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Abuse Claims

Parklane Plowden Chambers has a team of barristers with expertise in, and experience of, representing survivors of “historical” and more recent: sexual; physical and emotional abuse. We understand that these complex, highly-sensitive and emotive cases require skilled and capable barristers who demonstrate empathy and have exceptional client handling abilities.

Our barristers work closely with their instructing solicitors to ensure that clients feel safe, comfortable and supported throughout the legal process.

Our specialists have experience of representing victims of abuse suffered in a variety of settings including: family homes; religious institutions; schools and colleges; children’s homes; foster care; football and other youth clubs. Members of the team also advise and represent vulnerable adults abused whilst in psychiatric or residential care homes and hospitals.

Barristers who handle abuse claims have an in-depth understanding of limitation, breach of duty, vicarious liability and evidential issues associated with these cases, both at common law and under the Human Rights Act.

Abuse Claims Barristers

Roger Cooper

Called 1989

Richard Copnall

Called 1990

Ian Pennock

Called 2001

Anna Datta

Called 2009

Areas of Expertise

Adult abuse claims involving:

Physically and/mentally disabled adults
Psychiatric hospitals
Residential care homes

Child abuse claims involving:

“Failure to remove” from family settings
Care homes
Children’s homes
Churches and other religious institutions
Football clubs and coaches
Foster care
Hospital and medical institutions
Schools and colleges
Scouting Associations      


Fees can be discussed prior to the commencement of work. Value for money is assured as fees for each case can be assessed individually and are based upon the complexity and value of the case, seniority of counsel and time spent in preparation.

All barristers will consider undertaking work on a CFA basis, where applicable. A robust management system ensures that agreed turn-around times are fulfilled.

Contact Us

For further information please contact our clerks on:

Leeds: 0113 228 5000
Newcastle: 0191 221 2121

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