and is always ready to push an apparently closed door in the pursuit of a point’. Claire Horton  is ‘committed and highly competent’ and Sarah Sedge  is ‘practical with a very good eye for tactics and strategy’. Helen Budge  has ‘built up a good level of experience in serious cases and has a good knowledge of the law’. They are all principal lawyers. Ian Cohen is now at  Simpson Millar LLP, Kristofer Inskip  joined Hilary Meredith Solicitors and Jenny Urwin moved to Fieldfisher .

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

Slater and Gordon

Slater and Gordon  has a ‘wealth of experience and a track record in serious injury litigation - its reputation is well deserved as it has a very attentive, supportive and responsive team’. In Manchester the ‘immensely experienced’ Pauline Chandler  is ‘just superb; she gets a great result for her clients very quickly’. Jenny Keith knows all there is to know when it comes to serious personal injury’. The ‘highly experiencedDamian Bradley  who is particularly strong for employers’ liability is ‘very intelligent, personable and helpful’. It fields some ‘great lawyers who are handling complex asbestos disease claims’ under the leadership of Madelene Holdsworth  who is the national head of industrial disease. The ‘knowledgeableRichard Scorer  who heads the abuse team ‘deploys his extensive experience effectively’. Senior associate Jane Martin  is applauded for her ‘diligence and hard work’ and associate Andrew Taylor  ‘always exercises great judgement’. In Liverpool Carol Hopwood is a ‘very experienced lawyer who has a charm and a light touch when trying to get the best outcome for her clients. Clients really warm to her and trust her judgement’. The large department has a number of key specialisms including advising on brain and spinal injury, travel law, abuses/sexual assault, human rights and inquest law.

Leading individuals

Pauline Chandler - Slater and Gordon

Richard Scorer - Slater and Gordon

Next generation lawyers

Jennifer Maloney - Slater and Gordon

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North West: Private client

Family - ranked: tier 2

Slater and Gordon

At Slater and Gordon the ‘very thoroughSarah Thompson  has experience in financial remedy cases where there are complex pensions and business assets including farms, companies, partnerships as well as trust and property assets often with an international dimension. Associate Kaleel Anwar  is ‘excellent’. Former head of department Amanda McAlister, Liz Cowell and Fiona Wood joined McAlister Family Law. Roland Humphreys is now at gunnercooke LLP.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Slater and Gordon

Slater and Gordon has considerable expertise in dealing with long term tax planning and trusts for landed and farming families and for advising parents with disabled children. It also provides a wills service for large trade unions and works closely with its large personal injury and clinical negligence departments. James Beresford  heads the team and has considerable expertise in dealing with the administration of estates and advising clients on drafting wills, lasting powers of attorney and on trusts.

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