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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.

Crime: general Tier 1

Slater and Gordon stands out for its experience in advising on a range of criminal law matters and is best known for its experience in representing the Police Federation as well as private clients. It represents police officers facing criminal investigations, misconduct proceedings, shootings, fatal traffic collisions and deaths in police custody, or following police contact. This also includes representation at inquests and public inquiries. The team also represents individuals in complex criminal investigations arising from their employment. Richard Black regularly handles complex and high-profile cases; Paul Reddy heads the road traffic defence team; recently promoted principal lawyer Christopher Fallows represents police officers facing criminal and disciplinary hearings; and associate litigation executive Alan Greenidge is 'first-rate'.


Paul Reddy and  Richard Black have vast amounts of experience in dealing with police federation-related criminal cases

Employment: employee/union firms Tier 1

Slater and Gordon handles the full range of employment issues in relation to unions, with principal lawyer Sadiq Vohra stepping up to lead the practice group in early 2018. Vohra focuses on private client matters, working in tandem with Jennifer Ainscough, who handles the membership side of the practice. The team is experienced in negotiating employment contracts, and advising on restrictive covenants, severance agreements and employment disputes, particularly concerning breach of contract, equality claims, whistleblowing and redundanies. Non-contentious instructions such as negotiated exits also feature.

Personal injury: claimant Tier 1

Slater and Gordon has an 'exceptionally well regarded team with an established history of being at the forefront of child abuse litigation', led by Richard Scorer. The team also has a particular specialism in running industrial disease cases, particularly in relation to asbestos exposureNational head of industrial disease Madelene Holdsworth is 'experienced and particularly tenacious in pursuit of cases, with a keen eye for detail.' Pauline Chandler, Michael Hardacre and principal lawyers Kim Harrison and David (Jon) Andrews, who joined from Linder Myers in 2018, are recommended. Michael Wolstencroft also joined from Roberts Jackson Solicitors as a senior solicitor, while Jennifer Maloney left the firm and now is a judge. Well-regarded principal lawyer Andrew Zajac recently relocated to from Cambridge to join the Manchester team.


Kim Harrison is highly experienced and very able. She puts clients at their ease and ensures they are central to the process.’

Richard Scorer and Kim Harrison have a deservedly excellent reputation as leaders in the field of child abuse compensation litigation.

There is a large team in Manchester with significant depth of experience and ability. Particular mention goes to the team undertaking asbestos disease work.

Pauline Chandler has unmatched experience in disease work and enjoys a worthy reputation as a fierce opponent acting on behalf of claimants.

Their strength is the size of the practice and consequently the depth of knowledge and the resource that they can provide to cases. Their key capability is the ability to give early advice in asbestos cases and run them well and to a quick conclusion. Their is standout knowledge amongst the partners in this area.

Jon Andrews has undertaken asbestos work for many years and has a wealth of knowledge in relation to asbestos claims. He is able to utilise his experience and tactical ability to get a great result for clients. Madelene Holdsworth is experienced and particularly tenacious in pursuit of cases, with a keen eye for detail.’

‘Jordan Bell is measured, calm and a bright up-and-coming disease lawyer.

Richard Scorer is renowned for his expertise and experience, and for his leadership in this field. He is very personable with clients and colleagues and is generous in sharing his knowledge. He is always responsive to requests for assistance.

Michael Hardacre is a really fantastic lawyer. He is brilliant with his clients, delivers hard messages where necessary but fights tooth and nail for the best outcome. He makes the difference; ensuring that the evidence is as thoroughly prepared as possible. Any claimant would be lucky to have him as their lawyer.

Years of know how and great depth of knowledge in asbestos litigation and occupational illness in general. Huge resources and client base. They have connections to the many of the national asbestos charities and treatment centres and therefore have great knowledge of the latest treatment techniques being employed.

Jon Andrews is a great addition to the team. He is a wily campaigner who knows how to get a case across the line.’

‘Madelene Holdsworth has great knowledge of the area and will go the extra mile for clients. She leads her team brilliantly.

The team is strong: it is led by Richard Scorer and Kim Harrison, who are two of the top lawyers in the field of historic abuse litigation. Richard Scorer has a particular ability to use his links with the media to obtain strong results for his clients and he receives very high quality work as a result, typified by his status as the principal abuse survivor lawyer at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

The team is very strong with a depth and breadth of experience – you could throw anything at them and you get the impression that someone has encountered it before.

Michael Hardacre is a good technical lawyer and has excellent client care skills.

‘Andrew Zajac is helpful, approachable and has a keen interest in his clients.’

‘Andrew Zajac is a level-headed and thorough solicitor.’

Personal injury: claimant Tier 1

Slater and Gordon has a large team of 'highly experienced specialist personal injury lawyers who are extremely professional and yet caring and personal'. The firm operates a multi-track office in Cambridge handling complex multimillion-pound brain and spinal injury claims, as well as military, CICA, fatal accident and repetitive strain injury matters. The 'extremely knowledgeable and conscientious' Angela Beric is child brain injury and CICA specialist. Brain and spinal injury specialist Paul Tapner routinely wins large settlements; military claims specialist Richard Gaffney has a strong track record of in traumatic brain injury, fatal accident and amputation matters; and the 'highly professional' Crystal Eaton is a rising star.

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 2

'Conscientious' and 'experienced' litigator Julia Bridges is the new head of medical negligence in Slater and Gordon's Manchester office, having joined in 2018 from Linder Myers following a number of departures from the team. The practice advises on cases encompassing all areas of clinical negligence, with standout expertise in relation to coroner's inquests and human rights cases, including the application of Article 2 of the Human Rights Act.


‘Julia Bridges is an experienced litigator. Sarah Jones is a very good litigator and would make a great addition to any clinical negligence team.’

‘Julia Bridges and Sarah Sedge are conscientious and committed solicitors.’

‘Joe Ely is impressive, with a sensitive approach to the client and an impressive ability to handle evidence.’

‘Sarah Sedge is careful, understated and effective.’

‘Sarah Jones is learning fast and one to look out for.’

‘Joe Eley was my solicitor throughout my claim and I simply don’t know what I would have done without him. Not only the settlement he secured for myself was substantial and changed my life, as due to the medical negligence I am very disabled now, but I know without his support I simply would have given up. Joe is the most professional, thoughtful, understanding solicitor I could ever wish for. I cannot recommend him highly enough.’

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 2

Slater and Gordon is able to call upon the expertise of a large number of 'excellent lawyers' at varying levels of experience, across the full spectrum of claimant clinical negligence cases, including those of the utmost severity. As well as the firm's litigation expertise, it is also provides a holistic service through the life-cycle of a case by virtue of its national client liaison team, specialist Court of Protection offering and independent financial planning company. Team head Yvonne Agnew has extensive experience across all types of clinical negligence cases, particularly in relation to high-value and complex birth injury, brain and spinal/vascular injury claims. Praised for his 'skill and sensitivity', senior associate Luq Ali is head of fixed fees for clinical negligence claims in Cardiff.


‘Luq Ali has a very busy case load with many complex and high-value cases.’

‘Lara Bennett handles complex and high-value cases with excellent skill.’


Crime: fraud Tier 2

Despite several changes in the Manchester-based fraud team at  Slater and Gordon, it is often instructed on a number of fraud and financial crime cases. The team defends clients on complex and high-value fraud cases brought by agencies such as the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and HMRC.

Crime: general Tier 2

Slater and Gordon has niche expertise in the defence of police officers facing criminal and misconduct allegations, while the team also has a growing reputation for its work representing members of the public on a private basis. Practice head Tim Coolican is recognised for his work with police officers who are facing high-profile duty-related criminal charges as well representing officers in misconduct and inquest proceedings. Sue Swan has an established reputation for her work in serious and complex sexual offences. Robert Newbould is another known name.

Key clients

Police Federation

Employment Tier 2

Slater and Gordon's 11-strong team provides an 'impressively knowledgeable service' to an exclusively claimant-side client base, which includes senior executives, private clients, trade unions and the Police Federation. 'Excellent' senior associate Juliette Franklin is now one of the most experienced members of the team following Rachel Harfield's recent move to the Cardiff and District Law Society, and is particularly noted for her skill in representing clients in discrimination claims. Senior solicitor Mohini Bharani is 'very compassionate' when representing clients in race and disability discrimination cases.


‘The sensible and commercial Juliette Franklin has an excellent reputation.’

Key clients

Police Federation of England and Wales

Unite the Union







Personal injury: claimant Tier 2

Slater and Gordon has a strong reputation among private individuals, as well as for members of numerous trade unions, across a wide range of personal injury claims, ranging from RTA and employers' liability through to serious industrial disease. Clients also benefit from various ancillary services, including a Court of Protection offering and a client liaison and welfare benefits adviser. John Browne has 'in-depth knowledge' in relation to industrial disease-related claims, and Nicholas Collins has vast experience dealing with workplace injuries, particularly within heavy industry environments. The 'empathetic and sensitiveJulian Cason excels at handling asbestos-related matters.


‘Vastly experienced and resourced personal injury team with a long history of fighting for claimants.’

‘Impressive breadth of knowledge.’

‘The experienced Nicholas Collins has a good tactical approach to complex claims.’

‘John Browne is a canny litigator who has a wealth of experience in dealing with asbestos litigation and always seems to be one-step ahead of the opposition.’

‘Julian Cason has an excellent manner in dealing with people in very difficult circumstances.’

Crime: general Tier 3

The 'empathetic and knowledgeable' team at Slater and Gordon is primarily focused on representing police officers facing criminal investigations and misconduct proceedings. Benefiting from an 'encyclopaedic knowledge of the law of police misconduct together with his extensive experience of the high level crime', Ian Wilson is a leader in the field whose work has recently included a high-profile matter successfully defending a police officer accused of misusing her taser. Associate Jon Nutman  is also recommended.

Key clients

Jan Kingshott

Claire Boddie

Family Tier 3

Slater and Gordon's family team handles a range of divorce and financial matters in the north west, as well as on an international level. The firm regularly acts for high net-worth individuals including professional sportspeople, captains of industry, entertainers and their spouses. Lorraine Harvey heads the team while also advising high-net-worth clients on complex financial matters. Amy Dawber joined the firm in 2019 from Forbes Solicitors.

Personal injury: claimant Tier 3

Slater and Gordon undertakes the full spectrum of cases ranging from multiple fatality claims involving children to paralysis, traumatic amputation and brain injury matters. Richard Langton has a wealth of experience of complex personal injury claims, and also advises on other areas such as road traffic accidents, injuries at work and public liability cases. In addition, Langton runs group litigation claims.


Richard Langton is a real fighter for his clients, he does not give up but is sensible in the process and really knows his stuff‘.

Joe Speed is successfully handling cases of the utmost severity. Intelligent and completely dedicated‘.

Joe Speed shows excellent attention to detail’.

Key clients

Poppy Arabella

Pearl Black









Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

Slater and Gordon advises on all aspects of private client work, including preparation of wills, trusts, lasting powers of attorney and the administration and taxation of estates and trusts. Clients include high-net-worth and complex estates, often involving trusts and assets abroad. Former practice head James Bereford left to join BLM in mid-2018.

Employment Tier 6

Slater and Gordon acts exclusively for individuals/claimants, which includes private clients and trade union members. It has a particularly considerable strength in major discrimination and whistleblowing claims, but is also experienced in all other aspects of Employment Tribunal and High Court litigation. Another key area of focus involves defending members of professional bodies in fitness to practice proceedings before various disciplinary panels. David Hodge is the name to note.

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
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 Penny Fitzpatrick  photo Penny Fitzpatrick
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 Clive Howard  photo Clive Howard
 Scott Ingram  photo Scott Ingram
 Michael Knott  photo Michael Knott
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Total number of fee-earners : 534