Director David Greenwood

Rotherham Child Abuse Trials



By David Greenwood, Solicitor and Head of Child Abuse Department Seven men have been found guilty of grooming and abusing five girls in Rotherham over the course of seven years. These was the latest convictions from Operation Stovewood, the National Crime Agency’s biggest investigation into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham. It followed the independent report by Professor Alexis Jay that ...
 
Director David Greenwood

Mother requests Judicial Review of the Crown Prosecution Service



By David Greenwood, Solicitor and Head of Child Abuse Department Ms Linda Hawker recently requested Judicial Review of the Crown Prosecution Service to request that the man driving the car her son was killed in be brought before the court on a charge of dangerous driving.  Ms Hawker’s son, Daniel Atkinson, was just 17 years old when he was killed ...
 
Child Abuse Solicitor Amy Clowrey

Lambeth Children’s Home Redress Scheme – Switalskis recover in excess of £3 million for survivors of abuse



By Amy Clowrey, Associate Solicitor, Child Abuse Claims Switalskis Solicitors acts for over 350 people who were abused, as children, whilst in the care of the London Borough of Lambeth. So far we have secured well over £3 million in damages for our clients. All damages received go directly to survivors. The scheme, which went live in 2018, will shortly ...
 

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in Nottinghamshire: a damning report



By Carole Spencer, Solicitor, Child Abuse Claims Independent Inquiry Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has today published its report on its investigation into the responses of Nottinghamshire County Council and Nottingham City Council to allegations of sexual abuse of children in their institutions and in foster care during the 1960’s-1990’s.                        ...
 

Switalskis prevent Child Abuse victim’s case from being struck out by court



Earlier this year Solicitor & Director of the Child Abuse Department, David Greenwood, blogged about a case which had reached the Supreme Court. The case was about whether councils can be held liable for negligent social workers. The case is called Poole Borough Council v GN [2019] UKSC 25 and the judgment was handed down in June 2019. The case ...
 
Child Abuse Solicitor Amy Clowrey

44 West Yorkshire Arrests over Historical Child Sex Abuse



By Amy Clowrey, Associate Solicitor, Child Abuse Forty four people have been arrested in West Yorkshire (39 of which this month) over child sex abuse allegations against four women, taking place between 1995 and 2002.  West Yorkshire Police launched an investigation into the abuse claims in the Kirklees area, primarily in Deswbury and Batley. Child Sexual Exploitation claims are taken ...
 
Solicitor Kieran Chatterton

Inquiry into Technology Companies and Children’s Online Safety



By Kieran Chatterton, Solicitor, Child Abuse Switalskis Solicitors have recently represented three victims of on-line sexual abuse at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA). The inquiry was set up in 2015 to investigate institutional failures of sexual abuse of children and in May 2019 there was a two week hearing where evidence was heard about how the internet ...
 
Child Abuse Solicitor Amy Clowrey

Switalskis Settling High Value Cases for Survivors of Lambeth Abuse



By Amy Clowrey, Associate Solicitor, Child Abuse  Further to previous blogs about the Lambeth Children’s Home Redress Scheme, which went live in 2018, Switalskis Solicitors are now settling a number of high value cases. The scheme was set up after Lambeth council accepted that historically, many children were psychologically, physically and sexually abused whilst in their care. Due to strong ...