Firm Profile > Gordons Partnership LLP > Guildford, England

Gordons Partnership LLP

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant Tier 1

The Guildford clinical negligence team at Gordons Partnership LLP is highly experienced in advising and representing healthcare clients facing high-value claims. The team is co-led by Charles Atkins, who 'combines a tenacious approach to his cases with great tactical judgement' and Iain Pickering, who has 'a relentless determination to pursue his clients' best interests'. Alison Harden handles cases involving injuries of the utmost severity, including birth injuries, brain injuries and spinal injuries, while other key members of the team include experienced clinical negligence specialists Carla Applegate and Suzie McCluney .

Practice head(s):

Charles Atkins; Iain Pickering

Other key lawyers:

Alison Harden; Carla Applegate; Suzie McCluney


‘Super-efficient and proactive, with excellent knowledge of the field.’

‘They are able to combine other disciplines, for example data protection, within the clinical negligence team.’

‘This is an experienced clinical negligence team who mainly act for MDU defendants. Their aggressive style of litigation meets the desire of their MDU clients and can achieve very good results, particularly when there is a co-defendant who can be persuaded to take on, arguably, more than their fair share of the liability. ’

‘Charles Atkins and Suzie McCluney are both experienced litigators who are unafraid to take a robust stance.’

‘Gordons is a very reliable firm who are very good at what they do. They are thorough, thoughtful and do the job properly.’

‘This team is at the very top for dealing with GP negligence claims. The team is efficient very good value and deals sympathetically with defendant GPs, almost all of whom have no prior experience of being sued.’

‘Iain Pickering is a very determined character with a relentless determination to pursue his client’s best interests and often secures an extremely good result in consequence.’

Dispute resolution > Professional discipline Tier 4

Gordons Partnership LLP's 'totally fearless' team represents doctors, dentists, nurses and pharmacists in healthcare-related proceedings. Richard Creamer acts in matters before the GMC and GDC; Charles Atkins is experienced in sensitive cases and difficult witnesses; Iain Pickering represents doctors, dentists and pharmacists; and consultant Susan Hunneyball has 'a great client manner'.

Practice head(s):

Richard Creamer; Charles Atkins; Iain Pickering

Other key lawyers:

Susan Hunneyball; Joshua Morrison; Shelley Boyd


An in-depth knowledge of both their field and clients.

Very professional and totally fearless in taking on regulatory bodies that overstep the mark and threaten their clients.

A very efficient and cohesive practice that is quick to respond.

Richard Creamer is an excellent solicitor, who knows dental law and practice like the back of his hand – a go-to adviser.

The standout partner is Richard Creamer, who is easily accessible, approachable, supremely knowledgeable, and absolutely fearless in protecting his client.

When your back is against the wall, and your professional career and standing are being unfairly challenged by regulators, Richard Creamer is your friend, counsellor and fearless defender.

Susan Hunneyball has in-depth knowledge of the pharmacy sector, which benefits a wide range of clients facing fitness to practise/disciplinary issues, especially before the General Pharmaceutical Council.

Susan Hunneyball has a great client manner, which puts stressed clients at ease.’

Key clients

National Pharmacy Association

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 13-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 property:  We provide a comprehensive and practical service covering all aspects of commercial property 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

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate and Finance James Gordon 0207 421 9421
Commercial and Residential Conveyancing Hamish Ferguson 01483 451900
Commercial Dispute Resolution Derek Robins 0207 421 9421
Employment Law Jude Barter 0207 421 9421
Family Law and Private Children Work Julia Frimond 01483 451900
Commercial Property Adrian Jones 0207 421 9421
Residential Conveyancing Michael Slade 01483 451900
Residential Conveyancing Samantha Chubb 01483 451900
Healthcare Law/Regulatory Charles Atkins 01483 451900
Healthcare Law/Regulatory Iain Pickering 01483 451900
Healthcare Law Alison Harden 01483 451900
Health and Social Care Neil Grant 01483 451900
Healthcare Law/Claims/Regulatory Richard Creamer 01483 451900
Photo Name Position Profile
Mrs Habiba Ahmed  photo Mrs Habiba Ahmed Solicitor
Ms Carla Applegate  photo Ms Carla Applegate Assistant Solicitor
Mr Charles Atkins photo Mr Charles Atkins Partner and Head of Department since joining Gordons in 2007.  Work undertaken…
Mrs Claire Binyon  photo Mrs Claire Binyon Associate Solicitor – Head of Wills, Inheritance Tax Planning and Adminstration of…
Ms Shelley Boyd  photo Ms Shelley Boyd Associate Shelley qualified as a solicitor in 2013 and joined Gordons in…
Ms Laura Cavannagh  photo Ms Laura Cavannagh Solicitor
Ms Samantha Chubb  photo Ms Samantha Chubb Partner
Mr Richard Creamer photo Mr Richard Creamer Partner
Mr Hamish Ferguson  photo Mr Hamish Ferguson Managing Partner
Mrs Julia Frimond  photo Mrs Julia Frimond Partner in charge of Family and Private Client department  
Mr Neil Grant photo Mr Neil Grant Partner
Ms Alison Harden photo Ms Alison Harden Partner
Mrs Susan Hunneyball  photo Mrs Susan Hunneyball Consultant
Mrs Kathryn Johns  photo Mrs Kathryn Johns Senior Associate Kathryn specialises in commercial landlord and tenant law and the…
Mr Adrian Jones  photo Mr Adrian Jones Partner
Mrs Lily Rose Lloyd  photo Mrs Lily Rose Lloyd Solicitor
Mrs Suzie McCluney  photo Mrs Suzie McCluney Consultant
Ms Molly Page  photo Ms Molly Page Solicitor
Mr Iain Pickering photo Mr Iain Pickering Partner
Mr Paul Richardson  photo Mr Paul Richardson Solicitor
Mr Michael Slade  photo Mr Michael Slade Partner – Residential Conveyancing all aspects
Mr Mark Studdart  photo Mr Mark Studdart Senior Associate Solicitor
Mrs Sally Townsend  photo Mrs Sally Townsend Solicitor
Mrs Diana Warner  photo Mrs Diana Warner Consultant
Mr David Worrall  photo Mr David Worrall David joined the Guildford office of Gordons as an Associate in our…
Number of UK Partners : 13
Number of other UK fee-earners : 26
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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.