David Greenwood nominated for national legal aid award

Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards FinalistSwitalskis is pleased to announced that David Greenwood, Partner and Child Abuse Law Solicitor, has been shortlisted in the 2014 Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards. David has been nominated in the category of Inquests / Actions Against State for his work representing victims of childhood abuse.

As head of the Child Abuse Law department at Switalskis Solicitors, David Greenwood is supported by a skilled team of specialist lawyers who are committed to achieving justice for victims of abuse. The team has been involved in a number of high-profile group action claims, including the recent claim brought by former inmates of Medomsley Detention Centre, where compensation for victims has recently been announced as exceeding £1m.

As well as cementing David Greenwood’s reputation as a leading lawyer in the field of child abuse claims, the nomination also recognises David’s vociferous campaigning for the rights of abuse survivors. As chair of Stop Church Child Abuse, he has successfully led a campaign to persuade the Church of England to issue an apology to its victims and to support the campaign’s call for a public enquiry.

And in January 2014, David attended a UN hearing in support of victims’ organisations where key members of the Catholic Church were interrogated over the church’s child protection record.

Now into their 12th year, The Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards is run by the Legal Aid Practitioners Group (LAPG) and recognises the most innovative and dedicated lawyers providing publicly funded legal services today. The winners will be announced on 5th June 2014 at a ceremony in London.

All at Switalskis would like to congratulate David for reaching this stage of the competition and wish him the best of luck for June!

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