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Slater and Gordon
9 Hills Road

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

The Cambridge office of national personal injury firm Slater and Gordon is home to experienced practitioners who have a high standing for their success in high-value and complex claims. Angela Beric, who is handling a £15m traumatic brain injury claim, is ‘a very experienced and competent litigator with much experience of claims of the utmost severity’. Richard Gaffney, who focuses on catastrophic injury claims, has ‘a strong commercial sense and a charming manner'. Paul Tapner, who is acting for a client who sustained a series of rugby injuries leading to a catastrophic brain injury, exhibits ‘sound judgment' and senior associate Crystal Eaton is ‘hugely committed to her clients’ cases‘.

Practice head(s):

Madelene Holdsworth (Manchester)

Other key lawyers:


‘Very strong team of personal injury practitioners who maintain an excellent caring ethos along with great skill and experience.’

‘Richard Gaffney is a partner with great experience of serious and complex personal injury claims, a strong commercial sense, and a charming manner. Angela Beric is another very experienced and competent litigator with much experience of claims of the utmost severity.’

‘The team undertakes high-value, complex work, across the range of serious and catastrophic injury.’

‘Crystal Eaton is hugely committed to her clients’ cases. She has an excellent manner with those who have suffered serious injury and makes complex concepts easy to understand. Clients really feel that their voices are being heard. She is very pragmatic and organised on obtaining appropriate expert evidence. She is able to manage expectations whilst also achieving the best result for clients.’

‘Large firm of solicitors. I work with the Cambridge team, which is excellent. They go the extra mile to help claimants.’

‘Paul Tapner is exceptional at his work – goes above and beyond- and leads a team of excellent solicitors.’

‘Richard Gaffney is a very diligent and highly experienced personal injury lawyer, adept at dealing with points of detail’

‘The firm’s Cambridge office has fee earners at all levels so as to be able to match the lawyer to the case appropriately .’

Work highlights

  • Representing an individual who sustained a series of rugby injuries over the course of two months, which eventually led to a catastrophic brain injury on the pitch, in a highly complex claim on liability.
  • Representing an individual who sustained a severe traumatic brain injury, multiple fractures and lesions in a road traffic accident whilst travelling as a front seat passenger in a car driven by his father.
  • Representing an individual who sustained a severe traumatic brain injury, various skull fractures, rib and leg fractures as well as soft tissue injuries, as a result of an RTA.

Insurance > Personal injury: claimant Tier 1

Slater and Gordon handles a diverse range of work in the personal injury field. The practice is jointly led by Jordan Bell, who is highly recommended for asbestos-related claims; military injury specialist Madelene Holdsworth; and managing partner and catastrophic injury litigator Matthew Tomlinson. Abuse and public inquiries experts Kim Harrison and Richard Scorer also form an integral part of the team, handling major high-profile work, including a claim stemming from the Manchester Arena Bombing public inquiry. Also recommended are Michael Hardacre, who handles occupiers’ and public liability work, brain injury specialist Richard Crabtree, and experienced industrial disease lawyer Pauline Chandler.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Tomlinson; Madelene Holdsworth; Jordan Bell

Other key lawyers:

Kim Harrison; Richard Scorer; Michael Hardacre; Richard Crabtree; Pauline Chandler


‘Very strong team of lawyers handling asbestos disease claims for claimants.’

‘Absolute stand-outs in the field of claimant asbestos disease claims.’

‘They are well resourced and professional, with excellent IT, great connections and are very flexible. Highly recommended.’

‘Michael Hardacre is excellent on complex, high-value pain cases.

‘Very large personal injury team with sub-specialisms within it. Some very good people.’

‘Michael Hardacre: experienced and capable in multi-track personal injury litigation.’

‘Excellent team, really easy to work with. They are friendly, down to earth and provide clear instructions.’

‘Michael Hardacre is very good. Extremely knowledgeable and very pragmatic. He finds inventive solutions to tricky legal issues.’

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented a police officer with the Metropolitan Police service who suffered PTSD after being exposed to harmful images of sexual offences against children over a prolonged period.
  • Representing 11 of the 12 families of the deceased at the Manchester Arena Bombing public inquiry.
  • Representing 16 victims and survivors of serious sexual and emotional abuse in the former religious cult The Nine O’ Clock Service.

Employment > Employees/unions Tier 2

‘Passionate about representing employees’, Slater and Gordon acts for trade union members, private clients and staff associations with mandates such as race discrimination cases, sex discrimination and sexual harassment claims. The practice is well regarded for its handling of high-profile whistleblowing complaints. Practice head Edward Cooper has significant experience of representing employees from both the public and private sectors. Head of private employment law and ‘stand out starDoreen Reeves is highlighted for her bulk settlement agreement know-how. TUPE specialist Laura Thompson is the head of organisation and membership services and frequently assists clients including police officers, seafarers and retail workers on a range of employment matters. Jo Mackie departed in October 2022.

Practice head(s):

Edward Cooper; Doreen Reeves; Laura Thomspon


‘The level of service is superb and they have kept me up to date throughout the case.’

‘Doreen Reeves has been fantastic. Supportive and reassuring and always explains complex legalities in an easy to understand manner.’

‘A diverse strong team with lawyers of all levels doing leading cases across the board.’

‘Doreen Reeves is a stand out star. She is top class and a pleasure to work with. Highly recommended!’

‘Slater and Gordon solicitors are well known for their employment work representing employees and trade unions. The teams have been passionate about representing employees.’

Key clients




Police Federation





Unite the Union

Trades Union Congress

Work highlights

  • Representing a client in respect of her claims for indirect sex discrimination and unfair dismissal against North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Representing a client in respect of her claims for race, age, sex, and disability discrimination which she alleges she suffered during the course of her employment.
  • Representing a client in respect of her claims for constructive unfair dismissal and discrimination on grounds of sex, age and disability against her former employer, Experian Limited.

Employment > Employment: employee/union firms Tier 2

The ‘first-rate’ team at Slater and Gordon is split into two areas of focus: Organisations and Member Services (OMS) and private client. Sadiq Vohra heads the OMS team and enjoys a strong relationship with the Police Federation and various other organisations, representing claimants in Employment Tribunals regarding issues such as disability, race and sexual discrimination, as well as advising individuals and collective bodies on employment law. The firm is able to provide a full service to OMS clients due to its deep bench of solicitors, such as Greta Mallinson who has a particular focus on discrimination claims and police pensions, and the competent litigator Victoria Schofield.  The ‘excellent’ Karen Murray leads private client matters and is adept at directing clients’ whistleblowing, unfair dismissal and victimisation claims.

Practice head(s):

Sadiq Vohra


‘Everyone I have worked with at Slater Gordon has been friendly, practical and client-focussed. Karen Murray is an excellent lawyer.’

‘Expertise in police employment matters which has a unique set of circumstances in employment law. Vicky Schofield has a very thorough analysis of legal situation.’ 

‘They are a first-rate team who are very client focused. They have delivered a score of fantastic results for our members 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.’

‘Greta Mallinson is an actual genius, the command of the employment law and the specifics of how that works with police regulations and pension regulations is second to none and she is often asked for by name by members as there are a long line of people who she has assisted who are very happy with her.’

‘The firm is committed to representing Claimants. As a team, they endeavour to provide the best possible service to their clients. Greta Mallinson is one of the most thorough, diligent and committed Associates I have ever worked with. She works to ensure the very best result for her client.’

‘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. My main point of contact throughout was Greta Mallinson and I found her to be readily approachable. Even when she was ‘out of office’ she quickly answered any queries I had. Her personal touch was magnificent.’

‘The firm 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 and friendly to work with.’

‘Great lawyers working hard for clients. Karen Murray is a very hard-working and client-focused associate.’

Key clients

Martyn Diamond Black

Lindsay Gordon

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented an individual in a number of claims including whistleblowing, constructive unfair dismissal, victimisation and wrongful dismissal.
  • Successfully represented an employee in relation to bullying allegations.
  • Successfully advised an individual on their claim for direct race discrimination, harassment related to race, victimisation and unfair dismissal.

Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 2

The ‘highly committed’ team at Slater and Gordonworks well together’ to ensure that clients are ‘extremely well-served’ across a range of high-value and complex cases, where they also benefit from access to complementary services including Court of Protection and trusts services, if necessary. Team head Yvonne Agnew  is ‘one of the foremost UK experts in birth injury cases’, and as well as her continued involvement in high-profile cases is also a vital mentor for more junior practitioners within the group. At a senior associate level, Lara Bennett is a ‘dedicated and skilful claimant lawyer’, while Kelly Lloyd-Davieshas a solid grasp of the issues in each case’, including on birth injury as well as delayed or missed diagnosis claims. Julia Reynolds departed to Leigh Day in 2024.

Practice head(s):

Yvonne Agnew

Other key lawyers:

Kelly Lloyd-Davies; Lara Bennett; Wallis Crockford; Megan Cavanagh


‘A number of highly experienced and skilled individuals, who seem to work together for the collective good. They are impressive in the number of high value and complex cases they attract.’

‘The Cardiff team are highly committed clinical negligence lawyers. They are a strong team who work well together and ensure that the client is extremely well served.’

Yvonne Agnew is one of the foremost UK experts in birth injury cases.’

‘Kelly Lloyd-Davies is a true Claimant’s lawyer. She has a solid grasp of the issues in each case and can communicate complex issues to lay clients clearly and gently.’

‘Megan Cavanagh is a delight to work with on tricky clinical negligence cases. She is approachable and very good with clients, even where there are difficult issues to broach.’

‘Lara Bennett handles a variety of high value and complex cases. She is a dedicated and skilful claimant lawyer.

‘The outstanding Wallis Crockford handles the most complex cases with supreme skill and ability.’

Work highlights

Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 3

Slater and Gordon houses ‘an outstanding team with great strength in depth’. National head of clinical negligence for the firm, ‘supremely talented lawyer’ Emma Doughty has a specialist interest in cancer and birth injury cases. In addition, the team fields two dedicated in-house midwives and two nursing experts. Focusing on complex, high-value cases, the team also maintains its legal aid franchise to support a range of clients. Madeline Seibert is particularly experienced in cases of brain damage and severe injuries in children.

Practice head(s):

Emma Doughty

Other key lawyers:

Joanne Warren; Heather Moore; Sam Morton; Madeline Seibert; Laura Preston; Emily Welstead; Helen Osborne


‘Madeline Seibert is attentive to the client, and obviously cares about them as individuals and sees the bigger picture in that she understands the impact that not only the reason for the case has on them, but the process of the case. Her understanding, communication, together with the support of her wider team with Slater and Gordon have ensured the process has been as easy as it can be for us.’

‘They deal with their clients with sensitivity and compassion whilst remaining professional and focused at all times.’

‘They deal with their clients with care and compassion, always going the extra mile to ensure the litigation process is a painless and supported process.’

‘Outstanding team with great strength in depth. Can handle all sizes of claim with confidence.’

‘A fantastic team of lawyers led by Emma Doughty. They are liked and trusted by their clients, always fighting hard to get the right result. They are always on top of the detail of the case, ensuring that progress is made in terms of treatment, early interim payments and appointment of case managers.’

‘Emma Doughty is a supremely talented lawyer. She has an impressive grasp of detail and a powerful intellect. Joanne Warren is a superb solicitor with a hefty caseload of complex, challenging, high-value cases. She is loved by her clients and highly respected by opponents, combining attention to detail with composure and empathy. Her cases and instructions to counsel are always meticulously prepared.’

‘Emma Doughty is a trusted, effective and hard-working senior partner. She is great at getting the right experts and in keeping the client at the forefront of her thinking. Laura Preston is a highly personable and diligent worker for her clients.’

‘A real down-to-earth touch from all the team combined with extensive knowledge and experience. Myriad of different cases which allows all members of the team to learn and gain requisite experience.’

Work highlights

  • Acting in a claim arising as a result of alleged negligent medical treatment worth £10m.
  • Represented the client in a case which related to variable PPOs.
  • Representing a family in a suicide inquest and clinical negligence claim in accordance with the Human Rights Act specifically in relation to a right to life.

Insurance > Personal injury: claimant Tier 3

The personal injury team at Slater and Gordon handles a range of work, including inquests, inquiries, and cross-border claims. ‘First-class’ Tracey Benson oversees the serious injury department, with a practice spanning spinal cord injury, brain injury and amputation, and particular experience regarding subtle brain injuries, including those resulting in psychiatric symptoms. Edmund Young leads on the industrial disease front, including asbestos-related disease cases. The team regularly liaises with the firm’s wills and probate, family and employment law, and Court of Protection departments.

Practice head(s):

Tracey Benson; Edmund Young

Other key lawyers:

Will Cornwell; Jamie Day; Lisa Fountain; Nicholas Hagi-Savva; Kieron Campion


‘My experience of the Slater and Gordon team, of the experts commissioned in fighting my case and of the delivery of a successful, substantial personal injury settlement has been absolutely faultless. I cannot think of a single thing that could be bettered.’

‘Tracey Benson is excellent. She is a real street fighter who adopts a no-nonsense approach to litigation and inspires a huge amount of trust and loyalty from her clients.’

‘Will Cornwell is a bright and very 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 a first-class lawyer; she combines technical prowess with passion and fights tooth and nail for her clients. She regularly instructs on maximum severity cases and knows the pitfalls to avoid in order to achieve a significant outcome.

‘Jamie Day is bright, pragmatic and not afraid of tackling cases which others might refuse. He has been expertly developed by Tracey Benson and the pair work very well together on high-value cases.’

‘Will Cornwall was our main contact, and kept us informed promptly of all developments. He and his team acted with great empathy and compassion. They ensured we understood every step of the process and went over any questions we were unsure about. This, at a time when we as a family were navigating a truly torturous time, we were grateful for.’

‘Very experienced and quality team led by Tracey Benson. They produce outstanding results for their clients by ensuring that they are on top of the detail, instructing the right experts and counsel and leaving no stone unturned when preparing evidence.’

‘Kieron Campion has an impressive intellect and the perfect mix of experience, charisma and judgment to drive a case to a successful conclusion. He only deals with the most complex of cases.’

Work highlights

  • Represented a claimant when his leg was crushed by a 300kg concrete dispensing tube resulting in a traumatic amputation as well injuries to his kidneys, spleen, and a pulmonary embolism.
  • Successfully represented a claimant in a liability only High Court trial after he was truck by a tractor and suffered a severe brain injury.
  • Represented six of the core participants in Phase 2 of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 3

Slater and Gordon‘s clinical negligence practice has broad capabilities, handling a range of work including inquests, stillbirth cases and injuries to elderly patients. Manchester team head Ben Gent has a strong record in litigation, with experience in matters including cauda equina misdiagnosis and neo-natal fatality claims. John Doyle leads the Liverpool team and offers expertise in brain, spinal and birth injury matters. Catastrophic brain injury specialist Helen Lewis is also noted. Rosalyn Steeple joined the firm from Thompsons Solicitors LLP in March 2022.

Practice head(s):

Ben Gent; John Doyle

Other key lawyers:


‘A friendly firm, with a good range of clients and cases. In particular, they stand out for their client-focussed approach. Instructions are provided safely and efficiently through electronic means, to a consistently high standard.’

‘A major player for claimants in this field.’

‘Ben Gent is an excellent practitioner who brings sound judgement and realism to his work. He cannot do enough for clients but has a clear understanding of when a claim should be pursued, and when it should be settled.’

‘The firm is well resourced, with a national coverage.’

‘Helen Lewis is a really good practitioner. She is extremely thorough and skilled at progressing cases; she has real commitment to her clients and expertise in promoting their interests. John Doyle is a practical and efficient litigator.’

‘Slater and Gordon are extremely well resourced and extremely professional. They listen carefully to clients and provide very sound tactical advice.’

‘Rosalyn Steeple: having worked with her for many years, she has excellent knowledge of medical issues and understands the implications of serious life-changing injuries for her clients and how best to achieve redress for those injuries.’

Work highlights

  • Acting in a clinical negligence claim worth £10m.
  • Represented a claimant against Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust in a case examining variable PPOs as a mechanism which either party can seek to utilise to provide for uncertainties.
  • Represented a family through a suicide inquest and clinical negligence claims in accordance with the Human Rights Act, specifically in relation to a right to life.

Insurance > Medical negligence: pursuer Tier 3

Embedded in the firm's wider UK network, Slater and Gordon's clinical negligence department provides assistance with a broad spectrum of matters, including fatal claims, psychiatric injury and delayed diagnoses of cancer. Described as ‘a force to be reckoned with,’ Sarah McWhirter oversees the team and has a broad practice that covers obstetric, birth and surgical injury claims. Associate Fiona Fowle, who handles brain injury, spinal injury and fatal claims, and solicitor Claire Paterson, who deals with a wide range of complex medical negligence cases, are other key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Sarah McWhirter

Other key lawyers:


‘Robust firm that provides clear instructions and is well organised.’

‘Claire Paterson: Clear communication regarding cases and well organised.’

‘The individuals I have worked with stand out as exemplars in their field; they are knowledgeable, experienced and resourceful.’

‘The team is strong and committed.’

‘Sarah McWhirter is a force to be reckoned with. She is incredibly organised and has a fantastic in-depth knowledge of the field. Claire Paterson is more junior in the team but does her work very impressively.’

‘Sarah McWhirter and Fiona Fowle are the agents at this firm I have the most contact with. They all have a great depth of knowledge in this field. We find them approachable and friendly, and they are able to communicate complicated legal issues in a manner that clients can understand and appreciate.’

‘A highly professional and dedicated team, providing an excellent customer service.’

‘I deal mainly with Sarah McWhirter. Sarah is one of the most talented and knowledgeable lawyers within the field of medical negligence in Scotland. Her subject matter knowledge and customer care are second to none.’

Work highlights

Insurance > Personal injury: pursuer Tier 3

Slater and Gordon handles the full spectrum of personal injury and public liability claims, including those pertaining to brain and spinal injuries, workplace accidents and historical abuse; this is bolstered by experience in pursuing claims in the Court of Session and Sheriff Courts throughout Scotland. Stuart Cochran oversees the team and frequently assists with amputation-related claims, while Karyn McPhee routinely handles industrial disease claims.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Cochran

Other key lawyers:


‘Very experienced and competent solicitors, who are well versed in the challenges posed by this type of litigation. They are alive to the issues in a case without the input of counsel, and papers are usually very well prepared before counsel is instructed.’

‘Stuart Cochran and Karyn McPhee are very competent and experienced solicitors. Karyn is very able and proactive.’

‘Highly professional team providing the highest standards of customer care.’

‘I deal mainly with Stuart Cochran and Karyn McPhee. Both are extremely knowledgeable and provide a first-class customer service.’

Work highlights

Insurance > Personal injury: claimant Tier 3

Slater and Gordon has a number of ‘capable and quality lawyers who deal with high-value personal injury litigation’, including employers’ liability, Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CCIA) claims, and RTA mandates, both in the context of private referrals as well as for members of its trade union client base. A ‘first-rate lawyer with unparalleled experience’ at handling serious injury claims, Andrew Owen heads up the team and is noted for his ability to explain ‘complicated matters in a clear and straightforward manner’. 

Practice head(s):

Andrew Owen

Other key lawyers:

Maria Gardner; Clare Griffiths; Hayley Lyn Jones


The team are experts in workplace injury matters representing trade union clients.’

‘They have a number of capable and quality lawyers who deal with high-value personal injury litigation. I would unhesitatingly recommend them to potential clients.’

‘Andrew Owen is a first-rate lawyer with unparalleled experience. He is excellent with clients and explains complicated matters in a clear and straightforward manner.’

Work highlights

  • Advised an individual in a road traffic accident to reach a settlement of £4m.
  • Advising a vulnerable individual in a £5m claim following negligent lithium treatment.
  • Advised an individual reach a six-figure settlement after an explosion at work.

Transport > Travel Tier 4

Senior associate Stephen Goodman leads the travel Manchester-based PI offering at Slater and Gordon with support from Madeline Seibert. The team’s workload is formed of claimant representation in matters involving accidents abroad which often lead to life-changing injuries; the circumstances range from road traffic accidents to issues with overseas cosmetic surgeries. Team changes include the departure of former team lead Kelly Williams in 2022 as well as the departure of senior associate Stephanie Osborne to Express Solicitors Ltd in August 2022.

Practice head(s):

Madeleine Seibert; Stephen Goodman

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Tarling; Hannah Crosby


‘A large and long-established team, well-known for its bulk and group litigation work.’

‘Stephen Goodman has long-standing experience in the sector and has developed a number of the frameworks for group litigation in the area. He achieves strong results across the board.’

‘A diverse team of practitioners which continues to break ground in a highly competitive field. They work hard for their clients and get good results.’

‘Onyinye Ebizie is an excellent lawyer and a rising star in this area of the law who is highly committed to, and understands the full details of, every case.’

Work highlights

  • Representing a young boy who was only six years old at the time of an accident abroad resulting in life-changing injuries and a six-figure settlement.
  • Representing a claimant who was seriously injured during an accident whilst on holiday in Italy in a seven-figure settlement.
  • Representing a claimant who sustained life-changing injuries during a Road Traffic Accident in Norway, in a six-figure settlement.

Private client > Family Tier 4

Slater and Gordon‘s connection with the Police Federation ensures it is sought out for complex pension and child arrangement matters for officers engaged in divorce and financial remedy proceedings. In addition, the firm advises on the full range of matrimonial finance issues, particularly nuptial agreements, as well as cohabitation disputes, TOLATA disputes, and Schedule 1 Children Act cases. Georgina Chase fronts the practice, specialising in pension structures, foreign assets and hidden wealth, as well as routinely acting in private children disputes. Having joined from Jackson Lees Group in June 2022, Jenniffer Brunt has brought to the firm established expertise in onshore and offshore trusts and is highly active in both matrimonial finance and domestic abuse cases, while Helen Morgan is a go-to for personal injury advice.

Practice head(s):

Georgina Chase

Other key lawyers:


‘A fabulous team of Family lawyers who are one of the go-to teams in Manchester. Capable and caring with the experience to deal with the most difficult cases’

‘Georgina Chase is a first-class family lawyer of the highest calibre. She is sought after by clients and one of the most talented family lawyers around. She combines a very pleasant and tenacious manner that finds favour with lots of clients and more importantly the courts.’

‘Georgina Chase makes the practice unique by the way she leads the team. She has great connections in the industry and she is approachable; conscientious and is great tactician.’

‘They are a very commercially minded team, whilst maintaining the personal touch required for Family Law. They are fantastic to be on the same side as and are a formidable opponent when against them.’

‘Georgina Chase has rebuilt the team, almost single-handedly, whilst maintaining her very busy practice. Leads the team by example! Jenniffer Brunt has been a great addition to the team and brings with her a lot of experience.’

Work highlights

  • Representing a wife in a complex Financial Remedy case following a 21 year marriage including cohabitation, and involving the husband’s unusual and valuable £3.3m pension in payment (the main asset), his business in which the client is a 45% shareholder, and the FMH.
  • Representing a retired police officer in his complex, financial remedy case involving a deferred pension sharing order. The claim is worth £4million.
  • Representing a husband in his complex Financial Remedy case involving a 16 year marriage with two dependent children. This case has cross-border complexities and is valued at £7.5million.

Employment Tier 4

Slater and Gordon displays an ‘approachable and pragmatic’ service to employees, including union members, as well as a growing number of senior executives and private clients. ‘Down-to-earth’ senior associate Sian Clarke heads the team and is pivotal to the firm’s success in relation individual litigation claims (including as it relates to unfair and wrongful and constructive dismissal, wages claims, and whistleblowing) as well as group actions.  

Practice head(s):

Sian Clarke

Other key lawyers:

Nayo Kirkpatrick


Down to earth, approachable and pragmatic in their approach to employment law matters.’

Sian Clarke is extremely professional and down to earth. She is pragmatic and is always willing to explore how best to move matters forward.’

Key clients

Unite the Union

Work highlights

  • Representing Unite the Union (Unite) in a claim against a company upon behalf of 57 members under Section 189(1) of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (the “TULR(C)A”).

Insurance > Personal injury: claimant Tier 4

Steven Baylis leads the team at Slater and Gordon that primarily acts for victims of serious and catastrophic road traffic accidents. It is skilled at helping clients who have suffered various injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, amputations, serious poly-trauma injuries as well as spinal fractures. It is also well-placed to advise on fatal injuries.

Practice head(s):

Steven Baylis

Work highlights

  • Represented a cyclist in a multi-million-pound RTA claim.
  • Representing a pedestrian in a seven-figure claim following an RTA.
  • Representing a motorcyclist in a claim worth in excess of £2m following a RTA.

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant

A growing presence in Newcastle, the serious injury team at Slater and Gordon  is made up of experienced team members: John Davis and senior associate John Lowther, who came from Smith & Graham in January 2022.

About us: 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 has 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.

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