David Greenwood, Director & Solicitor

David is a nationally-recognised specialist in child abuse compensation claims, having focused solely on this type of work since 1998. He has appeared regularly on local and national media in recent years, discussing the impacts of child abuse on victims.

Tel: 01924 882000

Department:
Child Abuse Compensation

Address:
19 Cheapside, Wakefield, WF1 2SD

Profile

As a Director of Switalskis, David heads our growing Child Abuse Compensation team, based at our Head Office in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. He 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.

Experience

As a Director of Switalskis, David heads our growing Child Abuse Compensation team, based at our Head Office in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. He 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.

David has worked on Child Abuse Compensation cases since 1992 and has worked exclusively in that area since 1998. In that time he has worked on a number of high-profile cases, including many class actions against organisations. These have included:

  • Medomsley Detention Centre
  • Lambeth Council
  • The Anglican Church

David is regularly interviewed by local and national media as a recognised expert in new developments in child abuse law.

Testimonials for David

"David Greenwood and Switalskis are the best firm in the country. They are so honest, put the clients' interests above their own, and are driven by a sense of Justice. They are even willing to take a loss financially at times for the greater cause of justice. David goes way beyond the call of duty for his clients. His assistants Katrina and Louise are so helpful. Always passing on messages and keeping informed when David is away. Look no further. Switalskis is the firm for all your legal challenges."

Child Abuse Compensation client

More about David

Q: What do you love about your job?
A: Everything! I feel it is a privilege to work for survivors of abuse. They deserve to achieve justice and a better outcome.

Q: What can your clients expect from you?
A:  A personal service, tailored to specific needs. Clients say that they find me – and the rest of the team – very reliable and trustworthy.

Q: What drew you to your specialist area of child abuse claims?
A: A client who needed help in relation to Criminal law matters raised complaints about abuse he’d 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 the responsibility of organisations for the actions of their employees.

Q: What is your ambition?
A: To bring about the setting up of a regulator responsible for maintaining basic standards of safeguarding, responding well to complaints of abuse and making organisations accountable for abuse when their people harm children and vulnerable adults.

Q: Are you involved in any organisations outside work
A: I am Chair of the Stop Church Child Abuse campaign, and a member of two other support groups: Minister & Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors (MACSAS) and Survivors Voice Europe.

To speak to David, or any of the Child Abuse compensation team, contact us through the website, or call our free, confidential advice line for victims of Child Abuse – 0800 138 4700