Chairman John Webber
Chief ExecutiveOfficer Cath Evans
Head of UK Neil Kinsella
LLP members 104
Total number of fee-earners 447
THE FIRM Slater & Gordon has been established in the UK for over two years, underpinned by 85 years’ experience from RJW. With the recent acquisitions of Fentons and Pannone, both leading personal injury firms in the UK, together with PI practice of Taylor Vinters, Goodmans and John Pickering, Slater & Gordon now has multiple offices across 13 cities nationwide and is fast becoming the UK’s largest consumer law firm. Its substantial growth promotes the inclusion of the well respected and trusted values of the firms it has acquired. The firm is committed to delivering exceptional, affordable legal services for individuals, membership organisations, unions and affinity groups, in their personal, employment and business affairs.
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK Personal Injury (Including clinical negligence and industrial disease): The firm handles all types of compensation claims and helps thousands of clients every year find a remedy following an injury or accident. The team is regularly in the media dealing with high profile serious injuries from spinal/brain injuries to exposure to asbestos. High profile cases include the Savile inquiry litigation. The Savile Team has been an instrumental voice for victims of abuse, campaigning for changes in the law e.g. Mandatory Reporting. The firm continues to conduct group actions including BT deafness claims (representing hundreds of engineers); De Puy hip claims; Thalidomide claims; food poisoning outbreaks and are heavily involved in the PIP implant claims.
They also have one of the most successful clinical/medical negligence teams in the country, with specialist expertise in cosmetic surgery, orthopaedic and hospital/GP negligence cases, for which they have a formidable reputation.
The practice has acted in most of the landmark asbestos cases. Its prominence in asbestos litigation results largely from its long experience in the field, having represented thousands of asbestos disease sufferers over a period of almost 30 years.
Employment: This department is widely recognised as one of the UK’s leading employment teams for claimants and has a reputation for helping to shape the employment law landscape through its work on landmark cases. Its practice is focused on empowering individuals in the workplace by protecting their rights and the rights of those who represent them. From trade union work through to high-value City, senior executive and partnership cases, the employment team offers a complete independent and excellent value employment service to all workers.
Family Law: The family department is one of the largest in the country; the team offers a diverse range of services covering divorce and separation, pre-nuptial agreements, financial disputes, children matters, civil partnerships and cohabitation matters. The team offer mediation and collaborative law services as well as offering specialist advice in relation to children matters ranging from contact and residence disputes to adoption and international child abduction.
Crime & Misconduct: The firm provides a nationwide service advising and representing clients facing criminal and professional misconduct investigations and proceedings. It is experienced in employment-related criminal investigations and unrivalled in its involvement in high-profile criminal investigations and proceedings. The team also has substantial experience in representing individuals in criminal investigations arising from their employment, ranging from work-related deaths and Health & Safety investigations to road traffic matters.
Business Crime & Regulation: Pre-eminent in this field, the team has significant experience of investigations and prosecutions in company compliance, FCA, health and safety, corporate manslaughter, extradition, international investigations, money laundering, price fixing, fraud, cartels and confiscation. It was involved in the ground-breaking settlement with the SFO in the first use of civil recovery powers rather than criminal prosecution, heralded as a template for future corporate enforcement actions.
Professional Discipline & Regulation: The team has significant experience in advising both regulators and individual professionals on matters of regulation, professional discipline and fitness to practice across a range of industry sectors.
Media, Libel & Privacy: This practice has an excellent reputation and is well respected by other firms and the leading barristers’ chambers in the fields of defamation and privacy, as well as within the media. The team is well known as the firm of choice of many trade unions and membership organisations. However, they also act for a wide range of private clients including well known individuals such as leading businessman, Peter Cruddas, and bodies such as Carmarthenshire County Council.
Group Litigation & Commercial Services: The group litigation practice is widely identified as a leader in the field of major multi party litigation. The firm has conducted major and complex claims in product liability (including medical devices, pharmaceuticals and defective goods), provision of negligent financial advice, misselling and other market abuses, employment rights and pensions and annuity mis-selling, breach of consumer rights and personal injury.
Cases of note include, the interest rate hedging litigation where the firm won the tender to act for over 350 businesses and the main business, coordinating the pressure group “Bully Banks”; solicitors negligence on behalf of 150 former clients in relation to an equity release scheme. The firm also represented victims of the morning sickness drug Thalidomide administered in the 1950’s/60’s and are also representing victims of the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya in the 1950’s.
Other offices: Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Sheffield, Milton Keynes, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Halifax, Newcastle, Wakefield
Areas of Practice
Commercial Services & Group Litigation, Property & Media
Wills, Probate & Trusts
- Personal Injury Liz Dux and Martin Loftus
- Employment Edward Cooper, Clive Howard
- Family Amanda McAlister
- Media, Libel & Privacy Jeremy Clarke-Williams
- Crime & Misconduct Scott Ingram, Nick Holroyd
- Business Crime & Regulation Jeremy Summers
- Professional Negligence Edward Cooper
- Commercial & Group Litigation Fraser Whitehead
- Business Services John Deane
- Property Peter Klim
- Wills, Probate & Trusts Liz Braude
- Professional Discipline Craig McAdam