PUBLISHED: 22:17, 1 December 2012 | UPDATED: 22:32, 1 December 2012
The deputy head teacher falsely accused of child abuse and the ambulance-chasing lawyer who advertises for 'victims' in prisons
"Beaming in his black bow tie and dinner jacket, solicitor David Greenwood clutched his glass-engraved award. Unkind souls might have called it the ‘2012 ambulance-chasing solicitor prize’.
Officially, he had been presented with it by TV personality Patrick Kielty as the Eclipse Proclaim Personal Injury Lawyer Of The Year.
For the past 14 years, Mr Greenwood, a partner at the big Yorkshire law firm Jordans, has specialised in fighting for compensation for victims of child abuse.
David Greenwood, centre, a partner at Yorkshire law firm Jordans, was presented with the Eclipse Proclaim Personal Injury Lawyer of The Year award by TV personality Patrick Kielty, left
For this, his firm has received millions of pounds from the taxpayer in legal aid.
With the issue of child abuse at the forefront of public concern as a result of the BBC’s Jimmy Savile and Lord McAlpine fiascos, the ceremony two weeks ago finally gave Mr Greenwood the recognition he has always believed he deserved.
But behind Mr Greenwood’s grin, a Mail on Sunday investigation can today reveal the truth behind the ambulance-chasing lawyer’s victory. Far from being a cry for justice, it instead represents a benchmark for a modern culture of ‘witch-hunt’ persecutions."