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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 which have high net worth and are high profile.

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 have been impressed from the outset by the professionalism, commitment and especially the patience shown by my solicitor Sarah Thompson. She has kept me informed throughout and always dealt promptly with any queries raised in what has, at times, been a stressful matter.”

Holt, West York

“First of all can you please accept my thanks for making this stressful period of time for me relatively painless. It is due to your professionalism and no nonsense advice that has enabled me to agree terms. Once again thank you Sarah for your work and I would have no hesitation in recommending you in the future.”

“This excellent book looks to be an invaluable resource for families who need help and guidance when they are contemplating marriage or relationship breakdown. This is an area that usually fills one with dread and confusion at a time when there is upheaval and strong emotions so to have a ‘guidebook’ through the different aspects will help families to tread the right path for them. The book is clearly and simply written with chapters dedicated to each step along the way and how to understand what the rights and processes are. With a strong emphasis on how to protect the children and make sure that they are considered is the most important aspect of this book should be an extremely useful tool in how to make sure that the impact on them is lessened. The chapters are clearly defined so it is easy to refer back to specific issues and most chapters have a concise summary at the end as a useful reference tool. The language is such that those who are intimidated and baffled by ‘legalese’ are able to understand in plain English the various aspects, even the more complicated aspects should things end up having to be decided in Court. It covers common misconceptions – such as ‘Custody’ issues which have changed over recent years making it easy to understand what ‘rights’ parents have whether married or not. It is certainly something that we would recommend to any families that come to us for support that are going through any part of this process.”

Reviewed by: Clare Scherer, Assistant Director of the Children’s Fund, The Royal Navy & Royal Marines Children’s Fund.

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