Slater and Gordon UK chief leaves the business

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The head of UK operations for Australian firm Slater and Gordon has retired from the company.

Neil Kinsella (pictured right) informed staff this morning he was standing down after a long association with the firm and its acquired businesses.

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Kinsella was managing partner at London firm Russell Jones & Walker until 2012 when the firm was the first to be bought by the rapidly expanding Slater and Gordon.

He then took on the role of chief executive of the UK business before becoming interim head of general law.

The firm has experienced a tumultuous four years since arriving in this country, growing rapidly through a series of acquisitions before running into trouble following the £637m acquisition of the professional services division of Quindell, which set about an 86% fall in the company’s share value on the Australian stock exchange.

Last week it was proposed that two offices may close, with 51 jobs at risk.

Slater and Gordon managing director Andrew Grech said the firm had been working on a succession plan with Kinsella ‘for the last few years’. He will be replaced by former head of operations Siri Siriwardene, who has been working alongside Kinsella for the past year.

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Siri Siriwardene

Grech said: ‘During his time with the firm, [Neil] has steered Slater and Gordon into a new era of working, embracing technological advances to ensure that clients receive outstanding service in ways which suit them best.

‘Neil has been instrumental in helping Slater and Gordon develop ways of providing affordable, accessible legal services particularly with the government’s aims of reducing the availability of legal aid.’

Kinsella qualified in 1983 at Manchester firm Pannone, which has since been added to the Slater and Gordon stable.

Working closely with Rodger Pannone, he acted in a number of high-profile cases and represented victims of disasters from the Manchester air crash, North Sea Chinook helicopter crash and the Piper Alpha disaster.

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  • Has the Titanic hit an iceberg?

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  • The end of the beginning or the beginning of the end ?

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  • It seems the puppet master has cut the strings. When will Grech do the honourable thing and hold his hand up as personably responsible?

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  • At this rate, there'll be nobody left to sack and nobody around to do the sacking.

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  • Why is it that there is nothing but sniping remarks about S&G on these forums ?
    People would be better either shutting up or using their energies to attack the real villains of the situation that sit in parliament and take the endless back handers and support from the insurers who are chasing down peoples access to justice to the point where only but the dead and the seriously injured will ever be able to have representation with a case again
    Yes S&G have struggled with things but they are no different to anyone else in this market
    Snipers beware when other firms face closure when the insurance clerks and solicitors face losing their jobs there will be no one left to snipe at and no justice

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  • David @ 01:48

    Clearly, yes.

    The real question is whether this is a sign that the life boats are being launched. And if they are...are there enough of them to go around?

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  • If it was his decison to purchase Quindell then he deserves to go.. or is he a scapegoat????

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  • Game over.

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  • This firm has a history of doing bad business - they were heavily in debt in the early 2000s because of a bad acquisition. They have lost some of the best talent over the last five years. A real shame because Russell Jones & Walker had a top reputation.

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  • It's a shame about the likes of RJ&W and Pannone and many others, decent firms. I'm sure he did well out of the buy out in 2012, hopefully the normal salaried staff at S&G will find homes in other firms when the seemingly inevitable fall of S&G comes.

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