We are delighted to announce that Switalskis Solicitors Child Abuse Compensation team has been shortlisted for the Dispute Resolution category in the Yorkshire Legal Awards 2017. The winner will be announced at an award ceremony held on 12 October 2017 at New Dock Hall in Leeds.
Department head and Director, David Greenwood, said: “It is a huge honour to have been shortlisted in the Yorkshire Legal Awards, which spotlights the successes of the best lawyers in the region. This recognition comes on the back of the team’s fantastic achievements on behalf of victims of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham. The team has worked exceptionally hard to secure justice for the women who suffered abuse and who were ignored by the Local Authority and police in Rotherham for many years.”
The specialist abuse claims team has been recognised for their work on behalf of the victims of child sexual exploitation (CSE) in Rotherham, the scale of which came to light in 2014 upon the publication of the report by Professor Jay.
These cases have been in the spotlight nationally and internationally since the publication of Professor Jay’s report. In 2016, investigations into the abuse perpetrated by a grooming ring in Rotherham resulted in the arrests of eight men.
Led by nationally-renowned claimant lawyer David Greenwood, the Child Abuse Compensation team was instrumental in exposing failures by both the Local Authority (Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council) and South Yorkshire Police in the Rotherham area in relation to CSE.
Several civil claims against the Local Authority relating to the authority’s failure to protect vulnerable girls have settled this year, with significant awards being made. David Greenwood and his team are representing many of the women.
The Child Abuse Compensation team has dealt with many high profile cases over the years, and has received recognition for their work both in Yorkshire and nationally. The team has taken gongs at the national Eclipse Proclaim Personal Injury Awards three years in a row from 2012 to 2015, and David Greenwood won the Dispute Resolution award at the Yorkshire Legal Awards in 2014.
Yorkshire is widely regarded as a centre of excellence for legal services in the North, and the Yorkshire Legal Awards recognises those teams that are performing at the very pinnacle of the region’s legal sector.