Malcolm Johnson Senior Associate

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“Malcolm is an exceptionally knowledgeable and highly skilled expert in the field of child abuse compensation. His encyclopaedic legal knowledge and first rate client care skills are second to none”

Richard Scorer, Partner Pannone Solicitors
Malcolm is a Senior Associate in our London office, with nearly twenty years' experience

Main areas of practice 

Malcolm specialises in child abuse compensation claims, and he is one of the leaders in this field as well as being a founder member of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers, an organisation set up to help survivors of abuse. He is a Fellow of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, a Member of the Law Society's Personal Injury Panel and the Secretary of APIL's Child Injury Special Interest GroupHe is co-author of the definitive text book in this area 'Child Abuse Compensation Claims' published by Jordans in 2011 and he writes the section on children in Jordans' 'Personal Injury, Law, Practice and Precedents'.

Malcolm also has a specialist interest in claims against the Motor Insurers Bureau. He writes the section on the MIB in the Encyclopaedia of Insurance Law published by Sweet and Maxwell, and he is co-author of 'Claims against the MIB' published by the Law Society in 2012.

Malcolm has appeared on radio and television to talk about his work. He recently went on ITV's 'Daybreak' to talk about vigilantism in child abuse investigations.


Malcolm's clients include victims of abuse and neglect, whether as children or vulnerable adults in care homes. They also include people who have been injured in hospital, at work, in public places, in motor accidents and as a result of criminal violence.  

Significant experience 

  • In abuse claims, Malcolm has recovered substantial settlements for his clients in a wide range of cases, ranging from claims against local authorities for failure to take children into care to claims involving abuse in foster care and children's homes.
  • In 2002, Malcolm was the lead solicitor in the group action against the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, arising out of abuse in St Leonard's Cottage Homes. This group action resulted in a recovery of £1.5 million for some sixty Claimants and is widely acknowledged to have been a resounding success in terms of speed of recovery and resolution of the case. Malcolm has either directed or been involved in a number of smaller group actions since that time.
  • Malcolm was one of the first solicitors to develop a particular expertise in recovering compensation on behalf of victims of abuse against their individual abusers, by the use of freezing injunctions and charging orders. He recently obtained a substantial compensation settlement for a client against her abuser within six months of taking on the case and he acts for other clients in similar situations. He has also developed the technique of running "twin" civil and CICA claims, as a result of which a number of his clients have obtained substantial compensation using both routes. Malcolm has extensive experience of appeals to the First Tier Tribunal of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, particularly in the areas of the CICA time limit and the quantum of awards.
  • More recently Malcolm has been instructed in cases involving breach of privacy by children, together with genetic and neurological damage arising from sexual abuse.

Other expertise

  • Clinical negligence: undertakes a wide range of clinical negligence cases
  • Personal injury: undertakes motor accidents, accidents at work and in public places
  • Human rights: specialises in human rights based claims against public authorities
  • CICA: deals with claims to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

Malcolm’s Blog

"Children deserve better protection" says specialist abuse lawyer

Our specialist abuse lawyer, Malcolm Johnson, discusses supporting abuse victims who speak out against those with authority.

The importance of understanding vulnerable clients with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome

Our expert, Malcolm Johnson, explores the responsibilities a lawyer has when working with a client who has Autism or Asperger's Syndrome and how they might cope during an abuse case.

Court of Appeal decides on whether genetic disorder is an "injury"

The Court of Appeal has now handed down judgment in the case of a man who was born with a genetic disorder as a result of incest.

Articles by Malcolm

Could this case be the end of 'failure to take into care' claims?


Our abuse expert, Malcolm Johnson, considers cases where social services have failed children that they have a duty of care for, he discusses cases where parents were falsely accused of child abuse, in each case the accusations appeared to be unfounded.

Social media and technology companies face sanctions unless they do more to curb cyberbullying, sexting and trolling


Ministers are to summon Facebook, Twitter, Apple and others to Whitehall, to demand that they develop new technological solutions similar to those used to thwart paedophiles and terrorists to prevent trolling, cyber bullying and sexting.

New MIB agreements announced


The MIB have now published a new Untraced Drivers Agreement for England, Scotland and Wales which is due to come into force on the 1st March 2017.

Related Knowledge & Resources

Could this case be the end of 'failure to take into care' claims?

Our abuse expert, Malcolm Johnson, considers cases where social services have failed children that they have a duty of care for, he discusses cases where parents were falsely accused of child abuse, in each case the accusations appeared to be unfounded.

What are the ethical and legal implications of driverless cars and autonomous vehicular technology?

Driverless cars are the future and the Government is preparing for the regulatory challenges ahead. Our expert Oliver Jeffcott explores the ethical and legal implications of driverless vehicles.

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