- Head of Department, Abuse Claims

Peter Garsden | Head of Department, Abuse Claims | Simpson Millar LLP - Manchester
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Based in: Manchester


Abuse Claims including child abuse and elder abuse


Peter has been a solicitor since 1981 and was the senior partner at Abney Garsden solicitors prior to its merger with Simpson Millar LLP.

He is Head of the Child Abuse Department, which he set up in 1994 and is now one of the largest dedicated Abuse compensation departments in the country.

Since 1996 Peter has been Lead Solicitor in over 25 different Group Actions involving over 1000 Claimants, including the largest award achieved in the area of Child Abuse Groups of £2.3million on behalf of 165 Claimants who were abused at homes managed by Manchester City Council. Following the award he was Times Lawyer of the week.


Peter has lectured and is a regular contributor on the subject of child abuse litigation in both legal journals and the national press.

In 1997 Peter helped to set up ACAL (Association of Child Abuse Lawyers), a Claimant based organisation of compensation abuse lawyers dedicated to raising the standards of advice through training and support, of which he is now President.

Peter was awarded the Solicitor of the Year award at the Law Society Excellence Awards in 2015 and He was awarded Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year at the Manchester Legal Awards in March 2013. In selecting Peter for the award the judges said: "Peter combines managing the practice, his own demanding case load, charitable work, and successfully campaigning and lobbying government on behalf of some of the most vulnerable members of society".

Peter was recommended by the Legal 500 2017 United Kingdom Edition. They said: "Peter Garsden leads an ‘incredibly dedicated, knowledgeable and hardworking team that is always willing to work even harder and push boundaries to secure the best outcomes for very badly damaged people’. Garsden heads the specialist child abuse department." 

Peter has devoted the last 18 years of his professional life to supporting the victims of child abuse. He does a lot of pro bono work supporting charities, and groups set up to assist victims of abuse disclose their allegations.

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I cannot praise the whole staff highly enough. From the reception staff, who are always polite and courteous, to Peter and a special mention to Sue Leech who has been a great help and support since the start of the case.

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