David Greenwood leads our child abuse compensation team. He is an award-winning Solicitor with a national reputation in his field and a prominent campaigner for the rights of victims of childhood abuse.
Since 1992, David has helped many people who have experienced childhood abuse to claim compensation and achieve justice, focusing exclusively in this area of work since 1998. He has co-ordinated many complex cases, including large group actions, pursuing claims against the Catholic church, local authorities and other organisations.
His work on behalf of abuse victims has helped to change the law. The judgment in one landmark case led to the lifting of time limits on compensation claims in abuse cases. He has also helped to expand the law in relation to vicarious liability – the crucial question of responsibility for damages in cases of child abuse. He continues to work to expand the law in this area for the benefit of abuse victims.
David is accredited by the Law Society (Personal Injury accreditation scheme), is a Fellow of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and an Executive Member of The Association of Child Abuse Lawyers. In November 2017, David was named Claimant Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year in the Eclipse Proclaim Personal Injury Awards 2017.
Contact David Greenwood on 0800 138 4700
We asked David:
Q: What do you love about your job?
A: Everything! I feel it is a privilege to work for deserving victims of abuse.
Q: What can your clients expect from you?
A: A personal service, tailored to their specific needs. Clients say that they find me – and the rest of the team – to be very reliable and trustworthy.
Q: What drew you to your specialist area of child abuse claims?
A: Clients who needed help in relation to Criminal law matters raised complaints about abuse they had experienced in children’s homes. Over the years, this developed into my full-time practice.
Q Which of your achievements are you most proud of?
A: Changing the law on time limits in child abuse cases and expanding the law on vicarious liability.
Q: What is your ambition?
A: To change the law on vicarious liability of local authorities for foster carers.
Q: Are you involved in any organisations outside work
A: I am Chair of the Stop Church Child Abuse campaign, and a member of three other support groups: Minister & Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors (MACSAS); Survivors Voice Europe; and Care Leavers Voice.