Abuse & Neglect

 

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 & Neglect 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.

Who to contact


Paula Jefferson

Paula Jefferson

Partner, head of office and head of abuse & neglect practice group,
London



Michael Pether

Michael Pether

Partner,
London



Testimonials


The team are extremely knowledgeable and are able to handle the wide variety of claims we are exposed to.

Chambers & Partners 2019

Excellent

Legal 500 2018

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Abuse & Neglect Team

Fintan Canavan

Fintan Canavan

Partner,
Belfast


Jonathan Clay

Jonathan Clay

Partner,
Manchester


Garry Dover

Garry Dover

Partner,
Manchester


Jagdeep Hayre

Jagdeep Hayre

Partner,
Birmingham


Frank Hughes

Frank Hughes

Partner,
Glasgow


Paula Jefferson

Paula Jefferson

Partner, head of office and head of abuse & neglect practice group,
London


Andrew Kerr

Andrew Kerr

Partner,
Manchester


David Milton

David Milton

Partner,
Bristol


Sharon Moohan

Sharon Moohan

Partner,
London


Sarah Murray-Smith

Sarah Murray-Smith

Partner,
London


Nessa O'Roarty

Nessa O'Roarty

Partner,
Dublin


Michael Pether

Michael Pether

Partner,
London


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Paula Jefferson

Paula Jefferson

Partner, head of office and head of abuse & neglect practice group,
London


Michael Pether

Michael Pether

Partner,
London