Firm Profile > Slater and Gordon > London, England

Slater and Gordon

Employment: employees/unions Tier 1

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.

Key clients

Police Federation of England & Wales







Unite the Union


Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 2

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.


‘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.’

Employment: senior executives Tier 2

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.

Court of protection Tier 3

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.


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‘.

Crime: general Tier 3

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.

Personal injury: claimant Tier 3

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.


‘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.’

Civil liberties and human rights Tier 4

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.


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.’

Family Tier 6

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.


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.


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

About us

Slater and Gordon is one of the UK’s leading consumer law firms, committed to delivering exceptional, affordable consumer legal. With over than 85 years’ experience, the firm’s reputation is built on the range of expertise offered by its lawyers and staff, and on the scope of their practical experience.


Personal Injury: Our personal injury specialists are based across the UK and have expertise in all areas of personal injury such as road traffic collisions, accidents at work, cycling and motorcycling accidents, accidents in public places, sporting accidents and military accidents. Our specialists have a vast amount of experience in all types of catastrophic injury caused by these types of personal injury, such as brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputation injuries, orthopaedic injuries and fatal injuries.

Medical negligence: Slater and Gordon have one of the most successful medical negligence teams in the country, with experts who deal with all types of medical negligence claims. With specialist expertise in misdiagnosis and delays in diagnosis, cosmetic surgery, orthopaedic injury, amputation injury, spinal injury, brain injury and birth injury, the department has a formidable reputation.

Industrial Disease: Our industrial disease team deal with a full range of industrial disease services. We also have a specialist team of experts who deal solely with asbestos related illnesses such as mesothelioma, asbestos related lung cancer, asbestosis and pleural thickening. Its prominence in asbestos litigation results largely from its long experience in the field, having been involved in some of the most important and ground breaking cases in recent years.

Abuse Law: Slater and Gordon is recognised throughout the media in respect of high profile abuse cases and has been an instrumental voice for victims of abuse, campaigning for changes in the law and as a result their recommendations regarding mandatory reporting of child abuse were adopted in the final report and the draft Victims’ Law.

Travel Litigation: Experiencing an injury or illness whilst abroad can be a traumatic experience. There may be a language barrier causing difficulty in understanding what’s happening, any diagnosis received and any treatment given. Our team have specialised in accidents and illnesses abroad for many years and understand how distressing it can be and have a wealth of knowledge when dealing with claims for accidents and illnesses which have taken place in a different country.

Court of Protection: Our Court of Protection team are extremely experienced in Court of Protection law, acting for the most vulnerable people who lack mental capacity. We are extremely experienced in acting as professional deputy and act for over 300 clients, managing assets exceeding £400m. We also provide specialist advice to lay deputies on their role and responsibilities. We can also provide assistance where there are disputes in the Court of Protection and applying for statutory wills and gifts.


Employment law: Our large team of highly experienced and skilled Employment lawyers are dedicated to providing prompt, practical and authoritative legal advice on employment law issues – offering immediate legal representation anywhere in the UK. Our award winning Employment lawyers are experts in every aspect of employment law and are also specialists within individual practice areas, including individuals who are nationally recognised as leaders in their field.

Family law: The family team offer a range of services covering divorce and separation, prenuptial agreements, financial disputes, children matters, civil partnerships and cohabitation matters. Our award winning Family lawyers are highly trained, experienced and knowledgeable professionals – guiding clients through the legal aspects and implications during a difficult time in their lives.

Wills, tax, trusts and probate:  Our award-winning team of WTTP lawyers provide tailored solutions to ensure clients’ assets are protected, in accordance with their wishes. Lawyers provide support for vulnerable individuals, their relatives and carers. The team specialise in all aspects of estate planning, including inheritance tax planning and care home fee planning. The team also consists of dedicated estate administrators who solely deal with probate matters to ensure clients receive the highest quality of service.

Residential conveyancing: Our conveyancing lawyers deal with all aspects of residential freehold and leasehold conveyancing – including re-mortgaging, transfers of equity and equity release schemes. The team provide simple, clear and open communication at every stage of the transaction – ensuring the process runs as smoothly and as stress free as possible.

Dispute resolution: The team specialises in resolving disputes for clients, whether through negotiation, arbitration, mediation or litigation. If a dispute does turn into a litigation case, then our lawyers have specialisms in civil litigation, estate litigation, insurance disputes, landlord and tenant disputes and consumer contract law.

Criminal defence: Our criminal defence lawyers have an excellent record in defending criminal charges, with expertise in road traffic defence, regulatory defence, professional conduct and business crime. Their specialist knowledge and experience enables them to maximise the chances of success in defending proceedings in the Magistrates Court, Crown Court and Court of Appeal. Our lawyers have been involved in many high profile and complex cases, and use that expertise and experience on the behalf of clients.

Class actions and Group litigation: The litigation team are recognised as leaders for upholding the legal rights for individuals and has conducted major claims in product liability (including medical devices, pharmaceuticals and defective goods), provision of negligent financial advice, mis-selling and other market abuses, employment rights/pensions, breach of consumer rights and personal injury. The team has experience in leading high profile consumer and civil litigation cases including Thalidomide, interest rate swap mis-selling and currently the VW group emissions scandal.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chief Executive Officer David Whitmore
Chief Customer Officer Martyn Beauchamp
Chief Information Officer Christiaan Frickel
Chief Risk Officer Emma Holt
Chief HR Officer Lynda Greensheilds
Managing Director of Consumer Legal Services Ken Fowlie
Joint Managing Director of Personal Injury Services Matthew Jarvis
Joint Managing Director of Personal Injury Services Alicia Alinia
Chief Financial Officer Neil Morling
Photo Name Position Profile
 Isabel Bathurst  photo Isabel Bathurst
 Tracey Benson  photo Tracey Benson
 Deborah Casale  photo Deborah Casale
 Paula Chan  photo Paula Chan
 Georgina Chase  photo Georgina Chase
 Edward Cooper  photo Edward Cooper
 Hannah Cornish  photo Hannah Cornish
 Will Cornwell  photo Will Cornwell
 Peter Daly  photo Peter Daly
 Claire Dawson  photo Claire Dawson
 Emma Doughty  photo Emma Doughty
 Penny Fitzpatrick  photo Penny Fitzpatrick
 Lisa Fountain  photo Lisa Fountain
 Nick Godwin  photo Nick Godwin
 Victoria Gofton  photo Victoria Gofton
 Clive Howard  photo Clive Howard
 Scott Ingram  photo Scott Ingram
 Michael Knott  photo Michael Knott
 Patrick Maguire  photo Patrick Maguire
 John Marshall  photo John Marshall
 Laura Preston  photo Laura Preston
 Jessica Standley  photo Jessica Standley
 Fraser Whitehead  photo Fraser Whitehead
 Edmund Young  photo Edmund Young
Total number of fee-earners : 534