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After completing my Law degree at The University of Birmingham, I joined Irwin Mitchell in the Abuse and Clinical Negligence department in September 2012. I have since started my training contract with the firm.
Currently I run a varied case load consisting of a range of matters including birth injury claims, negligence arising from improper medical treatment, social services failure to remove claims and non-recent child abuse.
I have published legal articles in the Lawyer2B magazine and have received press coverage for both legal accomplishments and fundraising endeavours.
Aside from my role as a Trainee Solicitor, I am a founding Committee member of Irwin Mitchell’s Junior Lawyers Group, and a member of the IM Equal, Medical Law & Patients Rights and Child Abuse Law Special Interest groups.
I sit as a Non-Executive Board Member for the Rape and Sexual Violence Project (RSVP) assisting with all matters of business strategy and corporate governance for the charity.
I am an avid supporter of various local and national charities including RSVP, NAPAC, Kaleidoscope Plus Group and Contact A Family, arranging and engaging in regular fundraising projects and events.
Follow me on Twitter @ScottTollissLaw.
“Through our work with survivors of abuse in the West Midlands we understand just how important RSVP is to those affected by these issues and we have worked very closely with the charity in the past to raise funds to allow it to continue providing the services it does.
“We are delighted to now be able to provide free legal advice to those who use the service currently and anyone who used it in the past. We hope to be able to provide advice across a wide range of issues affecting survivors of sexual assault and abuse, to ensure they can access the help they require.”
The failings of the police are, of course, alarming and indicative of the manner in which many survivors of sexual abuse were treated in the past.
“Thankfully, the way non-recent sexual abuse claims are now being investigated appears to have changed for the better. With the introduction of many specialist police sexual offences teams across the country, survivors’ complaints are now being taken seriously and are being investigated thoroughly.
“We are glad West Midlands Police have admitted the errors made in the past. We hope that the Coventry City Council inquiry and reviews will ensure any failings identified within the Local Authority’s children’s services are highlighted and measures are taken to prevent issues like this recurring in the future.
“This is another shocking case and a reminder that, while cases involving high-profile individuals in recent years put a spotlight on the issue of abuse, so many instances relate to those in positions of power abusing the positions they hold.
“Following this verdict, it is vital that victims of Clark are given the support they need to begin the difficult process of attempting to come to terms with what they have been through, in the hope that they can move on with their lives.
“It can often be incredibly difficult for victims of abuse to speak out, so the courage of those affected in these cases has to be commended. We would urge anyone else affected by similar problems to not suffer in silence.”
“The swim was a massive challenge in very icy waters, but we are delighted to have tackled it and raised vital funds for this fantastic charity.
“We have a great relationship with RSVP and are incredibly proud to be supporting the organisation as our charity of the year.
“We hope these funds help the charity to further develop the key advice and support it offers to vulnerable people looking to move forward with their lives following abuse.”