The Association of Child Abuse Lawyers is a company limited by guarantee set up for the benefit of lawyers, experts and other professionals involved in the field of obtaining compensation for the physical, sexual or emotional abuse of children and adults abused in childhood, as well as the mentally handicapped and others directly or indirectly affected by that abuse. The Association began in late 1997 as a result of concerns within the legal profession that people who have been abused were either unable to find lawyers to take on their cases or were experiencing poor standards of advice and assistance from those lawyers whom they had instructed. There are also concerns about the ability of lawyers and other experts to deal effectively with these traumatic cases.


We do not hold out any of our members as “experts” in this field by reason of their membership of ACAL. Our membership is open to all lawyers (whether solicitors, barristers, legal executives, trainees, pupils or para-legals). Any type of expert associated with the field can join subject to the discretion of the committee.

ACAL is committed to the improvement of standards amongst personal injury lawyers involved in these types of compensation claim.

See our code of practice which all members must abide by.

To see a list of our current executive officers, click here

For details of membership terms – click here


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