Firm Profile > Slater and Gordon > Manchester, England

Slater and Gordon
58 MOSLEY STREET
MANCHESTER
M2 3HZ
England

Employment: employee/union firms Tier 2

Slater and Gordon acts exclusively for trade unions and their members in employment matters. The firm's work covers acting for individuals and groups of union members in tribunal claims, as well as acting for unions themselves in complaints made against them related to trade union law. The practice is led by senior associates Sadiq Vohra and Justin Quinton, with the latter joining the team in January 2020. The team represents private and public sector unions; it is currently involved in a number of disputes with the government. Senior associate Sharon Wardale is praised by clients and frequently acts for trade unions.

Practice head(s):

Sadiq Vohra; Justin Quinton

Other key lawyers:

Sharon Wardale

Testimonials

‘Justin Quinton is a safe pair of hands and understands medical trade unions.

‘The team are a dedicated and approachable unit, they often take time out of their day to discuss and explain cases with not only our members who they represent, but ourselves who represent in the workplace. They have offered bespoke training to our network of reps and I get the feeling no ask is too much. They delivered the last training via teams and it was well received, we have also run meeting via zoom/teams and they have all worked well. ’

‘Offers trade union clients the same level of service expected from a large corporate commercial firm.’

‘Approachable and welcoming from start to finish. S&G make the client feel wanted and understood. All aspects of advice and representation are considered to achieve the best possible outcome. Honesty In advice is a must.’

‘Sadiq Vohra and Sharon Wardale are experts in their fields their knowledge is not only refreshing but puts you at ease when you require good solid sensible advice which you can rely on. ’

‘The members of the team that I work with are very supportive of each other with the Solicitor highly-rating the work of the paralegal which is refreshing to see. They work collaboratively which is very good.’

‘I work extensively with senior associate Justin Quinton who is extremely hardworking and very dedicated to the cases we work upon. He is a pleasure to work with as he is very personable whilst also being very sensible and measured in his approach. Despite picking up the cases part-way through he has made considerable effort to get up to speed and handles the complex matters very well despite not having had the years of working on them that the rest of us in the legal team have!’

‘Senior associate Sharon Wardale has an exceptional work ethic and is able to get straight to the point of a case to give an honest and accurate reflection of prospects of success.’

Key clients

G Kelly

26 members of Unite the Union

USDAW

NASUWT

Accord

Police Federation of England & Wales

Association of Educational Psychologists

UCU

Family Tier 4

Slater and Gordon‘s family law practice focuses on financial remedy cases, and has the capabilities to advise on complex matters including contested separation agreements, pension-related issues and gifts. Georgina Chase now leads the practice following the departure of Lorraine Harvey.

Practice head(s):

Georgina Chase

Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant

Slater and Gordon has a strong national reputation for both clinical negligence and personal injury claims; Madelene Holdsworth is senior practice director for personal injury. The team covers a variety of specialist practice areas - Andrew Zajac manages the RTA group, while Michael Hardacre heads the employers' and public liability teams. Matthew Tomlinson leads the industrial disease team, where Pauline Chandler and David (Jon) Andrews are also noted. The abuse litigation group is led by Richard Scorer; Kim Harrison is also noted for her experience in CSA inquiries. Ben Gent joined the medical negligence team from Express Solicitors Ltd in March 2021; he has been leading the Manchester medical negligence practice, which handles birth and spinal injury cases, cauda equina and delayed diagnosis of cancer cases.

Practice head(s):

Madelene Holdsworth; Andrew Zajac; Michael Hardacre; Richard Scorer; Matthew Tomlinson

Other key lawyers:

Pauline Chandler; Ben Gent; David (Jon) Andrews; Kim Harrison; Helen Lewis; Maria Repanos; Sarah Sedge; Helen Barry; Victoria Beel

Testimonials

‘A fantastic firm, who put people first. They are professional, confident, astute, rigorous, yet compassionate. The team pursued a negligence case for me and were amazing.’

‘The team that Victoria Beel pulled together was exactly what was needed. She is cool, calm and calculated in her work. The work she has done for me thus far is outstanding. This compliment extends to the whole team. I feel blessed.’

‘Ben Gent is a first class lawyer with experience of high value complicated cerebral palsy claims. Couldn”t rate him more highly.’

‘Maria Repanos is excellent – hard-working with a lot of experience in the clinical negligence industry and consistently providing a high level of client care.’

‘Helen Lewis is a very intelligent lawyer. First class mind with great analytical skills.’

‘Helen Barry is an ambassador for Slater and Gordon. From the very outset, we knew our case was far from straightforward. In fact, it was very complicated indeed, which Helen always made quite clear. Helen did not provide any unrealistic expectations. She was always able to explain clearly, but with empathy, any difficulties that arose. She has provided a exceptional service’.

‘Victoria Beel is exceptional. She personally follows up with everything important and made a genuine effort to pursue my case whilst showing the utmost professionalism and heartfelt empathy. I owe her a lot and really hope she delivers. She is a class act.’

Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

The Cambridge office of Slater and Gordon is a key hub for the firm's national personal injury practice. The firm provides 'a high-quality of work dealing with the full range of serious and catastrophic injuries, and excellent client care'. Brain and spinal injury specialist Paul Tapner 'get to grips with the detail of a case but also sees what the most important issues and factual points are'. Catastrophic injury partner Richard Gaffney, child and adult brain injury and CICA specialist Angela Beric and 'level-headed, focused, pragmatic' associate Crystal Eaton also play pivotal roles in the practice.

Other key lawyers:

Paul Tapner; Richard Gaffney; Angela Beric; Crystal Eaton

Testimonials

‘This is probably the best personal injury claimant-oriented firm. They are utterly devoted to their clients and prepared to fight for the most difficult cases in the face of adversity, achieving extraordinary outcomes. They are a lovely team as well, pleasure to work with as they are both empathetic and pragmatic in their approach and highly personable.’

‘I have been working with Richard Gaffney over the last two years on a high-value complex head injury case. He is experienced and is a joy to work with because the case is always in such spotless condition. He has excellent client care skills. It is not easy managing the expectations of a young serious head injury survivor and he manages the client and the family with consummate skill.’

‘The individuals we work with are always professional but really seem to make the effort to get to know us as individuals. They know the whole family even though the claim we are making is just for one of us. Richard Gaffney is excellent and I would highly recommend him to others. The administrative staff who support him are also extremely professional and friendly.’

‘High quality of work dealing with the full range of serious and catastrophic injury. Excellent client care provided to injured claimant, and proactive steps taken to engage counsel at an early stage.’

‘Crystal Eaton has an excellent way of working with clients. She instils confidence and makes claimants feel genuinely cared for. She undertakes serious and catastrophic cases.’

‘There are some very experienced and capable solicitors in the team who strive to obtain the best for their clients to an extraordinary degree but exercise judgment and common sense in doing so.’

‘Paul Tapner, who has some 35 years experience in the personal injury field, will get to grips with the detail of a case but also sees what the most important issues and factual points are. He has sound judgment, great tactical sense and assesses objectively the strengths and weaknesses of the client’s case.’

‘Angela Beric is an immensely hard working, diligent and able solicitor. She involves herself in the intricacies of a client’s case and does everything possible to achieve the best result while remaining objective. Although devoted to the client, she does not lose sight of reality and the difficulties with a case.’

Employees/unions Tier 2

Slater and Gordon fields two specialist sub-groups within its employment department; one team provides organisation and member services (OMS) to unions, the Police Federation and their members, while the other acts for privately funded clients. The firm has seen its portfolio of union clients grow, in particular, with it handling a wide ambit of employment and day-to-day operational issues. Key names include Edward Cooper, whose high-profile recent work has included acting for the special adviser to former Chancellor Sajid Javid who was fired by Dominic Cummings. Associate Doreen Reeves and senior associate Justin Quinton (who was hired from BMA Law) are other notable individuals at the firm. The team has seen a number of recent departures, with Deborah Casale and Danielle Parsons leaving for Irwin Mitchell, Clive Howard joining Keystone Law and Peter Daly moving to Doyle Clayton.

Other key lawyers:

Edward Cooper; Doreen Reeves; Justin Quinton

Key clients

FDA

GMB

Unite the Union

USDAW

Accord

Nautilus International

College of Podiatry

TUC

UCU

Police Federation

Employment: Recommended Firms Tier 2

The nine-strong team at Slater and Gordon is a ‘very safe pair of hands‘ for an employee-focused client base and is noted for its ‘excellent work at tribunals‘ across a range of claims. Overseen by the ‘superb’ Juliette Franklin, the bulk of this work is on behalf of union clients, including for members of the Police Federation of England & Wales.

Practice head(s):

Juliette Franklin

Other key lawyers:

Sian Clarke; Rhydian Reeves; Rubel Bashir; Sarah Hexter; Sophie George; Myles Thomas; Kowshiny Varatharajan

Testimonials

The team is a very safe pair of hands and provides excellent work at tribunals.’

Juliette Franklin is superb.’

Key clients

Police Federation of England & Wales

GMB

FDA

UCU

NASUWT

USDAW

Nautilus International

Accord

Unite the Union

BALPA

Unionline

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 3

Slater and Gordon's offering, which focuses on catastrophic cases, is seen by one client as 'a real force in the claimant clinical negligence world'. The team is split into a number of sub-groups, headed up by; brain and birth injury specialist Laura Preston ; technical director Madeline Seibert ; senior associate Matthew Smith ; and associate Joanne Warren.  'Excellent' London-based practitioner Emma Doughty brings her extensive experience of cancer and obstetric claims to her role as practice head, while senior practice director Madelene Holdsworth provides support from the Manchester office.

Practice head(s):

Madelene Holdsworth; Emma Doughty

Other key lawyers:

Laura Preston; Madeline Seibert; Matthew Smith; Joanne Warren

Testimonials

‘Emma Doughty as head of clin neg does a brilliant job and is an excellent solicitor.’

‘A brilliant team capable of handling cases of any size and complexity. A real force in the claimant clinical negligence world.’

‘Madeleine Seibert is a very experienced, capable, down to earth and effective litigator. Really knows her stuff. Matt Smith in the London office is a calm, capable and effective litigator.’

‘As a team, Slater and Gordon have worked efficiently, productively and with motivation to set out a plan for our case and overcome obstacles . They have been persistent in their pursuit to achieve the best possible outcome for us as clients. They have communicated reports in detail, working collaboratively and professionally.’

‘Emma Doughty is hardworking, committed and gets great results. She really cares for her clients and goes the extra mile. Clients love her. Madeline Seibert has enormous experience and gets brilliant results in difficult cases.’

‘Laura Preston really went all out to make sure I was happy with everything and always reassured any worries I had. I cannot stress enough how much of an asset she is to this firm. After 5 years of working with her she has became more than our solicitor, she has always put our needs first and listened and understood every concern.’

‘Emma Doughty is professional, caring, thorough and a good communicator.’

Personal injury: claimant Tier 3

Slater and Gordon fields a large and highly specialised personal injury practice; 'hugely experienced team leader' Tracey Benson is the key contact for serious injuries, public and employers' liability work; 'truly excellent' practitioner Nick Godwin oversees severe injury claims arising from RTAs; and 'very professional and knowledgeable' Edmund Young takes the lead on industrial disease matters. Other areas of expertise include secondary victim cases and product liability issues. The firm is known to act for clients who have suffered serious brain or spinal injuries, amputations or orthopaedic complications, as well as representing bereaved families in fatal cases.

Practice head(s):

 Edmund Young; Tracey Benson; Nick Godwin 

Other key lawyers:

Will Cornwell; Lisa Fountain; Daniel Denton; Emma Wilson

Testimonials

‘Tracey Benson is a hugely experienced team leader with a shrewd judgment and an innate ability to secure the best possible settlements for her clients.’

‘Will Cornwell has an excellent eye for detail and getting the very best possible result for his clients Nick Godwin has a good manner, very sympathetic yet firm achieving very advantageous settlements.’

‘A strong PI team with some outstanding work.’

‘Tracey Benson is the star lawyer at the firm. Tracey is a very well respected, first class practitioner. Opponents know they that they have met a formidable lawyer in Tracey. Tracey’s clients adore her and know that she will put everything into their case. Not one to balk at a challenge, Tracey is one of the main reasons for the upward trajectory of Slater & Gordon. Nick Godwin is a technical and competent solicitor. Nick deals with claims of the utmost severity. He is very hard working and genuinely cares about his clients. Will Cornwell is empathetic and diligent. He is a sensible and fair minded lawyer. Will is often instructed on high value cases which he deals with sensitively. Emma Wilson is an experienced, tenacious litigator. A relatively new recruit to the firm, her legal prowess will bolster what is an already strong team.’

‘Extremely friendly team, offering great client care and great results.’

‘Nick Godwin is truly excellent. I don’t think I have ever met a more hard working solicitor. He is 100% committed to each and every case and clients have complete trust in him. Tracey Benson is also highly regarded within the market. She is a total powerhouse who will do everything she can to get the best outcome on her cases.’

‘Edmund Young is very professional and knowledgeable on his subject.’

‘Tracey Benson is excellent! Great with clients and a tough negotiator.’

Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant

The Birmingham team at Slater and Gordon primarily deals with serious, catastrophic and fatal accident claims usually arising out of road traffic accidents. It covers the whole of the Midlands and the South West and has particular expertise in dealing with complex fatal claims and claims to the MIB. Associate solicitor Jayne Campbell helps accident victims who have suffered life changing injuries such as brain and spinal injury, serious orthopaedic injuries and amputations as well as significant losses or bereavement.

Practice head(s):

Madelene Holdsworth (Manchester)

Other key lawyers:

Jayne Campbell

Testimonials

The team at Slater and Gordon is hardworking and happy to make every effort to pursue claims on behalf of its clients.  With the back up of a national firm it is able to offer a wealth of experience in claims at every level including very high-value claims. Jayne Campbell is a very diligent and thorough solicitor who is very popular with her clients and provides a very high level of client service‘.

Jayne Campbell who is nothing short of superb. She is so polite and communicates brilliantly both in person and in the written format.  I find her friendly and kind, but so incredibly full of knowledge‘.

We have been so well supported by Jayne Campbel throughout the last three years.  She has been encouraging and has given us such positive feedback. .  She understands the devastating impact a road traffic death has on family‘.

‘Jayne Campbell was always clear in her communication with myself and then later with my husband. She showed compassion and understanding, very thorough. I would highly recommend Jayne Campbell‘.

Jayne Campbell has been really helpful, accessible and supportive‘.

Personal injury and clinical negligence; claimant

Led by the ‘hugely experienced‘ Yvonne Agnew on the clinical negligence front and ‘heavyweight litigator‘ Andrew Owen for personal injury matters, Slater and Gordon has a ‘very strong and experienced team that is comfortable litigating both high-value and volume litigation’. Agnew excels in handling matters of the utmost severity, and is ‘one of the best solicitors in the UK at getting excellent results in very complex cases’, including as it relates to brain injuries and cerebral palsy matters. 'Consummate professional’ Julia Reynolds has an excellent reputation in the market developed over many years’ involvement in complex matters, including obstetric cases and those involving paediatric brain damage. The ‘exceptional‘ Nicholas Collins ‘understands what evidence will impress judges’ and is well-placed to represent his traditional roster of blue and white collar union members, as well as a growing number of matters for children who have suffered traumatic brain injuries. John Browne has an excellent reputation across Wales and the West Country for trade union members, bringing industrial disease claims. He has over the years, secured notable court victories in both individual cases and group actions, some of which have reached as far as the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

Practice head(s):

Yvonne Agnew (Clinical Negligence); Andrew Owen (Personal Injury)

Other key lawyers:

Nicholas Collins; John Browne; Julia Reynolds; Lara Bennett; Kelly Lloyd-Davies

Testimonials

‘A very strong and experienced team that is comfortable litigating both high-value and volume litigation.’

The hugely experienced Yvonne Agnew is one of the best solicitors in the UK at getting excellent results in very complex cases.’

Julia Reynolds is a consummate professional.’

Nicholas Collins understands what evidence will impress judges.’

Andrew Owen is a heavyweight litigator.’

Travel

Based in the North West, Slater and Gordon has been active assisting claimants with matters concerning road traffic accidents abroad, cosmetic tourism and hotel incidents, as well as accidents involving winter sports. 'Brilliant' principal lawyer Nicola Rostron leads the team from the Manchester office and is highly experienced in travel litigation, predominantly acting in claims involving catastrophic injuries suffered while on holiday in Europe. Another key contact in Manchester is 'astute' senior associate Stephen Goodman, whose practice has focused on the impact of Brexit and Covid-19 on tour operators, particularly advising on liquidation issues. Liverpool-based Helen Goodfellow  oversees the general practice.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Rostron

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Goodman; Helen Goodfellow

Testimonials

‘Longstanding and reputable personal injury practice known in particular for their expertise in claims involving a direct right of action against EU-domiciled defendants.’

‘Stephen Goodman is an astute team leader, an out-and-out litigator and a tough opponent.’

‘Nicola Rostron has a deep knowledge of and interest in the legal framework. She is an astute litigator with excellent case preparation.’

‘Stephen Goodman leads his team with confidence and good humour. A longstanding operator in the field, he is well liked by clients, colleagues, counsel and even opponents. Nicola Rostron is a brilliant lawyer, with a personable, clever and committed approach to cross-border practice.’

‘Nicola Rostron impressed me with her professionalism and specialist knowledge, and has been outstanding in handling my case.’

‘The travel team at Slater and Gordon have a good deal of experience in all aspects of travel work.’

‘Nicola Rostron is a conscientious and knowledgeable practitioner.’

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chief Executive Officer David Whitmore
Managing Director - Consumer Legal Services Matthew Jarvis
Managing Director - Personal Injury Services Alicia Alinia
Photo Name Position Profile
 Richard Black  photo Richard Black Principal lawyer, criminal and misconduct. Salaried principal lawyer January 2010. Solicitor, admitted…
 Pauline Chandler  photo Pauline Chandler Pauline is a Principal Lawyer at Slater and Gordon in Manchester. She…
 Stephen Goodman  photo Stephen Goodman Stephen is an associate and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of…
 Michael Hardacre  photo Michael Hardacre Michael is a Principal Lawyer and the National Head of Occupiers and…
 Kim Harrison  photo Kim Harrison Kim Harrison is a Principal Lawyer and Head of Operations for the…
 Lorraine Harvey  photo Lorraine Harvey Principal lawyer family law in large matrimonial team representing clients with medium…
 Madelene Holdsworth  photo Madelene Holdsworth Madelene is a principal lawyer and head of the industrial disease team,…
 Paul Reddy  photo Paul Reddy Paul is the head of the criminal team for the north of…
 Nicola Rostron  photo Nicola Rostron Nicola is an associate solicitor specialising in International Travel Litigation at Slater…
 Richard Scorer  photo Richard Scorer Richard is a Principal Lawyer and Head of Abuse Law with many…
 Sarah Thompson  photo Sarah Thompson Principal lawyer, specialising in family and matrimonial law. Extensive caseload of mid-range…
 Matthew Tomlinson  photo Matthew Tomlinson Matthew is Principal Lawyer based at our Manchester office. Matthew specialises in…