Abuse Survivors Blog

Job opportunity: Legal Secretary/Legal Assistant

Written by Tracey Emmott on 15 Mar 2018

Emmott Snell Solicitors are currently recruiting for an experienced Legal Secretary /Assistant with good typing and clerical support skills who will be responsible for supporting Fee Earners, in particularly the principal. This is a varied and rewarding opportunity to work with a leading Law Firm in the specialist area of abuse.

This is a highly sensitive area of law and experience of a similar department or good knowledge of this area would be ideal.


The UK laws surrounding Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Written by Toslima Islam on 09 Mar 2018

What is it and why is it done?

Female Genital Mutilation (‘FGM’) is a cultural practice which involves the total or partial removal of the female external genitalia for non-medical reasons, normally with the aim of inhibiting a female’s sexual feelings. It is also known as female circumcision or ‘cutting’ and is common in parts of Africa but also takes place in the Middle East and Asia. It is usually carried out on girls before they reach puberty but is known to be done on girls as young as 4 years old. The procedure is extremely painful and can cause long term health problems such as:


Local authority failings result in compensation for child abuse victim

Written by Jacqui Morton

In 2015 Miss 'X' contacted Emmott Snell Solicitors and told us that she wanted to pursue a personal injury claim against the social services department of the local authority, arising from sexual assaults, neglect and physical abuse suffered by her shortly after her birth until she was 11 years old.


Can we put an end to institutional abuse in boarding schools?

Written by Tracey Emmott on 21 Feb 2018

The concept of sending one’s child away to a school where they also live is thought to be something quintessentially British. 


The role of experts in child abuse claims

Written by Toslima Islam

When pursuing a compensation claim arising from child abuse there are a number of steps that need to be taken before a claim can be concluded.

One of these steps involves a meeting with a suitably qualified doctor. This ‘medico-legal expert’ then prepares a report on the multifactorial effects that the abuse has had on you.


Redress for Anglican Vicar Abuse Victim

Written by Tracey Emmott on 06 Feb 2018

In view of the upcoming public hearings of Child Abuse in the Anglican Church before the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, the recently settled case of abuse victim, ‘ARJ’, a civil compensation claim in respect of abuse of a child by a vicar in a London Diocese is topical.


Putting a stop to harassment and abuse in the theatre industry

Written by Jacqui Morton

Allegations of sexual harassment and abuse have taken centre stage over the past couple of years.

The list of household names either prosecuted or under suspicion continues to grow. A recent wave of allegations includes James Franco and Bill Cosby. And only a few days ago the Glee actor, Mark Salling, was found dead (widely reported to be suicide) after pleading guilty in December to possessing child pornography. He was only a few weeks from being sentenced.


Claiming Compensation for Animal Attacks 

Written by Toslima Islam on 19 Jan 2018

Although a dog is seen as a man's best friend, there can be occasions when this is not quite the case.

NHS data reveals that between 2016 – 2017 there were 7,461 people admitted to hospitals in the UK after being bitten or struck by a dog. Dog bites in domestic settings are widely known as the most common injury caused by animals in the UK however injuries caused by animals can occur in other settings such as:  


The role of the Litigation Friend 

Written by Jacqui Morton on 12 Jan 2018

Where a child or vulnerable adult has been harmed, it is necessary to consider who will represent them in any compensation claim brought on their behalf.

In law, children and those who are deemed to lack capacity (known as protected parties) must be represented in their claims by a suitable and competent adult.

These adults are known as “litigation friends”.


Royal Commission Child Sexual Abuse Report - Impact on the UK

Written by Tracey Emmott on 08 Jan 2018

In 2013, the Australian government set up a formal inquiry into how institutions had responded to child abuse. Terms of reference were established and 6 Commissioners were appointed chaired by the Honourable Justice Peter McClellan. Their brief was to enquire into institutional responses  to allegations and incidents of child sexual abuse and related matters.