In this episode I interview Peter Garsden, the President of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers. I first interviewed Peter on this podcast 10 years ago. You can listen to that original episode here. In our updated conversation we talk about the changes that have happened over the last 10 years and the work that Peter does with the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers.
Peter has been a solicitor for over 40 years, and is the current President of A.C.A.L (Association of Child Abuse Lawyers, an organisation he helped found in 1981.
He is a Solicitor Consultant at Scott-Moncrieff & Associates . He also designed and maintains his own website Abuse Advice 4 Survivors. For nearly 30 years he ran his own firm Abney Garsden, Solicitors of Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire. He is a member of the Law Society Multi Party Action Group.
For several years he headed a specialist department of Child Abuse Personal Injury Lawyers and was the co-ordinating solicitor for most Child Abuse compensation claims and group actions in the North of England, including a 5 home 900 Claimant action based in Manchester. He is a former Secretary and founder member of a charity called Abuse Watch. He has also assisted an international charity called Innocence in Danger.
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.
Peter and his firm have won several local and national awards such as Personal Injury Team of the Year (Eclipse Personal Injury Awards 2011), Small Firm of the Year (Manchester Legal Awards, 2011 and 2013, Most Innovative Use of Legal Software (2010). Peter was made Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year in the Manchester Legal Awards of 2013, Solicitor of the Year at the QualitySolicitors Annual Awards in 2014, Law Society Solicitor of the Year (Private Practise) in 2016, Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year at the Eclipse Personal Injury Awards in 2018, and given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Claims Management Awards in 2017. In 2023, he was awarded a Pride of Britain Award for his dedication to child abuse, and fostering children.by