Responsibilities: Press & Media, Website
Peter took over the role of President of A.C.A.L. when Nicola Harney resigned. He is the author and editor of this Web Site. He is the Managing Partner of Abney Garsden Mcdonald, Solicitors of Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire. and a former P.I. Panel member. He heads a specialist department of Child Abuse Personal Injury Lawyers and is the co-ordinating solicitor for most Child Abuse compensation claims and group actions in the North of England, including a 5 home 300 Claimant action based in Manchester. He is Secretary and founder member of a charity called Abuse Watch. He has written and lectured on the subject of child abuse litigation and has extensive media experience on radio, television, and in the National newspapers. He can be contacted at:
Responsibilites: Newsletter, Northern Meetings
Richard Scorer is a Partner and Head of Serious Injury at Pannone LLP Solicitors, Manchester. He acted for victims in the North Wales Child Abuse Inquiry and has since been involved in many high profile cases including group actions and claims against the Catholic church. Richard acted in the cases involving Father Michael Hill which shamed the Catholic church into sweeping reforms of child protection. Richard has written widely on the law relating to child abuse cases and co-authored the book ”
Child Abuse Compensation Claims” (first edition 2002, updated edition published by APIL/Jordans 2011). Richard is a Fellow of APIL, a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel and a past coordinator of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers’ Child Abuse cases Special Interest Group. He can be contacted at:-
Responsibilities: Treasurer, Panel Membership, Membership Structure
Having joined the executive in October 2002, Jonathan is also responsible for professional development and training and represents ACAL on the Official Solicitors Users Group Committee
Jonathan is a Partner at Bolt Burdon Kemp, a specialist firm of compensation solicitors in Islington, London. He represents survivors of childhood abuse, mainly from their time in residential or foster care, or at school, and regularly sues local authorities and religious organisations on behalf of his clients. Dealing with both group actions and stand-alone cases, in January 2008 Jonathan took a test case to the House of Lords which has since made it easier for adult survivors to sue for compensation, when previously they may have been ‘out of time’ to do so.
Jonathan is a member of the Law Society’s Personal Injury Panel, and was elected to the executive of the the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers in April 2008.
Bolt Burdon Kemp, Providence House, Providence Place Islington, London. N1 0NT
Telephone: 020 7288 4700 Fax: 020 7288 4701
Responsibilities: Human Resources, Funding, Southern Meetings
Tracey is a Partner with National firm Irwin Mitchell working from their London office. Tracey has represented adult survivors of abuse since 1996 bringing claims in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, and since 1999, has been involved in a number of claims involving social services departments in London. Most of her clients have brought claims against local authorities but Tracey has also represented clients who were abused whilst at school, in the care of voluntary organisations or in the care of national charities. She has also brought claims involving clergy abuse. Tracey joined the Executive of ACAL in October 2002 and is committed to using the civil claims procedure imaginatively – for example seeking formal apologies where appropriate and obtaining access to specialist medical and psychological input in addition to compensation.
Tracey is a member of the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s Personal Injury Panel and a Fellow with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. She is also the secretary to APIL’s group on child abuse. She may be contacted at:
Irwin Mitchell, 40 Holborn Viaduct, London, EC1N 2PZ
DX 87 Chancery Lane
Telephone number: 020 7421 3868
Responsibilities: Executive Officer
David has been committed to working with adult victims of child abuse since 1997. He heads a team of lawyers and works withpsychologists and barristers to obtain compensation and assist survivors to plan for their future whenthe case is over.He has worked closely with clients throughout the country and has great success with co-ordinating a number of large and small group actions. David works mainly on actions against local authorities, church organizations, foster carers, and the Irish Residential Institutions Redress Board.
David is a member of the Law Society’s Specialist Personal Injury Panel and is a member of ACAL’s Executive committee.
David can be contacted at
Switalskis Solicitors LLP, 2A Doncaster Road, Goldthorpe, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S63 9HQ
Telephone number: 01709 890400
Responsibilities: Executive Officer
Alan Collins is a solicitor-advocate, and partner at Pannone LLP, and is based at their London office
He is also a fellow of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is a specialist in complex cases including sexual abuse. He has represented many victims of childhood abuse both in the UK and overseas, and has successfully obtained compensation from abusers such as, for example, religious and educational bodies.
Alan can be contacted at Pannone LLP, 1 Quality Court, Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1HR. Tel: 020 7998 8818/020 3620 0661. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Patrick Ayre (Executive Officer)
Responsibilities: Executive Officer
Patrick Ayre became a child care social worker in the mid-1970s and has a detailed expert knowledge of child welfare service which stretches back nearly four decades. He was a fieldworker and manager of children’s services for nearly 20 years before joining the University of Bedfordshire, where he combined teaching, research and writing in the fields of social work and child safeguarding with practice as a Children’s Guardian, the preparation of Serious Case Reviews, and expert evidence in children’s services negligence cases. He took early retirement from the University in 2013 to concentrate on his consultancy activity and particularly his expert witness work. He regards himself as having been fortunate to have been instructed by solicitors for the Claimant to provide social care reports in a number of key negligence cases in recent years, including Pierce v Doncaster MBC, and the unreported case of Mason v Essex CC in which the award to the Claimants was in the region of £1million.
Telephone no: 01234 309788
Former Officers of ACAL
Lee Teresa Lott (nee Moore)
Responsibilities: Former Chairman
Lee was the Founder / President of ACAL until she retired in 2006. A former maritime lawyer, Lee became a pioneer within the field of child sexual abuse as a result of personal experience which informed her professional work in designing and presenting training for professionals working with sexual and ritual abuse.Lee’s career grew exponentially, keen to bridge the gap between fear and integrity [' blindeye syndrome," ]
Lee has created a programme for Self Mastery, which she delivers to professionals wishing to acquire the tools to deal effectively with any life challenge with courage, compassion and integrity. For more details go to:http://www.truepowerstrategies.com/ Email: email@example.com
Responsibilities: Former President
Nicola took over the chair of ACAL in the summer of 2006 from Malcolm Johnson. She joined the Executive in October 1999 and was until the summer of 2006 a personal injury solicitor at Stewarts in London. When in practise she was one of the solicitors steering the Multi-Party action against Buckinghamshire County Council, which arose out of allegations of abuse at the Longcare homes. Until Stewarts solicitors, whom she used to work for closed down their abuse department, she used to handle a variety of cases involving the abuse of adults and children with learning disabilities. She has written articles on the subject for the national learning disability newspaper “Viewpoint” and for the National Association For The Protection From Sexual Abuse Of Adults And Children With Learning Disabilities, “The Ann Craft Trust”. In December 2007 Nicola left the post of President in view of a possible conflict of interest with her new role as a solicitor working for the Treasury Solicitors department of government in London. The executive wishes her well and extends heartfelt thanks for her work as President during her term of office.
Responsibilities: Former Chairman and Co-ordinator
Malcolm is a former chairperson. He ably took over the Chair in February 2005 when Lee Moore retired. He qualified as a solicitor in 1995. He is a member of the Law Society’s Personal Injury Panel and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. He set up his firm, Malcolm Johnson & Co. on the 1st May 2002 and practiced from Surbiton in Kingston upon Thames. He is a co-author of “Child Abuse Compensation Claims” published by the Law Society and has lectured for ACAL. Malcolm is a founder member of ACAL. From the end of 2011, he retired from the role of co-ordinator.
Malcolm Johnson & Co.
Blake Lapthorn Solicitors, Watchmaker Court, 33 St John’s Lane, London, EC1M 4DB. Tel: 020 7405 2000
Responsibilities: Former Executive Officer
David Lane spent the first eight years of his career working in residential child care and since 1992 as a senior manager in local authority Social Services, finally as Director in the City of Wakefield. Since 1993 he has been an independent Consultant, and in recent years he has been involved as expert witness in about seventy cases, mainly involving former children in care seeking redress from local authorities. In addition, he has been a Board member, Fellow, Trustee, Chair or Vice President of CCCF, CCETSW, CCHN, CfC, CSP, FICE, ICSE, LCD, LHT, NCB, NCMA, NISW, SCA, SSLG and the Editor of Children Webmag.
David can be contacted at 26 Marriott Grove, Sandal, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF2 6RP
Tel: 01924 251 160 e mail: firstname.lastname@example.org