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Richard Sweetman

Solicitor, Irwin Mitchell LLP, Birmingham

Richard is a solicitor in the abuse litigation department of Irwin Mitchell LLP (based in Birmingham) and he is the appointed secretary of APIL’s child abuse special interest group.

Richard has a mixed and varied caseload spanning the full gamut of abuse-related litigation, including vicarious liability claims and claims brought against individual perpetrators. He has also developed particular expertise and interest in Local Authority negligence/human rights claims following the appellate decisions in CN v Poole, having recently taken the case of DFX & 3 Ors v Coventry City Council to the High Court. With this in mind, he currently leads and co-ordinates Irwin Mitchell’s Local Authority claims special interest group, working closely with leading counsel and experts in this field.

In addition, he has developed strong relationships with charities supporting survivors of sexual abuse, providing pro-bono legal advice clinics and support on a regular basis.

Richard is committed to staying on top of the legal and practical developments within abuse litigation and welcomes the opportunity to support the wider legal community in securing the best possible outcomes for claimants.