Senior Lawyer Abandons Child Abuse Inquiry Over Leadership Tensions


Oh for some common-sense on this very controversial issue. Why, oh why must those in authority presume that the law – a wolf in sheep’s clothing if ever there was one – is the only authority when surely integrity, compassion and common-sense are the most important ingredients required to hear the evidence placed before any investigation?

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It’s fair to say at this point that the nation’s Independent Inquiry Into Child Sexual Abuse  is perhaps one of the most embarrassing Inquiries the world has ever seen.

As more bad news hits the headlines, the investigation continues to bleed lawyers at an alarming rate. Senior lawyer and King’s College law professor Aileen McColgan, who is also a barrister, resigned this week after she raised concerns about the Inquiry’s leadership.

This disaster is entirely the government’s fault. Every single Chair appointed with the exception of the current Chair whose expertise is in social work, has had a legal background and all have insisted on filling the investigation full to the brim with lawyers. This was an entirely unnecessary and costly exercise, which resulted in the lawyer heavy panel essentially driving the structure and content of the Inquiry. This should never have been allowed to happen and is something we…

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