Pannone fallout begins at Slater & Gordon

Just six months into the long-awaited union of Australian-listed consumer Pac-Man Slater & Gordon and Manchester personal injury stalwart Pannone, the cracks are beginning to show.

Two partners, Sean McCay and Clare Campbell, are already known to have left for Squire Patton Boggs and Leigh Day respectively, while at least two other Pannone big-hitters are negotiating their exits.

It appears that the three-year lock-in understood to have been a condition of the merger has done little to ward off the urge for disgruntled former Pannone partners to hand in their notice.

Sources suggest that the unrest began when, despite Slater & Gordon doubling its UK revenue last year, underperformance by the Manchester firm at year-end was met with a call for compensation from Pannone partners.

Slater & Gordon is putting a brave face on things, with UK head Neil Kinsella saying the firm is “delighted” with the integration of Pannone.

It appears the feeling may not be mutual.

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