The UK and Ireland’s leading risk and insurance law business, BLM has announced the appointment of abuse claims expert Sharon Moohan.
Sharon joins BLM’s abuse claims team having overseen €953million of redress payments in her role as sole solicitor for the Irish Residential Institutions Redress Board. The Board was set up in 2002 to make fair and reasonable awards to people who were abused as children in institutions subject to state inspection.
Announcing the appointment, BLM partner Michael Pether said: “Following our appointment of renowned international abuse claims specialist Paula Jefferson in 2015, Sharon’s arrival adds further exceptional expertise in this area. As Justice Lowell Goddard’s Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse begins its investigations in England & Wales, including one that will consider redress for victims and survivors, Sharon’s knowledge and practical experience will be invaluable. The Inquiry is set to run until at least 2020, and we expect it to expand to all areas of society whilst having a major impact on state-run institutions.”
BLM senior partner Mike Brown, added: “It cannot be underestimated how important the next few years will be to the future management of abuse claims and redress. With Sharon’s appointment we have added yet another of the UK and Ireland’s leading specialists to a team that is already an authoritative voice in abuse law.”
As well as significant experience in historical abuse claims, Sharon also has extensive litigation experience in the defence of personal injury claims, including motor, employer and public liability, medical negligence and defamation. Having acted on behalf of AIG, Allianz, Aviva, AXA, RSA and Zurich, Sharon is also a non-executive director for Saolta University Healthcare Group in Ireland.