The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

Slater and Gordon

58 MOSLEY STREET, MANCHESTER, M2 3HZ, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0161 383 3500
Web:
www.slatergordon.co.uk

North West: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud
Crime: fraud - ranked: tier 2

Slater and Gordon (Manchester)

Slater and Gordon has a β€˜professional and thorough team’ with a β€˜superb reputation’ for proceeds of crime work and for representing corporate clients facing investigation and prosecution by all the major regulators. The β€˜hardworking and thorough’ Helen Simm heads the department and is well regarded for her work in white-collar crime and corporate defence work; she is a β€˜class act and an exceptional lawyer’.

Leading individuals

Helen Simm - Slater and Gordon

[back to top]

Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 1

Slater and Gordon (Manchester)

Slater and Gordon provides an β€˜excellent service; all communications are dealt with promptly, professionally, and the team is very knowledgeable’. The practice has a β€˜justifiably impressive reputation’ thanks to its β€˜high-calibre lawyers who are all industrious, dedicated and tenacious’. Richard Black is β€˜one of the most experienced solicitors around and is renowned for his defence work for police officers’. Also recommended are associate Alan Greenidge, who β€˜represents his clients to the highest standards’, and Paul Reddy, who has a β€˜deserved reputation for his private client motoring offences practice’. Solicitor Chris Fallows is β€˜emerging as a strong presence in police and private client criminal work’. The team has particular expertise in police law – the Police Federation is a major client, and the team regularly represents police officers facing criminal investigations or misconduct proceedings. It also has substantial experience in representing individuals in criminal investigations stemming from work-related deaths and road traffic matters.

Leading individuals

Richard Black - Slater and Gordon

Tom Nutter - Slater and Gordon

Next generation lawyers

Alan Greenidge - Slater and Gordon

[back to top]

North West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in the North West
Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in the North West - ranked: tier 4

Slater and Gordon (Chester)

The team of β€˜skilled practitioners’ at Slater and Gordon has β€˜good experience across the board’ and is focused on advising individuals, SMEs and owner-managed businesses in a range of commercial litigation, including contract disputes, professional negligence, partnership disputes, misrepresentation claims, insolvency and tax disputes. The team also advises on contentious probate and property litigation. The β€˜very experienced’ Andrew Bogle heads the team.

[back to top]

North West: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 5

Slater and Gordon (Manchester)

Slater and Gordon attracts praise for its β€˜accurate, timely and effective advice’. Jim Lister has a β€˜great reputation – the calm and friendly advice he provides is invaluable’. Lister has particular sector expertise in areas such as care, construction and engineering. Clients include Academy of Ancient Music, Rootcroft and Beaverbrooks the Jewellers.

[back to top]

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

Slater and Gordon (Manchester)

Slater and Gordon is a β€˜leading firm for claimant work’ and its team β€˜knows everything there is to know about claims against the police’. Clients single out Sarah Evans for her β€˜impeccable judgement; she is a fierce negotiator who is determined to always get the best for her clients’. Also recommended are Jennifer Ainscough, who β€˜really knows her stuff’ on federation and union matters in particular, and Jim Lister, whose advice is β€˜second to none’. The team regularly represents members of trade unions and staff associations in high-profile claims against their employers, often involving complex allegations of unlawful discrimination, race discrimination, whistleblowing and collective labour issues. In addition the team is often instructed by directors of NHS trusts and local authorities. Recent work includes representing a client in a race discrimination spanning a number of years against Cleveland Police, and acting for a police inspector in a whistleblowing claim against South Yorkshire Police. Martin Price joined Knights Professional Services Limited.

[back to top]

Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 3

Slater and Gordon (Manchester)

Slater and Gordon β€˜is making significant strides in health & safety’, with clients singling out the β€˜first-class’ Helen Simm as a β€˜very hardworking and committed lawyer’. The team represented a company and its director during an investigation and prosecution by the HSE following a fatal incident at a demolition site.

[back to top]

North West: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Slater and Gordon (Liverpool, Manchester, Chester)

Slater and Gordon β€˜remains at the pinnacle of clinical negligence in the North West and is one of the best teams nationally’. Liverpool-based Ian Cohen β€˜cares greatly, makes a real difference to the cases he is involved in and has the guts and the drive to make things happen’. Other key figures include Brian Dawson, who has β€˜loads of experience’and senior associate Justine Jones. The β€˜highly intelligent, utterly professional and very determined’ Jenny Urwin* heads the team in Manchester, which includes the β€˜effective, efficient and charming’ Julia Hamilton, the β€˜empathetic’ Claire Horton and the β€˜thorough and sympathetic’ Kristofer Inskip. The team advises on a broad array of matters and has a dedicated expertise in medical law and Human Rights law. It is also experienced in assisting families with pursuing cases opposing DNR (do not resuscitate) orders. The firm is regularly instructed on the potential application of Article 2 of the Human Rights Act. It also routinely advises on group actions and on complex medical legal issues involving multiple defendants. Other areas of expertise include urogynaecological cases, amputation cases and cauda equina cases. *Since publication, Jenny Urwin has joined Fieldfisher.

Leading individuals

Ian Cohen - Slater and Gordon

Kristofer Inskip - Slater and Gordon

[back to top]

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

Slater and Gordon (Liverpool, Manchester, Chester)

Slater and Gordon is β€˜able to draw on a great deal of experience throughout the firm to handle the most complex and high-value cases very well’. The β€˜very experienced’ Richard Scorer is β€˜one of the leaders in abuse law’ and Michael Hardacre is β€˜very personable, committed and experienced in getting the right result for his clients; he really understands the litigation process and isn’t afraid to take on the most difficult cases’. Patricia Noone has the β€˜ability to cut to the chase and summarise often very complex matters into clear issues’. Stephen Hill has a β€˜great gift of being able to think things through in new and innovative ways to solve problems’ and the β€˜tenacious’ Jennifer Maloney β€˜stands out for the way she helps profoundly injured claimants and for her drive to get rehabilitation on board for her clients as soon as possible’. Carol Hopwood is β€˜compassionate, supportive and knowledgeable’. Clients are β€˜extremely impressed with’ senior associate Gemma Hall’s β€˜commitment and client-centric approach’. Pauline Chandler is recommended for her industrial disease work.

Leading individuals

Carol Hopwood - Slater and Gordon

Pauline Chandler - Slater and Gordon

Richard Scorer - Slater and Gordon

Next generation lawyers

Jennifer Maloney - Slater and Gordon

[back to top]

North West: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Slater and Gordon (Chester)

Slater and Gordon’s team acts for large landed estates in the sale and purchase of farm businesses and associated land and buildings. It is also skilled at advising on agricultural tenancy agreements. The group frequently acts for landowners in energy and utility transactions (including wind farms, telecommunications leases and utility easements). Paul Makinson and Stephen Lunt are recommended.

[back to top]

Family
Family - ranked: tier 1

Slater and Gordon (Manchester, Chester)

Slater and Gordon has a β€˜very well-organised team with many approachable and friendly lawyers and staff’. The β€˜phenomenal’ Amanda McAlister heads the team, which includes the β€˜calm and intelligent’ Sarah Thompson, who is adept at handling financial remedy cases, and Georgina Chase, who is recommended for financial settlements. The β€˜knowledgeable and pragmatic’ Vicki McLynn β€˜cuts to the chase on childcare cases’ and Nick Hodson is β€˜very strong on care matters’. Paul Webb is a β€˜very thorough lawyer whose gentle yet firm approach puts even the most difficult and demanding clients at ease’. Fiona Wood is praised for her knowledge and ability to β€˜achieve the best outcome for her clients; she is a high-quality litigator and an effective negotiator’ on financial remedy cases. Chester-based Roland Humphreys β€˜brings a completely reassuring manner and in-depth preparation to each and every case; he has the ability to negotiate the high emotions engaged in family work and to drill down to the core issues’. The team has a particular specialism in children law and acts for ultra-high-net-worth individuals such as professional sports people, entertainers and their spouses, as well as a number of union members. Andrew Newbury is now at Hall Brown Family Law.

Leading individuals

Amanda McAlister - Slater and Gordon

Liz Cowell - Slater and Gordon

[back to top]

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

Slater and Gordon (Manchester)

Slater and Gordon has a β€˜client-focused team’ that is headed by the β€˜technically excellent’ James Beresford, who is β€˜great with clients’. Associate Simon Egan is also singled out for praise as a β€˜diligent lawyer who genuinely cares for his clients’. The Chester-based team is renowned for its expertise in dealing with long-term tax planning and trusts for landed and farming families, while the Manchester-based team is known for advising parents with disabled children. The group works in conjunction with its Court of Protection department in helping clients with a disability and also works frequently with the personal injury and clinical negligence departments. The practice also provides a wills service for large trade unions.

[back to top]

North West: Real estate

Commercial property: Elsewhere in the North West
Commercial property: Elsewhere in the North West - ranked: tier 3

Slater and Gordon (Chester, Preston)

Slater and Gordon’s commercial property practice handles high-volume landlord property work, secured lending, and agriculture and estates mandates. The team also has expertise in the energy and utilities sectors. Highlights included advising FI Real Estate Management on the sale of industrial premises and on the grant of leases in respect of industrial and office premises, and advising Event Marketing Solutions on the purchase of a new office and warehouse facility in Ellesmere Port. Team head Stephen Lunt acts for landlords on lease management matters, advises developers in the energy industry, and acts for utility companies in the acquisition of easements. Paul Makinson advises on freehold and leasehold sales and purchases, auctions, and commercial lending, and is particularly noted for rural property matters. In 2016, Victoria Jones joined the Chester office from Knights Professional Services Limited, and Mark Alexander joined the growing Preston office from Vincents Solicitors. Helen Nash recently left the firm to join Knights Professional Services Limited.

[back to top]

Commercial property: Manchester
Commercial property: Manchester - ranked: tier 3

Slater and Gordon

Clients of Slater and Gordon rate its β€˜excellent responses’, as well as its β€˜focus on providing practical advice’ and β€˜real commercial understanding’. The team handles commercial and residential matters, as well as public sector development and regeneration matters. It also has a particular focus on the hotel, retail, leisure, charity, education and industrial sectors, and advises on landlord and tenant matters. National team head Stephen Crook is β€˜a great listener; he makes a point of really understanding an issue, gives careful consideration to a topic’ and β€˜offers clear and practical advice’. Crook led advice for longstanding client John Hamer, on the sale of a mixed-use development in Saltaire, and the acquisition of a warehouse, showroom and external storage yard in South Manchester. Head of business legal services Stephen Lintott advised Redsun Developments on the pre-let of a warehouse to Domino Printing Services, to be constructed on an 11-acre site owned by Sefton Council, and on the forward funding arrangements with Global Gate Capital.Tessa Leonard, who recently joined the team from Cheshire East Borough Council, led advice for Burnley Borough Council on a development partnership with Trebor Developments relation to Vision Park, a five-acre site adjacent to the University of Central Lancashire campus.Samantha Blackburn is also recommended. Stephen Chalcraft joined Shakespeare Martineau LLP in 2017.

[back to top]

Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 3

Slater and Gordon (Chester, Manchester, Preston)

Slater and Gordon’s social housing practice has expertise in development projects for both private sector and housing providers and on funding arrangements. It is advising First Choice Homes Oldham on a development agreement and related documentation for the acquisition and delivery of its new office building in Oldham Town Centre, and continues to advise Urban Splash on the Park Hill project in Sheffield, which involves the delivery of new homes, as well as a commercial and community space. It is also advising McCaul Homes on the variation of a HCA funding agreement. Social housing head Stephen Lintott advises social housing clients on property and charity law issues. Principal lawyer Samantha Blackburn is also recommended.

[back to top]


Further information on Slater and Gordon

Please choose from this list to view details of what we say about Slater and Gordon in other jurisdictions.

East Anglia

Offices in Cambridge

London

Offices in London and Watford

North West

Offices in Chester, Preston, Manchester, and Liverpool

Scotland

Offices in Edinburgh

South East

Offices in Milton Keynes

Wales

Offices in Wrexham and Cardiff

West Midlands

Offices in Birmingham

Yorkshire and the Humber

Offices in Sheffield

Legal Developments by:
Slater and Gordon

  • FSA enforcement and lessons from Galleon

    Hot on the heels of securing convictions and a custodial sentence for insider dealing in R v McQuoid [2009], further signs of the Financial Services Authority (FSA)’s renewed vigour for combating market abuse continue to emerge.
    - Russell Jones & Walker

Legal Developments in the UK

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to