Abuse Survivors Blog

Weinstein scandal triggers lawyer to sue for own abuse at Eton

Written by Tracey Emmott on 09 Sep 2019

While the death of an abuser can create significant hurdles when considering legal options, a case our client has recently won demonstrates that pursuing justice in the form of a civil compensation claim is not always out of the question.

Our client, a lawyer, whose identity is protected by law, attended Eton College in the 1960s.

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9 common questions about CICA compensation claims

Written by Jacqui Morton on 15 Aug 2019

A victim of crime can make an application for compensation to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) online, by telephone or post.

Information and assistance with this is often provided by agencies such as Victim Support or the police. It is not necessary to use a legal representative, although for more complex claims such as “out of time” child abuse applications applicants often prefer to use a solicitor. 

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Bedford Park Proms - 28th July 2019

Written by Bernadette James on 31 Jul 2019

On 28 July 2019 the team at Emmott Snell Solicitors along with family and friends were delighted to attend the annual Bedford Park Proms.

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What are my legal options if my abuser is dead?

Written by Tracey Emmott on 17 Jul 2019

For anyone who has suffered sexual abuse it may take years before they have the courage to come forward to speak of the abuse to their friends and family or even the police.

You may feel deeply embarrassed and ashamed to discuss what happened to you.

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Bedford Legal Walk 2019

Written by Gabrielle Litson on 08 Jul 2019

On 27th June 2019, Emmott Snell again took part in the annual Bedford Legal Walk, which is a 10K sponsored walk around Bedford, organised by the Eastern Legal Support Trust.

The walk raises money for local charities and organisations that provide legal advice to those of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people in our society. 

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The value of an apology in sexual assault claims

Written by Tracey Emmott on 25 Jun 2019

Elton John’s classic ‘Sorry seems to be the hardest word’ is none more true in the ambit of sexual assault compensation claims than in any other context.

In representing victims and survivors of sexual assault, whether abused as children or sexually assaulted in adult life, I hear time and time again, the request for an apology. Often it is the refusal or the withholding of an apology that causes a victim or survivor to instigate a legal claim against those accountable. A lot of money could be saved by those on the receiving end of compensation claims arising from sexual assault, if only the relevant person or organisation had done the decent thing and offered a heartfelt apology in the first instance.

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Compensation for Chorister who was sexually abused by Diocese of Chichester vicar

Written by Donna Hughes on 14 Jun 2019

A victim of sexual abuse by a vicar has successfully obtained an out-of-court settlement in a civil claim against The Diocese of Chichester for sexual assaults she suffered as a child.  

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Compensation for dental injuries in personal injury claims

Written by Jacqui Morton on 03 Jun 2019

Many of us associate personal injury claims with injuries such as broken bones, burns, lacerations, bruising or other similar injuries.

However, many people who have been involved in accidents suffer injury to their teeth and jaw in addition to other physical injuries or as a stand-alone injury.  

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Football club launches compensation scheme

Written by Bernadette James on 16 May 2019

A compensation scheme thought to be unprecedented in British sport has been set up to provide victims of sexual abuse with financial redress.

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Chorister wins compensation for sexual abuse by Chelmsford Priest

Written by Gabrielle Litson on 02 May 2019

This firm has represented a former chorister in a civil action against the Diocese of Chelmsford for sexual abuse he suffered as a child.

“Mr X” has successfully obtained a substantial out-of-court settlement after bringing a compensation claim for serious psychiatric harm he suffered as a child following sexual abuse by his parish priest.  

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