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Gordons Partnership 2020 Limited
22 Great James Street

Dispute resolution > Professional discipline Tier 4

Headed up by ‘standout partner‘, Richard Creamer, Gordons Partnership 2020 Limited‘s regulatory department has particular experience in acting for healthcare professionals. Charles Atkins assists doctors and dentists with professional conduct issues; and Iain Pickering is a a healthcare specialist. Pharmacy law expert Susan Hunneyball was elevated to the partnership in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Richard Creamer; Charles Atkins; Iain Pickering

Other key lawyers:

Lily Rose Lloyd; Susan Hunneyball


‘The people that I have worked with have shown themselves to be highly knowledgeable and very approachable.’

‘The advice given to the client was spot on. A very efficient and effective team.’

‘Highly experienced team in representing doctors and pharmacists.’

‘In-depth knowledge and commands the respect of its peers – experience, thoroughness, availability and totally fearless before the regulatory authorities. At the same time, many of them are not simply lawyers but ex-clinicians with an empathy and understanding that can only be gained from having been a clinician.’

‘Richard Creamer is a standout partner, who has been involved in ground-breaking cases quoted in text books – a go-to person in this field.’

‘Richard Creamer is very experienced and extremely efficient.’

‘Susan Hunneyball is extremely professional, a pleasure to work with, and takes every step possible to act in the best interest of the client. She is a real team player. I would not hesitate to work with her again.’

‘Susan Hunneyball specialises in community pharmacy hearings, and has deep knowledge of the legislation, regulations and ethical guidance in this area. She provides realistic, robust and cost-effective advice.’

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant Tier 1

Gordons Partnership LLP‘s Guildford-based team is co-led by Charles Atkins, who advises on a range of matters including catastrophic injury, and Iain Pickering, who has worked as regulatory prosecutor. Alison Harden handles cases involving injuries including birth injuries, brain injuries and spinal injuries. They are supported by clinical negligence specialists Carla Applegate and Suzie McCluney.

Practice head(s):

Charles Atkins; Iain Pickering


‘Very knowledgeable and organised. With good tactical awareness.’

‘Charles Atkins is particularly strong, but all at the firm are very efficient and quick on the uptake.’

‘The team at Gordons are very hardworking and always on top of their cases. It is a pleasure to work with them.’

Iain Pickering works hard to get the best result for his client but will be sensible and pragmatic to get there.’

‘A first rate team who are the very best at defending general practitioners and privately acting doctors against allegations of negligence.’

‘Iain Pickering is as tough as nails and never lets any opportunity to advantage his client slip by. Alison Harden has massive experience and good judgement with a very client friendly empathetic manner. Charles Atkins has superb judgement, communicates well and always secures a good result for his client.’

‘Their expertise in the clinical negligence field means that they they give sensible and pragmatic advice to their clients, whilst remaining extremely sensitive to the clinicians with which they deal.’

‘Charles Atkins is a very reassuring presence and has an excellent rapport with experts and treating clinicians alike. His medical understanding is vast and he is always on top of the detail.’

The firm:   Gordons Partnership was founded in 1993 by three lawyers from leading City practices.  The firm has since grown both organically and by merging with other firms to become a 18-partner firm with offices in London and Guildford with over 60 employees.  Our corporate, commercial, commercial property and dispute resolution work is handled primarily in our London office and our family, healthcare law, health and social care, private wealth and residential property work is handled primarily in our Guildford office.

Gordons Partnership is an active member of The United Legal Network (ULN) which was founded in April 2000. It is an expanding association of European lawyers who meet twice a year to facilitate business between members but also to promote its members in legal business through out Europe.

Types of work undertaken:  Gordons Partnership offers a wide range of specialist practice areas.

Healthcare: The healthcare department, based in Guildford, was established by Charles Atkins in 2007 and has since grown to 14 fee-earners, including five partners. We defend clinical negligence claims, complaints, disciplinary proceedings and allegations of professional misconduct. We provide representation for clinicians at coroners’ inquests and public inquiries. The healthcare department comprises a formidable team of specialist, defendant solicitors which allows it consistently to punch well above its weight.

The healthcare department defends clinicians in complex clinical negligence claims, disciplinary proceedings and regulatory matters. It excels in defendant medical claims and advisory/regulatory law. The team acts on behalf of private individuals, private healthcare providers, insurers and a leading medical defence organisation.

Health and social care:   Neil Grant and his team act for providers of health and social care services across England and Wales. The range of services we cover, across both private and public sectors, include Hospitals, Community Health, Mental Health, GP and Dental Practices, Care Homes, Homecare, Supported Living and Children’s Homes. We advise on the full range of operational and transactional issues affecting care providers including responding to draft inspection reports, all types of enforcement action, safeguarding enquiries, contract disputes (including fees and embargoes), employment law and the sale and acquisition of care businesses.

Regulation:  We advise doctors, dentists, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals on every aspect of their professional life including regulatory issues, professional misconduct investigations and primary care and disciplinary issues. The team advises and represents doctors and dentists for a leading medical defence organisation on regulatory and professional conduct issues, including representation before the MPTS, GMC, GDC, at the police station and Coroners’ court. The regulatory team also acts on behalf of private individuals.

Commercial:  We advise on a wide range of general commercial contractual matters including terms of trading, e-commerce outsourcing, franchising, licensing, consumer protection, trade regulation and supply, procurement and distribution contracts.

Commercial dispute resolution:  We advise on prosecuting and defending litigation including dealing with general disputes, international trade and commodities disputes, bankruptcy and insolvency, corporate and shareholder disputes, consumer and property disputes, professional negligence claims and enforcement of judgments.

Commercial real estate:  We provide a comprehensive and practical service covering all aspects of commercial real estate law including sales and purchases, options, commercial lending, retail leasing, office leasing, statutory utility and development work. The team has a wealth of experience in acting for major landowners (including utility companies and local authorities), lending banks, household name retailers, small and medium-size enterprises and start-ups.

Corporate and finance:  We advise on all aspects of public and private corporate law from incorporations of  a business to complex M&A and finance transactions.  Our work includes dealing with acquisitions and disposals, management buy-outs and buy-ins, joint ventures, corporate reorganisations and public takeovers. The corporate department’s clients range from household names to owner-managed businesses and start-ups.

Employment:  We advise on all aspects of employment law including employee benefits, discrimination, disciplinary hearings, dismissal and statutory and common law rights, all aspects of TUPE and corporate restructuring.  We can negotiate severance arrangements and we can bring and defend claims at the employment tribunal.

Family law and private children work:  Julia Frimond and her staff provide advice on all aspects of family law and relationship breakdown, including divorce and separation, whether of married, cohabiting or civil partners.   We also advise on pre-nuptial, postnuptial or co-habitation  agreements, financial settlements and international relocation and occupation and much more.

Private client:  We advise on all aspects of estate administration including the making of Lasting Powers of Attorney, drafting of wills and dealing of probate. We also advise on the important aspect of inheritance tax and trust planning and administration.

Residential conveyancing: The residential conveyancing department (based in Guildford) provides a thorough, high-quality service for individual clients, both nationally and internationally, and for a range of lenders as panel solicitors. The team of lawyers deal with freehold and leasehold conveyancing including assignment of new build contracts.

2 offices: Guildford, Surrey and Holborn, London

Corporate and Finance James Gordonjames@gordonsols.co.uk0207 421 9421
Commercial and Residential Conveyancing Hamish Fergusonhamish@gordonsols.co.uk01483 451900
Commercial Dispute Resolution Derek Robinsderek@gordonsols.co.uk0207 421 9421
Employment Law Jude Barterjude@gordonsols.co.uk0207 421 9421
Family Law and Private Children Work Julia Frimondjulia@gordonsols.co.uk01483 451900
Commercial Property Adrian Jonesadrian@gordonsols.co.uk0207 421 9421
Residential Conveyancing Michael Slademike@gordonsols.co.uk01483 451900
Residential Conveyancing Samantha Chubbsamantha@gordonsols.co.uk01483 451900
Healthcare Law/Regulatory Charles Atkinscharles@gordonsols.co.uk01483 451900
Healthcare Law/Regulatory Iain Pickeringiain@gordonsols.co.uk01483 451900
Healthcare Law Alison Hardenalison@gordonsols.co.uk01483 451900
Health and Social Care Neil Grantneil@gordonsols.co.uk01483 451900
Healthcare Law/Claims/Regulatory Richard Creamerrichard@gordonsols.co.uk01483 451900
Health and Social Care Susan Hunneyballsusan@gordonsols.co.uk01483451900
Healthcare Law Suzie McCluneysuzie@gordonsols.co.uk01483 451900
Healthcare Law Shelley Boydshelley@gordonsols.co.uk01483451900
Private Wealth Claire Binyonclaire@gordonsols.co.uk01483451900
Family Mark Studdartmark@gordonsols.co.uk01483451900
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Number of UK Partners : 18
Number of other UK fee-earners : 29
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CLIENT: Dominic Nolan QC
COMPANY/FIRM: Hailsham Chambers
TESTIMONIAL: I have worked with Charles Atkins on a number of high value and complex clinical negligence claims. He brings to bear on every case he does his vast experience of working on the most complex of medical claims. He has encyclopaedic knowledge and is a very shrewd litigator. He has that much valued knack of identifying the cases to settle and the cases to fight. He is also a delight to work with.

CLIENT: James Allen – Chief Executive
COMPANY/FIRM: National Care Group
TESTIMONIAL: Gordons Partnership’s clear and in-depth knowledge of the regulatory landscape is based on their experience, and they always give us real confidence that the advice given is balanced and appropriate. They are true specialists in the sector and make themselves available and approachable to all colleagues at National Care Group in a manner that is supportive, empathetic, and understanding. We are always impressed how they review detailed information accurately and present options to us in lay persons terms but critically, grounded in well thought out legal argument.

CLIENT: Anonymous Family Client
TESTIMONIAL: “… throughout this journey I have felt that you really cared and did everything in your power to do the best for me. Your professionalism, calmness and thoroughness never compromised your kindness and the lovely manner with which you communicated difficult messages. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me to get through this challenging phase and still able to smile and feel happy about my next chapter. I’d also like you say a BIG thank you to Julia, who I know behind the scenes supported you, as you supported me. Again I am very, very grateful.”

CLIENT: Anonymous Family Client
TESTIMONIAL: Thank you so much for everything you did to get me through my divorce. I appreciated your professionalism, wisdom and fair approach to everything I threw your way but most of all I want to thank you for your calm manner and kindness when things got particularly difficult. It was a challenging time for me but knowing that you were “on my side” and so supportive helped me enormously. I am so happy to be moving on with my life now.

CLIENT: Residential Conveyancing client
TESTIMONIAL: Samantha Chubb (Partner at Gordons Partnership LLP) and her team are one of the most experienced and reliable lawyers in the legal field of property and conveyancing transactions. Samantha and her team have always shown a professional approach to sometimes awkward and difficult situations. Their work ethics are exemplary and I would highly recommend her and the team to friends and family regarding any property matters!

CLIENT: Residential Conveyancing client
TESTIMONIAL: I would like to say a huge thank you for all your help and guidance throughout this process. You have been friendly, responsive and efficient. I felt comfortable speaking with you and reassured that you would do the best for me. I would happily recommend you to my friends and I know where to go next time I need legal services.