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Slater and Gordon again hailed as national leaders

Legal 500 independently confirms law firm’s excellence in life-changing injury and clinical negligence work

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Legal specialists at Slater and Gordon have been hailed as leaders in their field nationally by Legal 500, in recognition of the outcomes they secure for clients and the dedication they show in supporting them throughout the claim process.

Slater and Gordon is again named as an eminent name in serious injury and clinical negligence work, with its team winning praise for their legal capability alongside the quality of service they deliver to clients.

Legal 500 is an annual publication which ranks lawyers and law firms based on feedback from clients and professional peers, as well as analysis of the cases they work on and outcomes they secure.

Slater and Gordon works nationally to support clients, and continues to grow through the expansion of its office network and strategic additions to its team to develop its service even further.

Madelene Holdsworth, managing director of Slater and Gordon – who herself was named as a key individual for her work in military claims – said: “Slater and Gordon’s standings in the Legal 500 are a testament to our exceptional lawyers and their hard work and dedication. “It is a privilege to represent our clients and we are so pleased to see so many of our teams and experts recognised by the guide.”

Slater and Gordon is a stand-out name in the field of life-changing injury, acting in a wide breadth of cases, from highly specialist brain and spinal injury claims through to major high profile work such as acting for 11 families who suffered bereavement in the Manchester Arena bomb.

Its capability in the most high value, complex work is repeatedly highlighted, with stand-out cases including a highly complex claim on liability involving 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.

Legal 500 cites the team throughout Slater and Gordon’s national network as being “excellent…really easy to work with. They are friendly, down to earth and provide clear instructions”.

Among the many key names in the law firm’s team are some of its leading individuals and rising stars.

John Davis, a leading name in neurotrauma with more than 40 years’ experience of brain and spinal injury claims who is based in Newcastle, is named in the Legal 500 Hall of Fame in recognition of his longstanding and consistently high quality impact in this very specialist field of work.

John Davis

Angela Beric is named as a leading individual for her work in brain injury claims. Based in Cambridge, Angela is hailed by Legal 500 as being “a very experienced and competent litigator with much experience of claims of the utmost severity”.

Head of serious injury in the South region, Tracey Benson, is cited as “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”.

Kate Nicklin, already an established name in neurotrauma work in the North of England, is named as a rising star for her support of clients.

Crystal Eaton is also named as a rising star, for her “huge commitment” to her clients’ cases throughout the duration of the claim.

“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,” says Legal 500.

“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.”

Slater and Gordon builds further on its reputation in this area of work with yet more outstanding rankings and citations in the latest edition of Legal 500.

Kate Nicklin

The team, which works nationally, is highlighted for its ability to “work well l together and ensure that the client is extremely well served”.

There are a high number of “highly experienced and skilled individuals, who work together for the collective good.

They are impressive in the number of high value and complex cases they attract,” says Legal 500. Further, it adds of the clinical negligence team: “Slater and Gordon are extremely well resourced and extremely professional. They listen carefully to clients and provide very sound tactical advice.”

Lawyers across the practice area are recommended for their capability, with a number of both leading individuals and rising stars singled out for praise.

Emma Doughty, based in London and national head of clinical negligence at Slater and Gordon, is named as a leader in her field and hailed as “a supremely talented lawyer.

She has an impressive grasp of detail and a powerful intellect.

“She is a trusted, effective and hard- working senior partner who is great at getting the right experts and in keeping the client at the forefront of her thinking”.

Ben Gent

Ben Gent, a key name in clinical negligence in the North of England, is also named as a leading individual and is praised for his “strong record” in litigation. He is “an excellent practitioner,” says Legal 500, “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.”

Yvonne Agnew, similarly a leading individual, is hailed as being “one of the foremost UK experts in birth injury cases”.

Among Slater and Gordon’s rising stars in this area are Lara Bennett and Kelly Lloyd-Davies.

Lara is praised as a “dedicated and skilful claimant lawyer” and Kelly wins recognition as being “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”.

The recently-opened Newcastle office is also highlighted as ‘one to watch’ in this area of work, with the base building further on its longstanding reputation in the North East to be a local go-to advisor for claimants.

To find out more, please visit slatergordon.co.uk.

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