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Slater and Gordon

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West Midlands: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 2

Slater and Gordon

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.

Practice head(s):Tim Coolican

Other key lawyers:Sue Swan, Robert Newbould

Key Clients

Police Federation

Work highlights

  • Represented the police officers in the investigation into the death of former footballer Dalian Atkinson.
  • Represented the police officers in relation to the death of Kingsley Burrell.
  • Represented a former solicitor in a multimillion-pound fraud prosecution.
  • Represented a police offer who was charged with causing death by dangerous driving.
  • Defended a police officer who was accused of rape.
Leading individuals

Tim Coolican - Slater and Gordon

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West Midlands: Human resources

Employment - ranked: tier 6

Slater and Gordon

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.

Practice head(s):David Hodge

Other key lawyers:David McBride

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West Midlands: Insurance

Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 3

Slater and Gordon

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.

Practice head(s):Richard Langton

Other key lawyers:Joe Speed


'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









Work highlights

  • As a result of serious accident the team is now campaigning with Poppy-Arabella’s parents, their MP and safety organisations to introduce a compulsory rule in the UK that all clinicians must notify DVLA if a patient is unsafe to drive, so their licence can be revoked.
  • Advising on a RTA where there are multiple claimant injuries - including a fatality.  
  • Acting for a claimant who was a bus driver and was severely injured when a roadside tree fell on his bus due to its roots being diseased.
  • Advising on a motorcycle accident where there was an amputation injury.
  • Advising on a fatal RTA.

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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.
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