Mark Slater

0161 282 2164

Mark qualified as a solicitor in 1998 after studying law at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and then at the College of Law Chester. He has always specialised in medical negligence claims.

Mark heads the Clinical Negligence department and has primary responsibility for the complex and often challenging legal areas of this sector; together with fellow director Chris Gawne, he has overseen the growth and day-to-day running of our Clinical Negligence team, which is now one of the largest specialist Clinical Negligence departments in the country. His analysis and understanding of the medical processes which must be followed – and the lack thereof which lead to Clinical Negligence cases – is unparalleled. He frequently takes on cases that others in the sector are afraid of, particularly in the arena of inappropriate psychological care leading to negligence. He has worked on group actions which arose out of experimental and ultimately improper use of LSD as a medical treatment and ECT.  He has recovered damages following preventable suicide attempts resulting in life changing injuries. He secured £millions in compensation from the MoD for a group of veterans with undiagnosed or untreated PTSD.  Mark acted for the family of the fourth woman in history to be killed by an amniocentesis needle.  He was the first solicitor to push the concept of female impotence as an injury following a challenging case whereby a botched episiotomy left a young woman with psycho-sexual disfunction. At that point the law and guidance on quantum cared only about reproductive ability and only considered the concept of impotence as injury for men.  Mark has represented clients with acquired brain injury, brain injury at birth and won cases covering complex orthopaedic claims. He has acted for clients who suffered sight loss post-diabetic retinopathy and following missed retinal detachment.  Mark says: “I’m not afraid of unusual, often messier cases that really need a solicitor who is happy to take on the harder fights.” He is the lead partner on the vast majority of settlements won by the team.

A renowned Clinical Negligence expert, his reputation in the sector is outstanding, his depth and breadth of knowledge much sought after by peers and clients alike. Throughout his career he has not only achieved millions of pounds in damages for clients but also secured those vital packages of treatment and rehabilitation that are crucial to his clients’ recoveries, improving their quality of life and longer term prospects.

Responsible for training our junior specialist medical negligence solicitors, he runs an ongoing programme of knowledge transfer and mentorship, guiding and teaching those involved so as to facilitate their career progression.  His team of Clinical Negligence solicitors are known for fearlessly pushing the boundaries of Clinical Negligence litigation, all with the sole and purpose and intent of improving outcomes for their clients.

Recent Cases

Cosmetic Surgeon under investigation by Price Slater Gawne lawyers

What Mark’s been talking about

Learning from mistakes

Government review of NHS self reporting procedures

Lord Saatchi Innovation Bill

Mis-placed nasogastric feed case study

Cauda equina syndrome cases

Report into Mid-Staffs NHS failings recommends “duty of candour”. A medical negligence lawyer’s view

Suicide amongst men on the increase in the UK

Trafford General Hospital high death rates

Lord Saatchi Innovation Bill

No fault compensation scheme – a good idea?

Centre for Policy Studies calls for “no fault” compensation scheme

Kind words

I engaged Mark Slater in what was an extremely complex case. During this time Mark was tenacious, thorough and extremely professional in his handling of all aspects of the case. Through what was a very difficult time Mark was extremely supportive and his tenacity and professionalism resulted in a successful outcome. I would have no hesitation in recommending Mark in relation to any clinical negligence case.
Paul, Cheshire

Accreditations and Memberships

Mark was an accredited member of the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel from 2004 to 2019.