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Richard Scorer

Serious injury and human rights lawyer; Partner at Pannone LLP Solicitors in Manchester

Richard Scorer is a Partner in Pannone LLP Solicitors in Manchester (www.pannone.com). He is best known for representing victims of child abuse in cases against the Catholic Church. Over the last 15 years he has successfully represented victims in many high profile cases.

Richard acted for victims of paedophile priest Father Michael Hill - the publicity surrounding these cases shamed the Catholic Church into sweeping reforms of child protection. Richard has acted in cases involving leading Catholic public schools such as Ampleforth and most recently on behalf of victims of Father William Green, a priest of the diocese of Salford.

Richard has also written and spoken widely on the legal issues in child abuse cases.

Time for the Catholic Church to Open its Secret Archives

The Catholic church now maintains that it abhors child abuse and that it wants to root it out. If the Catholic church is serious about this then in my view it has a responsibility to come clean about past abuse. And there's a simple way for the Catholic church to do this - open its secret archives to the police.
17/01/2012 22:48 GMT