Abuse

Abuse is an emotive subject that frequently attracts media attention, whether it involves bullying in schools or allegations of abuse involving local authorities, educational institutions, care homes, the workplace, charities or religious organisations. We are a recognised leader in defending clients against allegations of historical and contemporary abuse and managing the reputational damage they can cause.

We believe that close collaboration, transparency and efficient sharing of information are vital in the sensitive area of abuse claims. We insist on regular briefings and can work hand-in-hand with your PR teams, especially when the media are involved.

By fostering dialogue and building pragmatic relationships with claimants and their representatives, we help make a swift resolution more likely. Our experience shows that once third parties understand that a consensual resolution can be achieved, tensions are minimised.

Our team is instructed to defend both group actions and individual claims, some of them very high profile, arising from allegations of sexual, physical and emotional abuse. We handle claims from children, vulnerable or elderly adults, as well as those with mental and physical disabilities and which relate to current issues and to historical claims going back several decades.

Our extensive experience dealing with sensitive cases helps us to work with our clients to anticipate potential media interest and develop a strategy to protect reputation and ensure  media contact exposure is controlled and legally accurate.

Our Abuse News Blog will provide you with up-to-date news and expert insight into the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) and other abuse claims related matters. To ensure you are notified as soon as a blog is posted please click here to subscribe.

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Henry Bermingham

Henry Bermingham

Partner,
Birmingham



Jonathan Clay

Jonathan Clay

Partner,
Manchester



Paula Jefferson

Paula Jefferson

Partner,
London



Michael Pether

Michael Pether

Partner,
London



Testimonials


Henry Bermingham is a very impressive solicitor who is both knowledgeable and passionate

Chambers and Partners 2017

Michael Pether is great for abuse work and possesses all the qualities you'd want in a solicitor.

Chambers and Partners 2017

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Henry Bermingham

Henry Bermingham

Partner,
Birmingham


Fintan Canavan

Fintan Canavan

Partner,
Belfast


Jonathan Clay

Jonathan Clay

Partner,
Manchester


Simon Cradick

Simon Cradick

Partner,
Cardiff


Caroline Craigie

Caroline Craigie

Partner,
London


Eileen Doherty

Eileen Doherty

Partner,
Derry


Garry Dover

Garry Dover

Partner,
Manchester


Cenydd Edwards

Cenydd Edwards

Partner,
Cardiff


David Evans

David Evans

Consultant,
Liverpool


Paula Jefferson

Paula Jefferson

Partner,
London


Andrew Lawson

Andrew Lawson

Partner,
Bristol


George Moore QC

George Moore QC

Consultant,
Glasgow


Nessa O'Roarty

Nessa O'Roarty

Partner,
Dublin


Paul Owston

Paul Owston

Partner,
Birmingham


Michael Pether

Michael Pether

Partner,
London