Richard is a principal lawyer and head of abuse law with many years' experience dealing with serious injury and child abuse cases, acting for victims in high profile cases such as Jimmy Savile, the child sexual exploitation scandal in Rochdale, John Worboys and the football abuse cases. He has particular expertise in cases involving religious organisations especially Catholic and Anglican churches. He currently acts for a large number of clients in the independent inquiry into child sex abuse, and has achieved many landmark settlements. He writes and lectures widely on abuse law and is a regular media commentator. Outside work he's served as a Labour councillor and is a board member of several social enterprises.
Founder of ACAL (Association of Child Abuse Lawyers); a Fellow of Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).
Previously head of serious injury and board member at Pannone LLP.
Richard wrote the book ‘Betrayed: The English Catholic Church and the Sex Abuse Crisis’ which was published in 2014. He also co-authored the APIL Guide to Child Abuse Compensation Claims published in 2011. Chapter contributor to Justice for Children: A developmental approach published by Royal College of Psychiatrists/CUP in 2019.