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Richard Scorer

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Personal Injury: Abuse Law


Richard is a Principal Lawyer and Head of Abuse Law with many years' experience dealing with serious injury and child abuse cases, acting for victims in high profile cases such as Jimmy Savile, the child sexual exploitation scandal in Rochdale, John Worboys and the football abuse cases. He has particular expertise in cases involving religious organisations especially Catholic and Anglican churches. He currently acts for a large number of clients in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse, and has achieved many landmark settlements. He writes and lectures widely on abuse law and is a regular media commentator. Outside work he's served as a Labour councillor and is a board member of several social enterprises.

Richard wrote the book ‘Betrayed: The English Catholic Church and the Sex Abuse Crisis’ which was published in 2014. He also co-authored the APIL Guide to Child Abuse Compensation Claims published in 2011. Chapter contributor to Justice for Children: A developmental approach published by Royal College of Psychiatrists/CUP in 2019.


Previously Head of Serious Injury and board member at Pannone LLP.


Founder of ACAL (Association of Child Abuse Lawyers); a Fellow of Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

London: Public sector

Civil liberties and human rights

Within: Civil liberties and human rights

Slater and Gordon’s team is ‘entirely professional and utterly committed to its clients’ needs’ and its lawyers have ‘excellent judgement’. Court of Protection experts Richard Copson and Liz Perrystand out and are always approachable, conscientious and highly knowledgeable’, and are acting for an individual in welfare proceedings and, separately, handled a novel judicial review pertaining to a compensation scheme. The ‘always cheerful and friendly and extremely hard-workingKim Harrison heads the human rights department and also specialises in catastrophic injury and mesothelioma cases. Richard Scorer and associate Zak Golombeck, who specialises in negligence claims, are also noted.

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North West: Insurance

Personal injury: claimant

Within: Leading individuals

Richard Scorer - Slater and Gordon

Within: Personal injury: claimant

Slater and Gordon is ‘able to draw on a great deal of experience throughout the firm to handle the most complex and high-value cases very well’. The ‘very experiencedRichard Scorer is ‘one of the leaders in abuse law’ and Michael Hardacre is ‘very personable, committed and experienced in getting the right result for his clients; he really understands the litigation process and isn’t afraid to take on the most difficult cases’. Patricia Noone has the ‘ability to cut to the chase and summarise often very complex matters into clear issues’. Stephen Hill has a ‘great gift of being able to think things through in new and innovative ways to solve problems’ and the ‘tenaciousJennifer Maloneystands out for the way she helps profoundly injured claimants and for her drive to get rehabilitation on board for her clients as soon as possible’. Carol Hopwood is ‘compassionate, supportive and knowledgeable’. Clients are ‘extremely impressed with’ senior associate Gemma Hall’s ‘commitment and client-centric approach’. Pauline Chandler is recommended for her industrial disease work.

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