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Sarah Thompson Principal Lawyer, Family Law

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Sarah is a Family Lawyer at Slater and Gordon in Manchester.

She is an expert divorce lawyer with particular expertise in sorting out the division of financial assets.

She also handles cases for cohabiting couples and property disputes upon separation as well as pre and postnuptial agreements.

Her extensive caseload covers a range of clients from those with modest assets right through to those who have a high net worth and are high profile, including those in the public eye.

Often the latter involve foreign properties, investment portfolios and complex pension agreements.

In all cases, she gives realistic advice from the start and guides clients calmly and effectively through what can be one of the most emotional and stressful times of their lives.

In May 2014, Slater and Gordon published Family Law Made Simple, a practical guide to relationship breakdown. Sarah was the main contributor to the book which talks through the obstacles people face when divorcing and dispels many myths about family law.


Commendations from independent legal directories

  • Chambers and Partners: Sarah is “extremely professional and approachable”.
  • Legal 500: "Very capable", "Sarah Thompson deals with complex ancillary relief cases, and is a bright lawyer with a calm approach".

Career History

  • Since 2010 Slater and Gordon
  • 2005 - 2010 Gorvins Solicitors
  • 2003 – 2005 Vaira and Riley, USA
  • 1996 – 2003 CMA Solicitors

Professional Memberships

  • Member of Separation Solutions, Manchester's collaborative law group
  • Member of Manchester and District Medico-Legal Society
  • Member of Resolution
  • Member of The Law Society

Recent Testimonials for Sarah Thompson

“I just want to take this opportunity to say thank you so much for all your guidance and services over the last couple of years in relation to the handling of my divorce case. You were always very consistent and patient in guiding me through this difficult process, and for that I will always be truly grateful. In the end, I believe I have managed to achieve a fair settlement, and this is no small part due to your efforts, so once again thank you so much.”


“The best solicitors to fight your corner! I struggled with a nasty unmarried couple dispute alone for over a year before biting the bullet and paying for proper legal support. I had one previous experience with a cheaper less well known solicitor and I just felt completely let down and not a priority. But with S&G - from start to finish, I felt supported 100% and valued. I can't tell you how much that meant for someone to simply say "I'm sorry you're going through this" even at the initial contact centre phase. Every team member showed me compassion whether it was at the call centre or in the office. I needed to get a face to face appointment within 24 hours due to the nature of the problem and got given one as a priority. I was assigned Sarah Thompson, who was fantastic and cut through all the fog and laid out the facts so I knew where I stood, no more erratic questions to google! I was updated regularly and she did everything she could to secure my best interests. I can't recommend S&G and Sarah Thompson enough. It may be expensive, but in my view, it's worth every penny for the weight they lifted off my shoulders.”

B. L.

“Sarah Thompson at the Manchester Office of Slater Gordon handled my divorce which has recently concluded after a bitter 2 year battle. Sarah was understanding and completely professional throughout. Matters were dealt with efficiently with a view to keeping costs to a realistic level and I am well satisfied with the final settlement she managed to achieve on my behalf. Thank you Sarah for doing such a good job for me. ”

J. B. 

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