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Richard Scorer Head of Abuse Team

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Richard is Head of the Abuse Team at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in Manchester. He represents clients all over the UK.

He has been described as “one of Britain’s leading specialists” in the field of abuse law.

During his career he has acted for victims in many high profile cases. Richard has particular expertise in cases involving religious organisations such as the Catholic Church, Church of England, Jehovah's Witnesses and Islamic institutions such as mosques and madrasahs. He also represents many young women affected by child exploitation across the country, and acts for victims of abuse with learning difficulties. Richard acts for many victims and survivors in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA).

Richard has written and lectured extensively on the subject of child abuse. His book Betrayed: The English Catholic Church and the Sex Abuse Crisis was published in 2014 and Richard also co-authored the APIL Guide to Child Abuse Compensation Claims published in 2011.


Commendations from independent legal directories

  • Chambers and Partners: an “eminent practitioner” and a “pioneering lawyer”. His “clients find Richard to be totally supportive”. 
  • Legal 500: Richard is named as a "leading individual" and is described as a “brilliant” lawyer leading an “outstanding department”.
  • Chambers and Partners 2016: Richard is "enormously able."
  • Chambers and Partners 2017 Band 1: The "fantastic" Richard Scorer is highlighted by commentators as "a leader in the country" on child abuse claims and frequently lends his expertise to the most complex and nuanced of cases. 
  • Chambers and Partners 2018 Band 1
  • Ranked Recommended Lawyer and Leading Individual in The Legal 500, 2017.
  • Chamber and Partners 2019 Band 1: "Richard has a phenomenal reputation...he puts you at ease and makes everything as easy as possible."
  • Chambers and Partners 2020 Band 1: "Richard Scorer is highly experienced in abuse and child sexual exploitation cases. One interviewee says: He is a deep-thinking lawyer who cares about the people he acts for." 
  • Legal 500: Leading Individual, 2020

Career history

  • Since 2014 Slater and Gordon
  • 1992-2014: Pannone LLP, including 5 years as Head of Serious Injury

Professional memberships

  • Founder and executive committee member of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL)
  • Fellow of Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)

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Recent Testimonials for Richard Scorer

“May I reiterate my, and my family's sincerest thanks for all your efforts in trying to highlight the horrible horrendous truth of what we suffered. I am deeply thankful that you have had the courage and tenacity to represent us often at great personal cost to you.”


“Thank you for representing me. I hope you can continue to do work like this, you can help other people and make the world better.”

Mr G

“Everything explained well, especially in delicate circumstances. First class on everything.”

Ms P, Lincolnshire

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