Slater and Gordon > Edinburgh, Scotland > Firm Profile
Slater and Gordon Offices
One Lochrin Square
Slater and Gordon > The Legal 500 RankingsSlater and Gordon’s medical negligence practice is overseen by Sarah McWhirter in Edinburgh who is described by clients as an ‘intelligent solicitor who works diligently’. Under her leadership, the group handles an assortment of matters spanning fatal cases, orthopaedic and surgical claims, and delayed diagnoses of cancer. Claire Paterson handles claims involving multiple injuries. Leigh Stygal joined the team from DWF and handles clinical negligence matters.
‘I have worked frequently with the medical negligence team at Slater and Gordon since 2018 on a wide range of claims including high value/complex amputation cases, fatal claims and secondary victim claims. In my opinion, they are the best pursuer medical negligence pursuer practice in Scotland.’
‘The team work effectively together as they have good relationships with one another.’
‘They have excellent client empathy but retain sufficient objectivity to provide realistic advice.’
‘They investigate thoroughly, are responsive and their cases are always well-prepared. The team are a pleasure to work with and very focused on getting the best outcome possible for their clients.’
‘The stand out individuals for me are Claire Paterson, solicitor and Sarah McWhirter, Principal Lawyer. They always thoroughly prepare their cases and know what Counsel requires in order to most effectively present the case.’
They are very responsive and diligent. The team are a pleasure to work with and very focused on getting the best outcome possible for their clients.’
‘Sarah McWhirter is the person I know best – she’s a very able and intelligent solicitor who works very diligently and seems extremely well organised. I think she’s a rising star in the field.’
‘I have worked with this firm for around 10 years in my capacity as a neurosurgical expert. I have found them, friendly, efficient and always helpful. They deal with matters expeditiously and are always willing to listen.’
Other key lawyers:
‘They were a really good team, all of them they worked well together keeping me informed throughout my case.’
‘Stuart Cochran was an absolute super star with me I don’t know how he put up with me. Not only that he achieved a fantastic result in terms of compensation which will effect my young family for life.’
‘As a gay man, I found all the staff at Slater Gordon were non judgemental, professional and accepting of me. They showed diversity and their approach was superb.’
‘I dealt with Karen McPhee. To say that across all spectrums she delivered outstanding service would be an understatement. Nothing was ever too much trouble, she was exceptional in dealing with the sensitive nature of my claim. Karen provided exceptional service throughout, she displayed extremely thorough characteristics through the 6.5 years it took to bring the organisation to justice.’
Other key lawyers:
‘Professional and caring and they have helped us through a very difficult time. They have kept us up to date with the case as it proceeds and advised us on what to expect at each stage going forward.’
‘The associate dealing with my case, Heather Moore, is attentive, courteous, helpful and caring.’
‘Emma Doughty as head of department does an excellent job.’
‘Emma Doughty is a standout lawyer. Highly intelligent and able, she works so hard and is so dedicated to her clients as well as leading the team. She is an exceptional lawyer.’
‘They are a formidable team, led superbly by Emma Doughty. They have a fantastic range of work and are not afraid to pursue challenging cases. Clients receive an excellent service. The team are experienced, knowledgeable and very hard working.’
‘Standout individuals include: Emma Doughty – a brilliant lawyer with fantastic client skills and an eye for detail – and Joanne Warren – a highly experienced litigator, who is always handed the toughest cases.’
‘The team behind my claim have been great, communication is second to none. I’ve been kept in the loop at all times and any issues have been listened to and carried out. I cannot stress enough how professional this team have been throughout the whole process.’
‘Emma Doughty leads the team; she is loved by clients and works incredibly hard to get the best results. She is a safe pair of hands for complex and high-value claims. Madeline Seibert has a wealth of experience in clinical negligence; she is hard working and had great judgment. Rosaline Wong and Sam Morton are both hardworking, talented and dedicated solicitors.’
- Advised on the setting up of and managing of the Ian Paterson Litigation Compensation Fund 2021 in conjunction with Spire Healthcare and Thompsons.
- Represented the claimant in a very complex, heavily defended, and high-value catastrophic clinical negligence claim that the defendant had failed to treat Vitamin B12 deficiency, as a result of which the client sustained severe neurological injury including spinal degeneration and visual loss.
- Successfully settled a complex claim, including allegations of fraud against the defendant health board, for £3.4m.
Other key lawyers:
Will Cornwell; Nick Godwin; Jamie Day; Delia Coleman; Edmund Young; Lisa Fountain
‘I cannot recommend Will Cornwell highly enough. He is very experienced and tactically astute. He handles catastrophic injury claims of the highest value with skill and achieves excellent results.’
‘Nick Godwin is a tireless advocate for his clients. Nick leaves no stone unturned to ensure the best possible result, combining a forensic eye for detail with an astute tactical brain that always sees the big picture. He is a fearless litigator whose remarkable results are testament to his ability.’
‘Tracey Benson’s ability to see the wood for the trees in any case means that she focuses on what matters from the start. As a result, she is usually at least one step ahead of her opponents. She is also a formidable negotiator.’
‘The London team boasts several capable lawyers including Will Cornwell and Tracey Benson, who take on cases of considerable severity and seriousness and handle them with huge aplomb. They undertake impressive catastrophic work.’
‘Will Cornwell is a bright and industrious lawyer. He is a deep thinker and works hard on structuring his catastrophic cases sensibly and methodically. He has great knowledge of each claim he deals with, identifies the pinch points early and works tirelessly to resolve them. He has the respect of clients and opponents alike.’
‘Tracey Benson is excellent. She works tirelessly for her clients and ensures the best possible outcome for each and every client. She is an excellent negotiator. Every client of Tracey’s is fully aware of the realities of litigation. She does not shirk from the difficult cases but rather relishes the challenges such cases bring.’
‘Tracey Benson is an excellent solicitor and a huge asset to the firm. Nick Godwin is a very technical lawyer with a sound grasp of complex rules and regulations. Jamie Day is bright, personable and extremely diligent. He runs cases way above his level of experience, which is testament to his ability.
‘Delia Coleman is an experienced lawyer who works very hard and genuinely cares about her clients, renowned for winning difficult cases.’
Grenfell Tower claimants
- Representing a claimant who was medically discharged from the Met Police following a motorbike collision which resulted in severe lower limb injuries and an elective below-knee amputation.
Transport > Travel Tier 3Slater and Gordon's travel litigation department handles a diverse range of work, including contractual and commercial matters, consumer claims and international personal injury claims. The team is headed by Liverpool-based Kelly Williams and senior associate Stephen Goodman, who is practice development leader for the travel litigation department in Manchester, representing both claimants and defendants. Typical cases handled by the team include accidents on holiday, including road traffic accidents, as well as clinical negligence matters.
Kelly Williams; Stephen Goodman
Other key lawyers:
Stephanie Osborne; Kimberley Marshall
‘Large and well-respected team known for serving the entire range of travel personal injury practice, from overseas motor claims, to aviation and marine accidents.’
‘Stephen Goodman heads up a large and formidable team. Encyclopaedic knowledge of law and practice in the area. Commercially-minded.’
‘Large international firm with well established travel personal injury team in Manchester. Continues to attract large interesting cases and high quality instructions.’
‘The team is involved in complex litigation, often with multiple claimants in one claim on an industrial level.’
‘Sian Clarke can handle difficult cases, difficult clients and difficult opponents with ease and confidence.’
- Represented a trade union member against a union client and against a law firm who were instructed to advise them on their settlement agreement.
- Represented a claimant at an employment tribunal and were successful in claims for Unfair Dismissal, Victimisation and Sexual Harassment.
- Represented an employee of an automotive company and succeeded in his claim for a failure by the company in their duty to make reasonable adjustments, discrimination arising from disability, indirect disability discrimination and unfair dismissal.
Other key lawyers:
‘Richard Gaffney, Andrew Hostler and the team at Salter Gordon truly guided me through my claim. The process was difficult and confusing but Richard supported me fully, he clearly explained the process. Richard was patient and caring while also explaining the situation, pitfalls and possible outcomes. I am truly grateful to Richard, Andrew and the team.’
‘They were recommended to us as being experts with injury claims by staff members at Addenbrookes hospital. They keep us very well informed with what is going on and will always make time for appointments to keep us in the loop with the claim.’
‘Angela Beric is very approachable when we have questions which may seem simple at the time and she is friendly.’
‘Both Elham Mobini and Crystal Eaton were brilliant during the process. What made them stand out was their understanding of this new situation we found ourselves in and the clear explanations they offered. Also the manner in which they dealt with the Covid situation when using phoine calls rather than face to face eetings with the different bodies concerned.’
‘Crystal Eaton is my favourite. The kindest person I know who combines her lovely sensitive approach to client with the fiercest determination to fight for their cause.’
‘Excellent team. Have worked with them for many years. Particular strengths attention to detail, close contact with client and expert, efficient, hard working and go the extra mile.’
‘Paul Tapner is an exceptional solicitor always goes above and beyond and always works extremely hard to achieve the best outcome for his clients.’
‘Angela Beric is an extremely able, hardworking solicitor with long experience in claims for seriously injured clients. She is sensible, her judgment is reliable and she will pursue all reasonable steps to achieve the best possible outcome.’
Jo Mackie; Edward Cooper
Other key lawyers:
‘I would recommend Slater & Gordon to anyone that requires employment resolution with their employer. I found the practice very professional and easy to work with. I was listened to and given appropriate advice on what would best resolve my dispute. Their billing system was very helpful as I needed to manage my budget.’
‘I worked with Doreen Reeves, and I found her to be very professional with a clear strategy. She understood my situation and made it a priority to keep me updated throughout the whole process. I never had to chase up to know what was going on. I’m pleased that I worked with her as my situation wasn’t taken seriously enough with other law firms that I approached. I would recommend her without any hesitation whatsoever.’
‘The whole team was well informed about my case, easy to talk to and very supportive.’
‘Doreen Reeves was the solicitor for my case. She was knowledgeable on all aspects of my case, and supported me when I was very stressed with the situation. She was readily available when I needed to discuss anything.’
‘The employment team is well known to be one of the best teams for employee-side type of work. The individuals I have worked with have been proactive, hard-working, bright and thorough. I would have no hesitation recommending them.’
‘Jo Mackie picked up a case over the Christmas break that she had had no involvement with and ran it superbly, giving me clear and helpful instructions and managing the dispute well. We were able to work proactively as a team, which made a real difference to what could be and was achieved in a very short space of time on an urgent matter, which serious ramifications for the client.’
‘A leading team full of expertise at all levels. Very impressive.’
‘Doreen Reeves is a standout star in a team of top flight lawyers. Her knowledge of the law and client care are second to none.’
Sir Philip Rutnam
Dr Chris Day
- Represented Sir Philip Rutnam in a claim for constructive dismissal following his resignation as permanent secretary at the Home Office.
- Acted for Gemma Dobson in Gemma Dobson v North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Trust, which established that childcare disparity has to be taken into account if relevant in indirect sex discrimination claims without the need to adduce statistical evidence.
- Assisted Mr Jackson, a retired superintendent of the Greater Manchester police, with a 14+ week hearing of a whistleblowing claim, regarding allegations relating to profile investigations, cronyism and serious mismanaging of claims.
Justin Quinton; Sadiq Vohra
‘From the very beginning of taking my case on this firm continually kept me in the loop with the current position in a way that re-assured me and was easily understandable. Any questions/doubts were quickly put to rest.’
‘Everyone I have worked with at Slater Gordon has been friendly, practical and client-focused.’
‘Sharon Wardale is very knowledgeable and responsive to requests for assistance and advice.’
‘Where do I begin? They are a first rate team that is very client-focused. They have delivered a score of fantastic results and also assisted us with points of law at the drop of a hat. They are very accessible and make our lives so much easier.’
‘It has very good knowledge of matters arising from working with unions. The members of the team care about getting a good result for the client.’
‘Justin Quinton is dedicated to his work. He is friendly to work with, but also is very knowledgeable and has a good grasp of the cases we have worked together on. He is readily available when we need to speak about issues on the case. Laura Thompson – although new to the team, in the work I have done with her she has been very reliable. She developed a good rapport with the client. She was very willing to help whenever I asked her for assistance.’
‘A talented employment team. Focused, thorough and efficient, with an excellent understanding of the needs of the client. The advice is always well drafted and considered, engaging both the factual circumstances and the law.’
Rachael Wright Turner
Mr T Brown
- Represented a client in a Court of Appeal case relating to pension entitlement when the client was retired on ill health grounds.
- Represented client, bringing a number of claims, including indirect sex discrimination in respect of the flexible working request.
- Represented client in an appeal by the respondent against an Employment Tribunal decision.
Ben Gent; Madelene Holdsworth; Matthew Tomlinson; Richard Scorer; Jordan Bell
Other key lawyers:
‘Richard Scorer is indefatigable in pursuing a result. Moreover, he is compassionate and empathic and I knew I could trust him completely.’
‘Helen Lewis is 100% trustworthy, 100% reliable and 100% committed to her work.’
‘Richard Crabtree is without doubt by far the top of the tree. He is the most dedicated, uncompromising, compassionate, and respected pinciple solicitor it has been my good fortune to encounter.’
‘Matt Tomlinson was personable, knowledgeable and professional in equal measure and held our hand through what was a protracted and stressful situation.’
‘Ben Gent is totally committed to the client’s best interests and to achieving the best result permitted by the evidence and the circumstances.’
‘Richard Crabtree is a clear leader in his field and known for innovative and hard-nosed attitude to PI litigation, always putting his client at the forefront of his endeavours.’
‘Richard Crabtree is excellent as a solicitor in catastrophic injury work.’
Antony Higginson as claimant and on behalf of the estate of Laura Higginson (deceased)
Rachael Nuttall (On Administratrix of the Estate of Samantha Gibbon, Deceased)
Manchester Arena Public Inquiry
- Advised Ms Celine Martin at trials of liability and quantum further to life-changing neurological injuries caused by septicaemia (capitalised value of claim >£5m).
- Advised family of Laura Higginson deceased in inquest into her death involving potential charges including corporate manslaughter and gross negligence manslaughter.
- Advised Ms T Mazzuchetto in a claim involving catastrophic orthopaedic injuries achieving settlement of £600,000.
Other key lawyers:
‘The outstanding team handles complex and high-value clinical negligence work with dedication, with care and with competence.’
‘It is a large team that is very knowledgeable and well practised in the industry.’
‘They aren’t afraid to take a risk and litigate difficult cases to trial.’
‘The first-class Yvonne Agnew is very reassuring and keeps you involved step by step.’
‘Lorraine O’Brien is very pleasant to work with and experienced in handling difficult cases.’
‘The hardworking and caring Kelly Lloyd Davies is exceptional and is able to explain complex issues in clear language.’
‘Lara Bennett is well-suited to handling high-value cases. She has a good eye for detail, and always has fantastic relationships with clients, who trust her implicitly.’
‘Sarah James was excellent when I either spoke to her or emailed her with a query she always responded in a very quick and timely manner. She made me feel that I was her main client even though she had many.’
- Successfully settled a case for a relatively young claimant in an amputation case.
- Successfully settled a case involving difficult issues on causation.
- Advised a client in a case involving not only physical injuries but also a loss to senses.
Private client > Family Tier 4Slater and Gordon advises medium-to-high-net-worth individuals on financial remedy and children cases, regulalry representing clients in Schedule 1 Children Act cases, pre- and postnuptial agreements, and matrimonial disputes. Georgina Chase leads the team and is an expert in family law work, including matrimonial finance, private children disputes, and nuptial agreements. Principal lawyer John Owens joined from MSB Solicitors Ltd in June 2021.
‘They were extremely professional, always highly responsive and understood my case and the issues fully. This is not something other firms had been able to do.’
‘The team is very organised and offers clear and straightforward advice to clients. The firm is well resourced with practical support for clients with technology and attending court to ensure that clients are well-supported and well advised consistently.’
‘This team is superbly led by Georgina Chase. She is a star in relation to family law. She has vision, charisma and leads a highly committed and energetic team. Clients should feel comfortable that their services will be tailored to their specific needs. They have been proactive at integrating their team with fellow professionals to grow the confidence and sustainability of a highly competent, effective and friendly team. They are highly recommended.’
‘Georgina Chase is a stand-out family lawyer. She has incredible drive and a personality to match which inspires the team around her. She takes a very proactive approach and is undoubtedly one of the leading family lawyers in the region.’
‘They are a team of excellent family practitioners.’
‘Well established and very highly regarded in the filed of matrimonial finance law in Manchester.’
‘Georgina Chase is a brilliant lawyer, who is approachable and very bright. Deservedly commands great respect in Manchester and beyond.’
‘Steven Baylis is my solicitor, I have found that he is very approachable, can easily and quickly get hold of him, nothing is too much trouble, you are made to feel important, not just another client‘.
‘I found that all the individuals members that I have collaborated with are very professional in their approach towards me, extremely helpful and always respectful. In particular reference Steven Baylis who has been outstanding from every perspective’.
‘This firm has been at the top of firms undertaking claimant personal injury work for many years. Few other firms have the breadth of knowledge and experience in all types of such claims. Steven Baylis has great experience in this field. His preparation is excellent and he has a very good manner with clients‘.
‘Responsive, client centered and team players. Steven Baylis – possesses the qualities all of us would want in a PI lawyer. Approachable, knowledgeable, kind, responsive to communications and will go the extra mile‘.
- Represented a pedestrian who was hit by a vehicle when crossing the road and sustained a traumatic brain injury.
- Represented a motorcyclist who sustained a traumatic brain injury when he was hit by a car, forcing him to collide with an oncoming vehicle.
- Represented a client who suffered a traumatic brain injury when a lorry collided with the car she was driving.
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