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Client works with MP to question Prime Minister on child abuse



Switalskis client Rev Matt Ineson, who suffered child sex abuse by a Bradford vicar in the 1980s, has worked with his MP Tracy Brabin to ask a question at Prime Ministers Questions on Wednesday 28 November 2018. Matt has campaigned alongside Switalskis Solicitor David Greenwood to raise standards of safeguarding in the Church of England and other institutions. They both ...
 

Victim of abuse successfully claims against The Boys’ Brigade



By Kieran Chatterton, Solicitor, Child Abuse Law Switalskis have recently settled a claim against The Boys’ Brigade following abuse by a Brigade leader in the early 1990s. Here, specialist Child Abuse Solicitor Kieran Chatterton briefly outlines the details of the case and outcome for our client. The Facts Our client was a vulnerable child living with his mother and siblings, and came ...
 
Child Abuse Compensation Solicitors

Government announces Criminal Injuries Compensation review



On 9th September 2018, the Ministry of Justice announced that they will be conducting a review of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme as part of their new Victims Strategy. Many people, including survivors of historic child abuse, have found that their applications have been unsuccessful due to the outdated nature of the current CICA rules. It is anticipated that the ...
 
Solicitor Kieran Chatterton

Criminal injuries claims and the ‘same roof rule’



By Kieran Chatterton, Solicitor, Child Abuse Law The Court of Appeal has recently decided that the ‘same roof rule’ which applies in criminal injury compensation claims is incompatible with the Human Right Act (HRA). The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) compensates victims of crime for injuries that they suffered if they satisfy certain criteria, which includes victims of sexual assaults. ...
 
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31 charged with child sexual exploitation in Huddersfield



By David Greenwood, Solicitor and Head of Child Abuse Law Recent years have seen hundreds of men and women throughout the country convicted of offences relating to the grooming and sexual exploitation of children. This Wednesday (15 August) saw a further 31 people charged in relation to such offences in Huddersfield. Of those charged, 28 are from Huddersfield with others ...
 
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Switalskis recover over £1.5 million in redress for survivors of Lambeth childhood abuse



Amy Clowrey, Child Abuse Law Solicitor Switalskis Solicitors are representing over 250 survivors of historical childhood abuse at Lambeth children’s homes. We are pleased to confirm that over the last six months we have secured in excess of £1.5 million in redress payments for our clients. All damages received go directly to survivors. To re-cap our previous blogs, last year ...
 
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Barclays Bank v Various Claimants: A case report



By Kieran Chatterton, Solicitor, Child Abuse Law This case involves over 100 former employees of Barclays Bank who say that they were sexually abused by Dr Bates. In brief, the facts of the case are that, mainly young women were obliged to undergo a medical after job interview but before a formal offer of employment was made. In the North ...
 

Rochdale social worker convicted of child sex abuse offences



By Kieran Chatterton, Solicitor, Child Abuse Law On 29 June 2018, James Peter Gavin was sentenced to 17 years behind bars for indecent sexual assault and attempted rape. This followed a trial Manchester Crown Court at which Gavin had pleaded “not guilty” to all offences. Gavin was a social worker in the Rochdale area and used his position of trust ...
 
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Lambeth Children’s Home Redress Scheme – reaching out to survivors in prison



By Amy Clowrey, Solicitor, Child Abuse Law Recently, Switalskis Solicitors have been instructed by survivors of historical childhood abuse at Lambeth children’s homes who are currently serving a prison sentence. Switalskis Solicitors are representing over 200 victims of childhood abuse under the Lambeth Children’s Home Redress Scheme. The scheme went live at the beginning of January 2018 and we have ...
 

Whitlam’s Law: Labour offer full support



By Amy Clowrey, Solicitor, Child Abuse Compensation I continue to work alongside Pam Whitlam to bring an end to the current disparity in the law with regard to those who cause serious injury or death on private land whilst drink driving compared to those who do so on the public highway. Pam’s 11 year old son, Harry, was hit and ...