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Richard Scorer

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Slater and Gordon

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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 stands out for its expertise in handling a range of human rights cases including medical law, child abuse, inquests, public law, community care and disability discrimination. Zak Golombeck represented Jakki Smith and successfully challenged the law in relation to partners' eligibility to receive bereavement damages. Sarah Jones handles clinical negligence work including cases involving psychiatric harm and secondary victims. Kim Harrison acts for families in Article 2 inquests and ‘failure to remove’ actions against local authorities. Richard Scorer is head of abuse law at the firm and top name in the field. Liz Perry left the firm.

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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  has a ‘wealth of experience and a track record in serious injury litigation - its reputation is well deserved as it has a very attentive, supportive and responsive team’. In Manchester the ‘immensely experienced’ Pauline Chandler  is ‘just superb; she gets a great result for her clients very quickly’. Jenny Keith knows all there is to know when it comes to serious personal injury’. The ‘highly experiencedDamian Bradley  who is particularly strong for employers’ liability is ‘very intelligent, personable and helpful’. It fields some ‘great lawyers who are handling complex asbestos disease claims’ under the leadership of Madelene Holdsworth  who is the national head of industrial disease. The ‘knowledgeableRichard Scorer  who heads the abuse team ‘deploys his extensive experience effectively’. Senior associate Jane Martin  is applauded for her ‘diligence and hard work’ and associate Andrew Taylor  ‘always exercises great judgement’. In Liverpool Carol Hopwood is a ‘very experienced lawyer who has a charm and a light touch when trying to get the best outcome for her clients. Clients really warm to her and trust her judgement’. The large department has a number of key specialisms including advising on brain and spinal injury, travel law, abuses/sexual assault, human rights and inquest law.

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