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Madelene Holdsworth, our Managing Director of Specialist Legal Services

Madelene Holdsworth

Managing Director of Specialist Legal Services

Madelene serves as the Managing Director of Specialist Legal Services at Slater and Gordon. With over 15 years of expertise in various practice areas, from industrial disease to military litigation, she is dedicated to handling complex injury cases with skill and compassion.

Get to know Madelene

I joined Slater and Gordon in 2005 (formerly Pannone LLP), qualifying in 2007 and became a principal lawyer in 2016, before becoming the Managing Director of Specialist Personal Injury Services in 2021 and Managing Director of Specialist Legal Services in 2022.

I have over 15 years of file handling experience in the niche area of industrial disease and military litigation. I am passionate about the law and about ensuring our specialist injury cases are dealt with skilfully and compassionately without exception.

Career Highlights

I have years of experience in acting for members of the police federation in a variety of case types including noise induced hearing loss and tinnitus cases, and stress at work cases. In particular, over the last few years I have developed a specialism in noise induced hearing loss and tinnitus cases caused as a result of the use of members of the police wearing a radio earpiece during the course of duty. However, my experience extends to all types of industrial disease as well as cases on behalf of military personnel.

A recent case I’ve worked on, and one of the most complex medical cases I’ve ever had, involved a development of facial erythrodysesthesia caused by light exposure at my client's workplace. My client developed extreme photosensitivity causing huge restrictions from everyday items such as mobile phones and car headlights, I negotiated a significant six figure settlement, allowing my client to be able to live as comfortably as possible.


I am accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) as a Senior Litigator, an Asbestos Specialist, and an Occupational Disease Specialist and have regularly been recognised in independent legal guides, the Legal 500, as well as being currently ranked as a Band 2 lawyer in Chambers and Partners.

The 2023 edition of Chambers and Partners states: "Madelene Holdsworth is extremely careful and thorough and is experienced and knowledgeable - a safe pair of hands."

I was shortlisted as a 'Lawyer of the Year' in the Modern Law Awards 2020 and am also shortlisted for 'Innovative Leader' in the Women: Power, Influence in Law Awards 2022.

The extra mile

I also work closely with several of our charity partners including: Mesothelioma UK, Spinal Injuries Association and Stick n' Step.

Last year, along with other team members, I took part in the Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for SARAG, where we raised almost £800 for the asbestos charity.

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