Senior Associate Solicitor, Abuse Claims
Liam is a Senior Associate Solicitor in our Abuse department and a member of Simpson Millar’s Leadership Team.
He specialises in child abuse claims against public bodies including schools, religious or charitable organisations, social services and the police. His cases are funded usually by way of a Conditional Fee Agreement or Legal Aid Certificate.
He also handles civil cases against individuals who have been criminally convicted of offences, which includes representing clients in group actions and dealing with cases on a multi-track basis.
Liam also pursues Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) claims on behalf of his clients, which is a complicated and unique area of law, and involves representing clients from a wide range of backgrounds.
Liam leads all of his cases with passion and care to try to make sure justice is achieved for his clients.
He played a leading role in concluding and settling a group action against a local council which involved over 20 claimants while negotiating a settlement of over £300,000 in damages and £350,000 in legal costs.
Liam manages a team of 12 and is responsible for a caseload of more than 100 files. He is overseeing a large number of procedural and cultural changes within the department, and currently acts as the sole supervisor for the department’s Legal Aid contract.
He is passionate about leadership and has recently achieved a Distinction in the Institute of Leadership and Management Course (Level 3). He is also part of the Simpson Millar Black Lives Matter discussion group as he is keen to ensure diversity and inclusion within the firm.
Professional Memberships and Accreditations
Liam is a member of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL).
Interests outside of work
Liam played semi-professional football between 2008 and 2012 for Colne Football Club in the North West Counties Premier Football League. He entered the football Budweiser Open Trials competition in 2014, reaching the final 32 from around 2,000 applicants following a series of trials at various locations including St Georges Park, England’s national football centre.
As a result, he played at Wembley Stadium and the entire process and final match at Wembley was televised by BT Sport. The teams were managed by several high profile previous Premier League players, and this is one of his proudest achievements outside of work to date.
He continues to be very active managing and playing for a local football club who compete at a good level. He is the 1st team player/manager for a club who have around 60 senior players and a full junior set-up. Liam also enjoys walking and climbing mountains such as Snowdon.
Liam always wanted to travel and seized the chance when the opportunity arose in 2012, embarking on a worldwide adventure to Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and Fiji for four months. This enabled him to learn valuable life skills and experience a variety of cultures. Liam continues to enjoy travelling to different parts of the world.