Richard Scorer > Slater and Gordon > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

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).

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North West > Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant

(Leading individuals: Personal Injury)

Richard ScorerSlater and Gordon

Slater and Gordon’s clinical negligence team litigates high-value catastrophic claims. Ben Gent heads the team, while Maria Repanos and John Doyle work on birth, brain and spinal injury matters. Helen Lewis handles neurological injury cases. The firm’s personal injury practice specialises in  serious traumatic brain injury, spinal cord, amputation, poly-trauma, fatal injury, psychiatric injury and abuse claims. Managing director Madalene Holdsworth oversees the network of sub-teams and primarily handles industrial disease and military litigation. Matthew Tomlinson  leads the serious injury unit and Michael Hardacre oversees the employers liability and public liability serious injury team. Richard Scorer manages the abuse and public inquiries department, while Jordan Bell leads the industrial disease division. Kim Harrison specialises in the representation of victims and survivors in abuse cases and public inquires as well as human rights cases. Andrew Zajac departed the firm in May 2021.