Director David Greenwood

Windrush Compensation Scheme



Open to Commonwealth migrants and their families. The Government has announced a scheme to compensate migrants wronged by harsh immigration decisions. The scheme is open to anyone coming to the UK from Commonwealth countries without papers or who has experienced difficulty in finding work, housing or benefits. The scheme will compensate anyone who has experienced difficulty. Click here to access ...
 
Child Abuse Solicitor Amy Clowrey

Lambeth Children’s Home Redress Scheme – council urged to treat survivors with dignity



By Amy Clowrey, Solicitor, Child Abuse Law On 1 April I attended the Lambeth Cabinet Meeting regarding the Lambeth Children’s Home Redress Scheme. Approximately 100 survivors flooded into the Cabinet Meeting, at which Shirley Oaks Survivors Association members and applicant lawyers spoke frankly to the council members about how the Scheme had worked in practice over the last 15 months ...
 
Child Abuse Solicitor Helen Hughes

Medomsley Detention Centre – Update: Trials and Convictions



By Helen Hughes, Associate Solicitor, Child Abuse Claims It has been almost a year since we last reported on the former members of staff at Medomsley Detention Centre, Durham, who were originally summonsed to court on 21 November 2017 for alleged abuse and misconduct against inmates at Medomsley. Reporting restrictions have been in place since that time because there have been three ...
 
Solicitor & Director Rob Casey

Manchester City to set up Compensation Scheme for Victims of Abuse



By Rob Casey, Director and Solicitor Advocate, Child Abuse Claims Manchester City Football Club have announced that they are launching a “Survivors Scheme”,  under which survivors of abuse committed by both Barry Bennell and John Broome, both of whom were previously connected to the club, will be able to claim compensation without the need to go through the process of making ...
 
Child Abuse Solicitor Amy Clowrey

Switalskis’ lawyers secure over £2 million for Lambeth abuse survivors



By Amy Clowrey, Solicitor, Child Abuse Claims department At Switalskis Solicitors we are acting for over 300 people who were abused whilst in the care of the London Borough of Lambeth. Over the last twelve months, we have secured in excess of £2 million in redress payments for our clients. All damages received go directly to survivors. In 2017, Lambeth ...
 
Child Abuse Solicitor Helen Hughes

National Stop CSE Day



Monday 18th March is the fifth annual National Stop CSE day, which aims to raise awareness around the issue of CSE. Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is an issue that more and more people are becoming aware of and this can only be a positive given how many young people CSE affects. For people who don’t know what CSE is and ...
 
Solicitor & Director Rob Casey

Inquiry Report – Sexual Abuse of Children in Custodial Institutions



Rob Casey of Switalskis’ Child Abuse Compensation Team represented a Core Participant at the Public Inquiry known as Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA). The investigation report has now been published and here Rob summarises the recommendations. IICSA has a number of modules looking at different areas of child abuse. I represented a Core Participant at the Public Hearing ...
 
Child Abuse Compensation Solicitors

CICA “Same Roof” rule set to be scrapped



On 28th February 2019, the Ministry of Justice announced that they have brought forward legislation to remove the “same roof” rule from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme. Previously, people who were victims of crimes committed by members of their family prior to 1st October 1979 were not eligible for compensation. In July 2018, it was decided in the Court of ...
 
Bev Mercer Child Abuse Solicitor

Nine men jailed for Bradford child sexual exploitation



By Bev Mercer, Solicitor, Child Abuse Claims After a 7-week-long trial at Bradford Crown Court, nine men were convicted and sentenced on 27th February 2019 for offences including rape, sexual assault and causing or inciting child prostitution involving two complainants. The sentences handed down to the men total 115 years. The two complainants were vulnerable 14-year-olds in 2008 when the ...
 
Amy Clowrey Solicitor

Standardised checks for potential taxi drivers a welcome reform



By Amy Clowrey, Solicitor, Child Abuse Claims It has recently been announced that the government is considering proposals that would require all councils in England to carry out standardised checks on taxi licence applicants. In addition there are plans for a database to stop potential drivers applying to councils after being refused by another. Under the proposals there is also ...