Mr David Greenwood > Switalskis Solicitors > Wakefield, England > Lawyer Profile

Switalskis Solicitors

Work Department

Child Abuse Compensation


Director & Solicitor


The Child Abuse compensation department at Switalskis solicitors led by David Greenwood has been instrumental in exposing failures in child protection nationally in many institutional settings most notably in Rotherham the Local Authority and South Yorkshire Police, by the Anglican and Catholic churches, the prison service at Medomsley Detention Centre, Oxford grooming gangs and in Lambeth Council childrens homes.

The Child Abuse department at Switalskis solicitors is unique. It provides access to justice for survivors of abuse, and for many this is especially important because they may have been let down by the criminal justice system.

Based in West Yorkshire, this is a dedicated team of professionals and are committed to helping survivors through a very difficult and painful part of their lives.  The team has established and maintained its national reputation for the excellent work. The team is committed to campaigns and to developing influential national links with other organisations to promote the rights of survivors of child abuse.

The department is headed up by David Greenwood, who has been dedicated to representing victims of childhood abuse since 1992. David Greenwood leads a team of 16, which includes solicitors, paralegals and associated support staff.  Alongside these key individuals, the team also work closely with Counsel and medical professionals (psychologist and psychiatrists) in order to achieve success for hundreds of victims of childhood abuse.  It is dedication, hard work and commitment that have enabled this team to progress to their current position where they are nationally recognised and respected in this fast moving area of law, often in the face of resistance from Defendants and their insurers. Their reputation for dedication and professionalism has spread throughout the country and the team now commands a national reputation for the litigation that they undertake on behalf of vulnerable clients.

As a department the team has worked on several high profile cases that have gone to the House of Lords (Lister and others v Hesley Hall Limited [2001] UKHL.22 – vicarious liability, the A v Hoare, C v Middlesbrough, X v Wandsworth, H v Suffolk, Young v Catholic Care [2008] UKHL.6 – re limitation) and also the Supreme Court (Various v Institute of Christian Brothers [2012] UKSC56) which extended the boundaries of vicarious liability.

The team at Switalskis is the only large scale provider to the Legal Aid Agency in this area of work in the Country. 

Aside from this, the team also undertakes a huge amount of pro bono work for hundreds of claimants every year.

This team are clearly highly respected experts in this fields and their dedication in this niche area is proven.

Lawyer Rankings

Yorkshire and the Humber > Insurance > Clinical negligence and personal injury: claimant

At Switalskis Solicitors, Suzanne Munroe leads the clinical negligence team that consists of director Sarah Tipton Walker and legal executive Sian Stevens. The group is regularly instructed on claims arising from poor standards of maternity care, including neurological injury, sepsis, Erb’s palsy, stillbirths and neonatal deaths; Natalie Cosgrove is an expert in the last of these. Mark Hollinghurst is head of the brain and serious injury department, and has developed a niche specialism in claims to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority relating to serious brain injury. The firm has also built a strong reputation for its work around child sexual exploitation, with the child abuse claims unit spearheaded by David Greenwood. It acts on behalf of survivors of childhood abuse and has experience in child abuse litigation relating to the church. The firm recently completed a merger with Doncaster’s Atherton Godfrey, a firm with a stellar reputation in handling child brain injury cases. The team joining as part of the merger has strong capabilities in cases relating to cerebral palsy, amputation and spinal injury. Key names include John McQuater and Diane Parker, who jointly lead the personal injury department in Doncaster, and ‘knowledgeable, courteous and professional‘ medical negligence senior associate Christopher Noble.