"The last 18 months have been challenging for all of us but I'm so proud of the way we've adapted to new ways or working, and built a team that can drive forward our ambitious plans for growth."
Managing director, Alicia Alinia
A new-look team of family law specialists with more than 60 years’ experience in the field has been unveiled at Slater and Gordon.
The talented 10-strong line-up includes a collaboratively trained lawyer and a qualified mediator, strengthening the firm’s offering to families looking to resolve their issues amicably and avoid litigation.
Significant investment in technology, coupled with the firm’s agile working culture, means lawyers will be able to serve clients all over the country.
Consultant Helen Morgan, who has been practising for more than 30 years, joins from Mooney Everett in Liverpool where she dealt with all aspects of family law including divorce, financial settlements, pre and post nuptial agreements and disputes involving children. Helen is also a collaborative lawyer and an accredited specialist on the Law Society’s family panel.
Principal lawyer John Owens, who is ranked in the prestigious Legal 500, moves from MSB in Liverpool. John studied law at the University of Ulster and specialised in family law shortly after qualifying as a solicitor. He has particular experience in dealing with cases with an international element.
New hires also include senior associate Emma McMorrow, from Royds Withy King, and associates Gabrielle Dugan, formerly Myerson Solicitors, Clare Pinnington of Pinnington Law, and JMW’s John Newberry. Prior to becoming a lawyer, John was making waves in a different field as deck leader in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.
Angela Brown, also from Mooney Everett, was talent-spotted by a law firm while still at college and went on to qualify as a solicitor in 2006. Angela specialises in cases involving finance and domestic abuse, having achieved Family Law Advanced Panel Accreditation in both. Angela is also a qualified Resolution and inter-personal mediator and was granted Family Mediation Council Accreditation in 2016.
She joins solicitor Sarah Wilcox, who moves across from Streeter Marshall, and newly qualified solicitor Helen Royle, general secretary of the Manchester Trainee Solicitors Group. Pooja Patel, who joined Slater and Gordon as a legal advisor in 2016, will complete the team when she qualifies as a solicitor in October.
Georgina Chase, who was promoted to head of family in December, said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be welcoming so many new faces to Slater and Gordon, who bring with them a real breadth of talent, experience and technical expertise.”
Managing director of consumer legal services, Alicia Alinia, added: “The last 18 months have been challenging for all of us but I’m so proud of the way we’ve adapted to new ways or working, and built a team that can drive forward our ambitious plans for growth.
“They join us at an exciting time with demand for our family law services now greater than ever, and I look forward to seeing what we can achieve together in making high-quality, digital legal services available to all.”