Firm Profile > Slater and Gordon > London, England
Slater and Gordon Offices
50-52 CHANCERY LANE
Slater and Gordon > The Legal 500 Rankings
Employee/unions Tier 1The employment department at Slater and Gordon is divided into two distinct teams - OMS Employment, the organisation and member services team, headed by Edward Cooper, acts for a wide range of trade unions, staff associations and their members as well as privately funded individuals, while Employment Private, headed by Deborah Casale, acts for clients who are not union-funded. The practice has a unique offering to unions, catering to their 'corporate' needs such as advising on constitutional changes and challenges against them before the Certification Officer. The team is also regularly consulted and acts in professional negligence cases against other firms in respect of employment cases.
‘Ed Cooper has a brilliant brain and great expertise in the employee-side of employment law, including judicial review, internal trade union matters and collective disputes. The perfect solicitor for sorting out a complicated large claim.’
Police Federation of England & Wales
Unite the Union
Senior executives Tier 2The London-based 'Employment Private' team at Slater and Gordon - which acts for clients who are not union-funded - handles a wide range of work for senior executives, including terminations, bonus disputes, team moves and whistleblowing claims. Other core areas of work for the practice come from cases involving sex, maternity, race, age and disability discrimination claims. Deborah Casale heads up the firm's national employment practice. Former practice head Claire Dawson departed for CC Solicitors in May 2019, followed by Julie Morris, who left for Keystone Law in July 2019.
‘This is a highly knowledgeable and engaged team skilled not only in the law but in managing the process including client expectations.’
‘The team are practical, knowledgeable, compassionate and supportive. They take the time to understand every nuance of your circumstances and outline clear guidance and clarity of thought; objective analysis of your options and potential outcomes and deliver a thorough service.’
‘Deborah Casale provided an efficient and informative service with the right level of empathy and support to ensure you felt your voice was heard but balanced with rational interpretation of potential outcomes.’
‘Fantastic clients, fantastic service. Shrewd, thoughtful, practical.’
Jordi Casamitjana Costa
Slater and Gordon's team is 'capable of dealing with all types and sizes of clinical negligence claim', including birth, brain and spinal injuries, amputation cases, delayed diagnoses, and surgical claims. The firm was strengthened by the recent arrival of technical director Madeline Seibert, who brings with her 'a wealth of experience', particularly in high-value cases of brain damage and matters involving severe injuries in children. 'Outstanding solicitor' Emma Doughty, who heads the practice jointly with Madelene Holdsworth, has a specialist interest in cancer and obstetric claims.
‘Emma Doughty is an outstanding solicitor and team leader and manages a very good team.‘
‘The team has very good strength in depth and is capable of dealing with all types and sizes of clinical negligence claim.‘
‘Emma Doughty is singled out for mention both as team leader and as an excellent solicitor with hands-on management of a number of complex cases.‘
‘Madeline Seibert is a new arrival to the team and brings with her a wealth of experience at the highest level.‘
Court of protection Tier 3
Slater and Gordon has a large Court of Protection department nationally that is led by Martin Hudson. The team acts as financial deputy for numerous clients, managing assets exceeding £350m. The group has a particular specialism in property and affairs applications before the Court of Protection and is skilled at dealing with a wide range of applications which are sometimes contested, including complex statutory will and gift applications and gratuitous care applications for lay deputies. The majority of its work is on high-net-worth estates.
‘The team is focused upon the best outcome for all its clients. The lawyers engage willingly and consider all options put before them. They are not afraid to make difficult decisions where this is needed as long as it is in the client’s best interests‘
‘Each fee earner I have dealt with has considered additional areas of client need, such as welfare benefit reviews. They are all pleasant to deal with, return calls promptly, and follow through queries and issues that need to be dealt with‘
‘In my dealings, the team is always highly professional and willing to go the extra mile to assist‘
‘Easy to approach and speak to and the team has the necessary knowledge‘
Crime: general Tier 3
Handling a significant number of police misconduct allegations, the general crime offering at Slater and Gordon is particularly known for its inquest and inquiry work. Notable cases include Hillsborough, the Guildford and Birmingham Pub Bombings, the Grenfell Tower fire and the Undercover Policing Inquiry. The team is led by Scott Ingram, an expert in police law.
Personal injury: claimant Tier 3
In a recent example of its ability to 'attract some of the most high-profile personal injury cases imaginable', the team at Slater and Gordon, with Patrick Maguire at the helm, is representing victims of the terror attacks at Westminster and London Bridge. In addition to its serious injury practice, the firm also fields a specialised industrial disease team, headed by Edmund Young, which handles the full range of work-related injuries, particularly those relating to asbestos-induced illness. Another notable practitioner is Nick Godwin, whose 'forensic mind' ensures that he 'charts his way through even the most complex cases'.
‘Slater & Gordon manages to attract some of the most high-profile personal injury cases imaginable.‘
‘Nick Godwin has a phenomenal eye for detail and leaves no stone unturned in getting the best result for his client. A forensic legal mind means he charts his way through even the most complex cases.‘
‘A powerhouse firm.‘
‘Will Cornwell is at the top of his profession in this field.‘
Slater and Gordon handles a wide variety of human rights matters, which range from community care and education issues to discrimination and mental capacity work. Led by Manchester-based personal injury lawyer Kim Harrison, the team is also experienced in undertaking claims against public authorities and is particularly skilled in acting for victims of abuse.
Family Tier 6Slater and Gordon assists a variety of clients, ranging from mid to high-net-worth individuals, and frequently acts in cases with an international dimension. Through its offices nationally the team handles a variety of complex financial matters, with particular expertise in police and military pensions. It is increasingly instructed on Sharia law matters, as well as surrogacy and alternative family matters. Other areas of strength include schedule 1 and TOLOTA matters and nuptial agreements.
‘The solicitors at Slater and Gordon really do put their clients at the heart of their efforts. They offer a superb service to their clients, take their cases very seriously and give them excellent advice’
‘A brilliant team, with passionate lawyers who are all hardworking, committed and available.
‘Sarah Bunn is very bright and diligent and not afraid to test and explore the advice given, which makes the process much more meaningful. Sarah is very responsive and produces high-quality work at short notice‘
‘Venisha Shah is very experienced and a superb all-round lawyer’
Working across its Manchester and Liverpool offices, the travel litigation team at Slater and Gordon is instructed on both the claimant and defendant side of personal injury claims arising from incidents which occur abroad; it is 'well known for being able to handle litigation at all levels of complexity and value at high volumes'. These claims regularly relate to package holidays, road traffic collisions abroad, workplace accidents abroad, cosmetic tourism and group actions following holiday disasters. 'Highly regarded' senior associate Stephen Goodman leads the Manchester travel litigation team, while senior associate Nicola Rostron specialises in cross-border road traffic accident claims. Helen Goodfellow leads the wider practice.
‘The team is very approachable and good with clients.’
‘Slater and Gordon has a well established travel law practice which has now consolidated in the Manchester office. It is well known for being able to handle litigation in the area at all levels of complexity and value at high volumes.’
‘Stephen Goodman has unparalleled experience in the sector with a strong grounding as a traditional personal injury lawyer. Very highly regarded for over a decade.’
‘Nicola Rostron (Principal Lawyer) – Deep knowledge and interest in the legal framework applicable to this area. She is an astute litigator who is not afraid to take on difficult cases.’
Splitting its time between union work and private clients, Slater and Gordon's employment team is well-versed in negotiating employment contracts, restrictive covenants, severance agreements, as well as dealing with employment disputes. Whistleblowing and negotiated exits are other key areas of strength. Private client specialist Sadiq Vohra heads the team, which includes associate Jackie Morris, who has stepped up to the plate and led on a number of matters. Clients include senior executives, university professors, doctors, teachers and other professionals, as well as trade unions and their individual members.
The team at Slater and Gordon is 'highly professional and absolutely determined to fight for the client, even in the most difficult cases', remarks counsel. The firm handles complex injury cases and is accredited by the Child Brain Injury Trust, Headway and The Spinal Injuries Association. The national practice is led from London but brain and spinal injury specialist Paul Tapner, military claims expert Richard Gaffney and child and adult brain injury specialist Angela Beric are the principal lawyers in Cambridge and leading practitioners in their field. Associate Crystal Eaton is recommended for catastrophic brain and other serious injury matters and fatal cases.
‘I have been regularly instructed by this firm in a range of personal injury cases and have always found them to be highly professional and absolutely determined to fight for the client even in the most difficult cases. In my experience their ability for penetrating legal analysis and attention to detail are what account for a high rate of success they achieve for their clients. They are also the nicest and friendliest team to work for.‘
‘Crystal Eaton, Paul Tapner and Richard Gaffney are the people I work with most often. Andrew and Crystal are the nicest people I know, always showing a great deal of patience with the most difficult clients and yet able to stand up to any opponent, however unreasonable. Paul on the other hand just has the magic touch and a determined belief that any case can be won provided one applies oneself enough to it. I admire them all for their devotion to their clients’ cause and competence.’
‘Solicitors make strenuous efforts to help clients beyond what is strictly necessary to conduct the claim. Senior fee-earners have great experience and are truly specialist in the field.‘
‘They have devotion to their clients without losing the objectivity, which is essential to give good advice as to the strengths and weaknesses of their claims. They show diligence in conducting the case.‘
‘I appreciate the level of engagement of partners throughout the process. The communication with the client, partner and counsel shows a properly collaborative approach. Some other large claimant firms have really pulled back on the use of partners and focus reliance on associates and even paralegals, often in high-value claims. This office does not. The partner not only knows what is going on but has an active engagement with the client and counsel. This is getting, sadly, rarer to find.‘
‘Richard Gaffney remains at the top of his game. He has a comprehensive knowledge of the personal injury sector. He installs complete confidence in clients that he is fighting their corner and has their best interests at heart. If I suffered serious injury he would be my first choice!‘
‘It is a highly specialised branch of Slater and Gordon. The lawyers are hardworking, caring and efficient.‘
‘Paul Tapner is highly experienced, tactically astute and very focused.‘
‘Angela Beric is extremely conscientious and combines empathy for her clients with a steely resolve.‘
‘Slater and Gordon is very responsive and communicates well with clients, families and other professionals. They have strong professional knowledge and experience in the personal injury and clinical negligence sector.‘
‘Richard Gaffney responds promptly to emails and phone calls in respect of my client. He is clear and consistent with his advice and clearly knowledgeable.‘
‘The team has always listened to my view, used my evidence when the case looked in jeopardy and built on it, engaged the correct experts and found local residents to build more solid evidence. And when they thought the case was strong enough they split proceedings and went to court without waiting to get medical advice. The barrister presented the evidence well and ultimately the judge ruled in my favour, despite me believing that the chance for success was slightly balanced against me.‘
‘Crystal Eaton took on the case. She believed in me and has been very supportive. Throughout the case, despite going quiet for a while, the communication has been great and ultimately has provided me with some closure even though the medical side has not been settled yet.‘
‘The Cambridge office of S&G is, in my opinion, the best. That office is well run and managed. The solicitors are competent and hardworking.‘
‘Richard Gaffney is intelligent, efficient and has good experience of serious personal injury litigation. He is a safe pair of hands. Crystal Eaton is also very efficient and hardworking.‘
Heavyweight claimant firm Slater and Gordon's Cardiff office has significant strength-in-depth, which it deploys across the spectrum of clinical negligence and personal injury matters, from relatively commoditised issues to those of the utmost severity. Yvonne Agnew has 'many years' experience of clinical negligence work' and heads up the department that also includes Luq Ali, who has a 'very busy caseload with many complex and high-value cases', including those relating to spinal and birth injuries. 'A good man to have on your side', John Browne has particular expertise advising on asbestos litigation and heads up the office's industrial disease group. Nicholas Collins and associate Julian Cason are also 'top quality personal injury practitioners' and are particularly strong in relation to handling road traffic accidents and occupiers’ and public liability cases, and industrial disease cases, respectively.
Other key lawyers:
Yvonne Agnew has many years’ experience of clinical negligence work.
Luq Ali has a very busy caseload with many complex and high-value cases.
John Browne is a good man to have on your side.
Crime: fraud Tier 2
Slater and Gordon advises on cases brought by the Serious Fraud Office, the police and the Financial Conduct Authority. Key areas of work include investment fraud and mortgage fraud. Jonathan Enston is the key name.
Crime: general Tier 2
Slater and Gordon specialises in representing police officers facing criminal investigations or misconduct proceedings, and in sensitive cases such as shootings, fatal road traffic collisions and death in police custody or following police contact. The team also handles professional misconduct proceedings, primarily in police discipline, but also in representing individuals in criminal investigations arising from their employment. Paul Reddy heads the department; he focuses on defending road traffic offences. Richard Black is also noted for his experience in defending police misconduct allegations.
‘The particular strength of the Slater and Gordon team is its knowledge of police procedure and structure. The firm routinely deals with prosecution of officers and it draws on its experience within professional discipline to robustly defend those prosecuted. Moreover, the partners have a wealth of experience in general crime and work closely in sharing information to ensure the best possible approach is taken to defending the lay client.’
‘Paul Reddy and Richard Black are extremely able lawyers who have a faithful client base who would not think of going elsewhere. They inspire confidence in their work.’
Employment Tier 2Slater and Gordon provides an 'excellent service' to an exclusively claimant client base comprised of private clients and union members. The 'superb' Juliette Franklin heads the firm's Organisations and Memberships Service (OMS) and protects the rights of union clients, including against discrimination, both overt and hidden (including as it relates to disabilities including dyslexia, autism and asperger's). The firm also handles a significant amount of work for private clients, an area where associate James Watkins has a thriving practice, including advising senior executives on settlement strategy and conducting exit negotiations.
Family Tier 3
Lorraine Harvey leads the family team at Slater and Gordon, which handles high-value financial remedy and children cases, often with an international element. Acting for a range of high net-worth individuals and their spouses, the team is also skilled in Schedule 1 cases, TOLATA matters, and the preparation of pre- and post-nuptial agreements. Principal lawyer Sarah Thompson is also a key name to note.
Other key lawyers:
‘I dealt with Sarah Thompson and her associates. My divorce was dealt with fairly and I was confident in Sarah’s judgement and expertise.’
‘My overall impression of the firm is excellent. There is a very professional atmosphere and all staff are trained very well in customer care and how to reassure clients.’
‘I had a great experience working with Sarah, from start to finish she made me feel prioritised, like she knew what she was doing, and most importantly, she made me feel heard. When I spoke with her, she sounded firm and confident, and I knew I could trust her to fight for me.’
‘Sarah Thompson and Lorraine Harvey are both excellent practitioners, with great client care skills and street wisdom.’
‘They have a national reputation for skilfully representing clients, particularly those from the public sector. The team are approachable and organised and continue to perform well in a growing market, particularly against the Manchester firms who have grown in number and specialism over recent years.’
‘Sarah Thompson has an unrivalled knowledge of public sector pensions, specifically police pension schemes. She has a fantastic manner with clients; she is confident and reassuring with excellent communication skills.’
‘The team provides an excellent service to clients, showing attention to detail and excellent judgment. It compares favourably with the top-ranked firms in Manchester when dealing with matrimonial finance cases.’
‘Lorraine Harvey is a true professional, she explained in detail the whole process and understood my personal needs taking time out of her busy day to listen. Lorraine showed empathy on numerous occasions.’
General crime and fraud Tier 3Slater and Gordon has particular expertise in the defence of police officers facing criminal and misconduct allegations, with a growing reputation for its work in representing members of the public on a private basis. Robert Newbould, who divides his time between the London and Birmingham offices, is a key member of the team. Tim Coolican is now at Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP.
‘Wide geographical reach, long illustrious history, specialist representation for police officers. Rob Newbould is knowledgeable, dedicated and conscientious‘.
‘The team particularly defends police officers. The team has the resources to really assist its clients and leaves no stone unturned‘.
‘The team has particular strengths in defending police officers, defending criminal proceedings against them personally. This is founded on the team’s long-established reputation for handling police disciplinary matters. The team is also highly experienced in representing other professionals forced to defend criminal proceedings whom the team deals with both sensitively and pragmatically‘.
‘Robert Newbould has a wealth of knowledge about police matters and disciplinary procedures. My experiences of working with him have been entirely positive’.
‘James Walbeoff is a real street fighter. Clients who have him on their side know that they will receive the most tenacious representation and the most realistic advice‘.
General crime and fraud Tier 4
Headed by the 'unflappable' Ian Wilson, Slater and Gordon is best known for its representation of police officers facing criminal investigations or misconduct proceedings. The firm also has significant experience representing individuals in employment-related criminal matters, including in the context of health and safety investigations.
Top drawer in terms of preparation, litigation support, expert knowledge and experience.
The unflappable Ian Wilson really knows his field (police disciplinary) and demonstrates sound judgement time and time again in the most difficult of cases.
West Mercia Officers
Other key lawyers:
‘The team leave no stone unturned for their clients.’
‘Enormous experience acquired over many years at the front of the child abuse compensation claims sector.’
‘Kim Harrison is incredibly committed to her clients and fights tirelessly in their corner.’
‘Richard Scorer has great experience and expertise, particularly in claims arising out of abuse in religious organisations.’
‘Kim Harrison is a national leader in claims against public authorities. She is hugely compassionate and enables clients to feel at ease.’
‘Ben Gent is thoughtful and imaginative as a lawyer, effective as a litigator, and supportive of clients.’
‘Ben Gent is an excellent solicitor and is totally committed to his clients. He is intelligent, enthusiastic and very able.’
Slater and Gordon > Firm Profile
Slater and Gordon is one of the UK’s leading consumer law firms, committed to delivering exceptional, affordable consumer legal. With more 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.
Serious and specialised personal injury
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.
Consumer legal services
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.
|Chief Executive Officer||David Whitmore|
|Managing Director - Consumer Legal Services||Matthew Jarvis|
|Managing Director - Personal Injury Services||Alicia Alinia|
|Deborah Casale||Deborah is Acting Practice Group Leader in the Employment Department at…||View Profile|
|Georgina Chase||Georgina is a Principal Lawyer specialising in all aspects of Family…||View Profile|
|Edward Cooper||Edward is Head of Practice in the employment department at Slater and…||View Profile|
|Hannah Cornish||Hannah is Practice Group Leader and heads up the London Family Department. …||View Profile|
|Will Cornwell||Will is a senior associate in our serious personal injury team in…||View Profile|
|Peter Daly||Peter is a Principal Employment Lawyer based in London. He specialises in…||View Profile|
|Emma Doughty||Emma is a principal lawyer and was promoted to Joint Head of…||View Profile|
|Lisa Fountain||Lisa is a Principal Lawyer in Slater and Gordon’s personal injury team…||View Profile|
|Nick Godwin||Nick is a Principal Lawyer specialising in catastrophic injury cases and claims…||View Profile|
|Victoria Gofton||Victoria is Joint Head of Medical Negligence for London and Cambridge. She…||View Profile|
|Scott Ingram||Scott is a Criminal Defence Lawyer based in London, specialising in crime,…||View Profile|
|Michael Knott||Michael is a principal lawyer and leader. He is an experienced in…||View Profile|
|John Marshall||Principal lawyer, employment. John’s practice encompasses all aspects of employment law, both…||View Profile|
|Laura Preston||Laura is a senior associate and team leader in the medical negligence…||View Profile|
|Edmund Young||Edmund is a Principal Lawyer specialising as Head of Industrial Disease for…||View Profile|
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Employment: employee/union firms
- Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant
- Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant
- Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant
- Senior executives
- Clinical negligence: claimant
- Court of protection
- Crime: general
- Personal injury: claimant
- Civil liberties and human rights
- Clinical negligence and personal injury: claimant
- Crime: fraud
- Crime: general
- General crime and fraud
- General crime and fraud
- Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant
- Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant